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Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!

Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!
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Featured: iTunes "Buzzed About", 2016. A Top 20 History Podcast on iTunes. Selected by Bello Collective for "100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016." Featured: The Audit - "Far and Wide". - Ahh, France! This year, one percent of the people on Earth will actually pack their bags and visit France. Meanwhile, those of us who aren't so lucky will have eaten a croissant, admired a little black dress, drunk a good bottle of wine, and rewatched Amélie on Netflix yet again. This is where I come in: I’m Diana, a huge history nerd who spends too much time reading about the weird, wacky and wonderful history of France, who wants to share its greatest stories with you! We’re talking about a country that ran out of cows and figured out how to eat zebras. We’re talking about a country which snuck its greatest national treasure away from the Nazis in the back of an ambulance. We’re talking about a country whose great revolution fought for brotherhood, equality, and a national holiday for marshmallows. Join us every two weeks for a new episode!

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Episodes

53. Women At War 1: The Exile (Elisabeth Kaufmann)

9/25/2019
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“We decided to take only precious items. But what did we have that was precious?” ― Jackie DeCol, Parisian refugee I’m excited to announce the launch of a new miniseries on a subject extremely near and dear to my heart: Women In War! For the next few weeks I’ll be focusing on the experiences of women The post 53. Women At War 1: The Exile (Elisabeth Kaufmann) appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:40:40

52. Luncheon of the Boating Party

8/8/2019
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“It is fresh, and free.” ― Paul de Charry, art critic This week, we’re kicking off the fourth year of the podcast with some hot fun in the summertime! It’s hot in Paris – too hot – and a listener question got me thinking about historical ways to beat the heat. This question led me The post 52. Luncheon of the Boating Party appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:48:34

51. Our Third Anniversary! Listener Q&A

7/18/2019
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“Plaisir partagé, plaisir doublé.” (“Joy shared, joy doubled.”) ― French proverb It’s our THIRD ANNIVERSARY! I’m celebrating with a listener Q&A! What an amazing ride it’s been. I’ll Thank you again for all your support over the past three years! Episode 51: “3 Year Party! Listener Q&A” Anniversary Reading List Here are the books I The post 51. Our Third Anniversary! Listener Q&A appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:30:12

Reminder: Listener Q&A

7/10/2019
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The Land of Desire is turning 3! To celebrate, I’m taking questions from listeners, so please submit your questions before the end of the week (July 12). You can submit via the show’s Facebook page, as a comment on this blog post, through Twitter, or through this form. I can’t wait to hear from you The post Reminder: Listener Q&A appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:02:11

50. Notre Dame, Part 3: The Black Death

6/26/2019
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“Charity is dead.” ― Guy de Chauliac Welcome back to our FIFTIETH EPISODE! Next episode will be our THIRD BIRTHDAY and I’m celebrating with a listener Q&A! Over the next few weeks, please ask me any questions you like: questions about the show, about me, about France, about whatever, and I’ll share my favorites in The post 50. Notre Dame, Part 3: The Black Death appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:28:23

49. Notre Dame, Part 2

5/16/2019
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“Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of the ages.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame This week we’re continuing our tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral – posted straight from Paris! Your host is currently leading a tour for this show’s #1 fan. (Hi Maman!) Keep an eye out on the show’s Facebook The post 49. Notre Dame, Part 2 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:26:46

48. Notre Dame, Part 1

5/9/2019
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“Great edifices, like great mountains, are the work of the ages.” ― Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame This week we’re paying tribute to Notre Dame Cathedral. I’ll be skipping around to the most important interactions between Notre Dame and her hometown. At each point, I’ll try to paint a picture of Paris as she The post 48. Notre Dame, Part 1 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:35:13

47. The History of the Bánh Mì

3/28/2019
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“A symphony of a sandwich” Anthony Bourdain Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on Spotify! Get hungry, y’all. This week we’re taking a look at the darker side of French history by exploring the history of one of the world’s best sandwiches, the banh mi! Episode 47: “The History of the Bánh The post 47. The History of the Bánh Mì appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:37:10

46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World

2/21/2019
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“Choupette is a rich girl.” Karl Lagerfeld Important News: The Land of Desire is now streaming on Spotify! Dear listeners, I had an entirely different episode lined up for this week, notes prepared, outline finished, ready to be transformed into a script. Then I woke up on Tuesday morning to the news that Karl Lagerfeld, The post 46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:21:30

45. The Mysterious Life of Jeanne Calment

1/17/2019
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“I had to wait 110 years to become famous… I intend to enjoy it as long as possible.” – Jeanne Calment Happy New Year, everyone! Thanks so much for your patience while this podcast host enjoyed a trip to Japan, a 30th birthday, and a very necessary break. I’m super energized to be back, with The post 45. The Mysterious Life of Jeanne Calment appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:44:18

44. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign, Part 2

11/21/2018
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“From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.” – Napoleon Bonaparte Before we all gorge ourselves on turkey and stuffing, it’s time for the conclusion of Napoleon Bonaparte’s tiniest war. Now, if you’re like me and hate military history, don’t tune out just yet – the battlefield is small, and the only casualty The post 44. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign, Part 2 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:28:51

43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign

10/4/2018
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“From the sublime to the ridiculous is but a step.” – Napoleon Bonaparte This week we’re going to explore a little-known footnote of history: Napoleon Bonaparte’s tiniest war. Now, if you’re like me and hate military history, don’t tune out just yet – the battlefield is small, and the only casualty is – well, I The post 43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:32:34

42. The History of Champagne

8/16/2018
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“I only drink Champagne when I’m happy and when I’m sad.” – Lily Bollinger The Land of Desire turns 2 years old! We’re celebrating with – what else? – champagne! Pop, fizz, salut: we’re going deep into the history of the world’s favorite party drink to find out what makes bubbly so special, what makes The post 42. The History of Champagne appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:44:50

41. Julia Child, Part 3

7/12/2018
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“With enough butter, anything is good.” – Julia Child, The French Chef Yes, you’re seeing things correctly: not one, but TWO new episodes in a single day. Consider this my je suis desolee for the three months’ absence. Picking up right where we left off in episode 2, Julia Child is halfway through her grand cookbook project The post 41. Julia Child, Part 3 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:32:09

40. Julia Child, Part 2

7/12/2018
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“The big job now rests on your shoulders.” – book editor to Julia Child Hello again, everyone! I know it’s been awhile, and in this episode I’ll discuss the reason for my long absence. Thank you to everyone who reached out with questions, concerns and care over the past few months. It’s meant so much The post 40. Julia Child, Part 2 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:40:07

39. Julia Child, Part 1

3/1/2018
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“In France, cooking is a serious art form and a national sport.” – Julia Child Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. The first episode of 2018 is finally here! his year, we’re kicking things off with a salute to one of France’s most curious cultural ambassadors – a woman who has helped generations of The post 39. Julia Child, Part 1 appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:37:19

38. A Tour de France – Brittany

12/31/2017
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“Where are you, best of the salt sea?” – Middle French poem, 14th century Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrating my birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind The post 38. A Tour de France – Brittany appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:13:45

37. A Tour de France – Bordeaux

12/21/2017
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“Good wine is a necessity of life for me.” – Thomas Jefferson Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrating my birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind of France The post 37. A Tour de France – Bordeaux appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:23:16

36. A Tour de France – Toulouse

12/13/2017
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“Cassoulet is not a recipe; it’s an argument among villages.” – Andre Daguin Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Land of Desire. Thanks for your patience while I spent some quality time with family at Thanksgiving and celebrating my birthday in NYC. This week we’ll continue our miniseries: “A Tour de France”: What kind of The post 36. A Tour de France – Toulouse appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:40:01

35. A Tour de France – Marseille

11/8/2017
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“It is always an event at Marseilles for a ship to come into port.” – Alexandre Dumas Hello everyone! This week we’ll continue our new miniseries: our very own Tour de France. What kind of France exists outside the boundaries of Paris? What kind of France exists in the middle of the countryside? What does The post 35. A Tour de France – Marseille appeared first on The Land of Desire.

Duration:00:24:51