The Land of Desire: French History and Culture

The Land of Desire: French History and Culture


Latest Episodes

52. Luncheon of the Boating Party
August 08, 2019

“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 t...

51. Our Third Anniversary! Listener Q&A
July 18, 2019

Who doesn't love a birthday party?

Reminder: Listener Q&A
July 10, 2019

We're turning 3!

50. Notre Dame, Part 3: The Black Death
June 27, 2019

“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,

49. Notre Dame, Part 2
May 16, 2019

“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 sho...

48. Notre Dame, Part 1
May 09, 2019

Our Lady has seen some TIMES.

47. The History of the Bánh Mì
March 28, 2019

Don't listen on an empty stomach, y'all.

46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World
February 21, 2019

“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,

45. The Mysterious Life of Jeanne Calment
January 17, 2019

One old lady, one new conspiracy, a million #hottakes.

44. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign, Part 2
November 22, 2018

The story of Napoleon in exile: when the modern world's biggest figure fought history's teensiest war.