14. 100,000!

“omg.” – me, December 2016

Welcome back to The Land of Desire, a French history podcast dedicated to exploring all the weird adventures, mysteries and surprising backstories behind French cultural icons. After coming back from a long holiday, I checked my download stats and realized I’d just passed an amazing milestone: 100,000 downloads!! I’m blown away, considering this show is less than 6 months old. I’ll be keeping the rest of this year’s episodes short and sweet, but this episode is dedicated to the number 100,000. This week, we’ll take a look at a fake war, a forgotten debt, and the time your crazy grandpa tried to influence world affairs.

Special thanks to the folks at Bello Collective for including The Land of Desire in their list of the 100 Outstanding Audio Stories of 2016!

Episode 14: “100,000!”

Thanks again to everyone who took the time to listen in! I’m planning on two more episodes before the New Year, if I can swing it in the midst of holiday madness. In the meantime, please help me wrap up the year by spreading the word about this show!

Further Reading:

The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris – David McCullough – I haven’t actually finished this Christmas present yet, but I love that he focuses on a lesser-studied era of Franco-American relations. Sometimes American media makes it seem as though Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald were the first Americans in Paris, but it’s not true, I promise.

Americans in Paris: Life and Death Under Nazi Occupation – Charles Glass – Consider this a spoiler warning; I’ll probably share some of these stories in future episodes! Sylvia Beach is a wonder, traipsing about Nazi-occupied Paris, searching with increased desperation for fancy mustard…

A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France and the Birth of America – Stacy Schiff – You can read an except in essay form in The American Scholar.