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46. Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World

“Choupette is a rich girl.”

Karl Lagerfeld

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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 iconic creative director of Chanel, had passed away at the age of 85. Like so many fashion aficionados, my thoughts immediately turned to Karl’s next of kin: what would happen to Karl’s beloved cat, Choupette?!?!

Episode 46: “Choupette, The Most Glamorous Cat In The World”

Psst: The Land of Desire is now on Spotify!
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45. The Mysterious Life of Jeanne Calment

“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

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44. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign, Part 2

“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

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43. Napoleon’s Tiniest Campaign

“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

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42. The History of Champagne

“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

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41. Julia Child, Part 3

“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

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40. Julia Child, Part 2

“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

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39. Julia Child, Part 1

“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

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