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Episode 30: The History Of The Picnic

“A Moveable Feast.” – Ernest Hemingway

We have a new milestone! This week, The Land of Desire will reach a quarter of a million downloads – absolutely incroyable. Thank you to everyone who participated in The Land of Desire’s anniversary celebrations, and to those of you who shared my series on how to start a podcast, and those of you who contributed to the show’s Patreon page. This week, I’m announcing an exciting new treat to celebrate the first successful Patreon fundraising campaign – and our 250,000th download, of course!

Episode 30: “The History Of The Picnic”

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Episode 29: La Zoologie – “The Caves”

“We are locked in history and they were not.” – Werner Herzog We’re back! Thank you to everyone who participated in The Land of Desire’s anniversary celebrations. Extra thanks to those of you who shared my series on how to start a podcast, and those of you who contributed to the show’s Patreon page. This

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Episode 28: “Bon Anniversaire!”

“Bienvenue and welcome to The Land of Desire.” – me, 7/14/2016 WE DID IT! This Friday, The Land of Desire officially turns one year old! I’m completely blown away by everything that’s happened in the last year – getting featured on the iTunes Store, getting played on the CBC (twice!), getting to hear from fans all

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Episode 27: “We’ll Always Have Paris: Paris Syndrome”

“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” – Yogi Berra This week, we’ll wrap up our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Paris is in many ways a city constructed by and for tourism: tourism shapes which landmarks are preserved, which civic resources are available, and whose needs are prioritized.

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Episode 26: “We’ll Always Have Paris: A Visit from Hitler”

“Everyone in Paris once.” – German military catchphrase This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. Tuesday was D-Day, so let’s take a look at an understudied element of the hospitality industry: occupation tourism. What happens when an entire army comes to town? What happens when your conquerors

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Episode 25: “We’ll Always Have Paris: The Ritz Paris Bar”

“I have come to liberate the Ritz.” – Ernest Hemingway This week, we’ll continue our series “We’ll Always Have Paris” focusing on the history of tourism in France. I don’t know about you, but after all this history, I could use a drink! Luckily, I know just the place. This week, we sneak behind the bar

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Episode 24: “We’ll Always Have Paris: Love Locks”

“A public monument is not there just for lovers.” – city official, Paris (2014) Now that summer’s around the corner, Paris is bracing itself for the annual influx of tourists. With 36 million tourists passing through Paris every year, tourism has a profound influence on the capital and the country at large. Tiny trends morph into

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Episode 23: “Four’s Company: The Scandalous House of Claude Monet”

“No one but myself knows…the trouble I give myself.” – Claude Monet What are you doing April 26th? If you’re in San Francisco, the answer could be seeing ME, your friendly neighborhood podcast host, helping to launch the Legion of Honor’s newest book club, Page Views. In honor of their newest exhibition, Monet: The Early Years,

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