In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are home-bound this winter. But culture can provide a thrilling escape, even from your couch. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcast episodes, videos, playlists, and more so you can take a deep dive into contemporary and classic French and Francophone cultures––without leaving your apartment.
Listen to The Thing About France Podcast
Did you know that David Sedaris loves French-style frozen food? Or that being in Paris makes Gloria Steinem feel like she’s in a village? Podcast fans will love The Thing About France, which explores the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and the United States through intimate with artist Mickalene Thomas, chef Daniel Rose (Le Coucou), Jonathan Galassi (President and Publisher at Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and many more! Listen here.
Dive into Geopolitics with the French Embassy’s FrancoFiles Podcast
FrancoFiles gives listeners a chance to explore geopolitical issues and get a behind the scenes look at French diplomatic and consular missions in Washington D.C. through the podcast medium. Learn about La Maison Française, biodiversity, the Michelin Guide, and more.[ . . . ]
Go Behind-the-Scenes with Authors at Albertine
What’s Leïla Slimani‘s favorite place to read? What unlikely object would Anne Garréta use as a bookmark? What book makes Négar Djavadi laugh out loud? If you’re curious to know the answers, look no further than our Authors at Albertine series, in which top-tier contemporary French and Francophone authors pick book-related questions out of a hat and answer them on the spot!
Grapple with Pressing Societal Issues with Festival Albertine
Under the sharp curatorial eye of such illustrious figures as Ta-Nehisi Coates, Gloria Steinem, and Masha Gessen, Festival Albertine has brought together brilliant intellectuals and artists on both sides of the Atlantic to explore timely issues at the core of both French and American society. Explore these archived Livestream videos, or dive right into this archived talk between Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, and Alexandria Villaseñor on our current climate crisis.
Stream Some of Our French Films of the 2010s
The 2010s decade left behind some incredible French and francophone cinema. Our selection covers topics ranging from the AIDS crisis, to globalization, to life in Paris, to lesbian romance, to outer space, and more––from the directors you know and love: Céline Sciamma, Claire Denis, Mati Diop, Jean-Luc Goddard, Leos Carax, and more.