Michael Stevenson, aka Dai Bando, Johnny Foreigner, Monsieur Pas De Merde, is a blogger of French and British culture. His blogs Pas De Merde and The Hobbledehoy have been called "marvelous" by some, and "meh" by others.
Thousands of protesters gathered across France and in over 30 cities around the world to march against the activities of Bayer-Monsanto and others agrochemical giants on Saturday, while Monsanto lost its third lawsuit in the US. [ . . . ]
For the first time ever, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy will release a bi-weekly podcast, The Thing About France, in which Cultural Counselor to the United States, Bénédicte de Montlaur, interviews distinguished American cultural figures with notable connections to France about their experiences in both countries.
As part of the Cultural Services’ mission to facilitate exchange between the United States and France, The Thing About France podcast explores the relationships between French and American artists and institutions, and the long, complex cultural and political relationship between the two countries. Guests like musician Dee Dee Bridgewater, writer David Sedaris, journalist Liesl Schillinger, Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg, and novelist Claire Messud will discuss everything from the politics of race to the funding of cultural institutions, and the challenges and benefits of living and working in another culture and language. Guests also give insider tips on their favorite spots in France.
The podcast allows guests to speak candidly, sharing personal anecdotes and opinions on the interplay between our two countries. By hearing the personal stories of artists, filmmakers, authors, and other cultural figures, listeners will discover how people in France and the United States influence each other in today’s world.
Tune in every other Wednesday to hear new, compelling stories about people who have lived and worked in both French and American cultures. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts to stay up to date on the newest releases, and check out our website, www.thethingaboutfrance.com, for more information.