Friday, February 08, 2013
These two 1947 broadcasts mark the start and finish of the Friendship Food Train's U.S. journey, a project conceived to help the people of Europe get through the winter.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The current conflict in Mali has had an affect on the country’s vibrant music scene -- from cancelled festivals to a complete ban on music in some parts of the country. Heather Maxwell, an ethnomusicologist, musician and host of Voice of America's Music Time in Africa and with freelance radio journalist Tamasin Ford join us to talk about how Malian musicians are coping.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
G. Y. Dryansky takes us on a sweeping sensory journey from Paris to Normandy, Alsace, the Basque country, and beyond, sharing stories of evenings with Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent, historic wine auctions and memorable banquets. Coquilles, Calva, and Crème: Exploring France's Culinary Heritage: A Love Affair with Real French Foodis an account of his travels across modern-day France, through kitchens, farms, and vineyards—with recipes.
Thursday, September 20, 2012
France is closing its schools, consulates, cultural centers and embassies in 20 countries tomorrow amid fears of a new wave of violence in the Middle East over satirical depictions of the Muslim Prophet Mohammad. Benjamin Abtan, president for the European Grassroots Antiracist Movement, describes how the issue is unfolding in Paris.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Julia Child is widely credited with single handedly teaching America about the pleasures of good cooking with her groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking and her television show The French Chef. She would have turned 100 years old on August 15, and to celebrate her contributions to cooking and culture, the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club selection for August-September is her memoir, My Life in France, written with her grand-nephew Alex Prud’homme. He joins us to talk about her life, how she learned to cook in France, and how she became a brilliant teacher and writer. When she passed away in 2004, she and Alex were working on the book, about what Julia Child described as the best years of her life, and Alex finished it and published it in 2006.
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012
-- Mitt Romney on his time in France
Friday, July 13, 2012
By Katie Bishop : Producer, Death, Sex & Money
Ah, Bastille Day. The annual French commemoration of the storming of the Bastille - which took place on July 14, 1789 - is generally celebrated here in New York with kitchy games of pétanque, too many glasses of pastis and half-hearted attempts at putting that 7th grade French vocabulary to good use (“merci!” “ouais!” “shampooing!”). But here at Soundcheck, we’re gearing up for Bastille Day this year by taking a good hard look at the singles that have recently stormed - and conquered - the top of the French charts. (Check out the full playlist here.)
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Mitt Romney and President Obama may find themselves watching events unfold in Europe with a little uneasiness. After all, Europe's political calendar may pose the perfect economic storm, and it could blow across the Atlantic and decide who becomes President of the United States. Brookings Institution senior fellow on foreign policy Justin Vaisse explains how the dominoes could fall in Europe and the United States.
Monday, May 07, 2012
Socialist Francois Hollande eked out a victory over Nicolas Sarkozy in yesterday's French presidential election. Sarkozy's belt-tightening austerity measures were his undoing, with Hollande promising higher taxes on the rich and a growing minimum wage for the working class. But the jury is still out on whether Hollande and his Socialist party will be able to combat the Euro-zone crisis that is keeping France in the red. Dominique Barbet, a senior economist at BNP Paribas, and Stephen Erlanger, correspondent for our partner The New York Times discuss the fallout of yesterday's election and what we can expect for the future of France.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Monday, April 23, 2012
Francois Hollande was the winner of the first round in the French Presidential election, and will now face the current President Nicolas Sarkozy in a runoff election. Sarkozy came in second in the poll. The presidential runoff election is May 6. Joining us from the French capital is long time correspondent for our partner the BBC in Paris Hugh Scholfield.