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Tune in for Season 3: Americans in Paris 

The Thing About France is a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. This season, guest host Liesl Schillinger interviews Americans in Paris during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom from her New York apartment.

In each episode, Schillinger talks with fellow Americans who either live in Paris right now, or have lived there, and who have deep ties to France, personally and professionally. They'll talk about how these Americans are experiencing their French connection at this unusual moment, when the ways that all of us used to engage with our cities and the wider world are in flux. What attracted them to France, and what still attracts them? And how are their ideas of place, belonging and Frenchness changing at this unprecedented time?

 

Liesl Schillinger, Host of Season 3

Liesl Schillinger is a literary critic, writer, and translator, and teaches journalism and criticism at the New School in New York City. Her articles, reviews, and essays have appeared in The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe New York Review of BooksThe New YorkerThe AtlanticForeign Policy and other publications. She has translated works by Alexandre Dumas fils, Nataša Dragnić, Lorenza Pieri, Jean-François Marmion, Takis Würger, and others, and is the author of Wordbirds: An Irreverent Lexicon for the 21st Century. In 2017 she was named a Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

Bénédicte de Montlaur, Host of Seasons 1 & 2

Original host of The Thing About France podcast, Bénédicte de Montlaur served as Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy in the United States from 2015 to 2019. In that role, she facilitated French-American cultural relations and supported French universities and arts, literature and education organizations in the United States.

She currently serves as CEO of World Monuments Fund.

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