34 episodes

Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes are watching “A French Village,” about the Nazi occupation of a small town in France. While the show first aired in France in 2009 (and ran through 2017), it's finding a new audience in the United States now that’s it been released on Amazon Prime.
If you love the show, you’ll love this podcast. If you don’t know the show, you’ll still love this podcast.

A French Village Podcast with Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes The Bulwark

    • TV & Film
    • 4.8 • 383 Ratings

Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes are watching “A French Village,” about the Nazi occupation of a small town in France. While the show first aired in France in 2009 (and ran through 2017), it's finding a new audience in the United States now that’s it been released on Amazon Prime.
If you love the show, you’ll love this podcast. If you don’t know the show, you’ll still love this podcast.

    Episode 34: Fin (Season 7, Episodes 4-6)

    Episode 34: Fin (Season 7, Episodes 4-6)

    Sarah and Ben close out A French Village podcast with the final episode (Season 7, Episodes 4-6).

    • 1 hr 13 min
    Episode 33: The End is Nigh (Season 7, Episodes 1-3)

    Episode 33: The End is Nigh (Season 7, Episodes 1-3)

    Sarah and Ben discuss the first half of season 7, episodes 1-3

    • 54 min
    Episode 32: Season 6 Finale - Legal Purge (Season 6, Episodes 4, 5, & 6)

    Episode 32: Season 6 Finale - Legal Purge (Season 6, Episodes 4, 5, & 6)

    Ben and Sarah wrap up Season 6 with the final 3 episodes.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 31: Season 6 (Episodes 1, 2, & 3)

    Episode 31: Season 6 (Episodes 1, 2, & 3)

    Sarah and Ben discuss season 6, episodes 1, 2, & 3.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 30: Season 5 Finale! (Season 5, Episodes 11 & 12)

    Episode 30: Season 5 Finale! (Season 5, Episodes 11 & 12)

    Sarah and Ben discuss the final two episodes of Season 5.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 29: Bad Beriot (Season 5, Episodes 9 & 10)

    Episode 29: Bad Beriot (Season 5, Episodes 9 & 10)

    Sarah and Ben discuss Season 5, Episodes 9 & 10.

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
383 Ratings

383 Ratings

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A note on Lucienne

Great podcast and great show!! Sarah in particular, thanks for having introduced us to this terrific show back in late 2020. It was great revisiting all the episodes through yours and Ben's excellent podcasts. One quibble, about Lucienne -- an observation both of you missed, for good reason, since it seems unlikely that either of you attended 12 years of Catholic school, much less an all-girls Catholic high school. I did, long ago, and I can share that on the order of 30% of the girls in my high school were "Luciennes". A "Lucienne" was the *desired outcome* of an educational system designed to create "humble, chaste, meek & mild gentle women, obedient to God and their husbands". Though many of us resisted & survived stronger in opposition, a good many emerged essentially disconnected from their own feelings. You couldn't ask them, did they want hamburgers or hot dogs? The invariable answer was "whatever you want". They floated thru life, being pleasant to everyone and never, ever seeking to stand out in any way. When I first saw Lucienne, in the very first episode, I immediately recognized her type -- I could picture her sitting in one of my classrooms like so many others just like her -- and Lucienne was a full generation older than me, so I imagine the pressures to conform would have been much stronger. The incident with the priest stems from this. Some of the "meek" girls, somewhere deep inside, had, I think, an ember of anger tinged with self-loathing that emerged in a practice of "teasing" the "good boys" -- the ones,we were told, who would never harm "a good girl", so they pushed the envelope. It was a sport, a terrible one at that, but quite recognizable -- and frequenlty followed by acts of contrition such as obsessively cleaning church items. Add to that, that a priest is an authority figure, sworn to celibacy, and i imagine Lucienne, unable to fully lash out at Beriot, picked the priest as a good substitute for a kind of torture. It's incomprehensible, unless you've witnessed it, though in a lesser form.

Thaddeus Stevens ,

Wittes Gets Punked Listeners Get Punked by Bulwark

The highly respectable Ben Wittes- who leads a pack of wicked smart and educated woman in his Lawfare world- lends his coattails to a shallow parochial Sarah Longwell-she with a with a vile-adjacent professional CV-and gets punked in the process. Ben is watching for first time and contributing handsomely, Sarah is re-watching and bragging about hating foie gras and not using Google. The coattails are ripped off. ‘A French Village’ is brilliant. Ben gave a thoughtful summary on his inlieuoffun youtube live cast on11/8/21, and so now at episode 9, I can thankfully pull the plug on this podcast (scheesh, spouse cn even get through 1st one). And as I never never never defile my cache with anything Bulwark- thank you Ben for punking me, too.

THF Seattle ,

Thank you Sarah and Ben

What an incredible journey and learning experience. In the debate of who is worse between Hortense and Jeanine, it is a hard one. Hortense is worse in a psychotic kind of way, whereas Jeanine has a snake-like quality to her evilness. Anyone should try to stay away from those two for sure.

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