A weekly history podcast that will cover France from 3 million years ago to present. Presented by Gary Girod, with contributions by numerous scholars.
The Old French Language with Olivier Robichaud
Hi again, Olivier here to talk to you about Old French. Hunh, what? Didn’t we already cover this? I thought there was already a guest episode about the origins of Old French. Well, yes that’s true. But last time, I was really aiming to answer two questions. First: where did French come from? And second: […]
Imperial Connections: Syria, Lebanon and French West Africa with Dahlia El Zein
Today’s guest episode is by Dahlia El Zein. Dahlia is a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Pennsylvania focusing on race, migration, and empire between sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East in the 19th and 20th centuries. Dahlia is currently writing her dissertation on the cross-colonial relationships and racial constructions of Lebanese Shi’i […]
72: The Viking Conquest of Normandy
72: The Viking Conquest of Normandy “The Normans are an untamed race, and unless they are held in check by a firm ruler they are all too ready to do wrong. In all communities, wherever they may be, they strive to rule and often become enemies to truth and loyalty through the ardour of their […]
Algerian-French Culture in post-Algerian War France with Dr. Richard Derderian
Gary: Today’s special episode is an interview with Dr. Richard Derderian. Derderian earned his PhD in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He worked at the National University of Singapore and California Lutheran University. We are going to be talking about his book North Africans in Contemporary France: Becoming Visible about […]
The Innocent Women Criminal Exiles of Louisiana with Dr. Joan DeJean
Gary: Today’s special episode is an interview with Dr. Joan DeJean on her new book Mutinous Women: How French Convicts Became Founding Mothers of the Gulf Coast. Her book couldn’t be more exciting: climate crisis, the first economic bubble and meltdown, corrupt police, murder, exile, it has everything. In the early 18th century the French […]
Women Secret Agents in WW2 with Dr. Kate Vigurs
Gary: Today’s special episode is an interview with Dr. Kate Vigurs. Vigurs is a professional freelance historian who received her PhD from the University of Leeds. Vigurs is a tour guide for Anglia Tours, covering the Western Front battlefields, Berlin and Krakow, Auschwitz, and has recently done consultancy work for the Army Museums, Ogilvy Trust […]
MaGoo isn’t referenced enough! Kudos to you, Gary, for bucking the status quo.
Excellent and very informative with a low key wry wit. Duncanesque
Ideological subversion not welcome
I prefer my history podcasts to be that, rather than interviews with ideologues who hold dubious qualifications. We wanted the history of France, not radical progressive theology.
Thinks He’s Very Clever
He’s a smart guy but so anxious to prove it and that he’s funny it turns me off to the show. Too much of his own opinions versus just facts. Best episode was earlier this Jan. 2022 when he interviewed the guy from Thugs and Miracles, way better podcast if you want to learn about French history