In a country like France, where tradition reigns supreme, even a suggestion of change or newness has long been met with skepticism by the locals. This is no longer the case, says author-journalist duo Lindsey Tramuta and Alice Cavanagh.
The radio show continues the conversation that began in Tramuta’s book “The New Paris“, and taps an assortment of other local experts to take a close look at the people, places and ideas that are changing the fabric of the storied French capital.
Episode 13 – La Poudre
Following the Harvey Weinstein allegations, stories of sexual harassment and misconduct have been pouring out and saturating our news feeds, and not only in the United States. On this week’s episode, we’ll be tackling the timely subject of systemic harassment, gender equality and feminism in France with Lauren Bastide, the journalist and feminist podcaster behind La Poudre, one of France’s leading podcasts for women.
Episode 12 – A Greener Paris
Today’s guests discuss trends around making Paris a greener place.
Episode 11 – The Paris Myth
Does Paris really correspond to what first time visitors expect? Is Paris’ imagery true to reality? Is the real Paris actually better or worse?
Episode 10 – Coffee culture
Coffee in Paris has gone from maligned to revered in a relatively short time but the movement is still taking shape. Joining the discussion today are two individuals contributing to shaping and nurturing the Parisian java scene, Mihaela Jordache, head roaster at Belleville Brûlerie, and Daniel Warburton, co-founder of Honor Café and Neighbours.
Episode 9 – The French language
How does language shape or challenge our identities? Lauren Collins, staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of “When in French” (now in paperback!) joins us to discuss linguistics, the French language police, and navigating life in Paris as an Anglophone working to master a second language.
Episode 8 – Breakfast
What does the typical French breakfast look like?
Coffee, juice, toast with butter or jam, maybe a soft boiled egg or just a simple croissant are customary. There are sweet mainstays at 4pm too when the French take their goûter (their afternoon snack). But there are more options and perspectives on mealtime in Paris today that challenge how best to start (or break up) the day.
To talk about these moments and more broadly, how foreign concepts are received in Paris, we have two business owners joining us on this episode of The New Paris: Amanda Bankert, a French- trained American baker and co-owner of Boneshaker Doughnuts and Guy Griffin, the Franco-English owner of two coffeeshop-canteens, Café Oberkampf and Café Mericourt.
Episode 7 – Business
Thomas Abramowiscz and Usha Bora run successful businesses in Paris but only after spending much of their careers on a traditional corporate track, a path that’s long been considered highly coveted with security in France
But things are changing and career shifts which were once considered too risky are more common with passion as the operative word driving concepts.
The two small business owners talk about their careers, following their dreams and how difficult (or not) it truly is to run a business in France.
Episode 6 – Fashion
Episode 5 – Hotels
Physical changes are taking place around the city, namely a flurry of hotel renovations and openings that have seen the Paris hotel scene step up its game in both design and experience.
Alice and Lindsey welcome designer and interior architect Raphael Navot to the studio, the man behind one of city’s most exciting new addresses – L’Hotel National Arts et Métiers – which opened earlier this month.
You can also view more of Raphael’s works on his website.
Episode 4 – Pastry
What makes Parisian sweets, from pastry to chocolate, so singular? In this episode, Lindsey Tramuta speaks to two self-proclaimed “gourmands” – Frank Barron (also known as Cakeboy Paris) and Sharon Heinrich from Paris Chez Sharon.
Listen in to find out what they’re drawn to, why, and how the industry as a whole has changed in recent years.
WRP began producing The New Paris from episode 4 onwards. To listen to the previous shows head to the The New Paris’ Soundcloud page.