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, I will argue in my new podcast. Think of it as a side dish to my book “The New Paris”. With co-host Alice Cavanagh, a fashion journalist and author of the latest Wallpaper Guide to Paris, and an assortment of other local experts, I’ll take a closer look at the people, places and ideas that are changing the fabric of the storied French capital. Listen to the episodes below or on iTunes (and please subscribe!). Show notes can be found beneath the podcast player.
Music by Little Glass Men
An introduction to The New Paris podcast, with writer Lindsey Tramuta and co-host and fellow writer Alice Cavanagh. In this episode we delve into the highs and lows of early expat life in Paris and our experiences as impatient outsiders in a city that took it’s sweet time to reveal itself to be (thankfully) more than a pretty postcard.
As a capital of gastronomy, it’s no surprise that a new and dynamic food scene heralded the first wave of change in Paris in recent years. In this episode, Alice and Lindsey pinpoint the names and addresses that have been at the forefront of this movement. Lindsey also sits down with French food writer and author Clotilde Dusoulier of Chocolate and Zucchini to discuss where food is headed (and where it needs to head), and later with Canadian chef Lina Caschetto, who talks about the Vancouver cooking style she’s brought to Paris and about an emerging focus on minimizing waste in the kitchen.
Lindsey talks innovation with digital anthropologist and best-selling author Rahaf Harfoush. Canadian-born and based in Paris for the past five years, Rahaf teaches innovation and emerging business models at Sciences Po and also contributed to The New Paris book. Rahaf talks to Lindsey about the tech hub of Silicon Sentier, in which sectors France is leading the way, and the promise of potential change in the upcoming election.
What makes Parisian sweets, from pastry to chocolate, so singular? In this episode, Lindsey speaks with two self-proclaimed gourmands — Frank Barron aka Cakeboy Paris and Sharon Heinrich of Paris Chez Sharon — to find out what they’re drawn to, why, and how the industry as a whole has changed in recent years.
In this episode, we talk about some of the very physical changes happening in 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. We welcome designer and interior architect Raphael Navot, the man behind one of city’s most exciting new addresses, Hotel National des Arts et Métiers, which opened earlier this month.
Raphael Navot, interior architect
Paris has long held the title as the fashion capital of the world but a landscape dominated by big brands like Dior and Louis Vuitton has made it tougher for emerging brands. In recent years this has all started to changed thanks to an influx of young talent, like Glenn Martens of Paris-based brand Y/Project who is the special guest on this episode. Glenn talks about the competition and his thoughts on the industry-at-large.
Glenn Martens, designer Y/Project
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.
Thomas Abramowiscz, The Beast
Usha Bora, Jamini
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.
Guy Griffin, owner of Café Oberkampf and Café Méricourt
Amanda Bankert, co-owner and head baker at Boneshaker Doughtnuts
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How much of our image and understanding of Paris is shaped by what we see in the media? Or even more relevant to a younger generation, how much is shaped by social media? Do locals have a responsibility to present all sides of the city? To discuss the old vs new and the cliché vs the real, we chat with Arash Hajianpour, cofounder of design firm Optimistic Future, and Jane Bertch, co-owner of La Cuisine Paris cooking school.
Links and mentions:
La Cuisine Paris
The Paris Syndrome
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.
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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.
Paris certainly has no shortage of green spaces, from parks to beautiful squares, but it’s only recently that a plant life movement has emerged in the city. To talk about this green and floral boom, Lindsey is joined by Elodie Love, creator of the blog Madame Love, and Judith de Graaf, co-author of the popular book “Urban Jungle: Living and Styling with Plants”.
Links and mentions:
Judith de Graaf
Urban Jungle Bloggers/Book
Flowered by Titi la Tige
Le Cactus Club
Officine Universelle Buly
Keukenhof (Tulip Park in Holland)
Les Succulents Cactus
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.
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Stuff Mom Never Told You podcast
Here’s The Thing
Universalism vs Intersectionality
Rebecca Traister’s NYMag feature
Catherine Deneuve defends Roman Polanski (FR)
Les InRocks Cover Controversy
How many times a week do you have a glass of wine? How often do you talk about wine? If you’re Parisian, probably quite frequently. For me, it wasn’t something I indulged with any regularity until I was researching and writing my book and finally discovered what I enjoyed drinking and knew what sorts of questions to ask. For wine writer, James Beard award winner and author Jon Bonné, it’s an abiding preoccupation. On this episode, we speak to him about his new book “The New Wine Rules”, the wine scene in Paris and what it’s like being in the wine world today.
For the finale of season 1 of The New Paris, we’re joined by journalist and fellow podcaster Oliver Gee (The Earful Tower) to chat about what drew him to Paris nearly three years ago, what he finds inspiring about the city, and what exactly makes this ‘New’ Paris so special.
Artists of all walks of life are a venerated group in Paris and that is especially true for filmmakers. Based in Paris for the last year, American filmmaker, actor and writer, Dan Sickles joins me to kick off season 2 of The New Paris with a discussion on filmmaking in France, following(or not following) the rules, his humanist vision for non-fiction documentaries and the local scene’s approach to cinema.
The last time we spoke about innovation in Paris was last year in the run up to the presidential election. Now that Emmanuel Macron has been in office for nine months, we revisit the discussion and look at the state of start-up culture, the creative scene and business development in the capital. Bringing their deep insights on the scene are Liam Boogar, of Rude Baguette and most recently of Algolia, and Abby Klein, founder of the Radical Departures podcast which highlights innovative men and women contributing to France’s thriving startup ecosystem.