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The Thing About France: John von Sothen

The Thing About France is a podcast where cultural figures explore the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and America. In Season 3: Americans in Paris, guest host Liesl Schillinger interviews Americans in Paris during the COVID-19 pandemic via Zoom from her New York apartment.

Listen to the first episode of Season 3, featuring American magazine writer and comedian John von Sothen on building a life in France, raising a family in Paris, and breaking down French social codes.

In 2002, John von Sothen uprooted his life in the United States and moved to Paris. Although primarily a writer, von Sothen's wit transcends language and he has also forged a career in stand-up comedy in Paris. His hilarious memoir Monsieur Mediocre: One American Learns the High Art of Being Everyday French details his experience navigating new societal expectations and norms.

In this episode of The Thing About France, he touches on everything from romance (8:19) to education (23:46) to dinner party debates (25:35) in the City of Light.

The Thing About France is produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the US.

Listen on Apple PodcastsSpotifySoundCloud, and at thethingaboutfrance.com.