French Podcasts

Major broadcasters

  1. Radio France
  2. France Culture
    • Particularly recommended programmes:
        • Projection privée (‘good for film buffs’);
        • La Fabrique de l’histoire (‘Histoire des idées more than pure history’);
        • Les Pieds sur terre (100% verbal testimonials, in clear everyday French);
        • Cultures d’Islam (‘a lay Muslim cultural trip’);
        • L’Invité du jour (‘short interviews’);
        • La Fabrique de l’humain (‘a little long but nicely edited’);
        • Les Nouveaux Chemins de la connaissance (‘French equivalent of ‘In Our Time’; ‘has got l'"ex de Carla" presenting it, but it can be quite good’);
        • Les Lundis de l’histoire;
        • Poème du jour;
        • Mauvais genres (‘all pop stuff such as polar, BD, sci-fi’);
        • Les Enjeux internationaux;
        • Répliques (with Alain Finkielkraut);
  3. France Inter
    • Particularly recommended programmes:
        • La Marche de l’histoire (‘the most downloaded podcast in France’);
        • Les Liaisons heureuses (‘if the guests are good’);
        • Le Masque et la plume (‘A real institution and fun to listen to’, ‘incredibly popular with Parisian arts/humanities students’ but ‘critics sometimes annoying’);
        • Le Grand Entretien;
        • Parenthèses
  4. France Info
    • Particularly recommended programmes:
        • Le Sens de l’info (with Michel Serres)
  5. Radio France Internationale
    • Particularly recommended:
        • Le Journal en français facile (‘not so facile as all that’ but comes ‘complete with transcript, and a “fait du jour” with comprehension questions and answers’);
        • Géopolitique: le débat;
        • Autour de la question
  6. France3
    • (local and regional news)
  7. Télévision Suisse Romande
    • Particularly recommended:
        • Geopolitis (international current affairs)
        • Nuovo (quirky current affairs programme, often with a focus on science and technology).
  8. Le Monde Radiozapping
  9. ArteRadio
    • (I admit I found the website rather confusing and the podcasts not really podcasts.)

Other sources

  1. Tous les podcasts (portal)
  2. Collège de France
    • ‘most are lecture-length and meant for a university audience’
  3. Flenet
    • (Literature)
  4. Culturethèque
  5. Là-bas, j’y suis