A French Village Podcast with Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes

Ben and Sarah are watching "A French Village"

About the show

Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes are watching “A French Village,” about the Nazi occupation of a small town in France. While the show first aired in France in 2009 (and ran through 2017), it's finding a new audience in the United States now that’s it been released on Amazon Prime.

If you love the show, you’ll love this podcast. If you don’t know the show, you’ll still love this podcast.


  • Episode 7: All the 8-Year-Olds Know (Season 2, Episodes 1 & 2)

    April 16th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Germany has invaded the Soviet Union, so the Communists have a new perspective. Suzanne's admission to Marcel is morally confusing. Schwartz, Heinrich, Larcher, and the deputy prefect have a nice dinner together. Then Schwartz does something kinda badass! We learn more about the Larchers. Sarah's citizenship is in question. All the 8-year-olds find out about Lucienne's bad decisions.

  • Episode 6: La finale! (Season 1, Episodes 11 & 12)

    April 9th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Lorrain and Natacha are no more, but Captain Carrot lives! Sarah gives more info to Heinrich than she means to. Mr. Schwartz is in trouble. Dr. Larcher shows some moral development maybe? Ben reflects on socialists vs. commies, Sarah reflects on who does the right thing and why.

  • Episode 5: Rings Are Not First-Date Appropriate (Season 1, Episodes 9 & 10)

    April 2nd, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 10 mins

    The persecution of Jews begins in earnest. The spy ring intersects with the ring of Jewish refugees. Is Mr. Schwartz Jewish? Ben fives into the differences between the German Army, the SS, the SD, and the Gestapo. Sarah still can't pronounce De Kervern. Ben reveals his preferred method of torture. Lucienne and Beriot have more awkward encounters. Rings are not first-date appropriate!

  • Episode 4: Is Heinrich the Bad Guy? (Season 1, Episodes 7 & 8)

    March 26th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 4 mins
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    This episode involves gambling, prostitution, and spy rings. Gustav, Ben’s favorite character, is adorable, but can’t keep a secret to save his life—or anyone else’s. The Larcher brothers’ class differences intensify. De Kervern uses some, shall we say, enhanced interrogation techniques before setting up his spy ring. How did he know how to do that, by the way? Kurt and Lucienne’s relationship is “verboten.” Heinrich is a Gestapo officer, a drug addict, and... an interesting guy? Lucienne has her “Me too” moment, figuratively and literally.

  • Episode 3: The Booer War (Season 1, Episodes 5 & 6)

    March 19th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 1 min

    Collaboration, Armistice Day and an especially gross kiss.

  • Episode 2: Who’s French? (Season 1, Episodes 3 & 4)

    March 12th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Who exactly counts as “French” in the French village? What happens to France after the German occupation? What are the Communists are up to? Who was that guy was who fell out of the sky?!

  • 1: Bienvenue! (Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2)

    March 4th, 2021  |  Season 1  |  58 mins 12 secs

    Join Sarah Longwell and Ben Wittes as they discuss “A French Village” and why it’s the perfect entertainment for our political moment.