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 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.