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No. 310: BBC Arts

As my time continues to tick away–only 44 days until I have to leave France–I am starting to notice a lot more little things I am going to miss about living in France.


One is the easy (and timely) access to the BBC and the complete lack of American broadcast news. How lovely is it to live somewhere where the world doesn’t revolve around the USA? Very lovely. I love being reminded every day that the whole world matters, not just “the greatest nation in the World”. On top of that bit of humility, I like the fact that international news programs focus on things other than the top stories and sensationalized local events. I love the fact that they dedicated 5-10 minutes an hour during their primetime broadcasts to telling us about the arts too. The top-5 news stations in the US would never dream of doing this crazy promotion of the ARTS, nor would the viewers ask for it.

Only 44-days left of my free and easy access to the BBC, but a continued subscription is at the top of my list, right along side my Nespresso machine.


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  1. As a proud funder of the BBC may I recommend the BBC Radio iPlayer if you’re not already familiar with it. I have it on my tablet and smartphone and we have much enjoyed listening to news, current affairs, arts and The Archers when overseas. All you need is WiFi and you’re away.

    July 18, 2014
    • Thanks! I’ll need to set that up when I’m back in the US. We do that with NPR here, and while NPR is the best news in America, it’s still not the same as the BBC or the world news stations.

      July 21, 2014
  2. Merci for reminding – the lack of it’s all about US (us) TV is indeed wonderful and the focus on the arts here is refreshing as well.

    July 19, 2014
    • P.S. Be forewarned that re-entry will be surprisingly difficult!

      July 19, 2014
      • I’ve been through reverse culture shock a few times before, but I am really dreading it this time around…as the gun culture and the conservative right get even more wacky, I’m having a difficult time imagining myself at “home”.

        July 21, 2014
      • At least you know what to expect – bon courage 🙂

        July 22, 2014
      • Merci bien.

        July 22, 2014
  3. try the TuneIn app if you have a smartphone, any radio from anywhere in the world, for free on a wifi or internet connexion.
    I also find that France24 in English is quite decent, although French & francophonia centered, but at least you won’t get updates from the local elderly about the weather….

    July 21, 2014

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