Greenhouse Effect, War Crimes and My Father’s Glory: The Catch-Up Session

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On the menu for this Catch-up Session: a 3,000-page report on the climate which has mobilized 276 scientists for 4 years, a look in the rearview mirror at a few crises which have marked the course of French political history, but also a meeting with Sophie Calle, a reflection on our sound environment and a Provence getaway with little Marcel (Pagnol). Happy listening 👇! Celine Leclere

It’s in the news: the IPCC report

The latest IPCC report is not comforting, but it does provide some optimism.

Credits: Artur Debat


There is another news with serious consequences for our future, which we have perhaps talked about less this week. UN climate experts published their latest report on Monday, April 4. If we want to avoid a warming of 3 degrees compared to the pre-industrial era by the end of the century “it’s now or never. We’ve reached a point of no return, but we can still adapt“ warns the IPCC. This is also an opportunity to look at the state of health of forests and the role of “saviors of the planet” that we attribute to them.

⏳🌡️ 3rd part of the 6th IPCC report : “Look up!” (The Morning Guest, 38 min)

💶 Who will finance the ecological transition? (Time for debate, 38 min)

🌲🌳 Take care of the trees (From cause to effect, 60 min)

📐 Managing the forest, a political issue (Without daring to ask, 58 min)

Focus of the week: political agenda

What happens when the unexpected disrupts the exercise of political governance?
What happens when the unexpected disrupts the exercise of political governance?

Credits: RF

French Radio

On the eve of the first round of the presidential election, the media are held to a strict reserve so as not to influence the choice of voters. While all eyes are focused on the result of Sunday’s election, there is nevertheless the possibility of delving into older news, to rediscover some highlights that have marked French political history.

✊ Mechanisms of politics: Alain Juppé facing the great strikes of 1995 (4 x 12 min)

📉 Mechanisms of politics: Christine Lagarde facing the economic crisis of 2008 (4 x 12 min)

📖 The Barodet or the recording of candidates’ professions of faith (5 min)

👑 The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude by Etienne de La Boétie, the first indictment against absolute power

It’s also in the news

Boucha cemetery near kyiv (Ukraine) after the massacre of civilians by the Russian army (6.4.2022)
Boucha cemetery near kyiv (Ukraine) after the massacre of civilians by the Russian army (6.4.2022)

Credits: Laurel Chor/SOPA Images/LightRocket


🇺🇦. War crimes. After the revelation of the atrocities committed in Boutcha in Ukraine, Russia is increasingly isolated on the international scene. The UN General Assembly voted to suspend the Human Rights Council, while the European Union decided on a coal embargo. (The international press review, 5 min)

🤯 Support. Announced last September in a context where the pandemic has made mental health a major concern, the “MonPsy” device which allows you to benefit from the reimbursement of 8 sessions per year with a psychologist came into force on Tuesday. Analysis. (Question of the day, 7 mins)

🎒 Refugees. Since the start of the Russian invasion, more than 4 million people have fled Ukraine. The recent announcements by the government, which assured that France would welcome 100,000 refugees, marked a turning point in public policies in terms of managing the migratory phenomenon. (Under the radar, 29 min)

🇭🇺. President. With more than 53% of the votes for his Fidesz party against 35% for the broad coalition led by his opponent Peter Marki-Zay, Viktor Orbán was re-elected as head of Hungary and will continue to exercise power without any counterweight. Has the war in Ukraine reshuffled the cards for this election? (International Issues, 12 min)

An encounter: Sophie Calle

Sophie Calle
Sophie Calle

Credits: Bertrand Rindoff Petroff


Visual artist, photographer, director, writer, even detective, Sophie Calle builds a work populated by sleepers, fortune tellers, lovers on the run or strippers. In Les Matins, the artist evokes her very last exhibition in which she summons the ghosts of the Musée d’Orsay where she lived clandestinely in 1981, when it was still only a disused hotel.

Sophie Calle:I felt lost in Paris. Every day, I went to take refuge in this empty and majestic hotel at the same time.”

It’s time…

The writer Marcel Pagnol in Provence in the 1960s
The writer Marcel Pagnol in Provence in the 1960s

Credits: André SAS/Gamma-Rapho


You have 5️⃣ minutes…

📱 O Solitude. They don’t judge you. They are reassuring and know you well. Normal: they have access to all your data. Apps allowing you to establish a supposedly friendly or romantic relationship with an artificial intelligence program are multiplying. Replika for example has been downloaded by 7 million users. (And now)

You have 1️⃣ half an hour

🔊 Sound Bath. What are the sounds that populate our daily lives, sometimes without our knowledge? What do they say about our time? A researcher in sound design explains how the sound environment in which we bathe reveals some of the recent evolutions of capitalism. (The Great Ideas Table)

You have 1️⃣4️⃣0️⃣ minutes

🎧 Pagnol, the other little Marcel. The glory of my father retraces the life of a young man from Marseilles at the beginning of the 20th century: school, summer vacation at La Treille, bartavelle hunting in the hills, and a colorful family. Listen to this “little song of filial piety ” that Marcel Pagnol published in 1957, read here by Hervé Pierre. (Le Feuilleton)

You have 4️⃣ hours

🌉 From shore to shore. From the Dardanelles bridge to the Hong Kong bridge, these works of art are intended to be a spectacular gesture, not only from an architectural point of view. Behind Epinal’s image of “link between peoples” hide geopolitical strategies that this series proposes to shed light on, through four examples. (world cultures)

To end this Session, a few musical notes and a few bits of poetry thanks to the Englishwoman Kae Tempest, whose musicality and lyricism of the songs invite you to let go and to reconnect intensely with yourself.

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Greenhouse Effect, War Crimes and My Father’s Glory: The Catch-Up Session

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