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Paris: Responses to Terror, and the Experiment in Mixité

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For this episode, we jump across the Atlantic to Paris, France–a city whose identity is a long held archetype of beauty and romance. Conversely, Paris has also long been the site of historical protest and legacies of colonialism whose spectres are still coming to fore.

Jessica Myers and Adelie Pojzman-Pontay with the Here There Be Dragons podcast feature Paris and explore Parisian sentiment–both native and immigrant–about the post-terrorists attacks at the Bataclan and Charlie Hebdo. We learn how the state has responded, but also, how the attacks have revived historical and cultural tensions.

Les Grands Voisins translates into the ‘great neighbors,’ it’s a space and a social experiment into mixite, or social mixing. Gregoire Molle takes his microphone this former hospital, now turned to mixed use space with emergency housing, to established businesses, to art studios–all run by a group of direct service organizations. How can mixite drive diversity, and what does it encourage?

Special Thanks: CoLab Radio; Here There Be Dragons — Jessica Myers, Adélie Pojzman-Pontay; Grégoire Molle; Making Contact organizational advisors Makani Themba, Bill Creighton and Michael Stein.

Photo of Muslim family condemning attacks in Paris, photo by Albert Llop, Getty Images.

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  • François Glory,  co-founder of Hapax Architectures
  • Aurelie Cordier, member of Aurore
  • Jean-Louis Missika, Legislative Aid to Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris
  • Pascale Dubois, Coordinator, Aurore
  • Thomas Aguilera, Researcher
  • Alison Culliford
  • Steffi Njoh Monny
  • Tiffany Ferguson
  • Franck Faucheux
  • Joseph Swerdlin
  • Jacqueline Houdart
  • Rosemary Booth
  • Dania Kawar
  • Yassine Khorta
  • Ahmed Omran
  • Mawena Yehouessi
  • Amah Edoh
  • Frank Zschiegner
  • Thomas Bergeron
  • Saïda Laurore
  • Mirette Khorshed
  • Jean-Claude Driant
  • Lawrence Vale
  • Grégoire Molle
  • Mona
  • Pierre Bienaimé
  • Zineb Alami

  • Contributing Producers: Jessica Carolyn Myers, Adelie Pontay-Pozman, Gregoire Molle, R.J. Lozada
  • Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada
  • Executive Director: Lisa Rudman
  • Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin
  • Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker


  • Bensound, “Memories”


Author: Radio Project

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