Our ideas for podcasts: historical trials, tales, Iranian lives…


Patrick Henry at his trial at the Assizes, January 19, 1977, in Troyes.

Today, we invite you to immerse yourself in the trial of Patrick Henry – which was the death penalty – and the pleading of Robert Badinter, to hear the words of Iranians with constrained lives, as well as to revisit the history of feminism and that of children’s stories.

Iranian youth speak out

From the outset, say how successful this podcast, “Far from Iran, close to our sisters”, is in substance and form. Salute for this the StudioFact team who produces it, Solène Moulin who signs the realization and the artist Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis) who lent his voice to tell the scenes and passages in Persian. To say above all how courageous, precious and essential it is. Courageous because two young women, Anahid Djalali and Juliette Pierron-Rauwel, left for Iran to record what must have been banal and everyday life, but who, in this country where everything is political, took an inevitable risk.

Precious because while it is so difficult for journalists to be able to do their job, it gives voice to a people and a youth eager for freedom. Necessary because through these words – and it is remarkable to have left room for Persian – it is their imprisoned and threatened life that shines through, as does their determination to fight the Islamic regime.

“Far from Iran, near our sisters”, a podcast by Anahid Djalali and Juliette Pierron-Rauwel, directed by Solène Moulin (Fr., 2023, 5 × 25 min). Available on demand on radiofrance.fr and on all the usual listening platforms.

Robert Badinter and the Death Penalty Trial

Robert Badinter, October 9, 2021, in Paris.

February 18, 1976. Roger Gicquel opens the 20 hours of TF1 with these words: “France is afraid”. We are the day after the arrest of Patrick Henry, who kidnapped and then killed Philippe Bertrand, aged 7. And this is how the France Culture podcast opens, a remarkable reconstruction of this historic trial since it was to allow Robert Badinter to “to free our justice from the grip of death”, as he will write in Abolition (Fayard, 2000).

Welcome, first, the piece written for the occasion by the lawyer Basile Ader and which takes up the essential elements of this trial which opens at the Assize Court of Troyes on January 18, 1977. Then, the realization, with a cord, by Cédric Aussir who, seizing the text, gives it so well to hear with a distribution at the height of the stake. Bastien Bouillon, recently crowned by the César for best male hope for The Night of 12, plays Patrick Henry; Jérôme Kircher lends his voice and talent to Robert Badinter; Jean-Pierre Malo makes a formidable president of the court and Gilles Cohen is perfect as a general counsel. Cédric Aussir also had the good idea to (re)play this trial in a real court – that of Saint-Ouen (Seine-Saint-Denis), in this case – so that it resonates as accurately as possible. .

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