The Phileas Club
About the show :
The Phileas Club brings together people from around the world to tell us how they see the news in their country. Politics, religion, current events… We get to it all, like a bunch of friends who would be talking it out over a coffee table that spans three continents. And the best part? We’re having fun doing it! We never take ourselves too seriously, even when we get into serious conversations.
Get the point of view of people from different cultures and upbringing, and don’t settle for one source or one point of view.
About the panelists :
We have a pool of several different panelists from which we get the hosts that come in every month. Most of them are friends of Patrick’s, some of them are friends of friends, and a few are just people who were interested in the concept of the show.
They span many countries, cultures, religions, political colors, races, genders and ages. The best way to learn more is to listen to our shows and see for yourself!
If you wish to contact the show, please feel free to send an email to:
phileas [at] frenchspin [dot] com
A slightly more in depth FAQ :
What is this show?
Very simply put, this show is a monthly audio podcast about what happens in the world.
There is a twist though: rather than having one person give you a monotonous speech about some far away land, we thought it would be more interesting to bring the far away land to you, and let it tell you what has been happening there.
So what we do is this: each month, we gather people from around the world, and ask them what has been making the news in their country, on both local and international fronts. This puts worlds events in very sharp contrast, as it allows the listener to not only hear about important events that might have been underreported in their own country, but it also allows us to learn about how different countries and cultures perceive and interpret the important events of our time.
Ultimately, we hope our show will help people understand each other a little bit more, even in a small way. The first one who says “left wing hearty-feely hippie” gets a time out. Seriously though, this “goal” has nothing to do with political colors. Some of us are left wing, some of us are right wing, and some of us don’t really think of it in terms of left or right, because these words mean very different things depending on which part of the world you live in.
I get the impression you insist on the whole thing being silly.
We certainly do not! Make no mistake about it, we talk about very serious things in a very serious manner. We just don’t believe that serious equals boring.
So we try to approach this show the same way we would approach a conversation with friends: we talk about things in a casual manner, we sometimes joke about serious things, and we exchange ideas and opinions the way, hopefully, civilized people do.
So you’re not journalists?
No, we are not. We comment on the things journalists report, and we are probably not qualified enough to be quoted or referenced as reliable sources in that way. We do however have the advantage of living in the countries we report about, and this makes a significant difference with what the news outlets usually do, especially when we talk about the perception of world events in our local communities.
Also bear in mind that the views expressed in our shows are our own, and even though we strive to be very specific on what is our opinion and what is our national consensus on things, several million people will probably have more than a couple of different opinions. So in short, if Patrick says that he’s tired of all the strikes in France, he doesn’t speak for all French people. And you can probably be certain that you will find a couple of people in his country that will disagree and sing the praises of those very strikes.
Well, you get my meaning.
What is “Phileas”?
This is a reference to Phileas Fogg, the main character in the book “Around the World in Eighty Days”, by French author Jules Vernes. We thought it would be an interesting way of summing up what this show is about, and the fact that Patrick is French makes it all the more fun.
What’s that deliciously funky music you’re using?
The music we use on the show are performances from the band Le Gros Tube. They are a French funk marching brass band headed by Patrick’s own brother Daniel, and they are sure to rock your socks off if you ever come across them during one of their European tours.
You can find out more about them on their website.