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Original tape date: June 26, 2002.

Angelique Kidjo

Born in Benin, West Africa, Angelique Kidjo built her reputation as a world class pop singer while she lived in Paris. But, as the New York Times puts it, “the music never left Africa behind.” Her new recording Black Ivory Soul takes the entire Atlantic basin as its creative source. Ever joyful about her music, the current Brooklyn resident talks to CANAPE about her African-Brazilian connection.

Maryse Conde

Known to readers world wide for such novels of French Caribbean life as Crossing the Mangrove, Maryse Conde casts a spell whenever she puts pen to paper. Her latest subject is herself. Winner of the Prix Yourcenar, Tales of the Heart is a collection of autobiographical essays that vividly evoke her family, her friends, and her twin worlds of Guadeloupe and Paris. Madame Conde tells CANAPE why and for whom she wrote the book.

Noelle Chatelet

Multitalented Noelle Chatelet teaches at the University of Paris, writes essays for diverse publications, and publishes novels and novellas. Yet within her many activities there is a binding interest, perhaps even obsession. What does our body mean to us? How does it shape our desire, our identity, our notion of who we are and can be? Madame Chatelet instructs CANAPE about how our body is much more than biology.


What makes a classic? Perhaps it's our desire to return to it over and over again. Movie goers and opera lovers alike can now make the eternal return to Giacomo Puccini's Tosca in a splendid new film version starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna. The tale of love, betrayal, and sacrifice is brought to the screen by versatile French director Benoit Jacquot. He talks to CANAPE about the pleasures of Puccini.

Read My Lips

“A brilliant Hitchcockian thriller,” says the New York Times. “Deliciously sinister” writes the Village Voice. Winner of three Cesar awards in France, including Best Actress, Read My Lips is now ready to infiltrate the unsuspecting lives of American viewers. Corporate climbing takes a few new steps when a downtrodden, hard of hearing secretary takes a handsome young thief as her partner. Writer/Director Jacques Audiard and actress Emmanuelle Devos chat with CANAPE about how it's done.

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