Virginie Girod SEASON 2022 - 202306h00, December 28, 2022

Listen to the story of Charles Darwin, the scientist who made it possible to break with ancestral beliefs according to which God created all life, told by historian Virginie Girod, in an unpublished story in two episodes.

In 1831, Charles Darwin, who had completed his studies in theology at the University of Cambridge, could be destined for a career as a pastor... But his real passion was naturalism, the study and classification of nature in all its diversity, animals, plants or minerals.

In this episode of the "At the heart of History" podcast produced by Europe 1 Studio, Virginie Girod recounts the beginning of the life of Charles Darwin, born into a bourgeois family in the west of England and whose father, a doctor , hope he will follow in his footsteps.

Nothing is less certain… This story is a Europe 1 Studio production.

"At the heart of history" is a Europe 1 Studio podcast. 

Writing and presentation: Virginie Girod 

- Producer: Adele Humbert 

- Artistic direction: Adèle Humbert and Julien Tharaud 

- Directed by: Clement Ibrahim 

- Original music: Julien Tharaud 

- Additional music: Julien Tharaud and Sébastien Guidis 

- Communication: Kelly Decroix 

- Distribution and writing: Eloise Bertil 

- Visual: Sidonie Mangin


Darwin, On the Origin of Species, Flammarion (paperback), 2008.

Documentary to watch: 

The Grand Voyage of Charles Darwin, Dir: Hannes Schuller, Monaco Film and Arte France.

Topics covered: Charles Darwin - evolution - science - England - Robert Fitzroy

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