David Bouchier

David Bouchier’s weekly essays are full of unexpected observations and whimsical opinions. Listeners will relish his entertaining, enlightening, and sometimes exasperated commentaries on the routines that carry us through the year, the surreal rituals of politics, the unsettling experience of foreign travel, and the confusions and comedies of everyday suburban life.

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David Bouchier 9/22/14
7:40 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Autumn

At 10.29 this evening, just as you are enjoying the Miss Marple mystery on public television, the earth will be divided precisely into two, half in daylight and half in darkness. It’s the “Autumnal Equinox,” the first day of fall which always brings a little chill to the heart. Labor Day is one thing, but this is official. Summer in our northern hemisphere over.

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David Bouchier 9/15/14
11:05 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Out of Thin Air

Back in the nineteen-twenties this nation went mad about radio. In 1922 there were about 100,000 domestic radios in use, and thirty broadcasting stations. By 1924 there were half a million radio sets and over five hundred stations. Radio just kept on growing from there.

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David Bouchier 9/8/14
8:32 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Conspicuous Consultation

Unemployment is the biggest economic problem we have right now, and consultancy is the obvious solution. Anyone can set up as a consultant on just about anything, apart from the great monopolies of medicine and law.  You can buy the skills of an ex-architect or an ex-computer programmer, an ex-banker, or even an ex-executive for a tiny fraction of what they would have cost when they had real jobs.

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David Bouchier 9/1/14
9:36 am
Mon September 1, 2014

Hard Labor

For most American families Labor Day is not about the history of the American Trade Union movement, but that’s what it was about for a hundred years. Labor Day is supposed to celebrate the dignity of labor, but how that tradition has faded.  For several years the traditional Labor Day march in New York was canceled due to security concerns or lack of interest. It has been revived as a shadow of its former self, but more like an all-purpose carnival. Only about one in ten Americans now belongs to a union.

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David Bouchier 8/25/14
8:03 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Tourism by the Numbers

August brought the tourists flocking back to the south of France like swallows returning to San Capistrano. The roads were full of little Dutch caravans going at forty miles an hour, and big Mercedes with Belgian plates going at a hundred and te

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