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 10/13/14
2:15 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Taking Chances

When my wife and I travel we organize everything in a thorough and sensible way. We know where we're going and what we are planning to do in some detail before we ever reach the airport. We don't like surprises. But travel didn't used to be like this. Before it became an industry travel was always an adventure. Surprises came thick and fast, and your journey was never guaranteed to end where and when you had planned, or indeed to end without some kind of catastrophe. That's why most people stayed close to home.

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David Bouchier 10/6/14
7:40 am
Mon October 6, 2014

Employment Opportunities

Back in the distant past, when I was looking for work instead of trying to avoid it, the main problem was one of choice. The unemployment rate was around 2 percent, and employers were almost desperate to find workers. So my contemporaries and I bounced heedlessly from one occupation to another in search of something interesting. I could have taken almost any kind of employment that did not demand good eyesight or serious qualifications. We had no notion that the jobs would ever run out. The classified advertisement sections were always full of new ones.

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David Bouchier 9/29/14
7:35 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Independence for All

The campaign for Scottish independence that ended in failure last week aroused intense interest because it posed the most basic of all political questions, namely "What is a nation?" There are almost two hundred recognized nations in the world, but there could easily be two thousand if every independence movement succeeded. Nationalism is back with a vengeance: Uigars in China, Russians in Ukraine, French speakers in Quebec, Flemish speakers in Belgium – the list of restive minorities who want independence is enormous.

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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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