Tour de France

Tour de France

There couldn’t possibly be anything more boring than watching a bicycle race on TV, except watching a golf tournament, or maybe fishing. Right? But after hearing excited commentary every morning for two weeks on FranceInfo, a news station from Paris, I finally...
Shortwave magic

Shortwave magic

When I was about ten, my grandfather gave me his Zenith shortwave radio. It looked like this. I think he gave it to me because I’d expressed interest in it at his house, and he was not using it. I remember sitting in the basement, the antenna raised to its limit so it...