Saturday, June 2

a refrain

AM/FM radio is a pretty remarkable thing.

I suppose this has been obscured by the way that talk radio has played a starring role in decades of America’s political drift towards the authoritarian right, and also by the homogeneity of commercial music programming on FM. All the same, here’s a massively deployed analog technology that covers most of the world and remains compatible with decades-old hardware. There is, at this writing, hardly a house or car in the United States that can’t tune in radio stations. I’m listening to the news right now on a handheld radio that was purchased the day I was born.

The news is bad, but the radio still works about as well as it ever has.