With a little Help from his Friends —and Good French Wine

“It was a body blow. I told them, if you reject me, I’ll be forced to accept my position at Oxford.”

“Forced” to go to Oxford? Why did this young American want so badly to attend a French business school that few Americans have heard of? Why was he willing to forgo his slot at Oxford to do so?

And why were a panel of French professors shooting him down in his interview?

David Wolf

David Wolf

Find out in Episode 2 of the America the Bilingual podcast. We’ll follow David Wolf’s journey, with its twists and turns through Paris and the Bordeaux region, learn of a love interest, and a friendship that would last a lifetime.

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After you listen, I’d like to hear what you would have done in David’s shoes. Just go to iTunes, subscribe and leave your answer in a review.

America the Bilingual is a storytelling podcast for Americans who are learning a second language, or would like to. Subscribe on iTunes or wherever you listen to podcasts and hear a new episode every two weeks.

America the Bilingual partners with America’s hard-working language teachers — The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) and its Lead with Languages campaign.

This episode was written by Steve Leveen, and producer Fernando Hernández, who also does sound design and mixing. Our editorial consultants are Maja Thomas and Mim Harrison; research assistance is from Alma Flores-Perez. Our graphic arts are created by Carlos Plaza Design Studio.

Music in this episode by:

Kevin Macleod — Beach party


Kevin Macleod — Quasi motion


Francisco Penilla — Chicle bombita


Marco Raaphorst — Au coin de la rue


Fatal Injection — PSI Part III


Chris Zabriskie — I should have been more human


Kevin Macleod — Backed vibes clean


Andy G. Cohen — A perceptible shift


Thanks for listening. Our next episode, up in two weeks, is titled “Little Greek Girl” about a girl who grew up to become a powerful and inspiring Greek-American.

(If you use Twitter, I’ll let you know about future episodes there as well.)