East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Listen to the radio. Any radio. Now!

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I tend to reminisce a lot here on Karavansara, these days, which is not cool, because I’m a fan of the future, and as the poet said, the past is something that never got in my way.
Who knows, maybe it’s the winter, the cold, the darkness.
But there is still room for the future, even when I reminisce.


Fact – just like Journey, I was raised on radio. Back when I was a wee lad, TV was something you turned on at 5 pm to watch Scooby Doo and then The Avengers or The Saint, or I Spy. You get the picture.
Throughout the day, doing my homeworks, reading my books or playing, there was this constant background of radio transmissions, because my mother would keep the radio on for company while doing her chores.
So I am a fan of radio, too.

And for a brief moment, back in the 1980s, we dreamed, with my friends, about the possibilities of the new satellite dishes.

We’ll be able to listen to any radio station, anywhere!

Now it didn’t really turn out like that, but a while later, thanks to the internet, we were able to get a taste of those radios out there.

Streaming audio, baby!

And a few hours ago a friend on Facebook led me to the discovery of Radio Garden, a website and app that allow you to listen in streaming to a lot of live radio stations all over the world (and I mean A LOT), using an interface that looks a lot like Google Earth: spin the globe, tap a green spot, and listen to the radio.


Writing these lines I hopped around, listening to a rock station in Kazakstan, a nice pop and talk radio station in Japan, a Kurdish-language station in Baghdad and right now I’m listening to some pretty weird electronic sounds from Fairbanks, Alaska (which just segued into a fun country swing piece right now!).
How. Cool. Is. That?

Radio Garden also includes a selection of historical recordings, jingles and stories.
Check it out – this is one of my childhood dreams come true.
I’m listening to the radio.
Any radio. Anywhere.
The future is good.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

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