Listen to Radio Stations from Around the World

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When’s the last time you listened to a radio station or podcast for the very first time? Heck, when’s the last time you listened to the radio?

I grew up slowly turning the dial on my shortwave radio hunting for stations from around the world. I got the radio from my dad. I traded him something for it, but I no longer recall what I traded. What I do recall is being twelve and listening to music and voices from faraway places and loving it.

It’s out of habit that you tune in to the same radio station every day. They play the music you like, they report the news you care about. Basically, you are tuning in to your comfort zone and you are on auto-pilot. But there is so much you are missing out on. There are seven billion people on this planet; could it be that there are some amazing things to be learned and some unique music to be heard out there on a station other than your local go-to station?

Listening to the Russian take on Syria or the Egyptian take on a bombing in Israel can be eye opening. Even listening to radio from Australia or Canada will expose you to ideas and thoughts that you are not hearing on your local station, let alone the national news media. You might even come across projects going on in other countries that are solutions to problems you are facing. (Now, the Internet can easily access those frequencies that heretofore were only available to short-wave radio listeners.)

Here is what I have been listening to this past week on


  • Sputnik English
  • Buddha Radio
  • ABC Radio Australia English
  • Al Jazeera English
  • FM Xtra – Reykjavik, Iceland


  • All in the Mind
  • Future Tense
  • Fresh Air
  • Revisionist History
  • Radio Lab
  • Freakonomics Radio
  • Innovation Hub
  • On Being

This list changes every week as I go searching for new stations. Right now, I am exploring stations out of South Africa, discovering their music as well as listening to their stories. What challenges are they facing? How are they working to solve them? Is there anything they are doing that might be worth trying in my own life?