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The Map That Lets You Listen to the Radio Everywhere

Radio Garden is a meditation on connectedness and what broadcast technology does to local culture.
Source: NASA / Goddard / Arizona State University

The idea for the Golden Record was always as absurd as it was romantic—which is to say, utterly human.

Isn’t it just like our species to conceive of such a project? To decide to record a strange and wonderful mixtape of eclectic songs and sounds, strap the album to a spacecraft, then send the whole apparatus billions of miles into the cosmos where it might soar through the vacuum of space for eternity? The alternative to an endless flight into the depths of space, of course, is that the Golden Record might actually be found in the unknown light of another world—on some distant planet, by some other species that could hear the record and begin to know humanity as a result.

Radio Garden, which launched today, is

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