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From Dusty to Digital: Preserving Tanzania's Cultural Treasures Preserving Tanzania's Cultural Treasures

A massive archive of Tanzanian musical history gathers dust in a closet. MP3s to the rescue!

While you're probably more likely to hear Biggie than traditional local music on the globalized airwaves of modern-day Tanzania, in the 1970s, the newly independent nation used radio to help forge a distinct musical and political identity. At the height of disco fever, state-controlled media of the socialist government gave airtime to the indigenous muziki wa dansi, academic studies of tribal drumming, and Afro-Cuban jazz, as well as political speeches supporting independence struggles across the continent.

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Check Out Brooklyn's Fresh New Shipping Container Radio Station BBox is Brooklyn's New Community Radio Station, Direct from a Farmer's Market

BBox is Brooklyn's upstart community radio station coming direct from a farmers' market. They're looking for fresh DJs and hosts.


Back in March, we asked you to help design Brooklyn, New York's newest public market. The hitch was that the ambitious Dekalb Market for farmers, crafters and dreamers would be housed entirely in reclaimed shipping containers. Some wild designs came in that would spark commerce, creativity and local culture.

On behalf of GOOD, I was one of the judges for the competition, so now it's time to meet the winner: BBox, a Brooklyn-centric community radio station in a big metal box.

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Intermission: Listening to Los Angeles

A new website streams live LAPD radio chatter over a background of ambient music. The result is hypnotic, beautiful, and utterly compelling.


"You are listening to Los Angeles" streams live LAPD radio chatter over a background of Creative Commons-licensed ambient music from SoundCloud. It was created by web and video game producer Eric Eberhardt, and it is hypnotic, beautiful, and utterly compelling.

Eberhardt explains how he came up with the idea for the site:

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