…there was shortwave radio! It’s still there if you are interested in hearing things straight from the horse’s microphone, in real time via the medium of voice.
Rather than buy an expensive radio and antenna, visit this website instead:
and work out how to use it-it’s not too difficult. The website is basically a publicly accessible software defined radio receiver which has been professionally set up with a sensitive antenna. It is based in the Netherlands. Reception varies by day and night, but you can hear Havana and Pyongyang if you are patient. Needless to say, everything is just peachy in those communist wonderlands! There is a lot of Chinese broadcasting in many languages, much Arabic/Islamic, and also fundamentalist Christian. They are all trying to reach out to the multitudes of people on this planet who don’t have internet access. This costs money, so go figure.
The “waterfall” moving graphic shows all the broadcast frequencies across the screen, and the bright vertical lines represent stations broadcasting on the air. The purple bars beneath represent those parts of the spectrum reserved for broadcasts, rather than radio enthusiasts, military, navigation, ship-to-shore etc who use the rest.
My teenage interest in this kind of thing has been re-awakened, and I have a new hobby to fill the sleepless hours.