Actually, in the 1890s there was no radio at all, short of some emergency tests at sea. There was a time when making your voice heard actually took some effort. Back in the day, the radio was used for things like asking for emergency signals, not communicating your feelings of insecurity to the world. The first true radio broadcast wouldn't even come across the waves until 1906, and would feature Bible verses and some light violin playing. While we wouldn't want to give up NPR, it might be a small price to pay for freeing ourselves of the awkward, guilty feeling we get when a friend asks us if we've listened to their podcast yet.
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