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Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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An American conversation with global attitude -- on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon

We post regular broadcast hours for public radio.

Full-length conversations are available via podcast or at radioopensource.org

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Pieces

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Both our guests Eric Foner and Heather Cox Richardson want to shout it from the rooftops: the little-known history of Reconstruction is where the s...

  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The Democrats’ revolt against President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership has everything to do with the “giant sucking sound” of job loss echoing o...

  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle is sweeping the world in six volumes and 3,600 pages. It’s the novelized memory of a mostly ordinary Scandinavian...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Seymour Hersh, Noam Chomsky, and Christian Appy on the legacy of Vietnam.

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The People’s Republic has arrived and is applying for co-trusteeship of the globe. We got a good look at the co-trustee, China’s enigmatic presiden...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Barney Frank’s new memoir, Frank, reflects on U.S. politics and culture over 50 years, 1965 to 2015. We’re putting our podcast conversation here in...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Apr 14, 2015
  • Length: 43:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Our guest David Blight reminds us that Americans are re-fighting the Civil War 150 years after it ended. Historians, he said, “buried the questions...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Apr 11, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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From the great Bach’s hand, two masterpieces of church theater survive. Both tell the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, one from the gospel of Matthe...

Bought by WABE and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Michael Lewis, the great tale-spinner in the Second Gilded Age in America, says that, after the latest financial crisis, "dissatisfaction is homele...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 23:41
  • Purchases: 1
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We're asking the $64,000 question: can we build a more crash-proof, less leveraged, more equitable financial system? Our guest Jeremy Allaire would...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Mar 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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As a scholar and a father, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson has spent his career puzzling over the “immutable force” in American race relation...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller orde...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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For our podcast, we're taking a trip to Brooklyn with the graffiti genius Ganzeer, who's talking art as social commentary—Concept Pop, as he calls ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 24:33
  • Purchases: 1
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For our podcast, tenor and writer Ian Bostridge takes us on an omnidirectional tour through key songs in Schubert's late masterpiece, Winterreise.

  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:25
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For our podcast, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen speaks about his new memoir, which circles the underlying themes of his mother’s suicidal dep...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 38:06
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For our podcast, George Scialabba is speaking about philosophy, life, and his decades-long bout with depression on the occasion of an article he wr...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 2
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Our podcast with Steve Brill, who's investigating the story behind Obama's Affordable Care Act: how a messy democracy awash in special-interest mon...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 22:25
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Our podcast with Sven Beckert, whose new book, Empire of Cotton, is an exhilarating, 250-year profile of the commodity that came to model and drive...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Our podcast with Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, who has taken on the most important biography he can imagine: the life, rise and thirty-year r...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
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Next Wednesday the White House is convening a summit on ‘countering violent extremism.’ The details are sketchy — a press release announces that th...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37