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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

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Pieces

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Cornel West calls for new fervor and love—the kind once heard in Coltrane or B.B. King—in a rising generation.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 11:14
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The news from the big-money midterm is: meh! Democrats are out, the Republicans are in, and the country’s feeling bluer than ever. Six years after...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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165 Halloweens on, we still call on Edgar Allan Poe when we want a disturbing kind of classic — all of the horror with none of the guilt. His most ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Jill Lepore tells the secret history of Wonder Woman—and how the superhero mirrored the ups and downs of a feminist movement.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
  • Purchases: 1
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With Ophelia Dahl just back from Liberia and Sierra Leone, Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and poverty guru, and Dr. Jim Cunningham, the virus detecti...

  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Casey Stengel raised the question about baseball’s miserable Mets long ago: anybody here know how to play this game? It’s the question more and mor...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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When you live on a computer, every hair on your head is numbered — every click, too, every date and breakup, every want and need. Christian Rudder,...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams thinks of "place as music and music as place." His latest work for symphony orchestra, a dark, swirling epi...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The New Yorker magazine's Lawrence Wright re-hatches the only (and unviolated) peace treaty between Israelis and Arabs, the Camp David Summit in 1978.

  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 15:56
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Can we hack our way toward solutions for climate change? While governments dither, Congress negates and the world warms, how about deploying privat...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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In the run up to another war in the Middle East, after stalemate in Afghanistan and Iraq, what is it in the American DNA that makes us think it it ...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Gil Rose, conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, tells the history of George Antheil's wild musical experiment from 1924, the Ballet Méc...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 05:43
  • Purchases: 3
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We’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how...

Bought by KZYX and WCQS


  • Added: Sep 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re looking at liberal Zionism, enduring a crisis after a brutal summer in Gaza. It’s prompted handwringing for American Jews and Israelis who ar...

Bought by WRPI, KZYX, and WJFF


  • Added: Sep 14, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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What in James Joyce's Ulysses was so dangerously obscene? And why were the novel's greatest champions women? Chris Lydon talks with Kevin Birmingha...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 1
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What does it mean when people can get rich without political freedom? New Yorker writer Evan Osnos spent eight years in China covering the nation's...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:57
  • Purchases: 2
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Pianist Vijay Iyer revisits his musical role models, and wonders: Where is jazz headed in a new century?

  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 18:39
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Is American democracy broken — are we being well-represented, or not? If not, why not? And what’s to do about it?

Bought by WMMT and KZYX


  • Added: Sep 06, 2014
  • Length: 52:05
  • Purchases: 2
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How did composers react to the violence of The First World War? We're listening to musicians who defined a modern era.

  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
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Out of the mire and death of World War One, even before the shooting stops, comes the strangest thing: the novel of the century.

Bought by WRPI


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:27
  • Purchases: 1