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An American conversation with global attitude — on the arts, humanities, and global affairs — with your host, Christopher Lydon.

Consider adding us to your weekly schedule; we post regular broadcast hours for public radio Mondays at 11am ET.

For shorter stand-alone radio stories and podcasts: check out our series "Open Source Shorts."

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

Ask us to make your station a custom promo! Contact us at info@radioopensource.org.

Pieces

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Something new: A radio essay about identity, migration, and the politics of borders.

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Can our global system keep going without a reworking for the Internet age?

Bought by WRPI, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We’re getting a broad course in listening here, a sense of how a minimalist composer maxes out on sound, and how we, too, might make the most of th...

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami, have just published a new people’s history of the civil war.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, WRPI, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A republic is a fragile thing. And Weimar Germany lets you know the great possibilities and terrible perils that await the republic that fails.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WRPI, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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How does a media establishment cover an anti-establishment revolt? Has the frenzy diverted American journalism from its fourth-estate duty: of hold...

Bought by WXDU, KMXT, WCAI / WNAN, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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What can be made of the “change” votes for Sanders and Trump, if neither of those candidates finds his way to the White House?

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WRGY, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Is racial justice on the ballot in 2016?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KTSW 89.9, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 29, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The late justice Antonin Scalia boasted that his United States Constitution was definitively “dead.” But in a mixed-up political season, what if ou...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WRGY, WCAI / WNAN, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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In 2016, is Sanders’ socialism a vulnerability — or a selling point?

Bought by XRAY.fm, KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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In 2016, the presidential election became electric. Meaning upsets, betrayals, collapses and mis-coronations — all of which works well as pure drama.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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In 1933, a group of freethinking American educators and academics took a look at their fresh, interwar world — and set about trying to remake it.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We’re wondering where we stand now in the endless parade of fragile empires.

Bought by KPIP-LP and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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What does it mean when a high-capital story survives as a global dream?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, KPIP-LP, WMUU-LP, KTSW 89.9, and KMXT


  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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We’re re-imagining an environmental crisis in the wake of the accord in Paris. The economists had their turn. Now we’re asking: What would the arti...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WNPR, KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and KMXT


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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As the nation of immigrants grows bigger, browner and in many ways more inclusive, the part of it that obsesses over the real America never quite g...

Bought by American Voices, WMUU-LP, KZYX, WCAI / WNAN, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 8
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With Amb. Chas Freeman, a freethinking veteran of foreign service, and the French journalist Sylvain Cypel, we’re in the Open Source situation room...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KPIP-LP, KMXT, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Nov 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 4
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Dan Koh, the new chief of staff to Boston’s mayor, wants city government to work like Brad Pitt’s team in Moneyball. How and for whom are we managi...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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What does the second civil rights movement look like? Is a new struggle for equality, in feelings as well as rights, afoot on American campuses?

Bought by KPIP-LP and KTSW 89.9


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Led by Stacy Schiff, author of a controversial new thriller-history about witches, we’re looking at the Salem trials again as a whole.

Bought by WRPI and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2