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

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Pieces

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Nukes are on people’s nerves again, for good reason. Our tremors, though, could be a symptom of sanity.

  • Added: Dec 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The news in our scandal-sick USA is that a woman can complain of sexual oppression with some assurance that she will be heard.

Bought by WMUU-LP, RadioFreePalmer, WJFF, KALW, WLPR and more


  • Added: Dec 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Otis Redding’s five magnificent years in showbiz transformed the sound of soul music.

Bought by 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WAMC, KAZU, KAAD-LP, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 16
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This Thanksgiving, we’re replaying our episode on the issue of opioids. Their epidemic running rampant has a 30-year back story and a grisly punch-...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s Thanksgiving season again, and the double shadow on our great American food holiday is feast and famine, both.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s Mark Zuckerberg’s world, and we are just scrolling through it: 2 billion of us now, a quarter of all humanity.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, RadioFreePalmer, WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KALW and more


  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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President Trump is on tour in Asia this weekend: relieved maybe to be “getting out of Dodge” as his campaign team is getting indicted in D.C.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, and WLPR


  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Amazon, the online everything store with the arrow-headed smile in its logo, is ready to build its second headquarters (outside Seattle this time) ...

Bought by KTSW 89.9, KUAF Public Radio, KVSC, WRGY, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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The “intelligence explosion” foretold 50 years ago, could be here any minute. Artificial intelligence has now survived the “AI winter” — and is bac...

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


  • Added: Oct 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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At Thelonious Monk’s hundredth birthday, it’s our ears that have changed, not his sound.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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An eerie suspense hangs over this Post-Puerto Rico moment. Seas rising, spirits falling.

Bought by KMXT, WMUU-LP, KALW, RadioFreePalmer, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Puerto Rico, a territory of three-and-a-half million US citizens, is unplugged, de-sheltered and desperate for months to come.

Bought by KVNF, KSFR, WCQS, KFCF FM, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Betsy Devos’s “Rethinking School” tour can feel like a mission to dismantle the whole system, public schools first.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, KSFR, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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At the brink of who knows what with North Korea, we seem to be back on the scary ledge as in the old Cold War cartoon: enemy rock-climbers hanging ...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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John Ashbery seemed to lower, not raise, his voice when he spoke his poems.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, and KALW


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Robert Lowell was the last of his kind: a New England aristocrat of Olympian thunder and civic weight, dead-set from boyhood on artistic greatness,...

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, and KALW


  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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In recent weeks, our comments section has been filled with request to define a term we use constantly on this show: neoliberalism.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s plague time in America. We’ve reacquainted ourselves with the wannabe centurions of white supremacy: their faces, their weapons, their torches.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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The dawn of a new age flashed across the news this summer – dateline Oregon: scientists from the US, China and South Korea together had tweaked the...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT and more


  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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There is no following this story, this confounding condition, this inescapable event called Trump.

Bought by KTSW 89.9, WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5