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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 — with your host, Christopher Lydon.

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What makes a piece of music "great"? From where does that inexplicable effect of music on our emotions come?

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 37:58
  • Purchases: 1
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We're looking beyond the lobbying, boosterism and the #IranDeal tweet war to ask the weighty one-word question with no easy answer: yea or nay?

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Jeet Heer, senior editor at the New Republic, expounds on his colleague Elspeth Reeeve's theory that Trump is best understood as a wrestling heel.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:30
  • Purchases: 1
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John Szwed, historian of sound and music, walks us through how Billie Holiday — along with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, and Johnnie Ra...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 04:13
  • Purchases: 1
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It’s been 20 years since the publication of Infinite Jest. Is there a chance David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was right?

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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In the time of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, the poet Claudia Rankine has been the lyric teller of our deepest hurt.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Syriza’s turn from defiance to compliance may leave the millions of “no” voters feeling more discouraged than ever before.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Why is that from the billionaire candidate Donald Trump, wide-open narcissism, sexism, and anti-Mexican racism are accepted, even applauded?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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The astonishment about Billie Holiday in her 100th birthday summer is how differently we hear her. Our hour-long special on the myth and music of L...

Bought by KCMJ Community Radio, WXAV 88.3FM, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WRGY, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Aug 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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After two years, three “final” deadlines, and a cabinet-level bike wreck, we have a deal with Iran. It feels like a time to celebrate. This week, w...

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Schuller, who died last week at 89, was a prodigious, captivated, sometimes cantankerous prisoner of every kind of modern music: between Beethoven ...

  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outside...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMUN


  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The New Yorker's book critic speaks with Christopher Lydon for our podcast about life-changing works of literature. From Virginia Woolf to Teju Cole.

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 33:00
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In an encyclical letter, Pope Francis himself will intervene next week on the global story of climate change, bringing scientific and moral authori...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The best of American poets and the worst of American wars met head-on 150 years ago this summer in Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, his reflections on nur...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Seven years after the credit crunch, we know the markets have rebounded. Executive pay is back up; the public sector’s still shrinking relatively a...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by KPIP-LP and WRPI


  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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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