Radio 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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Eric Schlosser, the investigative reporter of Fast Food Nation fame, has assembled what reads like a Letterman list of hair-raising nuclear bungles...

  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 23:56
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We’re thinking our way through a plausible nuclear emergency with Elaine Scarry who reminds you – we’ve got a weapons monarchy in this democracy. H...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Richard Rhodes is the go-to analyst of nuclear weapons for most of thirty years now ever since the publication of his acclaimed history of the Manh...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 22:23
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We’re reading and gabbing about a story called “The Teacher of Literature,” published in 1894; Chekhov was 34 years old. It’s a story about a young...

  • Added: Apr 11, 2014
  • Length: 01:21:57
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Errol Morris’s movie The Unknown Known is the provocation this week: cinema sequel to the Oscar winning documentary on Robert McNamara and Vietnam,...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Richard Powers is indulging us in a runaway riff on music, in a little room in the Boston Athenaeum, on the top of Beacon Hill, overlooking the Old...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 47:52
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We're revisiting the birthplace of the American mind. Five houses on three streets within a period of five years in Concord, Massachusetts launche...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1
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Oyeyemi has a way of seeing modern life as a series of fairy tales, and she likes to scatter them throughout the forest, upending monsters and unde...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 21:58
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We’re reading a famous story called “The Student.” It’s a late winter, early spring night in the 1890s, Easter weekend. A student is coming home f...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 20:08
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Chekhov wrote “Gusev” on shipboard, returning from his stark study mission to the prison island of Sakhalin in 1890. He was 30 years old, ten years...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 52:19
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The story this time is called “Dreams.” It’s a dense 7-page fantasy of the good life in the far wilds of Eastern Siberia. It’s a dream of freedom t...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 41:36
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Vanka is a tiny tale that has the feel of Dickens, about a 9-year-old orphan in Moscow, pining for his grandpa in the village, his only vestige of ...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 26:29
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We're picking up the thread of a long conversation with Gunther Schuller. He’s the man who first mapped a Third Stream of “jazzical” music between ...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 33:10
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Gunther Schuller is a composer, conductor, horn virtuoso, jazz historian and critic who had the nerve and the authority years ago to decree that “a...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:26
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Thought experiment: given that many of our best insights into Russian character and temperament come to use from their literary geniuses, can we su...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 2
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Are we getting over 9.11? What is it doing to our character, our culture, our Constitution? We’ve been through the flags-everywhere stage, the fore...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Stokely Carmichael was a down-home organizer and radical off-beat visionary of racial equality in America 50 years ago, a quicksilver activist, the...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:14
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With Iraq and Afghanistan bleeding in our rear-view mirror, is there a case still to be made for American intervention with anything more than word...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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A new rite of passage is taking hold among ambitious young doctors entering modern practice in a new century. It can take a year or two after medic...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Noir heroes tend not to be gangsters of Whitey Bulger’s grandeur; not tough cops either: they’re punched-out boxers and junkies, little perps, pris...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1