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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 Friday afternoons.

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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“Call me by your name,” the lovers say, “and I’ll call you by mine.” In the movie running strong for Oscar honors, the breathless word play is all ...

Bought by WLPR


  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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The Syrian war is not over, meaning the war of the Assad regime to crush large swaths of its population.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT, and WLPR


  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Consider the algorithm—the snippets of computer code which all too often seem to stand in for higher authority in our secular age, a sort of god.

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


  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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Despite what the president might say—the state of the union is: “divided,” “mixed,” “fractured,” and maybe “headed towards oblivion.”

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KALW, and WLPR


  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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We’re beginning our series of 50th anniversary programs this week with one of the great shocks of 1968: the Tet Offensive.

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


  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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In cities across the country, working and middle-class Americans are struggling to keep their homes, pay their rent, and fight off eviction and for...

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


  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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The election of Donald Trump supposedly ushered in a new era of “fake news” and “post-truth” politics. Democracy would die in darkness, we were tol...

Bought by KUNM, KUAF Public Radio, WXAV 88.3FM, WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The people’s economist Mark Blyth is a perpetual fan favorite for Open Source listeners. The Brown University professor, who never left behind his ...

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


  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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We're ringing in the new year with a rerun of our conversation with Billy Bragg, a troubadour for British radicalism for more than thirty years as ...

Bought by KALW


  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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Noam Chomsky for 50 years has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting … not the city-square of Athens but a vast global ...

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP, WLPR, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Nukes are on people’s nerves again, for good reason. Our tremors, though, could be a symptom of sanity.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Dec 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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 WNMU-FM, WAER, Georgia Public Broadcasting, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WAMC and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 19
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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