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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

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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...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 21:58
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by KWMR


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 20:08
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 41:36
  • Purchases: 1
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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 ...

Bought by KMUW, KPIP-LP, and WABE


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 33:10
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KMUW, KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and WABE


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:26
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM and WCAI / WNAN


  • 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...

Bought by WLRN and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by WRPI


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:14
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


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

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


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

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re somewhere between the legend and the facts of the U.S. economy. The legend, still in our heads, is it’s a rough-and-tumble democracy and a c...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 1
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Here’s how to read David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page door stop and masterpiece Infinite Jest: it’s a Boston novel the way Ulysses is a Dublin n...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re trying also to locate Aaron Swartz as a landmark in the culture and the age.

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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In the annals of Boston medicine two historic chapters in the last 50 years were the near conquest of sudden death by heart attack and (not unrelat...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 59:05
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What is the human hunger Pope Francis has confirmed – not just Catholic or churchy — all across the world?

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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El Sistema is not an instruction method so much as a shared conviction: that every child wants to make music, and can. It has big social implicatio...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 50:57
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My guest this hour is Steven Pinker, who has written a game-changer on the little matter of how quickly humanity is headed for hell or redemption. ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Dec 13, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1