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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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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
Caption: “MOHAMED ALI JINNAH: His Moslem tiger wants to eat the Hindu cow” [April 1946]
Christopher Lydon on the road in South Asia, in a compilation of conversations and reflections on Pakistan's past and dynamic present. Featuring no...

Bought by KUOW and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Oct 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rashid Rana's "I Love Miniatures" (2002)
Christopher Lydon on the road in South Asia, in a compilation of conversations and reflections on Pakistan's past and dynamic present. Featuring fi...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Oct 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Edna O'Brien
We're succumbing to the enchantments of prose this hour, first with Edna O'Brien, that "scandalous woman" in the James Joyce and Samuel Beckett fam...

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  • Added: Jun 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Sharp-talking political economist Mark Blyth is back in the Glasgow pub, so we say, and he's expounding on the melt-down that's still melting down ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 02, 2011
  • Length: 08:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Teju Cole
Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is our idea of a post-imperial global mind in motion. His celebrated first novel, "Open City," is about a solita...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: May 20, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Steven Heydemann at Brown University's "Engaging Afghanistan" Conferece
With the news of Osama Bin Laden's death punctuating the reports from Libya, Syria, and Yemen, we're wondering: is this the beginning of the end, o...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 12, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jimmy Breslin in his Manhattan home.
This week we're delving into the world of American letters with Arnold Weinstein and Jimmy Breslin. Veteran journalist Jimmy Breslin might be the l...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCAI / WNAN, and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 29, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Melani McAlister's book jacket for Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and US Interests, 1945-2000
How do war stories work, and where do we find them? Our guests this week are mapping out terrains of conflict and confusion in our lifetimes, from ...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In the cultural crossroads of Manhattan's West Side, we found two standard-bearers for our most promising American tradition -- the literary and in...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Apr 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Nicholson Baker
Part of "Whose Words These Are," our look at poetry in our time: first Christopher Lydon in conversation with novelist Nicholson Baker, whose novel...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KUT, WCAI / WNAN, WEOS, and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 04, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Alan Lomax with unidentified man. [Library of Congress photo]
Open Source "Shorties" are 7 to 8 minute cuts of our best timely and evergreen material. Today, we're joining biographer John Szwed in thanking the...

Bought by KPIP-LP, KMXT, and Louisville Public Media


  • Added: Mar 25, 2011
  • Length: 07:47
  • Purchases: 3
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Open Source "Shorties" are 7-8 minute cuts of our best evergreen material. Today: Mark Blyth on the political economy of uncertainty in Japan, Egyp...

  • Added: Mar 25, 2011
  • Length: 07:47