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***NOTE WE ARE ON VACATION FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS. NEW CONTENT FRIDAY, JAN. 6***

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.

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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...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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
Caption: Anthony Burgess by David Levine, from The New York Review of Books
First, we join biographer John Szwed in thanking the eccentric musical anthropologist Alan Lomax for his rare recordings of early twentieth century...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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New Yorker correspondent Peter Hessler reports from the road in China on the human side of miracle growth and epic migration. Then, we meet poet Ch...

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


  • Added: Mar 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Journalist Philip Weiss reflects on the links and gaps between European anti-semitism, the neoconservative movement, the modern idea of Zionism, an...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Historian Vazira Zamindar talks about the "wound of partition" in today's Pakistan. Then, we meet three young composers - Cynthia Lee Wong, Jacob B...

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


  • Added: Feb 24, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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Elliott Colla talks about the poetry of revolution and its role for transformation in Egypt. Then, we're with Jaimy Gordon, whose novel The Lord of...

Bought by WLPR, KWMR, KUNM, and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 18, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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We're with two artists--musical and literary--working that busy space high above the old boundaries of East and West. Rana Dasgupta is the English-...

  • Added: Feb 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
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Even as we watched transfixed as the protests in Egypt and Tunisia pushed the region's political scene into new waters, Nir Rosen stayed (will stay...

  • Added: Feb 03, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
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This hour we sit with Lydia Davis as she reads her beautifully honed, firecracker prose. She writes in the company of Montaigne, Emerson, Proust, B...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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We're talking with the Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi and the fictionist Daniyal Mueenuddin. With both the underlying supposition is that it's Pa...

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2011
  • Length: 58:56
  • Purchases: 2