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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.

Pieces

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What does the second civil rights movement look like? Is a new struggle for equality, in feelings as well as rights, afoot on American campuses?

Bought by KPIP-LP and KTSW 89.9


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Led by Stacy Schiff, author of a controversial new thriller-history about witches, we’re looking at the Salem trials again as a whole.

Bought by WMUU-LP, WRPI, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The third in our podcast series about work, presented in partnership with The Nation. Big proposals and spiritual realignments for working-class pe...

Bought by KZYX, KPIP-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We speak to four survivors of mass incarceration.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KMXT, WCAI / WNAN, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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We continue a three-part series on work in America. This is Part Two: what we do all day, and how we feel about it.

Bought by KZYX, KMXT, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Nikil Saval, author and editor of n+1 magazine, talks about how the American office has (and hasn't) changed since its origin in the late 19th cent...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:46
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Throughout the 20th century, organized labor was a central feature of American life. Our guide, the historian Steve Fraser, asks what happened—betw...

Bought by WUFT, XRAY.fm, KMXT, KZYX, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Sep 14, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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What makes a piece of music "great"? From where does that inexplicable effect of music on our emotions come?

Bought by KMUN and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 37:58
  • Purchases: 2
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We're looking beyond the lobbying, boosterism and the #IranDeal tweet war to ask the weighty one-word question with no easy answer: yea or nay?

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Jeet Heer, senior editor at the New Republic, expounds on his colleague Elspeth Reeeve's theory that Trump is best understood as a wrestling heel.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:30
  • Purchases: 2
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John Szwed, historian of sound and music, walks us through how Billie Holiday — along with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, and Johnnie Ra...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 04:13
  • Purchases: 1
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It’s been 20 years since the publication of Infinite Jest. Is there a chance David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was right?

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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In the time of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, the poet Claudia Rankine has been the lyric teller of our deepest hurt.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Syriza’s turn from defiance to compliance may leave the millions of “no” voters feeling more discouraged than ever before.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Why is that from the billionaire candidate Donald Trump, wide-open narcissism, sexism, and anti-Mexican racism are accepted, even applauded?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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The astonishment about Billie Holiday in her 100th birthday summer is how differently we hear her. Our hour-long special on the myth and music of L...

Bought by KMUW, KCMJ Community Radio, WXAV 88.3FM, 90.1 WFYI Public Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: Aug 03, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 7
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After two years, three “final” deadlines, and a cabinet-level bike wreck, we have a deal with Iran. It feels like a time to celebrate. This week, w...

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Schuller, who died last week at 89, was a prodigious, captivated, sometimes cantankerous prisoner of every kind of modern music: between Beethoven ...

Bought by WFMT Station Account


  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outside...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMUN


  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The New Yorker's book critic speaks with Christopher Lydon for our podcast about life-changing works of literature. From Virginia Woolf to Teju Cole.

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 33:00