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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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Dan Koh, the new chief of staff to Boston’s mayor, wants city government to work like Brad Pitt’s team in Moneyball. How and for whom are we managi...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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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 KMUW and WFMT Station Account


  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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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