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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

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"As volcanic was the man’s painful life and descent into deafness, so his musical production was miraculously steady, virtually flawless, endlessly...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and WABE


  • Added: Dec 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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The protests chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” in the wake of the police killings in Missouri, New York, and elsewhere, will draw...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Dec 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The protests carry on and for now, as the protestors say, Ferguson is everywhere — not just in the news, but in our institutions, our interactions,...

Bought by KUMD


  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The Boston Symphony’s new maestro Andris Nelsons is a boisterous young athlete in an old man’s job – one of the rising 30-somethings in front of th...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Cornel West calls for new fervor and love—the kind once heard in Coltrane or B.B. King—in a rising generation.

Bought by KPIP-LP, PRX Remix, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 11:14
  • Purchases: 3
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The news from the big-money midterm is: meh! Democrats are out, the Republicans are in, and the country’s feeling bluer than ever. Six years after...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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165 Halloweens on, we still call on Edgar Allan Poe when we want a disturbing kind of classic — all of the horror with none of the guilt. His most ...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WCQS, WABE, and WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 4
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Jill Lepore tells the secret history of Wonder Woman—and how the superhero mirrored the ups and downs of a feminist movement.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, KPIP-LP, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
  • Purchases: 3
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With Ophelia Dahl just back from Liberia and Sierra Leone, Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and poverty guru, and Dr. Jim Cunningham, the virus detecti...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Casey Stengel raised the question about baseball’s miserable Mets long ago: anybody here know how to play this game? It’s the question more and mor...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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When you live on a computer, every hair on your head is numbered — every click, too, every date and breakup, every want and need. Christian Rudder,...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 13, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams thinks of "place as music and music as place." His latest work for symphony orchestra, a dark, swirling epi...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:37
  • Purchases: 3
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The New Yorker magazine's Lawrence Wright re-hatches the only (and unviolated) peace treaty between Israelis and Arabs, the Camp David Summit in 1978.

Bought by KPIP-LP, Radio Newark, and WRPI


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 15:56
  • Purchases: 3
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Can we hack our way toward solutions for climate change? While governments dither, Congress negates and the world warms, how about deploying privat...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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In the run up to another war in the Middle East, after stalemate in Afghanistan and Iraq, what is it in the American DNA that makes us think it it ...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Gil Rose, conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, tells the history of George Antheil's wild musical experiment from 1924, the Ballet Méc...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WABE, WCAI / WNAN, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 05:43
  • Purchases: 5
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We’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how...

Bought by KZYX and WCQS


  • Added: Sep 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re looking at liberal Zionism, enduring a crisis after a brutal summer in Gaza. It’s prompted handwringing for American Jews and Israelis who ar...

Bought by WRPI, KZYX, and WJFF


  • Added: Sep 14, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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What in James Joyce's Ulysses was so dangerously obscene? And why were the novel's greatest champions women? Chris Lydon talks with Kevin Birmingha...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WABE, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 4
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What does it mean when people can get rich without political freedom? New Yorker writer Evan Osnos spent eight years in China covering the nation's...

Bought by KPIP-LP, Radio Newark, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:57
  • Purchases: 4