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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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Pieces

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Michael Lewis, the great tale-spinner in the Second Gilded Age in America, says that, after the latest financial crisis, "dissatisfaction is homele...

Bought by KPIP-LP and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 23:41
  • Purchases: 2
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We're asking the $64,000 question: can we build a more crash-proof, less leveraged, more equitable financial system? Our guest Jeremy Allaire would...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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As a scholar and a father, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson has spent his career puzzling over the “immutable force” in American race relation...

Bought by WUFT and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller orde...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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For our podcast, we're taking a trip to Brooklyn with the graffiti genius Ganzeer, who's talking art as social commentary—Concept Pop, as he calls ...

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


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 24:33
  • Purchases: 3
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For our podcast, tenor and writer Ian Bostridge takes us on an omnidirectional tour through key songs in Schubert's late masterpiece, Winterreise.

Bought by KPIP-LP and WABE


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:25
  • Purchases: 2
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For our podcast, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen speaks about his new memoir, which circles the underlying themes of his mother’s suicidal dep...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 38:06
  • Purchases: 1
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For our podcast, George Scialabba is speaking about philosophy, life, and his decades-long bout with depression on the occasion of an article he wr...

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


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 3
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Our podcast with Steve Brill, who's investigating the story behind Obama's Affordable Care Act: how a messy democracy awash in special-interest mon...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 22:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Our podcast with Sven Beckert, whose new book, Empire of Cotton, is an exhilarating, 250-year profile of the commodity that came to model and drive...

Bought by KPIP-LP and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:46
  • Purchases: 2
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Our podcast with Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, who has taken on the most important biography he can imagine: the life, rise and thirty-year r...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Next Wednesday the White House is convening a summit on ‘countering violent extremism.’ The details are sketchy — a press release announces that th...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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This week we’re taking the measure of the mystery known as LBJ at the Selma moment: not the cinema bully caught dragging his heels in movie theater...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM and KZYX


  • Added: Feb 08, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re continuing our “money machine” series on the cost of carbon capitalism. Gas gets cheaper, the weather gets warmer, and for our guests the env...

Bought by KMXT, KZYX, and WRPI


  • Added: Jan 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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On this Kickstarter-launch week we’re diagnosing America’s healthcare woes with the meta-journalist and heart patient, Steve Brill.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The story of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo has gone everywhere in the past week: into meditations on free speech and blasphemy, into declarations o...

Bought by KZYX and KWIT


  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Starting last month, the American freeze-out of Communist Cuba, which long outlasted the Cold War, began to come to an end. It may have been a smal...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Jan 12, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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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