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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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The Opioid epidemic running rampant this summer has a 30-year back story and a grisly punch-line for 2017: drug deaths this year alone are heading ...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Henry David Thoreau on his 200th birthday has invited us back to his woodsy, watery old town of Concord, Massachusetts where crystalline American p...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Henry David Thoreau, our specimen of American genius in nature, wrote famously short, and long. “Simplify,” in a one-word sentence of good advice.

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Henry David Thoreau, on his 200th birthday, is an American immortal who got there the hard way – against the grain of his town and his times.

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In the first summer of Trump, 2017, there’s something happening and it feels bigger than the Comey hearings, even Russia-gate. Who knew that a Brit...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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(Rerun episode from 12/7/16) Bob Dylan, the poet, has been singing more than 50 years, but have you ever really stopped to listen to the words?

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
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Noam Chomsky for 50 years has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting.

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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His words have become rallying cries for a rising generation.

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  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Welcome back to Nixonland: After four decades, the Oval Office is once again the seat of empire, occupied by a paranoid pilot hellbent on an unremi...

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  • Added: May 19, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In John F. Kennedy’s hundredth birthday spring, we’re looking at a number of portraits of the president, including the painter Jamie Wyeth's famous...

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  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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On the threshold of trouble in Asia, have a look around the Western Pacific and especially back at US history there.

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  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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100 days of Donald Trump in the White House, 100 days of Democrats in the wilderness, 100 dumbfounded days of dismay at the New York Times, 100 day...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Robert Lowell was the last of his kind: a New England aristocrat of Olympian thunder and civic weight, dead-set from boyhood on artistic greatness,...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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With Barack out of the White House, Obamacare now looks something like a 7-year-old orphan: the unwanted child of yesterday’s Washington; a needy p...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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This week on Open Source, Christopher Lydon and others ask: Is American history a cyclical thing; a series of concentric circles endlessly repeating?

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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For many Americans, Russia once more is the name of the riddle: a mystery wrapped in an enigma that may or may not be deciphered in an FBI investig...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Christopher Lydon interviews professors Roberto Unger and Cornel West regarding the current American condition on this episode of Open Source.

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Christopher Lydon interviews a cast of public thinkers on their definition of a world commonly used on Open Source: neoliberalism.

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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It wasn’t a war of ideas that produced Donald Trump, but his election surprise has produced a war of ideas to define Trumpism.

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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Immigration under the new "ICE age."

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
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