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Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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An American conversation with global attitude -- on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon

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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...

  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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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 KZYX


  • Added: Feb 08, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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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 WRPI


  • Added: Jan 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • 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...

  • Added: Dec 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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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...

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  • 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 PRX Remix and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 11:14
  • Purchases: 2
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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 WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 1
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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 PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
  • Purchases: 1
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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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,...

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  • 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 WCAI / WNAN and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:37
  • Purchases: 2
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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 Radio Newark and WRPI


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 15:56
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

  • Added: Oct 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:37