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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.

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For shorter stand-alone radio stories and podcasts: check out our series "Open Source Shorts."

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At the brink of who knows what with North Korea, we seem to be back on the scary ledge as in the old Cold War cartoon: enemy rock-climbers hanging ...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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John Ashbery seemed to lower, not raise, his voice when he spoke his poems.

Bought by WLPR and KALW


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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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,...

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, and KALW


  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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In recent weeks, our comments section has been filled with request to define a term we use constantly on this show: neoliberalism.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s plague time in America. We’ve reacquainted ourselves with the wannabe centurions of white supremacy: their faces, their weapons, their torches.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 18, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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The dawn of a new age flashed across the news this summer – dateline Oregon: scientists from the US, China and South Korea together had tweaked the...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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There is no following this story, this confounding condition, this inescapable event called Trump.

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Billy Bragg has been the premier troubadour for British radicalism for more than thirty years: a democratic socialist with a guitar and a steadfast...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT, and WLPR


  • Added: Jul 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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: 8
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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
  • Purchases: 4
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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.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KMXT, WLPR, and KALW


  • Added: Jul 07, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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
  • Purchases: 12
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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...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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?

Bought by KMXT, WMUU-LP, KALW, and WLPR


  • Added: Jun 09, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 4
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Noam Chomsky for 50 years has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting.

Bought by KVNF, WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR and more


  • Added: Jun 02, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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His words have become rallying cries for a rising generation.

Bought by KMXT, WCAI / WNAN, XRAY.fm, WLPR, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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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
  • Purchases: 9
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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...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, KMXT, and WLPR


  • Added: May 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4
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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.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, and KMXT


  • Added: May 05, 2017
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KRCB-FM "Radio 91", WLPR, and KALW


  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 4