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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 Mondays at 11am ET.

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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She’s become the default choice—the option that isn’t chaos.

Bought by WEZU, KMXT, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Jun 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Susan Faludi's father, estranged from her and aged 76, emailed his daughter with a bombshell: he now identified as a woman after reassignment surge...

  • Added: Jun 21, 2016
  • Length: 32:01
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Halftime 2016. We're on the psychiatrist's couch with novelist Marilynne Robinson and others.

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


  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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For decades we’ve worried about an epidemic of sexual assault at American colleges. Have we made real progress toward solving the problem?

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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In 2016, are we witnessing too much people power or too little?

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Beach reading and classic literature intersect in one long literary shocker. We're discussing the “Neapolitan Novels” of Elena Ferrante.

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


  • Added: May 23, 2016
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 3
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Confucius raises self-cultivation to the pursuit of a lifetime. Every encounter is a learning experience; every mundane action is a ritual to be pe...

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


  • Added: May 17, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The history of the 1916 Easter Rising—and of the Irish republic that rose from it—is a mixed bag.

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


  • Added: May 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Myles has spent the last forty years as a queer and feminist icon, who’d like to be known not as she or he, but as a complex they, “the gender of E...

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


  • Added: May 03, 2016
  • Length: 58:29
  • Purchases: 3
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Something new: A radio essay about identity, migration, and the politics of borders.

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 27, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Can our global system keep going without a reworking for the Internet age?

Bought by WRPI, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 18, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We’re getting a broad course in listening here, a sense of how a minimalist composer maxes out on sound, and how we, too, might make the most of th...

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami, have just published a new people’s history of the civil war.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, WRPI, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A republic is a fragile thing. And Weimar Germany lets you know the great possibilities and terrible perils that await the republic that fails.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WRPI, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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How does a media establishment cover an anti-establishment revolt? Has the frenzy diverted American journalism from its fourth-estate duty: of hold...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WXDU, KMXT, WCAI / WNAN, WRGY and more


  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 7
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What can be made of the “change” votes for Sanders and Trump, if neither of those candidates finds his way to the White House?

Bought by WLPR, KCMJ Community Radio, WRGY, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Is racial justice on the ballot in 2016?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WMUU-LP, KTSW 89.9, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 29, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The late justice Antonin Scalia boasted that his United States Constitution was definitively “dead.” But in a mixed-up political season, what if ou...

Bought by WMUU-LP, WRGY, WCAI / WNAN, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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In 2016, is Sanders’ socialism a vulnerability — or a selling point?

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


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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In 2016, the presidential election became electric. Meaning upsets, betrayals, collapses and mis-coronations — all of which works well as pure drama.

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


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3