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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 — 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

Ask us to make your station a custom promo! Contact us at info@radioopensource.org.

Pieces

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In 2016, is Sanders’ socialism a vulnerability — or a selling point?

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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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
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In 1933, a group of freethinking American educators and academics took a look at their fresh, interwar world — and set about trying to remake it.

Bought by WMUU-LP and KMXT


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re wondering where we stand now in the endless parade of fragile empires.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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What does it mean when a high-capital story survives as a global dream?

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


  • Added: Jan 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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We’re re-imagining an environmental crisis in the wake of the accord in Paris. The economists had their turn. Now we’re asking: What would the arti...

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


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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As the nation of immigrants grows bigger, browner and in many ways more inclusive, the part of it that obsesses over the real America never quite g...

Bought by KZYX, WCAI / WNAN, KPIP-LP, WRPI, KTSW 89.9 and more


  • Added: Dec 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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With Amb. Chas Freeman, a freethinking veteran of foreign service, and the French journalist Sylvain Cypel, we’re in the Open Source situation room...

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


  • Added: Nov 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 4
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Dan Koh, the new chief of staff to Boston’s mayor, wants city government to work like Brad Pitt’s team in Moneyball. How and for whom are we managi...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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What does the second civil rights movement look like? Is a new struggle for equality, in feelings as well as rights, afoot on American campuses?

Bought by KPIP-LP and KTSW 89.9


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Led by Stacy Schiff, author of a controversial new thriller-history about witches, we’re looking at the Salem trials again as a whole.

Bought by WRPI and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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The third in our podcast series about work, presented in partnership with The Nation. Big proposals and spiritual realignments for working-class pe...

Bought by KZYX, KPIP-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We speak to four survivors of mass incarceration.

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


  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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We continue a three-part series on work in America. This is Part Two: what we do all day, and how we feel about it.

Bought by KZYX, KMXT, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Nikil Saval, author and editor of n+1 magazine, talks about how the American office has (and hasn't) changed since its origin in the late 19th cent...

  • Added: Sep 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:46
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Throughout the 20th century, organized labor was a central feature of American life. Our guide, the historian Steve Fraser, asks what happened—betw...

Bought by KMXT, KZYX, KPIP-LP, and WRPI


  • Added: Sep 14, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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What makes a piece of music "great"? From where does that inexplicable effect of music on our emotions come?

Bought by KMUN and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 01, 2015
  • Length: 37:58
  • Purchases: 2
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We're looking beyond the lobbying, boosterism and the #IranDeal tweet war to ask the weighty one-word question with no easy answer: yea or nay?

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Jeet Heer, senior editor at the New Republic, expounds on his colleague Elspeth Reeeve's theory that Trump is best understood as a wrestling heel.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:30
  • Purchases: 1
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John Szwed, historian of sound and music, walks us through how Billie Holiday — along with Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Orson Welles, and Johnnie Ra...

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 04:13
  • Purchases: 1