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An American conversation with global attitude — on the arts, humanities, and global affairs — with your host, Christopher Lydon.

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Pieces

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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 KTSW 89.9, KPIP-LP, WCQS, WABE, and WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 5
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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 WXAV 88.3FM, KPIP-LP, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KZYX


  • 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...

Bought by KZYX


  • 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,...

Bought by KZYX


  • 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 KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:37
  • Purchases: 3
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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 KPIP-LP, Radio Newark, and WRPI


  • Added: Oct 07, 2014
  • Length: 15:56
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

Bought by KTSW 89.9 and KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Oct 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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In the run up to another war in the Middle East, after stalemate in Afghanistan and Iraq, what is it in the American DNA that makes us think it it ...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Gil Rose, conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, tells the history of George Antheil's wild musical experiment from 1924, the Ballet Méc...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WABE, WCAI / WNAN, KUOW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 05:43
  • Purchases: 5
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We’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how...

Bought by KZYX and WCQS


  • Added: Sep 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re looking at liberal Zionism, enduring a crisis after a brutal summer in Gaza. It’s prompted handwringing for American Jews and Israelis who ar...

Bought by WRPI, KZYX, and WJFF


  • Added: Sep 14, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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What in James Joyce's Ulysses was so dangerously obscene? And why were the novel's greatest champions women? Chris Lydon talks with Kevin Birmingha...

Bought by KPIP-LP, WABE, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 4
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What does it mean when people can get rich without political freedom? New Yorker writer Evan Osnos spent eight years in China covering the nation's...

Bought by KPIP-LP, Radio Newark, WCAI / WNAN, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:57
  • Purchases: 4
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Pianist Vijay Iyer revisits his musical role models, and wonders: Where is jazz headed in a new century?

Bought by KPIP-LP and WABE


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 18:39
  • Purchases: 2
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Is American democracy broken — are we being well-represented, or not? If not, why not? And what’s to do about it?

Bought by WUFT, WMMT, and KZYX


  • Added: Sep 06, 2014
  • Length: 52:05
  • Purchases: 3
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How did composers react to the violence of The First World War? We're listening to musicians who defined a modern era.

Bought by KPIP-LP and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 2
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Out of the mire and death of World War One, even before the shooting stops, comes the strangest thing: the novel of the century.

Bought by WABE and WRPI


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:27
  • Purchases: 2
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Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Job in Suck City, reads his poem "Embrace Noir."

Bought by KPIP-LP and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 01:57
  • Purchases: 2
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Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Job in Suck City, reads a poem about the late guitarist and songwriter Lou Reed.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 02:33
  • Purchases: 1