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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.

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

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181 Pieces

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The “intelligence explosion” foretold 50 years ago, could be here any minute. Artificial intelligence has now survived the “AI winter” — and is bac...

  • Added: Oct 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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At Thelonious Monk’s hundredth birthday, it’s our ears that have changed, not his sound.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, and WLPR


  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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An eerie suspense hangs over this Post-Puerto Rico moment. Seas rising, spirits falling.

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


  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Puerto Rico, a territory of three-and-a-half million US citizens, is unplugged, de-sheltered and desperate for months to come.

Bought by KVNF, KSFR, WCQS, KFCF FM, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Betsy Devos’s “Rethinking School” tour can feel like a mission to dismantle the whole system, public schools first.

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


  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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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 ...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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John Ashbery seemed to lower, not raise, his voice when he spoke his poems.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, and KALW


  • Added: Sep 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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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.

Bought by KTSW 89.9, WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, and KMXT


  • 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 ...

Bought by Capital Public Radio, WCAI / WNAN, RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP, KALW and more


  • 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...

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


  • 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.

Bought by KTRT RADIO INC, KISU, KVSC, KUAF Public Radio, RadioFreePalmer and more


  • 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