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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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Full-length conversations are available via podcast or at radioopensource.org

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198 Pieces

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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 American Voices, WMUU-LP, KZYX, WCAI / WNAN, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 8
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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...

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  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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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.

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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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...

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

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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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...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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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?

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  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s been 20 years since the publication of Infinite Jest. Is there a chance David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was right?

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Syriza’s turn from defiance to compliance may leave the millions of “no” voters feeling more discouraged than ever before.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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In the time of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, the poet Claudia Rankine has been the lyric teller of our deepest hurt.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Why is that from the billionaire candidate Donald Trump, wide-open narcissism, sexism, and anti-Mexican racism are accepted, even applauded?

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
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After two years, three “final” deadlines, and a cabinet-level bike wreck, we have a deal with Iran. It feels like a time to celebrate. This week, w...

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Schuller, who died last week at 89, was a prodigious, captivated, sometimes cantankerous prisoner of every kind of modern music: between Beethoven ...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outside...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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In an encyclical letter, Pope Francis himself will intervene next week on the global story of climate change, bringing scientific and moral authori...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The best of American poets and the worst of American wars met head-on 150 years ago this summer in Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, his reflections on nur...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Seven years after the credit crunch, we know the markets have rebounded. Executive pay is back up; the public sector’s still shrinking relatively a...

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  • Added: May 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Both our guests Eric Foner and Heather Cox Richardson want to shout it from the rooftops: the little-known history of Reconstruction is where the s...

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  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3