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Open Source Shorts and Podcasts

Series produced by Open Source

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Everything but the broadcast hours.

This is your home for ROS podcasts, radio segments, essential interviews, and rediscovered conversations--for distribution on mobile, radio, and web. The moments that move us most. Everything under an hour. For more info please contact conor at prx dot org.


30 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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Sidney Blumenthal and Christopher Lydon consider the scathing Chilcot verdict on Tony Blair’s contribution to the war on Iraq.

  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 14:55
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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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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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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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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 KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 02:30
  • Purchases: 2
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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...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 04:13
  • Purchases: 1
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The New Yorker's book critic speaks with Christopher Lydon for our podcast about life-changing works of literature. From Virginia Woolf to Teju Cole.

  • Added: Jun 22, 2015
  • Length: 33:00
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For our podcast, George Scialabba is speaking about philosophy, life, and his decades-long bout with depression on the occasion of an article he wr...

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


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 3
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Our podcast with Steve Brill, who's investigating the story behind Obama's Affordable Care Act: how a messy democracy awash in special-interest mon...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 22:25
  • Purchases: 1
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Our podcast with Sven Beckert, whose new book, Empire of Cotton, is an exhilarating, 250-year profile of the commodity that came to model and drive...

Bought by KPIP-LP and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:46
  • Purchases: 2
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Our podcast with Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, who has taken on the most important biography he can imagine: the life, rise and thirty-year r...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
  • Purchases: 1
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Cornel West calls for new fervor and love—the kind once heard in Coltrane or B.B. King—in a rising generation.

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


  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 11:14
  • Purchases: 3
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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