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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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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

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Series

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30 Pieces

Everything but the broadcast hours.

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223 Pieces

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

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5 Pieces

“Reading Chekhov” is the name of this game – a podcast experiment with, by all accounts, the greatest short-story writer of them all, the medical doctor who was also the “Cherry Orchard” playwright, Anton Chekhov.


Pieces

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The Studs Terkel edge on the radio was, first of all, picking guests who would sound more interesting 50, 60 years later: Mahalia Jackson, Bucky Fu...

Bought by KWMR, KWIT, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Our long, gabby afternoon with Philip Roth in 2006, at his farmhouse in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, was a sort of pay-off. I’d helped him find ju...

Bought by KWMR, WCAI / WNAN, WSLR, KUAF Public Radio, WRGY and more


  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 12
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One split screen wasn’t really enough for the asymmetries we’re looking at now, but there it was: Ivanka unveiling the Trump embassy plaque in Jeru...

Bought by WMUU-LP, KMXT, and KKRN


  • Added: May 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Dropping out of the Iran nuclear deal has the feel of dropping into the John Bolton phase of the Trump era. Trump in Full. Trump Extra. The theme ...

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM, KKRN, KALW and more


  • Added: May 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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A specter is haunting human affairs these days: it’s the thought that Karl Marx (on his 200th birthday this week) may have been more right than w...

Bought by WRGY, WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Henry David Thoreau founded our literature of trees, glorying in the Eastern White Pine as the “emblem of my life,” to stand for “the West, the wil...

Bought by KSFR, WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM and more


  • Added: Apr 28, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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What President Trump said he wanted was to get US firepower out of Syria. “Let the other people take care of it now,” in his words. What he settled...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN, WLPR, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM, KKRN and more


  • Added: Apr 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Three questions they didn’t get Mark Zuckerberg to consider. For openers: that leak of 87 million identities to Cambridge Analytica: was it a bug i...

Bought by WLPR, WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP, KALW, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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There’s a quick, strange turn in our weather and it’s not just springtime. Public school classrooms, oddly enough, are the source of the storm wind...

Bought by KUAF Public Radio, WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP, WLPR, KALW and more


  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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In the annals of rock music albums, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is one of a kind. In an earthy medium, it’s a masterpiece of abstraction.

Bought by WXAV 88.3FM, WMUU-LP, KALW, WLPR, and KMXT


  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5