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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223 Pieces

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From "Sorry to Bother You" and "Random Acts of Flyness" to "Lemonade," a new wave of black popular culture has arrived.

Bought by KALW and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 17, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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This is a story of where music comes from, what it means, and who owns it.

Bought by WLPR, KWIT, WXAV 88.3FM, and KMXT


  • Added: Aug 08, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Otis Redding’s five magnificent years in showbiz transformed the sound of soul music. His grainy, growling, and “squawking” voice kept the music ro...

Bought by WLPR, KALW, KWIT, WCAI / WNAN, KICI and more


  • Added: Aug 05, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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The jobs are back. It’s the work that feels fishy: so much of it paid but pointless; safe and even secure, but often un-satisfying if you were loo...

Bought by KSFR, KWIT, WCQS, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM and more


  • Added: Jul 28, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 8
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Calling on the spies we know best – all of them fictional – to explain the Helsinki summit: If it was spy-craft in plain sight, what would James Bo...

Bought by WCQS, KSFR, KWIT, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM and more


  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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Grenfell Tower was that giant pillar of public housing on the West side of London that went up in flames a year ago. Suddenly it was a smoky chemi...

Bought by KOSU, KWIT, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM, KALW and more


  • Added: Jul 14, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Your friends and other experts will tell you the songs and sounds that are new and hot. What the music makers are happier telling you is: what’s ol...

Bought by KWMR, WLPR, WXAV 88.3FM, KWIT, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 07, 2018
  • Length: 58:07
  • Purchases: 7
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The shock of migrant kids-in-cages on our border with Mexico is surfacing tough questions if you’re willing to look back at our history and ahead t...

Bought by KSFR, WLPR, KWIT, WXAV 88.3FM, KICI and more


  • Added: Jun 30, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. ...

Bought by KUAF Public Radio, KWIT, WRGY, KICI, WCAI / WNAN and more


  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Seymour Hersh, known as Sy, made a brilliant career, at his best, of exposing Official US, at its worst: the Army massacre at My Lai, in Vietnam. T...

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


  • Added: Jun 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 8
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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...

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  • 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