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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Here’s how to read David Foster Wallace’s thousand-page door stop and masterpiece Infinite Jest: it’s a Boston novel the way Ulysses is a Dublin n...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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We’re trying also to locate Aaron Swartz as a landmark in the culture and the age.

  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Richard Powers is indulging us in a runaway riff on music, in a little room in the Boston Athenaeum, on the top of Beacon Hill, overlooking the Old...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2014
  • Length: 47:52
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We're revisiting the birthplace of the American mind. Five houses on three streets within a period of five years in Concord, Massachusetts launche...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 3
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Oyeyemi has a way of seeing modern life as a series of fairy tales, and she likes to scatter them throughout the forest, upending monsters and unde...

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  • Added: Mar 27, 2014
  • Length: 21:58
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We're picking up the thread of a long conversation with Gunther Schuller. He’s the man who first mapped a Third Stream of “jazzical” music between ...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 33:10
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Gunther Schuller is a composer, conductor, horn virtuoso, jazz historian and critic who had the nerve and the authority years ago to decree that “a...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:26
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Thought experiment: given that many of our best insights into Russian character and temperament come to use from their literary geniuses, can we su...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Errol Morris’s movie The Unknown Known is the provocation this week: cinema sequel to the Oscar winning documentary on Robert McNamara and Vietnam,...

  • Added: Apr 05, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Richard Rhodes is the go-to analyst of nuclear weapons for most of thirty years now ever since the publication of his acclaimed history of the Manh...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 22:23
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We’re thinking our way through a plausible nuclear emergency with Elaine Scarry who reminds you – we’ve got a weapons monarchy in this democracy. H...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Eric Schlosser, the investigative reporter of Fast Food Nation fame, has assembled what reads like a Letterman list of hair-raising nuclear bungles...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 23:56
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We're clearing the deck to listen to wisdom of the physicists: where did we come from, what are we made of, what happens next, and why? And what do...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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The writer that so many other writers are talking about is the Indian-born New Yorker, Akhil Sharma. His novel is “Family Life,” a faithful recount...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 27:46
  • Purchases: 1
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Capital is a giant, data-packed tome on income inequality covering three hundred years of history by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Is there ...

  • Added: May 02, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Schools are almost out; will they still be there in September?

  • Added: May 10, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Show biz is center stage next in our higher ed series: Two venerable private art schools in Boston’s Back Bay — Emerson College and the Berklee Col...

  • Added: May 17, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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We’re somewhere between the legend and the facts of the U.S. economy. The legend, still in our heads, is it’s a rough-and-tumble democracy and a c...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Noir heroes tend not to be gangsters of Whitey Bulger’s grandeur; not tough cops either: they’re punched-out boxers and junkies, little perps, pris...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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A new rite of passage is taking hold among ambitious young doctors entering modern practice in a new century. It can take a year or two after medic...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
  • Purchases: 1