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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236 Pieces

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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...

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  • 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. ...

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  • 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...

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

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 59:01
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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...

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  • Added: May 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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 ...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: May 04, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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
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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...

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  • 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...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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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...

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  • 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.

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The people’s economist Mark Blyth is a perpetual fan favorite for Open Source listeners; the Brown University professor, who never left behind his ...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Martin Luther King Jr. comes to seem larger in his absence these last 50 years, himself a cosmos, in Walt Whitman speak, containing multitudes—and ...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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The case for prison education is alive again, in the land of mass incarceration, the case for reimagining prisons as colleges and universities of l...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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Black Panther, the movie, is heading toward $1-billion at the box office on just its third weekend; already it seems that commercial success is lik...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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“Call me by your name,” the lovers say, “and I’ll call you by mine.” In the movie running strong for Oscar honors, the breathless word play is all ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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The Syrian war is not over, meaning the war of the Assad regime to crush large swaths of its population.

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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Consider the algorithm—the snippets of computer code which all too often seem to stand in for higher authority in our secular age, a sort of god.

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2018
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5