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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249 Pieces

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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
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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
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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: Nov 20, 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
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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
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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
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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
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Despite what the president might say—the state of the union is: “divided,” “mixed,” “fractured,” and maybe “headed towards oblivion.”

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2018
  • Length: 58:59
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We’re beginning our series of 50th anniversary programs this week with one of the great shocks of 1968: the Tet Offensive.

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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In cities across the country, working and middle-class Americans are struggling to keep their homes, pay their rent, and fight off eviction and for...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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The election of Donald Trump supposedly ushered in a new era of “fake news” and “post-truth” politics. Democracy would die in darkness, we were tol...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 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: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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We're ringing in the new year with a rerun of our conversation with Billy Bragg, a troubadour for British radicalism for more than thirty years as ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Noam Chomsky for 50 years has been America’s Socrates, our public pest with questions that sting … not the city-square of Athens but a vast global ...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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