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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212 Pieces

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We speak to four survivors of mass incarceration.

Bought by WMUU-LP, KMXT, WCAI / WNAN, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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Throughout the 20th century, organized labor was a central feature of American life. Our guide, the historian Steve Fraser, asks what happened—betw...

Bought by WUFT, XRAY.fm, KMXT, KZYX, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Sep 14, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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We're looking beyond the lobbying, boosterism and the #IranDeal tweet war to ask the weighty one-word question with no easy answer: yea or nay?

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM, KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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It’s been 20 years since the publication of Infinite Jest. Is there a chance David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was right?

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Syriza’s turn from defiance to compliance may leave the millions of “no” voters feeling more discouraged than ever before.

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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In the time of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, the poet Claudia Rankine has been the lyric teller of our deepest hurt.

Bought by WLPR, WMUU-LP, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Why is that from the billionaire candidate Donald Trump, wide-open narcissism, sexism, and anti-Mexican racism are accepted, even applauded?

Bought by WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Aug 17, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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After two years, three “final” deadlines, and a cabinet-level bike wreck, we have a deal with Iran. It feels like a time to celebrate. This week, w...

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Jul 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Schuller, who died last week at 89, was a prodigious, captivated, sometimes cantankerous prisoner of every kind of modern music: between Beethoven ...

Bought by KMUW and WFMT Station Account


  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outside...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMUN


  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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In an encyclical letter, Pope Francis himself will intervene next week on the global story of climate change, bringing scientific and moral authori...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The best of American poets and the worst of American wars met head-on 150 years ago this summer in Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, his reflections on nur...

Bought by KFAI, RadioFreePalmer, WMUU-LP, WCAI / WNAN, and WABE


  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 5
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Seven years after the credit crunch, we know the markets have rebounded. Executive pay is back up; the public sector’s still shrinking relatively a...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: May 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Both our guests Eric Foner and Heather Cox Richardson want to shout it from the rooftops: the little-known history of Reconstruction is where the s...

Bought by KMXT, KPIP-LP, and WRPI


  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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The Democrats’ revolt against President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership has everything to do with the “giant sucking sound” of job loss echoing o...

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  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle is sweeping the world in six volumes and 3,600 pages. It’s the novelized memory of a mostly ordinary Scandinavian...

Bought by WABE


  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Seymour Hersh, Noam Chomsky, and Christian Appy on the legacy of Vietnam.

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The People’s Republic has arrived and is applying for co-trusteeship of the globe. We got a good look at the co-trustee, China’s enigmatic presiden...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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Our guest David Blight reminds us that Americans are re-fighting the Civil War 150 years after it ended. Historians, he said, “buried the questions...

Bought by WRPI and KZYX


  • Added: Apr 11, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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From the great Bach’s hand, two masterpieces of church theater survive. Both tell the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, one from the gospel of Matthe...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, WABE, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3