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’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how...

Bought by KZYX and WCQS


  • Added: Sep 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re looking at liberal Zionism, enduring a crisis after a brutal summer in Gaza. It’s prompted handwringing for American Jews and Israelis who ar...

Bought by WRPI, KZYX, and WJFF


  • Added: Sep 14, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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Is American democracy broken — are we being well-represented, or not? If not, why not? And what’s to do about it?

Bought by WUFT, WMMT, and KZYX


  • Added: Sep 06, 2014
  • Length: 52:05
  • Purchases: 3
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How did composers react to the violence of The First World War? We're listening to musicians who defined a modern era.

Bought by KPIP-LP and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 2
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Out of the mire and death of World War One, even before the shooting stops, comes the strangest thing: the novel of the century.

Bought by WABE and WRPI


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:27
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re talking the causes and consequences of what MIT professor Stephen van Evera calls “the war that poisoned a century.” We’re still putting out ...

Bought by WRPI and KZYX


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
  • Purchases: 2
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How do you end an endless war? Thirty years ago Jimmy Carter declared the Persian Gulf a "vital" focus of American foreign policy. Since then, U.S....

Bought by WRPI


  • Added: Aug 08, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
  • Purchases: 1
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Not perhaps since Alexander Solzhenitsyn in the Soviet Gulag has there been a dissenting artist who got to be as famous as the government that houn...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Aug 06, 2014
  • Length: 39:42
  • Purchases: 1
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The jobless economy: a fully automated, engineered, robotic system that doesn’t need YOU, or me either. Anything we can do, machines can do better ...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM


  • Added: Aug 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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With hundreds of Earth-like planets discovered over the past few years, it’s fair to say we’re on the verge of finding alien life. Two new programs...

Bought by WYAP


  • Added: Jul 25, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The borders that divide up our modern world hinge, sometimes, on decisions that have stopped making sense. The Middle East is still suffering from ...

Bought by KZYX, WRPI, KUOW, and Red River Radio Network


  • Added: Jul 18, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
  • Purchases: 4
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On the news of the latest information from Edward Snowden, we're catching up with what the government knows about us and what Google, Facebook and ...

Bought by XRAY.fm and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 01:18
  • Purchases: 2
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We're living in a surveillance state, in the eerie transparency of our words and deeds, 24/7, all of us, under suspicion or not; the presumption of...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 1
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Fritz Pleitgen is a journalist who covered the Stasi in East Germany during the 1980s. He explains how one lives and acts in a surveillance state.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 02:28
  • Purchases: 1
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Ashkan Soltani is a researcher for The Washington Post, who broke many of the NSA surveillance stories from the Edward Snowden leak. He tells us ab...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Benjamen Walker, radio producer/host of the Theory of Everything podcast, explains how the book "1984" started in the year 1984.

Bought by XRAY.fm and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the artists — from Orwell of Nineteen Eighty-Four, to Philip Dick and Margaret Atwood, to Trevor Paglen and Banksy — who raise the big questio...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. At the end of June, 1964, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., ...

Bought by Accessible Media Inc.


  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 06:43
  • Purchases: 1
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We've discovered some old gems in our radio archives and sprinkled them through a conversation with John Updike's biographer, Adam Begley, for our ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
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In February 1996, David Foster Wallace came to Boston. He was the not-quite recognized writer of the massive book, Infinite Jest, which was just be...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KFOK-LPFM, and WCAI / WNAN


  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:36
  • Purchases: 3