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An American conversation with global attitude — on the arts, humanities, and global affairs — with your host, Christopher Lydon.

Consider adding us to your weekly schedule; we post regular broadcast hours for public radio Friday afternoons.

For shorter stand-alone radio stories and podcasts: check out our series "Open Source Shorts."

Full-length conversations are also available via podcast or at radioopensource.org

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Series

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22 Pieces

Inspired by John Quincy Adams’s admonition that America “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy,” this limited-series collaboration with the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft explores America’s role in the world across history in order to see a better way forward.

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30 Pieces

Everything but the broadcast hours.

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436 Pieces

An American conversation with global attitude - on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon.

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5 Pieces

“Reading Chekhov” is the name of this game – a podcast experiment with, by all accounts, the greatest short-story writer of them all, the medical doctor who was also the “Cherry Orchard” playwright, Anton Chekhov.


Pieces

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It’s been a long time since the publication of Infinite Jest. Is there a chance David Foster Wallace, who died in 2008, was right?

Bought by KMUN, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KMXT, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 10
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Looking back at Shostakovich's life and music under Stalin

Bought by KMUN, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP, WLPR , WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Aug 25, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 15
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A conversation with Rebecca Solnit about George Orwell, his essays, and his ideals.

Bought by KMXT, KMUN, WLPR , KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Aug 18, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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Conversations with David Wengrow, Philip Deloria, Joyce Chaplin, Peter Linebaugh, and Robin D.G. Kelley about Wengrow's Dawn of Everything, co-auth...

Bought by KMXT, KMUN, KSFR, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WLPR and more


  • Added: Aug 11, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12

  • Added: Aug 04, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 12
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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.

Bought by WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WHCP-LP Cambridge, WLPR , KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif. and more


  • Added: Jul 28, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 14
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Henry David Thoreau, our specimen of American genius in nature, wrote famously short, and long. “Simplify,” in a one-word sentence of good advice.

Bought by KMUN, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP, WHCP-LP Cambridge, KMXT and more


  • Added: Jul 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 16
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A conversation with George Saunders about Russian literature.

Bought by WLPR , WHCP-LP Cambridge, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 14, 2022
  • Length: 58:58
  • Purchases: 8
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A conversation with Robin D. G. Kelley about the jazz pianist Erroll Garner.

Bought by KMXT, WLPR , KSFR, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WMUU-LP and more


  • Added: Jul 07, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 11
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A conversation with economist Mark Blyth and economic historian Brendan Greeley about a troubled global system.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP, WLPR , WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Jun 30, 2022
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 7