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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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464 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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We’re getting a broad course in listening here, a sense of how a minimalist composer maxes out on sound, and how we, too, might make the most of th...

Bought by KALW, WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Apr 11, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami, have just published a new people’s history of the civil war.

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


  • Added: Apr 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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A republic is a fragile thing. And Weimar Germany lets you know the great possibilities and terrible perils that await the republic that fails.

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


  • Added: Mar 28, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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How does a media establishment cover an anti-establishment revolt? Has the frenzy diverted American journalism from its fourth-estate duty: of hold...

Bought by KTSW 89.9, WUFT, KVSC, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WXDU and more


  • Added: Mar 21, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 10
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What can be made of the “change” votes for Sanders and Trump, if neither of those candidates finds his way to the White House?

Bought by WLPR , KCMJ Community Radio, WRGY, and WMUU-LP


  • Added: Mar 07, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4

  • Added: Feb 29, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The late justice Antonin Scalia boasted that his United States Constitution was definitively “dead.” But in a mixed-up political season, what if ou...

Bought by WUFT, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WMUU-LP, WRGY, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more


  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 6
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In 2016, is Sanders’ socialism a vulnerability — or a selling point?

Bought by XRAY.fm, KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WMUU-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Feb 09, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 5
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In 2016, the presidential election became electric. Meaning upsets, betrayals, collapses and mis-coronations — all of which works well as pure drama.

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


  • Added: Feb 01, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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In 1933, a group of freethinking American educators and academics took a look at their fresh, interwar world — and set about trying to remake it.

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


  • Added: Jan 25, 2016
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3