Open Source

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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

Ask us to make your station a custom promo! Contact us at info@radioopensource.org.

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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471 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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As the nation of immigrants grows bigger, browner and in many ways more inclusive, the part of it that obsesses over the real America never quite g...

Bought by American Voices, WMUU-LP, KZYX, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Dec 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 8
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With Amb. Chas Freeman, a freethinking veteran of foreign service, and the French journalist Sylvain Cypel, we’re in the Open Source situation room...

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


  • Added: Nov 20, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 4
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Dan Koh, the new chief of staff to Boston’s mayor, wants city government to work like Brad Pitt’s team in Moneyball. How and for whom are we managi...

Bought by KMXT


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 1
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What does the second civil rights movement look like? Is a new struggle for equality, in feelings as well as rights, afoot on American campuses?

Bought by KPIP-LP and KTSW 89.9


  • Added: Nov 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 2
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Led by Stacy Schiff, author of a controversial new thriller-history about witches, we’re looking at the Salem trials again as a whole.

Bought by WLRH, WMUU-LP, WRPI, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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The third in our podcast series about work, presented in partnership with The Nation. Big proposals and spiritual realignments for working-class pe...

Bought by KZYX, KPIP-LP, and KMXT


  • Added: Nov 02, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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We speak to four survivors of mass incarceration.

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


  • Added: Oct 05, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 4
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We continue a three-part series on work in America. This is Part Two: what we do all day, and how we feel about it.

Bought by KZYX, KMXT, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Sep 23, 2015
  • Length: 58:30
  • Purchases: 3
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Nikil Saval, author and editor of n+1 magazine, talks about how the American office has (and hasn't) changed since its origin in the late 19th cent...

Bought by KICI Iowa City and WHCP-LP Cambridge


  • Added: Sep 21, 2015
  • Length: 05:46
  • Purchases: 2
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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