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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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452 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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For our podcast, New York Times columnist Roger Cohen speaks about his new memoir, which circles the underlying themes of his mother’s suicidal dep...

Bought by KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 38:06
  • Purchases: 1
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For our podcast, George Scialabba is speaking about philosophy, life, and his decades-long bout with depression on the occasion of an article he wr...

Bought by KICI Iowa City, KPIP-LP, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:44
  • Purchases: 4
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Our podcast with Steve Brill, who's investigating the story behind Obama's Affordable Care Act: how a messy democracy awash in special-interest mon...

Bought by KICI Iowa City and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 22:25
  • Purchases: 2
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Our podcast with Sven Beckert, whose new book, Empire of Cotton, is an exhilarating, 250-year profile of the commodity that came to model and drive...

Bought by KICI Iowa City, KPIP-LP, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 32:46
  • Purchases: 3
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Our podcast with Princeton historian Stephen Kotkin, who has taken on the most important biography he can imagine: the life, rise and thirty-year r...

Bought by KICI Iowa City and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 31:04
  • Purchases: 2
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Next Wednesday the White House is convening a summit on ‘countering violent extremism.’ The details are sketchy — a press release announces that th...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio


  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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This week we’re taking the measure of the mystery known as LBJ at the Selma moment: not the cinema bully caught dragging his heels in movie theater...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM and KZYX


  • Added: Feb 08, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re continuing our “money machine” series on the cost of carbon capitalism. Gas gets cheaper, the weather gets warmer, and for our guests the env...

Bought by KMXT, KZYX, and WRPI


  • Added: Jan 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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On this Kickstarter-launch week we’re diagnosing America’s healthcare woes with the meta-journalist and heart patient, Steve Brill.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The story of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo has gone everywhere in the past week: into meditations on free speech and blasphemy, into declarations o...

Bought by KZYX and KWIT


  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2