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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470 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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Our guest David Blight reminds us that Americans are re-fighting the Civil War 150 years after it ended. Historians, he said, “buried the questions...

Bought by WRPI and KZYX


  • Added: Apr 11, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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From the great Bach’s hand, two masterpieces of church theater survive. Both tell the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, one from the gospel of Matthe...

Bought by 'The Sea', WNMU-FM, Troy Public Radio, WABE, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 5
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Michael Lewis, the great tale-spinner in the Second Gilded Age in America, says that, after the latest financial crisis, "dissatisfaction is homele...

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


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 23:41
  • Purchases: 3
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We're asking the $64,000 question: can we build a more crash-proof, less leveraged, more equitable financial system? Our guest Jeremy Allaire would...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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As a scholar and a father, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson has spent his career puzzling over the “immutable force” in American race relation...

Bought by WUFT and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller orde...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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For our podcast, we're taking a trip to Brooklyn with the graffiti genius Ganzeer, who's talking art as social commentary—Concept Pop, as he calls ...

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


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 24:33
  • Purchases: 4
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For our podcast, tenor and writer Ian Bostridge takes us on an omnidirectional tour through key songs in Schubert's late masterpiece, Winterreise.

Bought by KPIP-LP and WABE


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:25
  • Purchases: 2
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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