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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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425 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 living in a surveillance state, in the eerie transparency of our words and deeds, 24/7, all of us, under suspicion or not; the presumption of...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 06:40
  • Purchases: 1
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Fritz Pleitgen is a journalist who covered the Stasi in East Germany during the 1980s. He explains how one lives and acts in a surveillance state.

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 02:28
  • Purchases: 1
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Ashkan Soltani is a researcher for The Washington Post, who broke many of the NSA surveillance stories from the Edward Snowden leak. He tells us ab...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 04:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Benjamen Walker, radio producer/host of the Theory of Everything podcast, explains how the book "1984" started in the year 1984.

Bought by XRAY.fm and KUOW


  • Added: Jul 17, 2014
  • Length: 05:56
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the artists — from Orwell of Nineteen Eighty-Four, to Philip Dick and Margaret Atwood, to Trevor Paglen and Banksy — who raise the big questio...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Jazz pianist Vijay Iyer discusses Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, and John Coltrane.

  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 05:09
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This week marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act. At the end of June, 1964, Stokely Carmichael, Martin Luther King Jr., ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and Accessible Media Inc.


  • Added: Jul 07, 2014
  • Length: 06:43
  • Purchases: 2
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We've discovered some old gems in our radio archives and sprinkled them through a conversation with John Updike's biographer, Adam Begley, for our ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
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In February 1996, David Foster Wallace came to Boston. He was the not-quite recognized writer of the massive book, Infinite Jest, which was just be...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KFOK-LPFM, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jun 25, 2014
  • Length: 36:36
  • Purchases: 3
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Where is jazz headed in a new century? With the pianist Vijay Iyer as guide, newly tenured as a professor at Harvard, it tends toward the experimen...

Bought by KMUW and KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Jun 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:36
  • Purchases: 2