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An American conversation with global attitude — on the arts, humanities, and global affairs — with your host, Christopher Lydon.

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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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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 volcanic was the man’s painful life and descent into deafness, so his musical production was miraculously steady, virtually flawless, endlessly...

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


  • Added: Dec 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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The protests chanting “Black Lives Matter” and “I Can’t Breathe” in the wake of the police killings in Missouri, New York, and elsewhere, will draw...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Dec 22, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The protests carry on and for now, as the protestors say, Ferguson is everywhere — not just in the news, but in our institutions, our interactions,...

Bought by WDSE


  • Added: Dec 09, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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The Boston Symphony’s new maestro Andris Nelsons is a boisterous young athlete in an old man’s job – one of the rising 30-somethings in front of th...

  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Cornel West calls for new fervor and love—the kind once heard in Coltrane or B.B. King—in a rising generation.

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


  • Added: Nov 21, 2014
  • Length: 11:14
  • Purchases: 5
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The news from the big-money midterm is: meh! Democrats are out, the Republicans are in, and the country’s feeling bluer than ever. Six years after...

  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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165 Halloweens on, we still call on Edgar Allan Poe when we want a disturbing kind of classic — all of the horror with none of the guilt. His most ...

Bought by WLPR , KTSW 89.9, KPIP-LP, WCQS, WABE and more


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
  • Purchases: 6
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Jill Lepore tells the secret history of Wonder Woman—and how the superhero mirrored the ups and downs of a feminist movement.

Bought by KICI Iowa City, WHCP-LP Cambridge, KICI Iowa City, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KPIP-LP and more


  • Added: Nov 06, 2014
  • Length: 13:34
  • Purchases: 6
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With Ophelia Dahl just back from Liberia and Sierra Leone, Jeffrey Sachs, the economist and poverty guru, and Dr. Jim Cunningham, the virus detecti...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Casey Stengel raised the question about baseball’s miserable Mets long ago: anybody here know how to play this game? It’s the question more and mor...

Bought by KZYX


  • Added: Oct 19, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1