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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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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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How did higher education, in general, turn from the days of the GI Bill — and the land grant colleges long before that — to being a trap for sevent...

  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 18:23
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Derek Bok is the only two-time president of Harvard University, which is to say he has twice reinvented the management of the oldest, richest, mayb...

Bought by KVSC and KPIK-LP


  • Added: May 21, 2014
  • Length: 31:11
  • Purchases: 2
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Show biz is center stage next in our higher ed series: Two venerable private art schools in Boston’s Back Bay — Emerson College and the Berklee Col...

  • Added: May 17, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Schools are almost out; will they still be there in September?

  • Added: May 10, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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Capital is a giant, data-packed tome on income inequality covering three hundred years of history by the French economist Thomas Piketty. Is there ...

  • Added: May 02, 2014
  • Length: 58:35
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The writer that so many other writers are talking about is the Indian-born New Yorker, Akhil Sharma. His novel is “Family Life,” a faithful recount...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Apr 23, 2014
  • Length: 27:46
  • Purchases: 1
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We're clearing the deck to listen to wisdom of the physicists: where did we come from, what are we made of, what happens next, and why? And what do...

  • Added: Apr 20, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Eric Schlosser, the investigative reporter of Fast Food Nation fame, has assembled what reads like a Letterman list of hair-raising nuclear bungles...

Bought by KFOK-LPFM


  • Added: Apr 14, 2014
  • Length: 23:56
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re thinking our way through a plausible nuclear emergency with Elaine Scarry who reminds you – we’ve got a weapons monarchy in this democracy. H...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 58:34
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Richard Rhodes is the go-to analyst of nuclear weapons for most of thirty years now ever since the publication of his acclaimed history of the Manh...

  • Added: Apr 12, 2014
  • Length: 22:23