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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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467 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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In the run up to another war in the Middle East, after stalemate in Afghanistan and Iraq, what is it in the American DNA that makes us think it it ...

  • Added: Oct 01, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
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Gil Rose, conductor of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project, tells the history of George Antheil's wild musical experiment from 1924, the Ballet Méc...

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


  • Added: Sep 23, 2014
  • Length: 05:43
  • Purchases: 7
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We’re looking inside the Islamic State: as a phenomenon and as America’s latest enemy in the endless war on terror. Do we know who they are, or how...

Bought by KZYX and WCQS


  • Added: Sep 21, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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We’re looking at liberal Zionism, enduring a crisis after a brutal summer in Gaza. It’s prompted handwringing for American Jews and Israelis who ar...

Bought by WRPI, KZYX, and Radio Catskill


  • Added: Sep 14, 2014
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 3
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What in James Joyce's Ulysses was so dangerously obscene? And why were the novel's greatest champions women? Chris Lydon talks with Kevin Birmingha...

Bought by KICI Iowa City, WHCP-LP Cambridge, KPIP-LP, WABE, KSVR Studios: Skagit Valley Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 11:54
  • Purchases: 6
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What does it mean when people can get rich without political freedom? New Yorker writer Evan Osnos spent eight years in China covering the nation's...

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


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 08:57
  • Purchases: 5
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Pianist Vijay Iyer revisits his musical role models, and wonders: Where is jazz headed in a new century?

Bought by KICI Iowa City, KPIP-LP, and WABE


  • Added: Sep 08, 2014
  • Length: 18:39
  • Purchases: 3
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Is American democracy broken — are we being well-represented, or not? If not, why not? And what’s to do about it?

Bought by WUFT, WMMT, and KZYX


  • Added: Sep 06, 2014
  • Length: 52:05
  • Purchases: 3
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How did composers react to the violence of The First World War? We're listening to musicians who defined a modern era.

Bought by KPIP-LP and Radio New Zealand


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 2
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Out of the mire and death of World War One, even before the shooting stops, comes the strangest thing: the novel of the century.

Bought by WABE and WRPI


  • Added: Sep 04, 2014
  • Length: 58:27
  • Purchases: 2