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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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472 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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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
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Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Job in Suck City, reads his poem "Embrace Noir."

Bought by KPIP-LP and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 01:57
  • Purchases: 2
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Nick Flynn, author of Another Bullshit Job in Suck City, reads a poem about the late guitarist and songwriter Lou Reed.

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 02, 2014
  • Length: 02:33
  • Purchases: 1
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We’re talking the causes and consequences of what MIT professor Stephen van Evera calls “the war that poisoned a century.” We’re still putting out ...

Bought by WRPI and KZYX


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 58:29
  • Purchases: 2
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Novelist Helen Oyeyemi reads from her dreamy, fairy-tale-inspired novel and reflects on themes of beauty and race.

Bought by KPIP-LP and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 18, 2014
  • Length: 07:21
  • Purchases: 2
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Why do books so often turn to music? Richard Powers, author of a new, music-filled novel Orfeo, speaks to the strength of songs and symphonies, inc...

Bought by KICI Iowa City, WABE, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Aug 12, 2014
  • Length: 12:57
  • Purchases: 3