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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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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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436 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.


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James Kaplan has a fresh take on the life of Frank Sinatra, the iconic—maybe the greatest—performing artist of the American Century, with more and ...

Bought by NPR Illinois, KREV-LP, WCPN, KUOW, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and more

  • Added: Dec 02, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6
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We're talking politics and poetry with Noam Chomsky and C.D. Wright. Noam Chomsky is on an upbeat about American views on war and imperialism, and ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and Wyoming Public Radio

  • Added: Nov 04, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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Election day is closing in, and Jill Lepore has a hip historian's take on the question: What Would the Founding Fathers Do? Jill Lepore says there'...

  • Added: Oct 28, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
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It's a New England poetry hour, starting with Amherst's Emily Dickinson by way of Helen Vendler, the closest of close readers of poetry, and ending...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass. and New Hampshire Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 14, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
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This week the conversation moves from Kabul to Paris, as we talk with John Mearsheimer, the foreign policy "realist" from the University of Chicago...

Bought by WMNF, Yellowstone Public Radio, and KUOW

  • Added: Oct 07, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
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This week we're talking with the soldier-turned-author of Washington Rules, Andrew Bacevich. Then we sit down at the piano with the jazz improv sta...

Bought by KUOW

  • Added: Sep 23, 2010
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Christopher Lydon is in conversation hour with Robin Kelley, author of Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original. His superb biog...

Bought by KMUW, Prairie Public, KFOK-LPFM, KUOW, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.

  • Added: Apr 29, 2010
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5