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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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470 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

Caption: “MOHAMED ALI JINNAH: His Moslem tiger wants to eat the Hindu cow” [April 1946]
Christopher Lydon on the road in South Asia, in a compilation of conversations and reflections on Pakistan's past and dynamic present. Featuring no...

Bought by WCPN, KUOW, and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Oct 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Rashid Rana's "I Love Miniatures" (2002)
Christopher Lydon on the road in South Asia, in a compilation of conversations and reflections on Pakistan's past and dynamic present. Featuring fi...

Bought by WCPN and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Oct 25, 2011
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Edna O'Brien
We're succumbing to the enchantments of prose this hour, first with Edna O'Brien, that "scandalous woman" in the James Joyce and Samuel Beckett fam...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jun 10, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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Sharp-talking political economist Mark Blyth is back in the Glasgow pub, so we say, and he's expounding on the melt-down that's still melting down ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Jun 02, 2011
  • Length: 08:56
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Teju Cole
Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole is our idea of a post-imperial global mind in motion. His celebrated first novel, "Open City," is about a solita...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh and WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: May 20, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Steven Heydemann at Brown University's "Engaging Afghanistan" Conferece
With the news of Osama Bin Laden's death punctuating the reports from Libya, Syria, and Yemen, we're wondering: is this the beginning of the end, o...

Bought by KUOW


  • Added: May 12, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jimmy Breslin in his Manhattan home.
This week we're delving into the world of American letters with Arnold Weinstein and Jimmy Breslin. Veteran journalist Jimmy Breslin might be the l...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., and KXOT Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 29, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Melani McAlister's book jacket for Epic Encounters: Culture, Media, and US Interests, 1945-2000
How do war stories work, and where do we find them? Our guests this week are mapping out terrains of conflict and confusion in our lifetimes, from ...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Apr 15, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
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In the cultural crossroads of Manhattan's West Side, we found two standard-bearers for our most promising American tradition -- the literary and in...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Apr 07, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Nicholson Baker
Part of "Whose Words These Are," our look at poetry in our time: first Christopher Lydon in conversation with novelist Nicholson Baker, whose novel...

Bought by KALW, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KUT, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WEOS and more


  • Added: Apr 04, 2011
  • Length: 58:59
  • Purchases: 6