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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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471 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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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