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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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425 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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A conversation with astronomer Avi Loeb about the possibility of extraterrestrial intelligence.

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP, KALW and more


  • Added: Jun 10, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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A conversation with Yo-Yo Ma about the Cello Suites of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Bought by KAZU Seaside, Calif., WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WMUU-LP, KALW, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: Jun 03, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Conversations with Nicholson Baker, Alina Chan, Antonio Regalado, and Richard Ebright about the lab leak hypothesis.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WCNY, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: May 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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A conversation with Patrick Radden Keefe and Kathleen Frydl about the opioid crisis.

Bought by WCNY, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WMUU-LP, KSFR, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: May 20, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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A conversation with Michael Lewis and Marc Lipsitch about COVID and public health.

Bought by WUGA (part of GPB), WCNY, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 10
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Conversations with Abhinandan Sekhri, Kavita Sivaramakrishnan, Keshava Guha, and Vikram Patel about the COVID crisis in India.

Bought by KUT, KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, WHCP-LP Cambridge and more


  • Added: May 07, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Conversations with Nubar Alexanian, Scout Tufankjian, and Christina Maranci about the Armenian diaspora.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KSFR, WMUU-LP, KICI Iowa City, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: Apr 29, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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A conversation with Louis Menand about American culture in the years after World II.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WLPR , WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: Apr 22, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
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Conversations with Adam Tooze and Steven Pearlstein about Joe Biden's stimulus plan.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., KSFR, WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KALW and more


  • Added: Apr 15, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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A conversation about Philip Roth with his biographer, Blake Bailey.

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WLPR , WMUU-LP, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago, KMXT and more


  • Added: Apr 08, 2021
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8