Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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An American conversation with global attitude - on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon.

An American conversation with global attitude - on the arts, humanities, and global affairs, hosted by Christopher Lydon

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424 Pieces

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Schuller, who died last week at 89, was a prodigious, captivated, sometimes cantankerous prisoner of every kind of modern music: between Beethoven ...

Bought by KMUW and WFMT Station Account


  • Added: Jul 04, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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It’s the rare writer who can pick up where Albert Camus — master of midcentury philosophy and fiction — left off in the modern classic, The Outside...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KMUN


  • Added: Jun 26, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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In an encyclical letter, Pope Francis himself will intervene next week on the global story of climate change, bringing scientific and moral authori...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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The best of American poets and the worst of American wars met head-on 150 years ago this summer in Walt Whitman’s Drum-Taps, his reflections on nur...

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Seven years after the credit crunch, we know the markets have rebounded. Executive pay is back up; the public sector’s still shrinking relatively a...

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  • Added: May 29, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Both our guests Eric Foner and Heather Cox Richardson want to shout it from the rooftops: the little-known history of Reconstruction is where the s...

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  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The Democrats’ revolt against President Obama’s Trans Pacific Partnership has everything to do with the “giant sucking sound” of job loss echoing o...

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  • Added: May 19, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Karl Ove Knausgaard’s My Struggle is sweeping the world in six volumes and 3,600 pages. It’s the novelized memory of a mostly ordinary Scandinavian...

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  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 1
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Seymour Hersh, Noam Chomsky, and Christian Appy on the legacy of Vietnam.

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  • Added: May 10, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The People’s Republic has arrived and is applying for co-trusteeship of the globe. We got a good look at the co-trustee, China’s enigmatic presiden...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Our guest David Blight reminds us that Americans are re-fighting the Civil War 150 years after it ended. Historians, he said, “buried the questions...

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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From the great Bach’s hand, two masterpieces of church theater survive. Both tell the trial and crucifixion of Jesus, one from the gospel of Matthe...

Bought by 'The Sea', WNMU-FM, Troy Public Radio, WABE, and KPIP-LP


  • Added: Apr 06, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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We're asking the $64,000 question: can we build a more crash-proof, less leveraged, more equitable financial system? Our guest Jeremy Allaire would...

Bought by KPIP-LP and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
  • Purchases: 2
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As a scholar and a father, Harvard sociologist Orlando Patterson has spent his career puzzling over the “immutable force” in American race relation...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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We’re revisiting the Attica prison revolt in 1971. It began as a civil rights protest and ended in a massacre when Governor Nelson Rockefeller orde...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and KZYX


  • Added: Mar 15, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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Next Wednesday the White House is convening a summit on ‘countering violent extremism.’ The details are sketchy — a press release announces that th...

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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This week we’re taking the measure of the mystery known as LBJ at the Selma moment: not the cinema bully caught dragging his heels in movie theater...

Bought by WESM 91.3 FM and KZYX


  • Added: Feb 08, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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We’re continuing our “money machine” series on the cost of carbon capitalism. Gas gets cheaper, the weather gets warmer, and for our guests the env...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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On this Kickstarter-launch week we’re diagnosing America’s healthcare woes with the meta-journalist and heart patient, Steve Brill.

  • Added: Jan 25, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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The story of the massacre at Charlie Hebdo has gone everywhere in the past week: into meditations on free speech and blasphemy, into declarations o...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2015
  • Length: 58:37
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