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Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics



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Building the People’s Party

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 02:07:37 +0000

100 days of Donald Trump in the White House, 100 days of Democrats in the wilderness, 100 dumbfounded days of dismay at the New York Times, 100 days for a lot of white America to ...

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Robert Lowell and the Poetry of a Suffering Mind

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 01:09:14 +0000

Robert Lowell was the last of his kind: a New England aristocrat of Olympian thunder and civic weight, dead-set from boyhood on artistic greatness, “the pure air of the mountain peak,” he said.  All the ...

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An American Sickness

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:54:37 +0000

With Barack out of the White House, Obamacare now looks something like a 7-year-old orphan: the unwanted child of yesterday’s Washington; a needy patchwork mega law with holes in its coverage.  Strange part is that Obamacare ...

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American (De)generations

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 01:41:44 +0000

Is American history a cyclical thing; a series of concentric circles endlessly repeating? Are its contours defined by temporary revivals of old hopes and old fears, inevitably renewed and repeated every 80 years or so? Or ...

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A Survivor’s Guide to Tyranny

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 21:14:34 +0000

Yale historian Timothy Snyder has 20 pills he wants us to take, and keep taking, perhaps to save our country. The stark premise that he laid out for us a month ago is that the ...

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The American Experiment

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 01:13:37 +0000

We’re looking for big answers from big thinkers this week, in the first episode of our series on the American Condition.Pick one: the American Experiment (A) has run its course, (B) is catching its breath ...

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Mohsin Hamid and the ‘Unwritten Constitution’

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 15:27:36 +0000

The Pakistani fictionist Mohsin Hamid is acutely expert on our American hang-ups about others who look something like him. His new novel, Exit West, is a very modern sort of love story about a thoughtful ...

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Welcome to Our Neoliberal World

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 00:38:34 +0000

In recent weeks, our comments section has been filled with request to define a term we use constantly on this show: neoliberalism. For people who like buzzwords parsed and spelled out, this hour’s for you.There ...

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American Vertigo

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 02:03:01 +0000

It wasn’t a war of ideas that produced Donald Trump, but his election surprise has produced a war of ideas to define Trumpism. In our program, the battle will be waged by ambitious, 20-somethings hungry ...

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‘Deportation Nation’

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 01:32:38 +0000

The ICE age: ICE for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Federal agents that will swoop down if they think your citizenship is irregular. Suspense, surprise, and a certain arbitrary striking power are essentials in the ...

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George Saunders in the Afterlife

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 22:32:25 +0000

The story master George Saunders is widely revered as the nicest guy in the writing game, but it’s sweeter and deeper than that. I met him in the Boston Public Library the other day to gab about ...

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Return of the Prophet: Baldwin in the 21st Century

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:25:47 +0000

James Baldwin was the prophetic voice of an era that isn’t over. Fifty years ago, he was a young, bug-eyed man from Harlem who wrote, in essays and novels, his own version of the civil-rights movement. Now his words ...

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The Fog of Trump

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 02:00:43 +0000

Should Donald Trump have spelled it out that what he really had in mind for Washington was regime-change?  The darkest truth about the squalling Trump administration is that nobody knows what’s happening.  Old-time news guy ...

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Going Nativist

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 02:02:06 +0000

The battle over the travel ban echoes our history from the founding, slicing deep into the heart of American sympathies: Are refugees and migrants coming ashore to be seen as humble ‘guests of the nation?’ or ...

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Stephen Kinzer: America’s Empire State of Mind

Tue, 07 Feb 2017 19:29:42 +0000

Why are we everywhere in the world, so often with guns drawn? The provocative reporter Stephen Kinzer has covered a number of our “regime-change” interventions in the world, from Guatemala to the Middle East. And ...

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The Great Trump Debate: Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 01:32:51 +0000

On Super Bowl weekend, we’ve lined up a couple of hall of fame political players who run outside Establishment lines to help us watch the game that’s unfolding so far in the Trump White House.  Pat ...

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Just Say No!

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:31:32 +0000

Millions of people marched over the weekend, showing the outlines of a global, feminist, anti-racist, anti-Trump resistance… maybe. The question on our minds this week is whether the protesters can sustain and direct their dissent to create real ...

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The Obama Years

Fri, 20 Jan 2017 03:12:40 +0000

What the “Yes I Can” president wanted most of all was to bring together a robust democracy in spirit if not every line of substance. What he ran into was a rockslide of revolt and ...

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Silvio Berlusconi: The Godfather of Trumpismo

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:21:46 +0000

According to Henry Kissinger, “Donald Trump is a phenomenon that foreign countries haven’t seen.” Don’t tell that to the Italians. The parallels between Donald Trump and former Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi are as striking as ...

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Good News for Bad Times: Gospel Music from Boston

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 23:26:51 +0000

In transition time, pre-inauguration, was there ever a clearer cue for Gospel music?  “Good news for bad times,” it’s been called. Sanctified music for a broken world. While Michele Obama’s hope is challenged, the giants ...

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Stephen Burt’s World of Poetry

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 23:39:31 +0000

Resolved in this New Year: read, and listen closely, to more poetry.This week, we’re starting with one of our favorite local poets, Stephen (or Steph) Burt.Burt, beyond his formal role as professor of English at ...

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Beethoven at the Piano

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 09:47:26 +0000

This show originally aired December 2014.We’re getting the Beethoven fundamentals, as never before, at my own piano. At a short safe distance from the keyboard, I’m learning, among other things: As volcanic was the man’s ...

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Post-Democracy in America

Fri, 16 Dec 2016 02:03:53 +0000

"Donald Trump is a post-democratic leader. The liberal democratic model—of which Obama was the last president—is completely dead."

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Bob Dylan, The Poet

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 23:21:50 +0000

Bob Dylan, the poet, has been singing more than 50 years, but have you ever really stopped to listen to the words? Now that Dylan is a Nobel giant of literature, we asked Christopher Ricks, professor of English ...

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Trump in the World

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 22:14:57 +0000

Trump says he knows more than the generals, so this week we’re talking to the colonels about the future of U.S. foreign policy.Col. Lawrence Wilkerson joins us to try and sort through all the noise and ...

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Election 2016: Unreality T.V.

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 19:09:18 +0000

Barack Obama has kept his distance from this campaign, but he did intervene last month to remind Americans that they’re not voting to give someone a recording contract: “This is a really serious job. This ...

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Claudia Rankine’s Citizen

Tue, 30 Aug 2016 16:33:57 +0000

In the time of Ferguson, Baltimore, and Charleston, the poet Claudia Rankine has been the lyric teller of our deepest hurt. Her new book, Citizen: An American Lyric, was a best-seller and something of a lifeline this year, ...

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DFW, FTW: Life In the Internet Age

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:31:44 +0000

This week sees the opening of The End of the Tour, an updated My Dinner with Andre about David Foster Wallace’s book tour in 1996 for his immeasurable novel, Infinite Jest.On that tour Wallace stopped by ...

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Apocalypse Now?, Part 3: So Far, So Good?

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 22:22:13 +0000

You can hear the first part of our summer series, “Apocalypse Now?” here, and Part 2 here. We’ve come to the end of the end: our third and final apocalyptic investigation (for now!). In the ...

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Apocalypse Now?, Part 2: A Remade Man

Thu, 11 Aug 2016 21:14:15 +0000

Our apocalypse series began one week ago with one grim vision of the future. What if our machines managed to take control of their own code? If they began to self-regulate, even self-replicate? It’s an imaginable scenario—but ...

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Apocalypse Now?, Part 1: The Rise of the Machines

Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:34:51 +0000

This August, that summer-cinema experience of cataclysm and crash has escaped the theaters and invaded our everyday lives. The panic is real: about politics and economics, terrorism and temperature.So we’re taking a cue from Hollywood for a summer blockbuster of ...

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Yanis Varoufakis’s Greek Tragedy

Thu, 28 Jul 2016 17:02:59 +0000

Before Brexit, of course, there was Grexit: the possibility, one year ago, that Greeks defying the will of E.U. bureaucrats bankers would fall right out of Europe.Yanis Varoufakis was the finance minister of Greece’s radical left government during ...

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Billie Holiday at 100

Thu, 21 Jul 2016 16:20:31 +0000

The astonishment about Billie Holiday in her 100th birthday summer is how differently we hear her. Back in the day — in her music, in her autobiography — Lady Day was the full catalog of ...

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Greil Marcus: America in Three Songs

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 22:43:19 +0000

Our country turned 240 last week—and yet it seems as if we’ve got so much growing up to do.In the 1960s—maybe the last moment in our history that felt so fraught with tension, inequity, and racism—the people turned, poignantly, ...

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The Tragedy of Tony Blair

Wed, 06 Jul 2016 19:20:38 +0000

The scathing Chilcot verdict on Tony Blair’s contribution to the war on Iraq brings to mind a more awful tragedy: that more politicians – notably of the American variety – have not suffered the public, ...

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The Great British Break-Off

Thu, 30 Jun 2016 17:43:10 +0000

This week, we’re catching up on the split heard round the world. People laughed at Tory historian Niall Ferguson for warning that Brexit—Britain’s proposed exit from Europe—would be like his own divorce: a nasty and desolating affair that ...

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Give ‘Em Hill?

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:17:48 +0000

When almost everyone you know is scared to death at the prospect of The Donald as The President, it can feel like we’re barely thinking about his opposite number. She’s become the default choice—the option that ...

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Susan Faludi: My Father, The Woman

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 03:53:24 +0000

We’re really feeling the fault lines of human identity in 2016: the vexed questions of who we are, who we aren’t, and who we’d like to be. The “angry white male” is back—and voting. Some ...

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