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Open Source with Christopher Lydon



Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics



Last Build Date: Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:04:10 +0000

 



‘Secular Rapture’: Trump and the American Dispossessed

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 00:33:17 +0000

Working-class whites are now the reigning champs of pessimism in America.  No other group of working-class Americans — Black, Hispanic, or Asian — holds a more despairing, more dire outlook on the future of our country. ...

The post ‘Secular Rapture’: Trump and the American Dispossessed appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Revenge of the 90s

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 16:04:49 +0000

If all elections are about the future, why does this one come with so much baggage from our political and cultural past?It was in the misfit decade of the ‘90s that both Donald Trump and ...

The post Revenge of the 90s appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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What Would Keynes Do?

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 23:21:43 +0000

This election has been about everything but the economy, stupid (according to John Harwood of The New York Times). Americans are split right down the middle—48 to 48—on which candidate will handle money matters better; ...

The post What Would Keynes Do? appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Race and the Race for the White House

Thu, 25 Feb 2016 21:22:19 +0000

Is racial justice on the ballot in 2016? In the past year, Charleston, South Carolina, grieved twice. First, Walter Scott was shot in the back by a police officer, and a Taser was planted next ...

The post Race and the Race for the White House appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Hacking The Constitution

Fri, 19 Feb 2016 02:25:12 +0000

The late justice Antonin Scalia boasted that his United States Constitution was definitively “dead.” But in a mixed-up political season, what if our founding document wants a new lease on life? And what if we ...

The post Hacking The Constitution appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Sanders, Socialism, and the Youth Vote

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 21:51:48 +0000

For the election watchers who were dissatisfied after the statistical stalemate in the Iowa caucuses, here’s a result worth wondering over: six to one! That’s the margin by which Iowa Democrats between 18 and 30 ...

The post Sanders, Socialism, and the Youth Vote appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Plot-Twist Politics

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 21:34:20 +0000

In 2016, the presidential election became electric. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have separately disrupted the fixed matchup of another Clinton and another Bush, and flat-footed, for now, the mainstream consensus about everything from who ...

The post Plot-Twist Politics appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Timothy Snyder’s Holocaust Warning for Today

Mon, 25 Jan 2016 17:25:54 +0000

Timothy Snyder is a Yale historian who makes waves. Black Earth is his big new interpretation of “the Holocaust: as History and Warning.” He’s arguing, for starters, that the record of killing Jews – when, ...

The post Timothy Snyder’s Holocaust Warning for Today appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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For C.D. Wright, Poet of the Ozarks

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 22:03:19 +0000

We lost C.D. Wright, our Ozarkian friend and poet, who put the history around her into verse so we might hold it in more beautiful detail — as in her nostalgic Ozark Odes and in One With Others, ...

The post For C.D. Wright, Poet of the Ozarks appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.




Black Mountain College: “The Grass-Roots of Democracy”

Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:55:53 +0000

In 1933, a group of freethinking American educators and academics took a look at their fresh, interwar world — and set about trying to remake it. They set up a campus in idyllic countryside outside Asheville, North Carolina, and Black Mountain ...

The post Black Mountain College: “The Grass-Roots of Democracy” appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Empire to Empire: Mary Beard’s Rome

Thu, 14 Jan 2016 19:54:08 +0000

The English classicist and historian, Mary Beard, has become a T.V. star and a bestselling author. SPQR, her new capsule history of the Roman empire, remains hard to find on bookstore and library shelves weeks after its ...

The post Empire to Empire: Mary Beard’s Rome appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Our Postmodern Myth: “Star Wars” is Back

Thu, 07 Jan 2016 05:33:32 +0000

There’s a big old *spoiler alert* hanging over this whole radio show. You’ve been warned! We’re beginning 2016 by confronting what is already its biggest cultural phenomenon. The Force Awakens, the latest installment of Star Wars, on ...

The post Our Postmodern Myth: “Star Wars” is Back appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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An American Classic: “Fat City”

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 16:08:02 +0000

An Open Source experiment here: Chris Lydon kindly handed off the hosting reins to me for a day, for an interview with Leonard Gardner, author of the classic novel Fat City. — Max Larkin. Imagine ...

The post An American Classic: “Fat City” appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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The Art of Wildness

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 21:48:15 +0000

The quote, from Henry David Thoreau, often goes: “In wilderness is the preservation of the world.” Turns out Thoreau had been misheard. The real line is: “In wildness is the preservation of the world.”Our guest Jedediah Purdy, author ...

The post The Art of Wildness appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Prohibition, Then and Now

Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:58:39 +0000

What do we remember about America’s thirteen-year war on alcohol at the end of the First World War? Hollywood reminds us of the glamor of both rum-runners and -drinkers, the psychopathic hubris of Al Capone, and the ingenuity ...

The post Prohibition, Then and Now appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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The New Nativism

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 20:38:34 +0000

It’s been a half century since John F. Kennedy declared this “a nation of immigrants,” since his successor Lyndon Johnson threw open the doors to a broad parade of people from all over the world ...

The post The New Nativism appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Colm Tóibín’s Working on his Sentences

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 20:47:27 +0000

This is provincial Ireland, a place of long winters but not freezing winters. There’s drizzle as much as there’s rain. You’re trying to find a style just to bring things down to size, maybe bring ...

The post Colm Tóibín’s Working on his Sentences appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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What To Do After Paris?

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 03:47:52 +0000

Once again, France is reeling — after the second major terror attack upon defenseless Paris this year. Eight fighters — all of them young EU citizens supposed to be working for ISIS, or Daesh — took 129 ...

The post What To Do After Paris? appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Black Lives On Campus

Thu, 12 Nov 2015 06:47:47 +0000

What does the second civil rights movement look like? Is a new struggle for equality, in feelings as well as rights, afoot on American campuses?It seemed possible this week when frustrated students toppled the president and chancellor ...

The post Black Lives On Campus appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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John Summers on Real Estate and Innovation

Mon, 09 Nov 2015 23:02:50 +0000

The contrarian John Summers, editor-in-chief of The Baffler magazine, calls the funky old railroad back of MIT “The People’s Republic of Zuckerstan,” alluding to Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. (Zuck has reopened offices here, near Google and ...

The post John Summers on Real Estate and Innovation appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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Moneyball For City Hall

Wed, 04 Nov 2015 23:34:43 +0000

Dan Koh, the new chief of staff to Boston’s mayor, wants city government to work like Brad Pitt’s team in Moneyball. The Oakland A’s broke through when they broke away from the old way and started crunching the numbers. To ...

The post Moneyball For City Hall appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.


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