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Open Source with Christopher Lydon



Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics



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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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American Hearts and Minds

Thu, 09 Jun 2016 23:48:56 +0000

With the presidential primaries practically over, let’s take a moment on the psychiatrist’s couch, with an eye on the health of American hearts and minds. We spent months and months inside two overheated political races, ...

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The Greatest, After All

Sat, 04 Jun 2016 19:34:43 +0000

Turns out, he was right about almost everything, ahead of time, on Sonny Liston, the Vietnam War, black grandeur, his own singular majesty. Wrong only, it seems, about the humanity of Joe Frazier. Muhammad Ali ...

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Sex and Safety on Campus

Thu, 02 Jun 2016 23:10:27 +0000

For decades now, we’ve worried about an epidemic of sexual assault and un-safety at American colleges and universities.But there’s a question of whether, amid the familiar panic and new paperwork, we’ve made real progress toward solving the ...

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Democracy In The Dumps

Thu, 26 May 2016 21:26:19 +0000

In 1989, the political theorist Francis Fukuyama pronounced that liberal democracy, on the American model, as the inevitable finish line of political evolution around the world: What we may be witnessing is not just the ...

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Ferrante Fever

Tue, 24 May 2016 19:33:47 +0000

This week: beach reading and classic literature intersect in one long literary shocker. The books are the four “Neapolitan Novels” of Elena Ferrante—from My Brilliant Friend to The Story of a Lost Child, published late ...

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Could Confucius Change Your Life?

Wed, 11 May 2016 19:09:49 +0000

In an panicked moment, maybe what we need most is a new set of eyes—or a very old one.Whatever you may find to be the problem—capitalist excess or teens “keeping it real,” digital isolation, widespread anxiety, Trumpian narcissism, ...

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Ireland Rises Again!

Thu, 05 May 2016 23:33:32 +0000

It has been 100 years since Ireland’s Easter Rising, a fascinating, tragic episode that blended literature and liberation, defeat and victory, national reverence and remorse, and, in William Butler Yeats‘s high poetic oxymoron of “Easter, 1916“, ...

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Eileen Myles’s Moment

Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:24:41 +0000

This week, we’re tuning into the writer Eileen Myles. Born outside Boston in 1949, Myles is just now having an all-American moment. Myles has spent the last forty years as a queer and feminist icon, who’d like to be ...

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Our Borders, Our Selves

Fri, 22 Apr 2016 12:25:11 +0000

What makes a border in 2016? And how is it, on an earth supposedly flattened by free markets and liberal values, that the walls around us seem higher than ever before?From the big-data border of the EU to Donald Trump’s (proposed) Great Wall, the fences ...

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Neoliberalism and Postcapitalism

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 04:28:45 +0000

This year’s American electoral shakeup sends us looking for deeper economic tremors. Unemployment is down to 4.9%, even as discouraged workers are reentering the market and the average hourly wage rose 7 cents. “More good ...

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John Luther Adams: Music at the End of the World

Fri, 08 Apr 2016 05:45:51 +0000

John Luther Adams is our gentle wood thrush in this conversation. He’s bracing us with the mystery that humbled him on first hearing the ecstatic songster (Thoreau’s “Shakespeare among birds”) in Georgia, once upon a ...

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Syria: The 21st-Century Disaster

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 15:46:09 +0000

Syria may be the essential 21st-century mess.Our guests, Robin Yassin-Kassab and Leila Al-Shami have just published Burning Country: Syrians in Revolution and War, a new people’s history of the civil war. They tell us that beneath a web of ...

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Weimar America?

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:20:32 +0000

Pundits from Glenn Beck to Roger Cohen and Chris Hedges have one other discouraged democracy on their minds this election year.They’re thinking of the German government that rose as a fresh democracy in 1919 but failed — amid economic frailty and an uninspiring mainstream ...

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