Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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.
Gandhi and “The Years That Changed the World”
Feb 14 • 39 min
Mahatma Gandhi led the liberation of India from British rule in the first half of the 20th Century, by massive and peaceful resistance. He is said to be out of political fashion in India these …
A Coup in Caracas
Feb 7 • 50 min
A conversation on the crisis in Venezuela with Alejandro Velasco, Jeff Sachs, Greg Grandin, and Leo Blanco. The ruin of Venezuela and the world’s answer to it mark the climax of an epic, late in …
All in Favor…
Jan 31 • 50 min
A conversation about Astra Taylor’s new documentary What Is Democracy? with Astra Taylor, David Runciman, and Kali Akuno. We used to know what we liked about that word ‘democracy,’ and we were ready to fight for …
Under Surveillance: Capitalism in the Digital Age
Jan 24 • 49 min
Yes, Virginia, the world did change direction in the late summer of 2001, and it’s been changing us ever since. 9/11 had everything to do it, but it was also the panicky season of the …
Andre Dubus’s Carny World
Jan 19 • 26 min
A conversation with Andre Dubus III about his new novel, Gone So Long. An old-fashioned sort of writer from this part of the world, and a writer we love for his swerves and surprises, Andre Dubus …
Is the Green New Deal For Real?
Jan 10 • 50 min
A conversation about the “Green New Deal” with Bill McKibben, Naomi Oreskes, and Daniel Schrag. The mission, as it turned out, was to transform the American economy and save the country, no less, over twelve years. …
The New Normal
Jan 3 • 50 min
A conversation with Stephen Walt and Fintan O’Toole on the state of the world at the beginning of 2019. At the start of a new year, count the new normals in a changed world: new …
Lenny at 100
Dec 20, 2018 • 49 min
A tribute to Leonard Bernstein with Nigel Simeone, Jamie Bernstein, and Augusta Read Thomas. Leonard Bernstein, the multi-musician, did it all in his lifetime. At his 100th anniversary this year, the only question people still …
The Tower and the Square
Dec 13, 2018 • 50 min
A conversation about Brexit, yellow vests, and the state of the European Union with Arthur Goldhammer, Vanessa Bee, Julian Bourg, and Alan Rusbridger. A nasty winter of discontent is in the air, blowing around old …
Tech Tyranny
Dec 6, 2018 • 50 min
You know you’re embedded in the Digital Age when you’re typing your anxieties into the Woebot app to get free, anonymous CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy). It’s Digital Age anxiety we’re all cringing at in the …
A Splice of Life
Nov 29, 2018 • 50 min
“The genie is out of the bottle,” says George Church, and he should know. Dr. Church at Harvard Medical School has been a respected keeper of the keys to the miracle, or monster, that is …
Seeing America with Frederick Wiseman
Nov 15, 2018 • 50 min
A conversation with Frederick Wiseman on his new film, Monrovia, Indiana, and a lifetime of observing. We’re way back home in Monrovia, Indiana, in Frederick Wiseman’s deep cinematic dive into Red State America. This is corn-and-hog, …
Midterm Scorecard
Nov 8, 2018 • 50 min
A conversation with David Bromwich, Jill Lepore, David Bosworth, Briahna Gray, and Mark Blyth. The political armies, red and blue, both won tough battles at the midterm. What plain people got, at a minimum, was …
Whitey, We Hardly Knew Ye
Nov 1, 2018 • 49 min
A conversation with Howie Carr, David Boeri, and Richard Marinick. Jimmy Bulger, known as Whitey, was a nasty curse on the old Irish urban village of South Boston. At the same time, he was the …
Trouble in the House of Saud
Oct 25, 2018 • 50 min
A conversation with Stephen Kinzer, Sarah Leah Whitson, Steve Simon, Chas Freeman, and Shireen Al-Adeimi. Speaking of Saudi Arabia, in the ghastly light of Jamal Kashoggi’s dismemberment: what more do we care to know, about …
Behind the “Leonine Gaze” of Frederick Douglass
Oct 18, 2018 • 49 min
Historian David Blight on his new biography of Frederick Douglass. Frederick Douglass, scarred and tormented seeing men made slaves, set the course of his life to show how a slave became a man. In the …
Hothouse Earth
Oct 11, 2018
A conversation with Astronomer Royal Martin Rees, environmental policy expert Adil Najam, and social and political theorist Ajay Singh Chaudhary. We’re closer than we knew to falling off the cliff into climate hell – not …
Farewell Tour
Oct 4, 2018 • 50 min
TDS is the acronym. Trump Derangement Syndrome is the full name: a distaste for Donald Trump so severe that sufferers abandon all logic and reason, all sense of proportion. But what if the breakdown they …
A Less Perfect Union
Sep 27, 2018 • 49 min
“What’s past is prologue,” Shakespeare’s phrase from “The Tempest,” is carved in stone in front of the National Archive in Washington. Ronald Reagan liked to say that what it means about America is “you ain’t …
Original Sin
Sep 20, 2018 • 50 min
The Roman Catholic Church is staring transfixed at a cascading scandal of crime and non-punishment. Sex crimes by priests against children are turning up now in far corners of the world, and a pattern of …
Game, Set, Match!
Sep 13, 2018 • 50 min
It’s only a game, we used to say, but this season, between the US Open in tennis and pro-football’s opening games, our wide world of sports is an arena for every kind of cultural politics …
A New Labor Movement
Sep 6, 2018 • 49 min
It’s Labor Day week 2018, and “The American Worker” doesn’t fit any single poster shot. Is it the Uber driver – working flex time in the ‘gig’ economy, for a magic dispatcher of taxis around …
The Democratic Divide
Aug 23, 2018 • 50 min
At a madcap mid-point in the Age of Trump, it is the season suddenly of Alexandria Ocasio Cortez in the Democratic party. A.O.C. time, for the bold young waitress and straight-ahead socialist who toppled the …
Black Film, White Voice
Aug 16, 2018 • 50 min
A new wave of black arts has surfaced in the mainstream of American popular culture. It’s not your standard entertainment, and not “art for art’s sake” either. On big screens and tiny ones, in music …
V. S. Naipaul’s ‘Gloomy Clarity’ about Africa, and Himself (rebroadcast)
Aug 12, 2018
This interview with V.S. Naipaul was released October 25, 2010. We are re-posting the podcast on the occasion of the author’s death Saturday. V. S. Naipaul, in the winter of his long writing life, doesn’t …
The Soviet Symphonist
Aug 9, 2018 • 50 min
The Shostakovich story — man and music in the apocalypse of world war and Cold War — seems to get more frightfully irresistible with every remembrance, every new CD in the Boston Symphony’s Grammy winning …
Bullsh*t Jobs in Boomtime America
Jul 26, 2018 • 50 min
The jobs are back. It’s the work that feels fishy: so much of it paid but pointless; safe and even secure, but often un-satisfying if you were looking for hands-on and heart-felt work that could …
The Siberian Candidate
Jul 19, 2018 • 50 min
Calling on the spies we know best – all of them fictional – to explain the Helsinki summit: If it was spy-craft in plain sight, what would James Bond or Jason Bourne have seen that we …
The Grenfell Tragedy
Jul 12, 2018 • 50 min
Grenfell Tower was that giant pillar of public housing on the West side of London that went up in flames a year ago. Suddenly it was a smoky chemical torch in the night, fueled by …
Bill Banfield’s Griot Songs
Jul 5, 2018 • 50 min
Your friends and other experts will tell you the songs and sounds that are new and hot. What the music makers are happier telling you is: what’s old, what abides, what is true, what connects …
Molly Crabapple’s Cosmopolitan Colors
Jun 29, 2018 • 16 min
Listen fast, podcast people, because the beloved artist-satirist-global muckraker Molly Crabapple talks fast, the same way she draws and paints a sort of carnival of conflict out there: in Syria, in storm-damaged Puerto Rico, in …
Our Borderline Disorder
Jun 28, 2018 • 50 min
The shock of migrant kids-in-cages on our border with Mexico is surfacing tough questions if you’re willing to look back at our history and ahead to an emerging world disorder. The issues run deep: why …
Two Guys Walk Into a Summit in Singapore
Jun 14, 2018 • 49 min
From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. Better news coming is implied in the Singapore …
The Original Kitchen Connection (June 29, 2000)
Jun 8, 2018 • 50 min
Anthony Bourdain introduced us almost 20 years ago to Systeme D, the crisis procedures in the best kitchens that get the chef out of a jam. I was eager to interview him not least because …
The Reporter’s Reporter
Jun 7, 2018 • 49 min
Seymour Hersh, known as Sy, made a brilliant career, at his best, of exposing Official US, at its worst: the Army massacre at My Lai, in Vietnam. The sadistic prison management at Abu Ghraib in …
Studs Terkel’s Feeling Tone
May 31, 2018 • 49 min
The Studs Terkel edge on the radio was, first of all, picking guests who would sound more interesting 50, 60 years later: Mahalia Jackson, Bucky Fuller, Toni Morrison, Bertrand Russell. Simone de Beauvoir on her …
Remembering Philip Roth
May 21, 2018 • 50 min
Our long, gabby afternoon with Philip Roth in 2006, at his farmhouse in Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut, was a sort of pay-off. I’d helped him find just the right Boston location for a scene in his …
The Split Screen View in Jerusalem and Gaza
May 17, 2018 • 49 min
One split screen wasn’t really enough for the asymmetries we’re looking at now, but there it was: Ivanka unveiling the Trump embassy plaque in Jerusalem, and 40 miles away, the massacre at Gaza, Israeli soldiers …
Trump Goes Rogue In Iran
May 10, 2018 • 49 min
Dropping out of the Iran nuclear deal has the feel of dropping into the John Bolton phase of the Trump era. Trump in Full. Trump Extra. The theme is No More Mr. Nice Guy, or …
Lisa Halliday’s ‘Asymmetry’
May 8, 2018 • 29 min
This is an unlocked, bonus segment of Open Source. You can hear weekly conversations and extended interviews like this one by subscribing and supporting our work on Patreon. The writer Zadie Smith first clued us …
Marx at 200
May 3, 2018 • 49 min
A specter is haunting human affairs these days: it’s the thought that Karl Marx (on his 200th birthday this week) may have been more right than wrong about rich-get-richer bourgeois economics. He may have been …
The Secret Life of Trees
Apr 26, 2018 • 49 min
Henry David Thoreau founded our literature of trees, glorying in the Eastern White Pine as the “emblem of my life,” to stand for “the West, the wild.” His friend Emerson, one step closer, felt an …
The Trump Doctrine in the Middle East
Apr 19, 2018 • 49 min
What President Trump said he wanted was to get US firepower out of Syria. “Let the other people take care of it now,” in his words. What he settled for with his own generals was …
Barbara Ehrenreich on the Cult of Wellness
Apr 17, 2018 • 22 min
This is an unlocked, bonus segment of Open Source. You can hear weekly conversations and extended interviews like this one by subscribing and supporting our work on Patreon. In her new book, Natural Causes: An …
Facebook & the Reign of Surveillance Capitalism
Apr 12, 2018 • 49 min
Three questions they didn’t get Mark Zuckerberg to consider. For openers: that leak of 87 million identities to Cambridge Analytica: was it a bug in the system, or a feature of it? Facebook’s core business …
The Teachers’ Revolt
Apr 5, 2018 • 49 min
There’s a quick, strange turn in our weather and it’s not just springtime. Public school classrooms, oddly enough, are the source of the storm winds: first the take-charge teenagers of the Parkland generation, ready to …
Van Morrison’s Cosmic Accident
Mar 29, 2018 • 49 min
In the annals of rock music albums, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is one of a kind. In an earthy medium, it’s a masterpiece of abstraction. Indecipherable. Irresistible. Influential. Accidental, it seemed, from the first licks …
Reviving the King
Mar 15, 2018 • 49 min
Martin Luther King Jr. comes to seem larger in his absence these last 50 years, himself a cosmos, in Walt Whitman speak, containing multitudes—and not contradictions so much as multiples. He was a midnight-oil Ph.D. …
Books Not Bars
Mar 8, 2018 • 49 min
The case for prison education is alive again, in the land of mass incarceration, the case for reimagining prisons as colleges and universities of life. Malcolm X in his Autobiography gave the classic example: when …