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Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays.



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Open Source with Christopher Lydon Brown University

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    • 4.6 • 29 Ratings

Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays.



Be part of the action: leave a voice message to be played on the air; get in touch over Facebook or Twitter; or email us – info@radioopensource.org with show ideas, advice, requests and high-quality criticism.

    Wagner and Wagnerism

    Wagner and Wagnerism

    Richard Wagner, man and musician, was the embodiment of excess—too much of a good thing if you loved him, something worse if you didn’t. Those weren’t just operas he was writing, but total works of ...

    • 50 min
    Look on the Blyth Side

    Look on the Blyth Side

    Mark Blyth is stumped. He’s the people’s economist who speaks the people’s language through his thick working-class Scottish accent. He hasn’t gone silent in the pandemic ruins of our prosperity. He’s as noisy as ever, ...

    • 49 min
    The Neuro-Adventures of Oliver Sacks

    The Neuro-Adventures of Oliver Sacks

    This week, we’re replaying the conversation with Lawrence Weschler about his friend Oliver Sacks (it first aired on October 10, 2019). Oliver Sacks was the beloved doctor of strong souls in afflicted bodies. He was ...

    • 50 min
    The Unmaking of America

    The Unmaking of America

    Did you believe the investor Warren Buffett (net worth $80 billion) when he let down his guard a bit and said, “There’s class warfare, all right . . . and it’s my class, the rich ...

    • 50 min
    Moby-Dick in 2020

    Moby-Dick in 2020

    Here’s why we read Moby-Dick—for the first time? for the eleventh time?— because it’s the Great American Novel about now, in 2020 more than ever. The giant fish story from Herman Melville in 1850 holds ...

    • 50 min
    Casino Capital

    Casino Capital

    Enjoy our casino show, which first aired on July 11, 2019. Casino gambling makes an odd fit with old bean-and-codfish Boston, even with Boston today: the best big college town in the country, the leading ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
29 Ratings

29 Ratings

psychoanalyst ,

Priceless insight

To my mind, the best social/political podcast bar none. But that simple characterization does not do it justice. Try it out: choose any Open Source podcast that strikes your fancy and odds are high that it will surpirse you with its revelatory intelligence-- insights abound, as do the thoughtful explanations of current crises. And too, there are wonderful visits with authors, singers, musicians, artists, and the like. It's an addiction worth having.

janac77 ,

we've missed Chris

I've been listening on and off to Radio Open Source via WBUR over the last few years (the "off" part is to due the fact that WBUR airs it at odd times.) After the 2016 election, I thought, I need to hear an intelligent conversation with Chris Lydon and his fellow smart folks to help me get a grip with what's happening. I knew I could trust him to not be alarmist, but approach the subject with a philosophical approach that other people just aren't capable of. We've missed you Chris, and are so happy that you're back on the air.

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