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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 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.

    Empire in Denial

    Empire in Denial

    It’s not just Joe Biden under pressure in the post-Trump transition. It’s the American way in the world, the mindset of a global enforcer. Stephen Wertheim is our guest: a remarkable young historian with a ...

    • 50 min
    Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s ‘City Hall’

    Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s ‘City Hall’

    What Fred Wiseman found in Boston City Hall is not what he was looking for.  The master of documentary film is famous for his almost innocent camera eye that unlocks visual drama in big institutions ...

    • 50 min
    Election Disconnection

    Election Disconnection

    Call it a four-year try-out we’ve just been through of strong-man, one-man politics.  The election put it to a vote, and the country said: enough for now, but not quite No. The USA didn’t so much ...

    • 51 min
    The Soul of Care

    The Soul of Care

    This show originally broadcast February 20, 2020. Arthur Kleinman is a name that comes up again and again when you search around our big college town of Boston / Cambridge for people asking the great ...

    • 50 min
    COVID on the Ballot

    COVID on the Ballot

    COVID, COVID, COVID, all you hear is COVID, the man tweeted, but how could it not be tagged as the COVID election in the plague year 2020? COVID has its place in history now: it’s ...

    • 50 min
    JFK in the American Century

    JFK in the American Century

    A bold new life of JFK cues Emerson’s line: “there is no history, only biography,” particularly when the life of a man and the American Century roll out together. John F. Kennedy was born – ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
947 Ratings

947 Ratings

haveatomato ,

Phenomenal podcast

Christopher Lyndon is such a treasure of a host, and a rarity; very well read, deep thinker, and open minded, on so many different topics. I don’t listen to a lot of podcasts, but this has been a mainstay for me for the last 4 years.

bigAlLassalle ,

christopher lydon is the best

Lydon is a well read master of inquiry who knows how to construct a question that digs into the heart of the issue. Whether is David Foster Wallace, Dickinson, or Mark Blyth, Lydon knows the subject and how to place it within the times we live. He has a talent for asking the questions you wish you could articulate, or that the interviewee has always wanted to be asked

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Money Dick

Such fun to dig back into Melville again for fresh perspectives on our many crises as the RNC convention serves up more lies and invective. Thank you, Chris, and your fascinating guests—in this episode as in all that you have been offering to ground us in a vision that can carry us forward together.

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