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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.

    American Autocracy

    American Autocracy

    The late innings of Donald Trump’s four-year campaign in the White House come to look stranger than the big-league baseball season—both of which are in the deep shadow of the pandemic (13 St. Louis Cardinals ...

    • 49 min
    Nicholson Baker Searches for Secrets

    Nicholson Baker Searches for Secrets

    Nicholson Baker, prose writer beyond category, has a new book for COVID time, speaking directly to the dread of weaponized biology as only Nick Baker could treat it, in history and in his head. This ...

    • 50 min
    The Next Generation

    The Next Generation

    Everybody knows the force of Black Lives Matter by now; many millions have been touched directly. But what do you know about Sisters Unchained, or Families for Justice as Healing, or Say Her Name, or ...

    • 49 min
    A Public Conversation Gone Sour

    A Public Conversation Gone Sour

    The All-American Thinking Class is beside itself: under pressure inside and out. It is a target already in Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, for lock-step conformity, he says, against “our magnificent liberty.” But the intelligentsia has ...

    • 50 min
    Reparations and the Wealth Gap

    Reparations and the Wealth Gap

    Forty acres and a mule was the promise made to black slaves, even before the Civil War was over. General Sherman of the Union Army drew up the plan, and Congress took a good look. ...

    • 50 min
    Return of the Prophet: Baldwin in the 21st Century

    Return of the Prophet: Baldwin in the 21st Century

    This week, we revisit our 2017 show on James Baldwin. James Baldwin was the prophetic voice of an era that isn’t over. Fifty years ago, he was a young, bug-eyed man from Harlem who wrote, in essays ...

    • 52 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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