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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.

    Moral Prophecy

    Moral Prophecy

    Thomas Jefferson said: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” That is eighteenth-century American language for an intuition that never quite dies – the idea that people and nations are ...

    • 50 min
    The Abyss

    The Abyss

    The omens are powerful and clear for the American future—that is, for a reputedly sane and stable multi-racial democracy. It’s just that the two auguries of January 6 cut both ways and collide head on. ...

    • 50 min
    St. Louis Blues

    St. Louis Blues

    The city of St. Louis is the story of this hour. At the heart of North America, where the great Missouri River joins the Mississippi, it was the gateway to Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase—to Indian ...

    • 50 min
    Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

    Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

    This show first aired on May 21, 2020. The force of art to rescue a world breaking down; the power of music in particular to heal people one by one, perhaps all together: this was ...

    • 50 min
    Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott

    Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott

    This show originally aired January 23, 2020. In the Oscar-excitement around the new Little Women, director Greta Gerwig has a note for all of us: her hero at the party is still the woman who ...

    • 49 min
    The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

    The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

    Erroll Garner, the jazz pianist, is undergoing an upward revaluation of the sort that artists dream of: a reputational transition forty-some years after he died. In his time, mid-twentieth century, Erroll Garner was a pop ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
954 Ratings

954 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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