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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.

    The Life of Roth

    The Life of Roth

    Philip Roth, the late novelist, may hold the record for “most ways to tell his own story,” in fiction and fact; in his psychiatric farce around a boy’s solo sex in Portnoy’s Complaint, then a ...

    • 50 min
    We’ll Always Have Casablanca

    We’ll Always Have Casablanca

    You must remember this, the song says. In fact, it’s hard to forget at Oscar time every April, that Casablanca, the Best Picture of 1942, was an all-time pinnacle of black-and-white Hollywood. To this day, ...

    • 50 min
    Back to School

    Back to School

    The public schools that are reopening this spring are not the same ones that shut down in the COVID cloud a year ago. “Learning in person” is back, yes, in the close company of teachers ...

    • 50 min
    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
    The CRISPR Challenge

    The CRISPR Challenge

    The CRISPR challenge is back—first to grasp, then how to apply the biggest scientific breakthrough of our century so far. You remember CRISPR: nature’s own repair kit, guarding your genetic code, cell by cell, tuning ...

    • 50 min
    Plague Year Two

    Plague Year Two

    We labeled it the Plague Year even before we began living it. The news last March came with medieval and bubonic overtones of catastrophe. A virus bearing down on the whole planet’s human population is ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
960 Ratings

960 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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