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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Lenny at 100
This show originally aired on December 20, 2018. A tribute to Leonard Bernstein with Nigel Simeone, Jamie Bernstein, and Augusta Read Thomas. Leonard Bernstein, the multi-musician, did it all in his lifetime. At his 100th ...
Van Morrison’s Cosmic Accident
This show first aired on March 29, 2018. In the annals of rock music albums, Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks is one of a kind. In an earthy medium, it’s a masterpiece of abstraction. Indecipherable. Irresistible. ...
Walden & the Natural World of Transcendentalism
This show originally aired on July 6, 2017. Henry David Thoreau, our specimen of American genius in nature, wrote famously short, and long. “Simplify,” in a one-word sentence of good advice. But then 2-million words ...
Write Like the Russians
This episode was first broadcast on February 18, 2021. The invitation this hour, or maybe the dream, is to learn how to write short stories with the poignancy and power of the old Russian Masters, ...
The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner
This show first aired on December 17, 2020. 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 ...
Hail to Thee, Blyth Spirit
Mark Blyth, the people’s economist, to the rescue. We’ve got tribulations of money and power to be decoded, in what can feel like wartime. Sanctions or penalties for the warfare make economic waves, too. Inflation ...
Christopher Lyndon’ treatment of the Van Morrison album Astral Weeks was phenomenal. I didn’t know the album before then and now it is a constant companion. This pod, and that album are gifts to all of us.
Listening to the program changed my life more than a decade ago! Will always be grateful
Excellent interviewing that brings out the deep knowledge & experience of his guests. Always get the feeling that he absolutely respects and likes his guests. Very much appreciate his emotional input to the interview.