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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 Christopher Lydon

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    • 4.6 • 1K 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.

    The Rebel’s Clinic

    The Rebel’s Clinic

    Frantz Fanon is our interest in this podcast. The man had charisma across the board in a short life and a long afterlife. A black man from the Caribbean, he went to France, first as ...

    • 44 min
    Algorithmic Anxiety

    Algorithmic Anxiety

    The question is how digital tech picks and chooses the content that comes to your phones and your brain, or, as Kyle Chayka puts it in a brave new book Filterworld: “how algorithms flattened culture.” ...

    • 42 min
    The Humbling of Harvard

    The Humbling of Harvard

    Oldest and far the richest among American universities, Harvard is the apex, in some sense, of American intellectualism, and it will be a long time figuring out just how it lost a big game it ...

    • 39 min
    The Most Secret Memory of Men

    The Most Secret Memory of Men

    The only way into this podcast is a long leap headfirst into postcolonial French fiction, of all things, and a novel titled The Most Secret Memory of Men. Our guest is the toast of literary ...

    • 48 min
    The Revolutionary

    The Revolutionary

    On the 250th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, we’re face to face, almost, with an American political type that’s gone missing in our third century. Check this resume: he’s principled, he’s prepared, a two-fisted ...

    • 33 min
    Israel and Palestine Across History

    Israel and Palestine Across History

    With the historian John Judis we are looking for a longer timeline in the crisis of Gaza, Israel, Palestine. It has been, in fact, a century of layered conflict between Arabs and Jews, two peoples ...

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1K Ratings

1K Ratings

Iswoon ,

Host with the Most

Since On Point days, I’ve known that C. Lydon is a gifted and empathetic moderator. His calling realized to great effect here.
I am gratified he is given space, support and freedom on this platform.
Podcasts can educate…routinely interesting.

SunRa Rebel ,

It’s TRUE—Open Source w Lydon—one of GREATEST shows/podcasts of all time

I’ve listened to Christopher Lydon’s programs for decades on Public Radio, and on Open Source. Great mind, great topics and ideas, great staff and team, smart, ethical, personable, and relevant. This is the SHOW to listen to. Thank you.

Mase Al ,

A true treasure

There is no podcast that I enjoy more. There is also not a better podcast available that is so rich with a superbly diverse array of topics and themes. If there is any podcast that makes the world better and more informed, it’s definitely this one.

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