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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.

    100 Seconds to Midnight

    100 Seconds to Midnight

    On the famous clock-face of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the time now is 100 seconds before midnight. Meaning: humankind is closer to nuclear doomsday than it’s ever been. But it’s worse than that: those ...

    • 50 min
    A Dangerous Puzzle

    A Dangerous Puzzle

    It’s Iran, again, at the center of a tricky, dangerous puzzle. Four years after Donald Trump broke out of the nuclear ban agreement, Iran is just days or weeks away from having enough enriched uranium ...

    • 50 min
    Grain War

    Grain War

    Try this, to get a fresh grip on the war in Ukraine, and its effects still to come: we’ve got a food war in the breadbasket of the world, on the vast Eurasian prairie that’s ...

    • 50 min
    How Do We Look?

    How Do We Look?

    We are encouraged to believe, we Americans, that if anything good for the world comes out of the war in Ukraine, it will be that “the US is back,” not shooting but supporting, maybe midwifing ...

    • 50 min
    Real Questions for the Realist

    Real Questions for the Realist

    Twenty questions this hour on the war in Ukraine. For starters: will the war end in April? May? Maybe June? Who gets to announce the good news? An essay question: Can a war look more ...

    • 51 min
    War in Yemen

    War in Yemen

    We’re engulfed by war, rumors of war, videos of war, crimes of war—are we looking at ‘end times’ approaching? Or just the dead end of the forever wars? Our conversation this hour is about the ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
972 Ratings

972 Ratings

obi (Franklin) ,

Best show

Listening to the program changed my life more than a decade ago! Will always be grateful

MGH SF ,

Always learn

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.

lively Liver ,

My #1

Christopher Lydon is a renaissance man from music to politics to history philosophy and more. With respect to his amazing interviewees, he teaches me so much. This is my number one podcast.

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