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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 • 988 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.

    Lovecraft Country

    Lovecraft Country

    This show was first broadcast on October 31, 2019. H. P. Lovecraft’s frightful horror fiction—dated between Edgar Allan Poe’s and Stephen King’s—is the weirdest of the weird. Lovecraft found ravenous, man-eating rats in the walls ...

    • 50 min
    We’ll Always Have Casablanca

    We’ll Always Have Casablanca

    This show was first broadcast on April 1, 2021. 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 ...

    • 50 min
    Studs Terkel’s Feeling Tone

    Studs Terkel’s Feeling Tone

    This show first aired on May 31, 2018. The Studs Terkel edge on the radio was, first of all, picking guests who would sound more interesting 50, 60 years later: Mahalia Jackson, Bucky Fuller, Toni ...

    • 49 min
    DFW, FTW: Life In the Internet Age

    DFW, FTW: Life In the Internet Age

    This show is a rerun. This week sees the opening of The End of the Tour, an updated My Dinner with Andre about David Foster Wallace’s book tour in 1996 for his immeasurable novel, Infinite Jest. ...

    • 50 min
    The Soviet Symphonist

    The Soviet Symphonist

    This show originally aired on August 9, 2018. The Shostakovich story — man and music in the apocalypse of world war and Cold War — seems to get more frightfully irresistible with every remembrance, every ...

    • 50 min
    Orwell’s Roses

    Orwell’s Roses

    This show first aired on November 11, 2021. George Orwell rests now with the immortal English writers. But why? For impact and influence, you could argue that Orwell in his novels and essays matched Shakespeare, ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
988 Ratings

988 Ratings

lu and ru fan ,

Always knows more than you, never talks down to you

Christopher is a gift to humanity. Listening to him will make you bigger.

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Astral Weeks

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.

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Best show

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

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