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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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    • 4.5 • 991 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.

    Multipolarity

    Multipolarity

    Our unipolar moment may be remembered as the United States’ turn as “king of the hill,” two decades or so between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rocket rise of China’s economy. What ...

    • 50 min
    The New Right

    The New Right

    The hatching of a New Right Republican party, under fire, is the substance of this radio hour. It was simpler in Gilbert and Sullivan when the song said: every boy and every gal that’s born ...

    • 50 min
    Polycrisis

    Polycrisis

    Finally, there’s a word for it: the polycrisis, to describe the multiple messes we’re in. Our guest the historian Adam Tooze says it’s a polycrisis when old crises like war, weather, and disease are breeding ...

    • 50 min
    A Just Cause

    A Just Cause

    Talking time around the war in Ukraine may be approaching. This radio hour may be a moment in that trend: reaching out for strong views we hadn’t heard, in head-on disagreement about the morality and ...

    • 50 min
    Taiwan, the World-Class Puzzle

    Taiwan, the World-Class Puzzle

    Next on the global agenda comes Taiwan, the island off China once known as Formosa, meaning shapely, beautiful. Today it’s a puzzle with moving parts: a not-quite nation of 24 million people that has two ...

    • 50 min
    Humane Wartime

    Humane Wartime

    Try a simple riddle, about the time and climate we Americans are living in, today: Do we call it (a) wartime or (b) peacetime? Tense time, for sure, and there’s war in the headlines. But ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
991 Ratings

991 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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Bacevich

Vietnam 1968 - I didn’t have a patriotic interest. That bacevich did doesn’t surprise me. He still can’t be honest as to the USA’s viciousness as regards any effort at world peace. Russia was provoked and responded as the responsible adult in the room. Someone had to say no to the USA and the USA can stop this aggression any time it wants. Russia is in the right. Can’t know if this war could have been avoided is asked. The answers are idiotic at best, whether the “talkers” know they are lying or not.

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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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