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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 • 987 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.

    A New History of Humanity

    A New History of Humanity

    This show first aired on December 2, 2021. Giant questions this hour, and a slew of fresh answers: Where do we humans come from? Who are we, after all? Where are we going? Was our ...

    • 50 min
    Lenny at 100

    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 ...

    • 49 min
    Van Morrison’s Cosmic Accident

    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. ...

    • 49 min
    Walden & the Natural World of Transcendentalism

    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 ...

    • 51 min
    Write Like the Russians

    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, ...

    • 50 min
    The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

    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 ...

    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
987 Ratings

987 Ratings

Bld22 ,

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.

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.

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