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Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

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Cambridge, MA

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Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

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English

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(617) 353-0692


Episodes

Moral Prophecy

1/21/2021
Thomas Jefferson said: “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just.” That is eighteenth-century American language for an intuition that never quite dies – the idea that people and nations are ... The post Moral Prophecy appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:08

The Abyss

1/14/2021
The omens are powerful and clear for the American future—that is, for a reputedly sane and stable multi-racial democracy. It’s just that the two auguries of January 6 cut both ways and collide head on. ... The post The Abyss appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:52

St. Louis Blues

1/7/2021
The city of St. Louis is the story of this hour. At the heart of North America, where the great Missouri River joins the Mississippi, it was the gateway to Thomas Jefferson’s Louisiana Purchase—to Indian ... The post St. Louis Blues appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:54

Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

12/31/2020
This show first aired on May 21, 2020. The force of art to rescue a world breaking down; the power of music in particular to heal people one by one, perhaps all together: this was ... The post Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:44:35

Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott

12/24/2020
This show originally aired January 23, 2020. In the Oscar-excitement around the new Little Women, director Greta Gerwig has a note for all of us: her hero at the party is still the woman who ... The post Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:19

The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner

12/17/2020
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 time, mid-twentieth century, Erroll Garner was a pop ... The post The Joy and Genius of Erroll Garner appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:14

The mRNA Story

12/10/2020
mRNA is the bright spark in a disaster year still darkening under the surge of COVID deaths and new cases. mRNA is the messenger molecule with news of help on the way. It’s described as ... The post The mRNA Story appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:03

Empire in Denial

12/3/2020
It’s not just Joe Biden under pressure in the post-Trump transition. It’s the American way in the world, the mindset of a global enforcer. Stephen Wertheim is our guest: a remarkable young historian with a ... The post Empire in Denial appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:00

Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s ‘City Hall’

11/19/2020
What Fred Wiseman found in Boston City Hall is not what he was looking for. The master of documentary film is famous for his almost innocent camera eye that unlocks visual drama in big institutions ... The post Documenting Democracy: Fred Wiseman’s ‘City Hall’ appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:40:23

Election Disconnection

11/12/2020
Call it a four-year try-out we’ve just been through of strong-man, one-man politics. The election put it to a vote, and the country said: enough for now, but not quite No. The USA didn’t so much ... The post Election Disconnection appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:20

The Soul of Care

11/5/2020
This show originally broadcast February 20, 2020. Arthur Kleinman is a name that comes up again and again when you search around our big college town of Boston / Cambridge for people asking the great ... The post The Soul of Care appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:46

COVID on the Ballot

10/29/2020
COVID, COVID, COVID, all you hear is COVID, the man tweeted, but how could it not be tagged as the COVID election in the plague year 2020? COVID has its place in history now: it’s ... The post COVID on the Ballot appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:08

JFK in the American Century

10/22/2020
A bold new life of JFK cues Emerson’s line: “there is no history, only biography,” particularly when the life of a man and the American Century roll out together. John F. Kennedy was born – ... The post JFK in the American Century appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:21

The Upswing

10/15/2020
Here’s the good news about the awful condition we’re in, from one of the great American people-watchers, Robert Putnam of Bowling Alone fame: it’s that we’ve been here before. “Unprecedented” is the wrong tag on ... The post The Upswing appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:49

Green New Generation

10/8/2020
The other historic 2020 political contest began in a hallway outside Speaker Pelosi’s office just two years ago. Not along party lines, oddly enough. The language was incendiary, but Donald Trump wasn’t there and didn’t ... The post Green New Generation appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:54

The Confidence Man

10/1/2020
From that food-fight of an un-presidential debate, the last month of the 2020 campaign is about democracy itself, in danger: reduced now to slanging between “this clown” and that “fool,” as they said of one ... The post The Confidence Man appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:12

Warped Speed

9/24/2020
The “warp speed” race for a COVID vaccine is a sort of lesson in bio-capitalism under pressure, as well as in pandemic politics. The vaccine tracker in the New York Times online charts almost 100 ... The post Warped Speed appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:11

Wagner and Wagnerism

9/17/2020
Richard Wagner, man and musician, was the embodiment of excess—too much of a good thing if you loved him, something worse if you didn’t. Those weren’t just operas he was writing, but total works of ... The post Wagner and Wagnerism appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:15

Look on the Blyth Side

9/10/2020
Mark Blyth is stumped. He’s the people’s economist who speaks the people’s language through his thick working-class Scottish accent. He hasn’t gone silent in the pandemic ruins of our prosperity. He’s as noisy as ever, ... The post Look on the Blyth Side appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:49:54

The Neuro-Adventures of Oliver Sacks

9/3/2020
This week, we’re replaying the conversation with Lawrence Weschler about his friend Oliver Sacks (it first aired on October 10, 2019). Oliver Sacks was the beloved doctor of strong souls in afflicted bodies. He was ... The post The Neuro-Adventures of Oliver Sacks appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:09