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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

Language:

English

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(617) 353-0692


Episodes

The Free World

4/22/2021
Recovery and renewal arrived on a flood tide that lifted all kinds of production—culture above all. This was the era that gave the world a new look: tail fins on new cars, Jackson Pollock’s drip ... The post The Free World appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:41

Bidenomics

4/15/2021
Bidenomics is different, we are beginning to notice. Just keeping score in the trillions of dollars takes some getting used to. But some key rules have changed, too. Modern Monetary Theory holds that even massive ... The post Bidenomics appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:40:21

The Life of Roth

4/8/2021
Philip Roth, the late novelist, may hold the record for “most ways to tell his own story,” in fiction and fact; in his psychiatric farce around a boy’s solo sex in Portnoy’s Complaint, then a ... The post The Life of Roth appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:09

We’ll Always Have Casablanca

4/1/2021
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 an all-time pinnacle of black-and-white Hollywood. To this day, ... The post We’ll Always Have Casablanca appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:04

Back to School

3/25/2021
The public schools that are reopening this spring are not the same ones that shut down in the COVID cloud a year ago. “Learning in person” is back, yes, in the close company of teachers ... The post Back to School appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:06

Wagner and Wagnerism

3/18/2021
This show originally aired on September 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 ... The post Wagner and Wagnerism appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:15

The CRISPR Challenge

3/11/2021
The CRISPR challenge is back—first to grasp, then how to apply the biggest scientific breakthrough of our century so far. You remember CRISPR: nature’s own repair kit, guarding your genetic code, cell by cell, tuning ... The post The CRISPR Challenge appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:05

Plague Year Two

3/4/2021
We labeled it the Plague Year even before we began living it. The news last March came with medieval and bubonic overtones of catastrophe. A virus bearing down on the whole planet’s human population is ... The post Plague Year Two appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:04

Billie Holiday at 100

2/25/2021
This show first aired July 30, 2015. The astonishment about Billie Holiday in her 100th birthday summer is how differently we hear her. Back in the day — in her music, in her autobiography — ... The post Billie Holiday at 100 appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:49:57

Write Like the Russians

2/18/2021
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, and how to become better versions of ourselves in ... The post Write Like the Russians appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:24

Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond

2/11/2021
This show first aired on February 13, 2020. The life of Malcolm X is the classic hero’s journey, in a setting we almost know: a story of anointment, dedication, fate, faith, family, incredible risk and ... The post Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:44:52

Market Mania

2/4/2021
Casino capitalism is the polite old phrase for the rigged game of high finance. Shark tank frenzy is a better fit for the action on Wall Street this winter. You notice in the GameStop trading ... The post Market Mania appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:56

Presidential Poetry

1/28/2021
Amanda Gorman did more than steal the show, more than capture Joe Biden’s inaugural moment. She may have opened a new road in poetry as well as politics with her ode to “a nation that ... The post Presidential Poetry appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:49:52

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