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Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

Location:

Cambridge, MA

Description:

Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

Language:

English

Contact:

(617) 353-0692


Episodes

Five Stones for Goliath

7/22/2021
You can’t help noticing the badge of success in American business has changed. Robber barons a century ago built monopolies, then palaces. In our second gilded age today, winners at the Bezos, Branson, and Elon ...

Duration:00:40:41

Liner Notes for the Revolution

7/15/2021
We know their songs, not so much what they were going through, those Black women artists who wrote and sang so many anthems of American life: Bessie Smith’s “Gimme a Pigfoot” and Mamie Smith’s “Crazy ...

Duration:01:01:38

Moral Economics

7/8/2021
This show first aired on May 28, 2020. John Maynard Keynes was a philosophical giant in twentieth-century England. In his day job, he was a public economist; in America he was a political football for ...

Duration:00:45:05

Middlemarch at the Beach

7/1/2021
This show first aired July 18, 2019. Middlemarch, a novel by the woman who gave herself a man’s by-line, “George Eliot,” may be the most honored masterpiece you’ve been avoiding all your life. Here’s the ...

Duration:00:39:33

A Disease of Humanity

6/24/2021
What we call Alzheimer’s—the loss of memory, mind, autonomy—wasn’t always called a disease. It was an aspect of aging, a symptom, a condition: senile dementia. Shakespeare made it the last of his seven ages of ...

Duration:00:44:01

Netanyahus

6/17/2021
If you’re still struggling to grasp Bibi Netanyahu’s downfall in Israel, listen to this: a Jewish-American novelist, a Palestinian-Arab screenwriter and a Canadian-American-Israeli pundit all walk into a Zoom room together, to pull the puzzle ...

Duration:00:55:10

Extraterrestrial Encounters

6/10/2021
Stand by for news from outer space: news the government never said it was collecting or considered important, perhaps because people who take UFOs too seriously risk ridicule sooner or later. That taboo is lifting. ...

Duration:00:43:33

Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

6/3/2021
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 ...

Duration:00:44:35

Lab Leak

5/27/2021
There’s a swerve in the road, signs that say “Sharp Curves Ahead,” in the origin story of the COVID pandemic. Where did that virus come from? And how did it leap to the human species, ...

Duration:00:40:34

The Sackler Empire

5/20/2021
The opioid epidemic, still rampant, still deadly, turns out to be a family story at its root. Empire of Pain is Patrick Radden Keefe’s account of the drug company that touched off an American plague ...

Duration:00:51:04

Pandemic Premonitions

5/13/2021
A year and a half into the COVID story, notice the many unknowns, and one big known. Even now, nobody can tell you absolutely whether the infectious virus might have leaked, or been leaked, from ...

Duration:00:50:06

COVID in India

5/6/2021
The humbling of India, the torment of India, is full of messages for the rest of us. Beware the second wave of the pandemic: that’s the one that has turned India’s boastful first round into ...

Duration:00:40:27

Armenia in History and the Heart

4/29/2021
Where is Armenia, the place, the idea? Where then? Where now? And how come the delight on top of the darkness in saying “I am Armenian”? Armenians were a tiny, ancient Indo-European people, between East ...

Duration:00:40:54

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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, ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Duration:00:43:05