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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

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

The Unmaking of America

8/27/2020
Did you believe the investor Warren Buffett (net worth $80 billion) when he let down his guard a bit and said, “There’s class warfare, all right . . . and it’s my class, the rich ... The post The Unmaking of America appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:43

Moby-Dick in 2020

8/20/2020
Here’s why we read Moby-Dick—for the first time? for the eleventh time?— because it’s the Great American Novel about now, in 2020 more than ever. The giant fish story from Herman Melville in 1850 holds ... The post Moby-Dick in 2020 appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:22

Casino Capital

8/13/2020
Enjoy our casino show, which first aired on July 11, 2019. Casino gambling makes an odd fit with old bean-and-codfish Boston, even with Boston today: the best big college town in the country, the leading ... The post Casino Capital appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:32

American Autocracy

8/6/2020
The late innings of Donald Trump’s four-year campaign in the White House come to look stranger than the big-league baseball season—both of which are in the deep shadow of the pandemic (13 St. Louis Cardinals ... The post American Autocracy appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:40:40

Nicholson Baker Searches for Secrets

7/30/2020
Nicholson Baker, prose writer beyond category, has a new book for COVID time, speaking directly to the dread of weaponized biology as only Nick Baker could treat it, in history and in his head. This ... The post Nicholson Baker Searches for Secrets appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:01:00:20

The Next Generation

7/23/2020
Everybody knows the force of Black Lives Matter by now; many millions have been touched directly. But what do you know about Sisters Unchained, or Families for Justice as Healing, or Say Her Name, or ... The post The Next Generation appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:49:47

A Public Conversation Gone Sour

7/16/2020
The All-American Thinking Class is beside itself: under pressure inside and out. It is a target already in Donald Trump’s reelection campaign, for lock-step conformity, he says, against “our magnificent liberty.” But the intelligentsia has ... The post A Public Conversation Gone Sour appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:40

Reparations and the Wealth Gap

7/9/2020
Forty acres and a mule was the promise made to black slaves, even before the Civil War was over. General Sherman of the Union Army drew up the plan, and Congress took a good look. ... The post Reparations and the Wealth Gap appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:09

Return of the Prophet: Baldwin in the 21st Century

7/2/2020
This week, we revisit our 2017 show on James Baldwin. James Baldwin was the prophetic voice of an era that isn’t over. Fifty years ago, he was a young, bug-eyed man from Harlem who wrote, in essays ... The post Return of the Prophet: Baldwin in the 21st Century appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:46

Warrior Cops

6/25/2020
Once upon a time in the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s, “community policing” came forth as the solution to a law-and-order problem. In 2020 hindsight, the road to our hellish crisis today of police ... The post Warrior Cops appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:50:19

Deaths of Despair

6/18/2020
The warning bell sounded in 2014: a down dip in the ever-rising American lifespan, which was 50 years, on average, in 1900, and up close to 80 years into the 21st century. Then something happened ... The post Deaths of Despair appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:59

Inequality and Injustice

6/11/2020
“A Change is Gonna Come,” the songwriter put it: it was Sam Cooke, at a peak of the civil rights movement in 1964. And it is surely coming again, around the police murder of George ... The post Inequality and Injustice appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:55

Reviving Reconstruction

6/4/2020
We’re transfixed, all of us, looking at a collision of deadly viruses, racial hatred and a pandemic disease. Suddenly what commands attention is the black push-back, with a lot of white support, against an injustice ... The post Reviving Reconstruction appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:36:53

Moral Economics

5/28/2020
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 the very idea of “deficit spending” to charge ... The post Moral Economics appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:45:05

Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach

5/21/2020
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 Yo-Yo Ma’s breathtaking mission for himself in his ... The post Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:44:35

Coronavirus Conspiracism

5/14/2020
What we’re learning again in coronavirus time is that when the medical system stumbles in a pandemic – and when the media machinery, the chattering class stumbles on top it – watch out! Something like ... The post Coronavirus Conspiracism appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:40:04

COVID’s Cold War?

5/7/2020
The coronavirus may have arrived just in time to punctuate a 50 year turn in the grand tide of events. It could mark, that is, a fresh fixation in American minds on an external enemy. ... The post COVID’s Cold War? appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:38:05