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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

A New History of Humanity

8/11/2022
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 ...

Duration:00:50:48

Lenny at 100

8/4/2022
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 ...

Duration:01:05:43

Van Morrison’s Cosmic Accident

7/28/2022
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. ...

Duration:00:43:35

Walden & the Natural World of Transcendentalism

7/21/2022
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 ...

Duration:00:51:09

Write Like the Russians

7/14/2022
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, ...

Duration:00:41:24

Hail to Thee, Blyth Spirit

6/30/2022
Mark Blyth, the people’s economist, to the rescue. We’ve got tribulations of money and power to be decoded, in what can feel like wartime. Sanctions or penalties for the warfare make economic waves, too. Inflation ...

Duration:00:50:43

Stopping the War

6/23/2022
Four months into the war in Ukraine, 20 weeks of radio talk about it, feels like time for a deep breath: an hour to look hard at a painful stalemate, a poisonous war that bodes ...

Duration:00:50:32

Unofficial China

6/16/2022
Between the US and China, you can feel that the chill is on among the chieftains, spoiling for a fight over Taiwan or trade or just top billing. But what about the people? Two peoples ...

Duration:00:50:47

Who’s Number One?

6/9/2022
The United States and China are both working on something like a separation agreement. It’s the end of something like a marriage over the last 50 years—it produced vast wealth, but something less than democracy ...

Duration:00:50:48

Where Shall Wisdom Be Found?

6/2/2022
A moral philosopher and a walking trove of literature’s wisdom walk into a radio conversation together. The question for one hour is the bleak time we’re all living in, this sea of troubles we don’t ...

Duration:00:34:11

Paths of Dissent

5/26/2022
Memorial Day can feel different every year, bittersweet at its best. It’s been the last Monday in May since 1868, first as Decoration Day, for marking the graves of our Civil War dead—lest Americans forget, ...

Duration:00:50:47

Cruel Britannia

5/19/2022
George Orwell said, “It’s so easy to be witty about the British Empire.” As in the throwaway line that English people had conquered the world in a fit of absentmindedness. No big deal. But that ...

Duration:00:50:09

100 Seconds to Midnight

5/12/2022
On the famous clock-face of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, the time now is 100 seconds before midnight. Meaning: humankind is closer to nuclear doomsday than it’s ever been. But it’s worse than that: those ...

Duration:00:50:47

A Dangerous Puzzle

5/5/2022
It’s Iran, again, at the center of a tricky, dangerous puzzle. Four years after Donald Trump broke out of the nuclear ban agreement, Iran is just days or weeks away from having enough enriched uranium ...

Duration:00:50:43

Grain War

4/28/2022
Try this, to get a fresh grip on the war in Ukraine, and its effects still to come: we’ve got a food war in the breadbasket of the world, on the vast Eurasian prairie that’s ...

Duration:00:50:42

How Do We Look?

4/21/2022
We are encouraged to believe, we Americans, that if anything good for the world comes out of the war in Ukraine, it will be that “the US is back,” not shooting but supporting, maybe midwifing ...

Duration:00:50:00

Real Questions for the Realist

4/14/2022
Twenty questions this hour on the war in Ukraine. For starters: will the war end in April? May? Maybe June? Who gets to announce the good news? An essay question: Can a war look more ...

Duration:00:51:00

War in Yemen

4/7/2022
We’re engulfed by war, rumors of war, videos of war, crimes of war—are we looking at ‘end times’ approaching? Or just the dead end of the forever wars? Our conversation this hour is about the ...

Duration:00:50:08

Moral Realism

3/31/2022
The war questions are back, you notice—in everyday America: the talk of risk, the chance of ruin, the push and pull of righteousness, restraint; and all that history in our heads. Who gets it right ...

Duration:00:50:23

How to Stop Burning Things

3/24/2022
When Bill McKibben looks at the war in Ukraine, what he sees is a chapter, maybe the very last one, in the chronicle of a planet that we humans are burning unto our own extinction. ...

Duration:00:50:41