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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

Thank You, Patrick Lydon

1/26/2023
This is family talk in rural Ireland toward the end of an extraordinary life. My brother Patrick was the youngest of six, the saint among us and always the brightest company. Two winters ago he’d ...

Duration:00:31:46

Moonshot Economics

1/12/2023
This show first aired on September 16, 2021. It’s hard not to notice that we’re flunking tests, right and left, and running out of strategies against global-size troubles. COVID, we said, was our test for ...

Duration:00:42:25

Mann the Magician

1/5/2023
This show originally aired on September 23, 2021. Thomas Mann was one of those cultural giants the world doesn’t seem to make anymore—artists with authority, almost as big as their countries, at the level of ...

Duration:00:42:40

Thoroughly Modern Mozart

12/22/2022
This show first aired on September 30, 2021. Who else could be said to make you smarter, just listening to the sound of his music? Only Mozart, that we know. For 300-and-some years now, he ...

Duration:00:50:37

Prudent Statecraft

12/15/2022
John Quincy Adams was the model president in the early republic who declared that the United States “goes not abroad in search of monsters to destroy.” But “go abroad” we did, as the republic became ...

Duration:00:50:37

The Maelstrom of Geopolitics

12/8/2022
A briefing session this hour from our strategic special branch, which is to say: the mind of Chas Freeman in the maelstrom of geopolitics. If President Obama had been given his first choice to sketch ...

Duration:00:50:11

Silent Spring, 60 Years Later

12/1/2022
How’s to rescue the Earth from us people? Rachel Carson’s way – 60 years ago – was to write a book, and call it Silent Spring. She’d been a shy but defiant biologist in government ...

Duration:00:50:25

Multipolarity

11/17/2022
Our unipolar moment may be remembered as the United States’ turn as “king of the hill,” two decades or so between the collapse of the Soviet Union and the rocket rise of China’s economy. What ...

Duration:00:50:04

The New Right

11/10/2022
The hatching of a New Right Republican party, under fire, is the substance of this radio hour. It was simpler in Gilbert and Sullivan when the song said: every boy and every gal that’s born ...

Duration:00:50:10

Polycrisis

11/3/2022
Finally, there’s a word for it: the polycrisis, to describe the multiple messes we’re in. Our guest the historian Adam Tooze says it’s a polycrisis when old crises like war, weather, and disease are breeding ...

Duration:00:50:27

A Just Cause

10/27/2022
Talking time around the war in Ukraine may be approaching. This radio hour may be a moment in that trend: reaching out for strong views we hadn’t heard, in head-on disagreement about the morality and ...

Duration:00:50:38

Taiwan, the World-Class Puzzle

10/20/2022
Next on the global agenda comes Taiwan, the island off China once known as Formosa, meaning shapely, beautiful. Today it’s a puzzle with moving parts: a not-quite nation of 24 million people that has two ...

Duration:00:50:12

Humane Wartime

10/13/2022
Try a simple riddle, about the time and climate we Americans are living in, today: Do we call it (a) wartime or (b) peacetime? Tense time, for sure, and there’s war in the headlines. But ...

Duration:00:50:32

The Historians’ Diagnosis

10/6/2022
The conversation about a world in disarray feels urgent, elusive, etherized. Who will name this crisis and the roots of it: war, tribalism, maldistributed money, and pain, exceptionalism for rich people, maybe, for a rich ...

Duration:00:50:31

Cruel Britannia

9/29/2022
This show first aired on May 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 ...

Duration:00:50:09

Lovecraft Country

9/22/2022
This show was first broadcast on October 31, 2019. H. P. Lovecraft’s frightful horror fiction—dated between Edgar Allan Poe’s and Stephen King’s—is the weirdest of the weird. Lovecraft found ravenous, man-eating rats in the walls ...

Duration:00:39:23

We’ll Always Have Casablanca

9/15/2022
This show was first broadcast on April 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 ...

Duration:00:50:04

Studs Terkel’s Feeling Tone

9/8/2022
This show first aired on May 31, 2018. The Studs Terkel edge on the radio was, first of all, picking guests who would sound more interesting 50, 60 years later: Mahalia Jackson, Bucky Fuller, Toni ...

Duration:01:02:12

DFW, FTW: Life In the Internet Age

9/1/2022
This show is a rerun. This week sees the opening of The End of the Tour, an updated My Dinner with Andre about David Foster Wallace’s book tour in 1996 for his immeasurable novel, Infinite Jest. ...

Duration:00:49:57

The Soviet Symphonist

8/25/2022
This show originally aired on August 9, 2018. The Shostakovich story — man and music in the apocalypse of world war and Cold War — seems to get more frightfully irresistible with every remembrance, every ...

Duration:00:31:37