Open Source with Christopher Lydon

50 Episodes

Christopher Lydon in conversation on arts, ideas and politics

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Black Film, White Voice

August 16th, 2018

50:18

A new wave of black arts has surfaced in the mainstream of American popular culture. It’s not your standard entertainment, and not “art for art’s sake” either. On big screens and tiny ones, in music and poetry, the ne…

V. S. Naipaul’s ‘Gloomy Clarity’ about Africa, and Himself (rebroadcast)

August 12th, 2018

This interview with V.S. Naipaul was released October 25, 2010. We are re-posting the podcast on the occasion of the author’s death Saturday.

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 new CD in the

The Siberian Candidate

July 20th, 2018

50:12

Calling on the spies we know best – all of them fictional – to explain the Helsinki summit: If it was spy-craft in plain sight, what would James Bond or Jason Bourne have seen that we didn’t?  What would Georg…

The Grenfell Tragedy

July 13th, 2018

50:14

Grenfell Tower was that giant pillar of public housing on the West side of London that went up in flames a year ago.  Suddenly it was a smoky chemical torch in the night, fueled by the building’s own flammable insulat…

Bill Banfield’s Griot Songs

July 6th, 2018

50:12

Your friends and other experts will tell you the songs and sounds that are new and hot. What the music makers are happier telling you is: what’s old, what abides, what is true, what connects and how they got it. Bill …

Molly Crabapple’s Cosmopolitan Colors

June 29th, 2018

16:52

Listen fast, podcast people, because the beloved artist-satirist-global muckraker Molly Crabapple talks fast, the same way she draws and paints a sort of carnival of conflict out there: in Syria,…

Our Borderline Disorder

June 29th, 2018

50:36

The shock of migrant kids-in-cages on our border with Mexico is surfacing tough questions if you’re willing to look back at our history and ahead to an emerging world disorder. The issues run deep: why borders in the…

Two Guys Walk Into a Summit in Singapore

June 15th, 2018

49:54

From “fire and fury” to a “terrific relationship” in less than a year sound like a happy turn in the Trump-Kim dance around nukes and North Korea. Better news coming is implied in the Singapore summit: an end of the N…

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