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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

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

Public Health Across the Pacific

4/30/2020
There’s a shocking big truth in those coronavirus numbers – hidden in plain sight, as the saying goes. It comes down to this: China and various neighbors in East Asia beat the lethal virus to ... The post Public Health Across the Pacific appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:09

Questions of Leadership

4/23/2020
The Andrew Cuomo Daily Show has become the high ground of coronavirus talk: all kinds of numbers, trend lines, and family feeling, too. The Donald Trump Show has typically been a carnival of rage, boasting, ... The post Questions of Leadership appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:37:48

The Many Faces of Ferrante

4/16/2020
This is a rerun, prompted by the HBO series My Brilliant Friend, based on the “Neapolitan Novels” of Elena Ferrante. Ferrante’s identity remains beguilingly unknown, but she has put so much of her life and ... The post The Many Faces of Ferrante appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:35

Viral Inequality

4/9/2020
The curve of the coronavirus is bending. Just in the awful American swath of the grim COVID reaper, we have entered peak season with some flattening of the rising case count and the deaths. Social ... The post Viral Inequality appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:37:23

The Pandemic’s Path

4/2/2020
How did it happen? And who’s accountable? Seems now a lot of people saw it coming. Stephen King wrote his viral bestseller The Stand 30 years ago; Bill Gates put his warning in a TED ... The post The Pandemic’s Path appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:36:32

Profits or People

3/26/2020
Week 4 was when dollar signs kept turning up, and up, astonishingly: price-tags on the virus’s damage, price-tags on fighting it. The bailout of bailouts came in at $2.2 trillion of disaster relief and, it’s ... The post Profits or People appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:36:35

Springtime in the Plague Year

3/19/2020
It’s the virus’s world. We just live in it: isolated, locked down for the duration, sheltering in place, with an alternate risk of cabin fever. The theme of the week is the shutting down—of the ... The post Springtime in the Plague Year appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:51:45

Contagious Crisis

3/12/2020
Our journals of the plague year start this week. Coronavirus went pandemic, and the investors’ bull market turned free-falling bear. In the conversation market, the monopolist Donald Trump is upstaged after 5 years, by a ... The post Contagious Crisis appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:38:06

Plagues, Pathogens, and Panic

3/6/2020
Stuff we’re all learning in coronavirus time: the word miasma, for example, meaning noxious bad air; that we touch our faces 23 times an hour; that sanitizers like Purell were made to kill bacteria, not ... The post Plagues, Pathogens, and Panic appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:15

The New Red Scare

2/27/2020
The winter round of the presidential race goes to Bernie Sanders, not so much for winning the most votes from Democrats as for coining the key word, the big theme for 2020, which is: billionaires! ... The post The New Red Scare appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:44

The Soul of Care

2/20/2020
Arthur Kleinman is a name that comes up again and again when you search around our big college town of Boston / Cambridge for people asking the great human questions, about our lived experience — ... The post The Soul of Care appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:46