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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

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

Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond

2/13/2020
The life of Malcolm X is the classic hero’s journey, in a setting we almost know: a story of anointment, dedication, fate, faith, family, incredible risk and reversals. There was spontaneous poetry in it, enough ... The post Malcolm X in Boston and Beyond appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:44:52

The New Hampshire Primary

2/6/2020
Say what you will about the cranky-Yankee New Hampshire primary, in a remote, mostly white state in the shape of a dunce cap on the map of New England. It’s still the place where presidential ... The post The New Hampshire Primary appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:44

The Age of Illusions

1/30/2020
Soldier and citizen, Andrew Bacevich is the overqualified expert who turns the standard take on our distress inside out. It’s not President Trump that divides us, Bacevich says. Rather, Trump got to be president because ... The post The Age of Illusions appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:41:42

Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott

1/23/2020
In the Oscar-excitement around the new Little Women, director Greta Gerwig has a note for all of us: her hero at the party is still the woman who wrote the book a hundred and fifty ... The post Greta Gerwig Meets Louisa May Alcott appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:39:19

The Costs of War

1/16/2020
A trillion dollars here, a trillion dollars there — pretty soon, as the man said, you’re talking real money. But you’re not even close to counting the costs of the US “forever wars” in the ... The post The Costs of War appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:42:41

2020 Hindsight on Iraq

1/9/2020
We have a formal stand-down, meaning no war this week, between the US and Iran. On the long horizon of empires, rising and falling, it looks like an interval of restraint between hubris and nemesis—the ancient ... The post 2020 Hindsight on Iraq appeared first on Open Source with Christopher Lydon.

Duration:00:43:19