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Open Source with Christopher Lydon

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Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays. Be part of the action: leave a voice message to be played on the air; get in touch over Facebook or Twitter; or email us – info@radioopensource.org with show ideas, advice, requests and high-quality criticism.

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Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays. Be part of the action: leave a voice message to be played on the air; get in touch over Facebook or Twitter; or email us – info@radioopensource.org with show ideas, advice, requests and high-quality criticism.

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The best radio/podcast

By goodems - Jun 23 2018
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Christopher Lydon is keeping me sane.

Simply the best interviewer in America

By ahab's ghost - Jun 13 2017
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Chris Lydon is a national treasure. Nuf said.

iTunes Ratings

820 Ratings
Average Ratings
474
321
10
4
11

The best radio/podcast

By goodems - Jun 23 2018
Read more

Christopher Lydon is keeping me sane.

Simply the best interviewer in America

By ahab's ghost - Jun 13 2017
Read more

Chris Lydon is a national treasure. Nuf said.

Cover image of Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Open Source with Christopher Lydon

Updated 20 days ago

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Open Source is the world’s longest-running podcast. Christopher Lydon circles the big ideas in culture, the arts and politics with the smartest people in the world. It’s the kind of curious, critical, high-energy conversation we’re all missing nowadays. Be part of the action: leave a voice message to be played on the air; get in touch over Facebook or Twitter; or email us – info@radioopensource.org with show ideas, advice, requests and high-quality criticism.

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