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Christopher Lydon

Bromwich Channels Edmund Burke: "America is out of itself" (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

David Bromwich is channeling the lost conservative voice of Edmund Burke, the missing wisdom on our mad Afghanistan misadventure.

David Hoffman: A Walking Tour of YouTube Nation (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

David Hoffman produced 88 PBS documentary features and five feature-length films over a forty-year career. But that was then. And this is a guy whos...

The Political Economy of FIFA, With Vishwas Satgar (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Like the Beijing Olympics in Summer '08, this World Cup is a coming-out party, and a historic marker for Africa at the center of the maximum stage.

Steve Kinzer's 'Reset' Roles for Turkey and Iran (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Stephen Kinzer is a journalist of a certain cheeky fearlessnes and exquisite timing. In his new book he's ahead of the game again. The ink was bar...

David Shields' Reality Hunger: Kicking Ass and Dropping Names (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

David Shields practices what he preaches. Aphorisms in the Nietzsche manner are the coin of the literary realm that surfaces in his manifesto, Reality Hunger.

India's Swift, Strange Social Change (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Patrick Heller was 16 years old, a school boy, when his Swiss parents moved to New Delhi in the late 1970s. India became his school -- his inescapabl...

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: The 'Fragility' Crisis Is Just Begun

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

For a world that wants better than the fatuous "perfect storm" account of the economic meltdown -- or of BP's gusher -- Taleb has revised and extended his cult classic, The Black Swan.

Nell Painter's History of White People: It's Coming to an End

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Now that we are all supposed to have absorbed the genomics of it -- that "race" is a social concept, not a scientific one; a construction, not a fact -- she is asking: who invented "whiteness" as a human category?

What's Wrong with Our Afghan War: the Indian Perspective

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

The dirty little secret of the US drone war in Afghanistan is that the civilian "kill rate" is worse in the Obama "surge" than it was in the bad old B...

Poet-Critic Dan Chiasson, the Natural (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Dan Chiasson has the easy charm of a natural New England oracle, in a tradition encompassing Emily Dickinson and William James, Robert Frost and Rober...

Damion Searls: A Thoreau Journal for Writers & Moderns (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Damion Searls has found and freed the lean, shapely and modern American classic inside the very definition of a "baggy monster." Henry David Thoreau'...

Jared Malsin: the kid next door reports from Bethlehem

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Jared Malsin looks, sounds and writes like your bright and earnest American kid from down the street. And until this January, he was getting his journ...

Healthcare: in the post-game booth with James Morone

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

"Show him a poltical near-death experience, and this guy rallies!" James Morone has been telling us all along that healthcare politics was peculiarly...

A Boston Public HS for Artists, Scholars & Citizens

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

For 20-plus years Linda Nathan has been showing me the peaks of effort, originality, achievement and humanity! that are possible in big-city public sc...

Arundhati Roy's Version of Disaster in "This Year of India"

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Arundhati Roy is giving us "the other side of the story" in this "Year of India" at Brown University and elsewhere. Media consumers in the US don't g...

Kai Bird on Israel-Palestine: Cancel the Apocalypse (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Kai Bird, as a Pulitzer-grade biographer and historian, is drawn to the apocalyptic. He's been "obsessed with things atomic," as he says -- with bomb...

Pakistan's Chronic Crisis with Itself

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

In this "Year of India" at Brown, we are talking again about the Pakistan question next door -- about India's nuclear-armed neighbor and sibling, on the verge, some say, of meltdown.

Amartya Sen: The Open India (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

Amartya Sen, when I ask about this "Year of India," quips that the biggest change in the "new" India is in our non-Indian heads. Meaning: that common...

Yehudi Wyner's life in music: composer with piano hands

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Christopher Lydon

Yehudi Wyner is an approachable guy in a forbidding field: contemporary "serious" music. He gives us an opening here to ask where new sounds come fro...

Ghana Speaks (V): The Radio Voices of Cape Coast

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

An underlying question through this experimental week in Ghana is: what more would it take to podcast conversations as direct as these from India, or ...

Ghana Speaks (IV): ... and Koo Nimo plays guitar and sings

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

It is 7:30 a.m. on the last Saturday in January, a warm winter morning in Ghana, and we are privileged to be hanging out for an hour of music and a fe...

Ghana Speaking (III): Kofi Sam's Model of African Self-Sufficiency

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

West Africa can provide the essentials for itself (food, clothing, shelter and healthcare) if only it first licks a second AIDS crisis -- the Acquired Import Dependency Syndrome.

Ghana Speaking (II): Village Living in Kwabeng

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Christopher Lydon

The burdens on ten thousand villagers in Kwabeng, in Ghana's Eastern Region, begin with infectious diseases: malaria, typhus, HIV. They have no hospital, no resident doctor.

McChesney and Nichols: $30-billion to save journalism

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Robert McChesney and John Nichols are grappling with the question: what would Thomas Jefferson do about the death of the American newspaper? Better, ...

Harold Evans and His "Rag and Bone Men of the Opinion Trade"

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Harold Evans, doubtless the finest English newspaper editor of his time, could make you weep in his memoir of formative days in Manchester and glory years with the Sunday Times of London.