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Chris Lydon

Mark Blyth: On Ireland, the Circle Will Not Be Squared (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

Mark Blyth, of Austerity fame and the Watson Institute, has a Scot's vernacular gift for clarifying economics. Is the situation explosive? "You've ...

Pakistan 3.0: The "CIA Jihad" and the Whirlwind Today (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

It is well known that the term 'Pakistan', an acronym, was originally thought up in England by a group of Muslim intellectuals. P for the Punjabis, A ...

Real India: At Koshy's Cafe, The Talk of Bangalore (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

"... And our nation, though it has no drinking water, electricity, sewage system, public transportation, sense of hygiene, discipline, courtesy or ...

Real India: A Land Soon Without Tigers, and Maybe Orchids (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

The "New India" has delivered itself into a deadly trap of consumerism, pollution, ruined forests and rivers, a "virtual" prosperity but a profoundly un-natural India.

James Kwak: The Problem is Bank-o-cracy (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

James Kwak extends Michael Lewis's point and feeds my fascination with apocalyptic hysteria and helpless torpor as the twin markers of American politi...

Michael Lewis' Big Short and Our Appetite for Apocalypse (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Lydon

Michael Lewis is the non-fiction novelist of our apocalyptic American mindset in 2010 and the author of The Big Short. Listen to an interview here.

Colum McCann: American Literature and New York's Redemption (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Colum McCann wrote the New Yorkiest and, many feel, the best of 9.11 novels, Let the Great World Spin, and won the National Book Award for it.

Ted Bogosian: Confessions of a Truth Hound

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Christopher Lydon

Ted Bogosian's story of his own motivation could be construed as ethnic determinism or something stranger: a rationale for ethnic revenge by journalism.

Pulitzer Poet Rae Armantrout (AUDIO)

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Christopher Lydon

Rae Armantrout, this year's Pulitzer Prize poet, calls her stance "quizzical." Fellow poets and critics write of her "oppositional temperament" (Stev...

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

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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 | World
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.

Ghana Speaking: The "living wound" at Cape Coast Castle

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christopher Lydon

I'm in Ghana for a week -- starting from Cape Coast, toward the western end of Ghana's Atlantic shore. Cape Coast is a university town and a major fi...

Rebecca Goldstein's Ontological Urge: the 36 Arguments

Christopher Lydon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Christopher Lydon

Who knew that the God question is burning bright in our university neighborhood of brain scientists, mathematicians, computer geniuses, game theorists...