Chris Lydon

Christopher Lydon is the host of Open Source, a conversation on arts, ideas and politics – both online and on public radio. An unconventional voice in print, television and radio journalism, Chris Lydon is an Internet pioneer, credited with doing the first “podcast” with the proto-blogger Dave Winer in 2003 from the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.

Chris Lydon thinks of himself as the slow-reading child of a big family of Boston Irish autodidacts, and also as a sort of incurable Yale History major. He got his first solid work experience at the Boston Globe, covering Mayor Kevin White’s rescue of Boston politics 50 years ago and then in the Washington bureau of the New York Times covering presidential campaigns in the seasons of Nixon, McGovern, Carter and Reagan. But then he'd tell you he learned almost everything he knows boning up for his pubic-TV and radio interviews over the last 35 years on WGBH and WBUR. He writes:

"I celebrate Emerson's line in the Divinity School Address: 'We mark with light in the memory the few interviews we have had, in the dreary years of routine and of sin, with souls that made our souls wiser; that spoke what we thought; that told us what we knew; that gave us leave to be what we inly were.' What I inly am, it turns out, is a reader after all -- in love, in awe, in debt specially to the Russian line from Gogol and Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Chekhov to Nabokov; to the Victorians from Thackeray and Dickens to Wilkie Collins and George Eliot; to the Transcendentalists from Emerson and Concord, Massachusetts to William and Henry James, Whitman, Melville and Wallace Stevens.” Next time round he wants to be a pianist.