We like to call Open Source “an American conversation with global attitude.” It was the first podcast and now it’s a weekly show on 90.9 WBUR, broadcasting Thursday nights at 9 and Sundays at 2pm. Drawing on our roots here in Boston, we’ll remind you why the city has been the capital of ideas in America since the heyday of Emerson and Thoreau in the 1840s. We’re an independent production company funded by grants, gifts and donations. Please consider becoming an Open Sourcerer by donating.
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Christopher Lydon, host
Christopher Lydon covered politics for The New York Times from the Washington bureau in the 1970s. He hosted The Ten O’Clock News on WGBH TV through the 1980s, and he co-founded and hosted The Connection on WBUR in the ’90s. He recorded the original podcast in 2003 with Dave Winer. The rest is history in the making.
Mary McGrath, executive producer
Mary McGrath began her career in public television in New York in the 1980s. She met Chris Lydon in 1993 at Charlie’s Sandwich Shop on Columbus Ave. in the South End, where they hatched The Connection and a 20-year-long adventure and partnership. More to come.
Conor Gillies, producer
Conor Gillies began in public radio at WBUR, producing news for Here and Now. He studied cultural history at Boston University and in 2013 created a documentary radio show about sound, music, and listening called Stylus. He lives in Somerville with his wife Rosie and two cats. You can reach him at email@example.com.
Adam Colman, producer
Adam Colman has written for The Believer magazine, The Organist from KCRW and McSweeney’s, and more. He’s the author of two books—New Uses for Failure and Drugs and the Addiction Aesthetic in Nineteenth-Century Literature—and he’s taught writing and literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Coyne, illustrator
Hub & Spoke
Open Source is a proud member of Hub & Spoke, a Boston-based collective of smart, independent podcasts. Founded in 2017, the collective supports and amplifies the work of independent producers making nonfiction shows such as The Constant, Culture Hustlers, Iconography, The Lonely Palette, Ministry of Ideas, and Soonish—podcasts that entertain listeners with great stories while expanding their minds with big ideas. To learn more about all of the shows in the collective, visit hubspokeaudio.org.