About Radio Open Source

We like to call Open Source “an American conversation with global attitude,” and now with a weekly show on WBUR radio, we’ll add some Boston flavors as well. Drawing on our roots here, we’ll remind you why Boston 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, and subscribe to the Open Source podcast through iTunes. Help us plan upcoming shows. Send links, suggestions, angles. Sharpen the question, make the connection, and change the conversation.

Our theme music was composed by Dafnis Prieto, the Cuban-American bandleader and drummer.

Contact us at info@radioopensource.org, and sign up for email updates here.



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.



James Maxwell Larkin, producer

Max has worked at The New Yorker and in documentary film around Boston. Now, by luck, he’s found his way to the exciting world of radio. He writes the newsletter and steers the Twitter ship, as well as helping plan our shows. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and son. You can reach him at max@radioopensource.org.



Conor Gillies, producer

Conor Gillies began in public radio at WBUR, taking donations from members and producing news for Here and Now. He studied cultural history at BU and in 2013 created a documentary radio show about sound and music called Stylus. When he’s not at work, he dreams of drinking warm beer in a Cornish pub. You can reach him at conor@radioopensource.org.


aboutKunal Jasty, producer emeritus

Originally from Weston, Massachusetts, Kunal was a producer until her returned to Columbia University, where he studies computer science and listens to hours of public radio. (He remains the best social-media missionary in institutional memory.) In New York he likes to spend his time exploring new neighborhoods, searching for used books, and endeavoring to write short fiction. You can email him at kunal@radioopensource.org.