In transit today to do the Open Source show on WGBH and to see old pals in Cambridge.
The show tonight is called "Attention, calling all future historians." Show time is 7:00.
The Open Source link is down. Here is the way they describe what they do.
Open Source from PRI is a LIVE on-air conversation designed to capture the sound of the Web, embracing the Internet transformation of media as host Christopher Lydon engages callers, e-mailers, and bloggers from around the world on a range of topics.
Open Source from PRI aims to begin conversations on the Web each day and invite a worldwide audience to contribute topics, guests, and information that advance understanding of issues and ideas. Whether dissecting the perils of war, disease, and hunger or the pleasures of cultural connections and the promise of science and medicine, Lydon and company pursue a topic’s inherent global dimensions via the Internet.
"My ambition, with producer Mary McGrath, is to thread the seeming chaos of the Web into a coherent skein of ideas and argument," says Lydon. "We want to launch the smartest, most wide-open, democratic conversation anyone’s ever been invited to join, in any format. The Internet transition we’re living through is a boundless opportunity. It extends the rim of the roundtable and the range of the give-and-take to the whole planet."
And, yes, that penultimate sentence does make you wonder what they think they are doing inviting me.