In no particular order, the best NPR long-form shows are the Ray Suarez-hosted Talk of the Nation, This American Life, and the shows Christopher Lydon has hosted: first The Connection and now Radio Open Source. Lydon’s man of Yale, former NY Times reporter persona can be a bit much at times, but I’m willing to forgive him that because his topics are immensely interesting, his guests are top-notch, and he succeeds far more often than he fails in conducting an interview. He’s also immensely interesting to listen to in part because he doesn’t follow much of a script. He often thinks out loud, which makes the show unpredictable and rewarding. I also admire Lydon’s “stick-to-it-iveness.” He lost the host chair of the very popular and widely aired "The Connection” because of a dispute with what seemed a very inflexible station manager at WBUR Boston. Lydon didn’t give up on radio and the internet, though. Radio Open Source began as a show on the NPR station in Lowell, MA. He did great work there. When the grant funding for that show ran out, Lydon took it onto the internet as a podcast and also partnered with the Watson Institute at Brown University. Now he’s back on WBUR. Congratulations, Chris. I’m sure ROS is going to be picked up by NPR stations all over the country.