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IdeaSphere: A Platform for Today's Voices

Series produced by Guy Rathbun

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This weekly show is devoted to political, social, economic, ecological, philosophical and religious ideas.

This series has been broadcast on public radio, and podcast on National Public Radio for the past 10 years, and has included such luminaries as Robert Reich, Chris Hedges, Michael K. Hudson, Vincent Buligosi, Richard Heinberg, and many more.


287 Pieces

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Caption: Thomas M. Shapiro
Income and wealth inequality is now a regular topic of conversation. The standard of living for most Americans’ since the Great Recession is either...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sue Klebold
Guilt can haunt any parent whose child commits suicide. That’s especially true for a murder-suicide.

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Edward D. Hess
If we were on a ship at sea, and learned of the impending tsunami, we’d do everything we could to prepare for the collision.

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jacques Berlinerblau
In the 1970s, over half of America’s university professors were tenured or on the tenure track. Today that figure is around 25-percent and falling.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Nancy MacLean
When the term RINO is used in political circles today, it’s an acronym for Republican in Name Only. The basic translation is that the today’s GOP b...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Corey Dolgon
American voters have been convinced to vote against their best interests for decades, according to sociology professors Corey Dolgon.

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Susan Bordo
Hillary Clinton has spent the last 16-years in government service, and 8-years occupying the White House. All of that experience did her little goo...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Tasha Eurich
All of us now know someone who spends a lot of time on Twitter. It’s a world where style trumps substance. He who talks the loudest is most likely ...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Keith Payne
Inequality in America today is staggering. It’s on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetime. Yet, very few are even trying to address a pro...

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  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Book jacket cover
In 1930, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics appointed Harry J. Anslinger as the commissioner. He became the first drug czar with a flair for demonizin...

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  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Brian Klaas
By all appearances, the world is becoming less democratic.

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  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Living With Cancer, Credit: John Hopkins University Press
One of the most disorienting statements anyone can hear from their doctor is --- they have cancer. In spite of advances in life-saving drugs and tr...

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  • Added: May 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Tom Nichols
Research is not plugging a question into a browser. Yet, we treat the Internet as though it has intelligence. And, in turn, that makes us intelligent.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Gordon Lafer
Americans may vote for polar opposite candidates … liberal or conservative. Their vote may express ideological differences. But, on principles and ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Rush Holt
The Trump Administration is calling for drastic cuts in scientific research and development.

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Ben Santer, Credit: Commonwealth Club
President Donald Trump has sent conflicting message about climate change. One time he calls it an urgent problem. Then he refers to it as a hoax.

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: March for Science
President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order. Its purpose is to reverse efforts to shrink America’s carbon footprint.

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Twelve-year old Deamonte Driver died following brain surgery in February 2007. His original diagnosis was meningitis. After his death, the culprit...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Black Hole Echos, Credit: Scientific America
At some point in our lives, most of us will begin to question how our universe began. Depending on whom you ask, you’re going to get a variety of r...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Lauren A. Wright
First ladies have been a vital part of American policy and politics since the election of George Washington.

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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