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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.


295 Pieces

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Caption: Professor Al Gini
Political humorists are having a feeding frenzy. There seems to be more satire available than they can handle very day then they can handle.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Reshma Saujani
The world of technology is male driven. Very few women are represented in leadership roles. For decades now, there’s been a major gender diversity ...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Sanford Levinson
The U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times since its ratification in 1788. After all of this time, many Americans take the words of the consti...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joan Brady
It’s been nearly 70-years since the House on Un-American Activities Committee heard the testimony of Alger Hiss.

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Tom Kochan
America’s workforce and the economy are rapidly changing. As is the type of work we do. Flip that coin over and you’ll see that institutions and po...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Sue Jansen
The art of communication. We grow up thinking that we can talk and hear, or even sign, therefore we can communicate.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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It probably won’t surprise you but boys and girls are not on a par with STEM programs: That’s the shorthand term for science, technology, engineeri...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Peter Kalmus
We have a choice to fight the change, or be part of the change. That has never been more apparent than when we are watching ice caps melt, heat tha...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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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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