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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.


311 Pieces

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Who were the mysterious Maya? Their predecessors were nomadic hunters. They followed game animals across the Bering Land Bridge, and populated the ...

  • Added: Jun 18, 2012
  • Length: 27:00
Caption: Dr. Ross Koppell
Mention healthcare, and most folks think insurance. But, one of the lesser known crises is patient safety. On average, each hospital patient has on...

  • Added: Jun 12, 2012
  • Length: 28:57
Caption: Mohandas Gandhi, Credit: Orbis Book cover Roberta Savage
The Father of India was dead. Killed by a man he’d known for years. The year was 1948, the dawn of India’s independence from Great Britain. In his...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2012
  • Length: 28:52
Caption: Health Care for America Now logo
What are your feelings about the Affordable Health Care Act? “Obamacare” as it’s become known. Few issues are receiving more attention today than...

  • Added: May 30, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Arizona State Flag
What are your thoughts about immigration? After listening to this interview, leave me a comment. The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in State of...

  • Added: May 23, 2012
  • Length: 28:30
Caption: Mathew Barrett Gross
In the past dozen years, from Y2K to 2012, apocalyptic anticipation in America has leapt from the cultish to the mainstream. Today, nearly 60 perce...

  • Added: May 14, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
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While teaching at an all-black middle school in Atlanta, Associate Professor of Education Meira Levinson realized that her students’ were gong to h...

  • Added: May 08, 2012
  • Length: 27:51
Caption: David Healy
Pharmaceutical companies, according to Dr. David Healy, have hijacked healthcare in America, and the results are life threatening. Healy looks at t...

  • Added: May 01, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
Caption: Wendell Potter
From Wendell Potter’s Blog: “Since I walked away as head of communications at a top health insurance company in May of 2008, I've worked tirelessly...

  • Added: Apr 25, 2012
  • Length: 28:50
Caption: Michael E. Mann
In its 2001 report on global climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change of the United Nations prominently featured the “Hockey Stick,” ...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
Caption: Bill McKibben
Into the national conversation about climate change and our planet's natural resources comes The Global Warming Reader: A Century of Writing About ...

  • Added: Apr 10, 2012
  • Length: 28:40
Caption: 1999 US Postage Stamp, Credit: Istock photo
Recent controversies surroundings reproductive health issues have sparked outrage among across the country. From the halls of Congress, to Richmon...

  • Added: Apr 03, 2012
  • Length: 28:54
Caption: Gary Dorrien
While attacks from the right on President Obama and his administration have been unrelenting, progressives have not shrunk from harsh words for a p...

  • Added: Mar 30, 2012
  • Length: 28:57
Caption: United for a Fair Economy, Credit: Logo
If one truly believes that all wealth derives from the heroic efforts of job creators and individual business leaders, it follows that government c...

  • Added: Mar 20, 2012
  • Length: 28:58
Caption: Michael Shuman
American's long-term savings in stocks, bonds, mutual funds, pension funds and life insurance funds total about $30 trillion. But not even 1% of th...

  • Added: Mar 14, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
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Capital Village near Sacramento is an ideal case study for future communities.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
Caption: Nuclear Iran, Credit: By Daryl G. Kimball, Peter Crail, and Greg Thielmann
UN nuclear inspectors visited Iran to once again try to determine if Iran's civilian nuclear program is indeed a cover for weapons development, how...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2012
  • Length: 29:00
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The Movement to Overturn Citizens United: Common Cause spokesman Douglas Clopp provides a compelling overview of the efforts to wrest control of Am...

  • Added: Feb 21, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
Caption: Jo Comerford, Credit: National Priorities Project
On Monday, February 13, President Obama sent to Congress the 2013 U.S. Defense budget the includes funding for a shift in strategic focus to the As...

  • Added: Feb 14, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
Caption: Clay A. Johnson
This is not your average diet book. Author Clay Johnson challenges us to be more aware and selective of the information we digest.

  • Added: Feb 08, 2012
  • Length: 28:56