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.


324 Pieces

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Caption: Alan Schwartz
A high percentage of children in the United States are getting diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, as it’s become known.

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Elizabeth Schwartz
The first time a US Supreme Court ruling came out in favor of the LGBT community was in 1958. That was the beginning of a slow and arduous process...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Karlos HIll
This is a difficult story to tell. Most Americans are sickened that it’s even part of our heritage: The practice of lynching. It’s so distant, most...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Monique W. Morris
Black girls make up for more than one-third of all girls with school related arrests. Yet, they comprise just 16-percent of female students.

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dan Barry
In the winter of 2009, a social worker with the Iowa Department of Human Services, received an anonymous tip: A couple dozen disabled men were liv...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Rashad Shabazz
Imagine a large population of Americans living in prison-like-conditions. That’s what it’s like in the so-called Black Belt of South Side Chicago.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Yuval Levin
Americans appear frustrated today. The economy that was supposed to bounce back following the recession nearly a decade ago, remains sluggish and s...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ellen Fitzpatrick
Since the late 1800s four women have run for the office of US president.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: L.M. Bogad
At one time, all of us have witnessed a protest that is also theatrical. Whether it’s a sit in for equal rights in the 1960s, or the Yes Men infilt...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Andy Lazris
Although Medicare is not going bankrupt, at the very least, it faces financing challenges. According to Dr. Andy Lazris, there are some straightfo...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Larry Tye
More books have been written about Bobby Kennedy than most public figures in our history. Although he’s remembered as a fiery liberal, we easily ...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Nathaniel Philbrick
It’s been more than 240 years since the war of America’s independence began. Yet, the name Benedict Arnold still evokes any number of negative resp...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Rana Foroohar
Award winning business journalist Rana Foroohar explores the provocative question that is at the top of mind of today's business leaders: Is Wall S...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Peter B. Doran
Oil is one of the earth’s coveted substances. We love it and we hate it. Yet, it surrounds our lives every day.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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You’d have to go back more than 160-years to land upon the beginning of the story of the gene.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Professor Meira Levinson
This is about our kids, our future generations. Ask any grade school teacher, and they’ll tell you the job is very challenging.

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Edward Schultz
This is a personal story of the Vietnam War with Lynne Lorine Ludwick author of The Box.

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  • Added: May 24, 2016
  • Length: 28:55
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Caption: Professor Peter Enns
America’s prison population has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 40-years. The “land of the free” has the dubious distinction of handing dow...

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  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Norman J. Ornstein
Congress is at a standstill. They have been for several years. In 2010 political insiders Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein began searching for the c...

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  • Added: May 11, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Epidemiology Professor Ralph Frerichs
A controversy involving United Nations Peacekeeping forces, the World Health Organization, and scientists --- not to mention the people of Haiti -...

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  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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