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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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Caption: Runaway Inequity , Credit: Labor Institute Press
It’s become a critical fact of life in America: Runaway inequality.

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Aldon D. Morris
Before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech, he had to announce the death of W.E.B. Du Bois. The crowd fell into tears.

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  • Added: Jan 20, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kara Platoni
Researchers are changing the way we experience our world. They’re engineering scents that stimulate lost memories, they’re searching for the elusiv...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Philip Warburg
American is standing on the brink of an extraordinary revolution: an energy revolution.

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Tom Kochen
Over the past 35-years, the economy has been reasonably productive. It’s worked well for investors and high-level executives, but not for ordinary ...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Roberto Gonzales
Children of undocumented workers frequently don’t find out about their illegal status until they’ve graduated from high school. What happens to the...

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  • Added: Dec 16, 2015
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Ken Geiser
We are surrounded by chemicals every day. They’re in our clothing, cosmetics, household products, electronics, and even our children’s toys.

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Pedro Domingos
Data is the new science. Big data holds the answers. It’s a simple thought that acknowledges the power of data in our lives.

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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An increase in the acts of terrorism around the globe raises the fear levels in America. Islamophobia in the Bible Belt, and anti-immigrant, anti-M...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Courtney White
We live in an era of big problems, and we tend to spend our time thinking of big solutions. Thinking big, however, can have a paralyzing effect on ...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Amos Kamil
Investigative reporter Amos Kamil has deep roots in the elite Horace Mann School. But, twenty years after he graduated, Kamil discovered something ...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Matthew Cobb
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of ...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Even in good schools racial inequality thrives. Basically, that’s the summary of an extensive study conducted by associate professors Amanda Lewis ...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Hal Niedzviecki
Cultural critic and entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki poses the question, “What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Andrew Moore
As fruits go, the pawpaw is about as unique, historically important, yet mysteriously undervalued as it gets.

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 24:18
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Caption: Rise of the Robots jacket cover, Credit: Basic Books Jason Gabbert
We’re on the cusp of another revolution: A technology revolution. This one, however, is vastly different from its predecessor: The industrial revol...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Patty Blue Hayes
If you’ve ever felt abandoned by love and disconnected from your true self, Patty Blue Hayes’ journey will leave you feeling you are not alone. Her...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 27:26
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Caption: Storrs Congregrational
The number of people imprisoned in the United States is rapidly increasing. Although America accounts for only five percent of the world’s populati...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Cecelia Tichi
Jack London is known for his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North. But, that’s overlooking the real story. London was a reporter who made n...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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The cost for a college education is escalating. It’s now the biggest single expense for many American families.

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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