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: Andrew Solomon
What we least understand we fear the most. The way to overcome our personal insecurities is to interact with the world - Andrew Solomon

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Roslyn Fuller
Try to find a true democracy anywhere in the world and you’ll be challenged. What you’ll find instead is a nation ruled by the few, with the majori...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Twenty-four hundred years ago Romans understood the difference between the mind of a child and that of an adult. Somehow, America forgot that basic...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Christina Crosby
On an early October evening in 2003, Christina Crosby was on a 17-mile bike ride. Nothing unusual for this athletic professor at Wesleyan Universi...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gerald Moore
When Gerald Moore decided to try his had at journalism, his reasoning was very good. He needed a job. But what began, as a way to pay the rent beca...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Dr. Steven Hatch
In his book, Dr. Steven Hatch cuts to the chase. Readers get a sense of the challenges in all areas of modern medicine.

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Nicholas Stargardt
The Holocaust during World War II -- Horrifying images and stories that have come to symbolize an international conflict. What the story doesn’t t...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Erin Aubry Kaplan
In his nearly two terms as president, Barack Obama has solidified his status, as something black people haven’t had for fifty years: a folk hero.

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Vicki Leon
This is a series of quotations from women who were passionate about their politics, power and immortality. They sought justice, equality, knowledge...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:28
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Caption: Steve LeVine
There’s no doubt that the invention of a super battery would shake up the world. Think about it. It would endanger the ruling Saudi Arabian family ...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Tim Lewens
From the origins of human culture to space exploration, the achievements of science have been extraordinary.

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ray Raphael
We’ve all read about “the Boston Tea Party,” as well as the famous “shot heard ‘round the world”. These two important events occurred 28-months apa...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Susan Eaton
Immigration. That’s a major hot button issue. In recent years, a handful of states have passed laws designed to make it easier to deport unauthor...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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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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