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: Professor Victor Tan Chen
Victor Tan Chen, sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, has studied the plight of the American worker … from successf...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Aspen Baker
Fifteen years ago, Aspen Baker founded her support group Exhale. Its purpose is to open up respective dialogue and provide support for those who ch...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joel Westheimer
All schools teach citizenship. But, the question becomes, “what kind of citizens are the schools trying to shape?”

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Martha M. Ertman
The ongoing controversy of same sex marriage reflects the dramatic impact the rule of law has on intimate partnerships. Today, those involved in fa...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: David Niose
According to author and attorney David Niose, American politics and public policy have been sliding in the direction of unreason. But, he says, a n...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Susan Greenhalgh
America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic of catastrophic proportion. Today, two-thirds of adults, and one-third of children and adolescents –...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Rob Garfield
For much of the past century, men have operated under “Male Code,” a rigid set of rules guiding their behavior that equate to masculinity with stoi...

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  • Added: May 28, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor William Damon
Over the past decade a science of morality has emerged. Its basic premise is that we have no choice with our moral actions. Our responses are built...

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  • Added: May 20, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Trans Über Publishing, Credit: cover design John Hamilton
Author and activist Joe Wenke speaks with some of the foremost advocates for change. They have a determined commitment to freedom and equality.

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  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Lou Ureneck
Shortly after World War One, the Ottoman Empire was in its fiinal days. The last desperate act of the Turkish nationalist army was to destroy the...

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  • Added: May 07, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Burt Neuborne
One of the nation’s foremost civil liberties lawyers challenges our understanding of how our democracy works with a radical new reading of a foundi...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Book cover, Credit: Lyon Press
One Sunday afternoon in August 1965, on a day when baseball’s most storied rivals, the Giants and Dodgers, vied for the pennant, the national pasti...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2015
  • Length: 21:01
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Caption: Against the Tide, Credit: Naval Academy Press
As early as the 1940s, Admiral Hyman Rickover saw the need for radical change in America’s submarine serice. Without his perseverance the Cold War ...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2015
  • Length: 21:31
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Caption: Stephen Kurkjian
In March of 1990, the art world awoke to some shocking news. Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum was burglarized. The thieves were anything b...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Laurence J. Brahm
We have problem. Over 40-percent of the world’s population lives in poverty. Add to that our natural resources are quickly disappearing. Now mix in...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton
Today, 47-million Americans live in poverty. That places this country at the bottom among industrial nations for the divide between the haves and h...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Christina Crook
Most of us can’t throw away our smartphone or cut ourselves off from the Internet. But we can rethink our relationship with the digital world.

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eric Kingson
Americans’ pensions are gone. Housing is down and 401k are unreliable. But our Social Security system is totally funded for more than two decades.

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Susan Ball
Dr. Susan Ball has been taking care of patients with HIV in New York City for nearly twenty years. As she says, it has been a wild ride.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Ai Jen Poo
Author Ai Jen Poo is Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. It’s no wonder considering her accomplishments.

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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