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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.


315 Pieces

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Caption: Philip Ackerman-Leist
The village of Mals, Italy is on the eastern Swiss boarder in the shadow of the Alps. It’s been known as the breadbasket of the Tyrol. Recently, th...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jeremy Lent
In November, 2017, over fifteen thousand scientists from 184 countries issued a warning to humanity.

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jeremy Lent
Almost 90-years before Columbus, the Chinese sent hundreds of ships to explore distant lands. Their odyssey took them as far afield as Africa. They...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Paul Halpern
It was an unexpected, auspicious meeting. Originally, the mentor and student were not even assigned to work together.

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gordon Whitman
For the past 20-years, Gordon Whitman has been working with the group Faith in Action where he is the deputy director. His job is teaching people h...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor John O'Brien
The typical Muslim teenage boy is concerned with all of the normal teenage issues: girlfriends, school, parents and being cool. Yet, he’s also expe...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Martin Puchner
Think about the many stories you’ve heard or read over the years. Some of those stories may have had a major impact on your life, or maybe even the...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Frances Moore Lappé
Some feel the election of Donald Trump is a signal that people want change. Others see it as a culmination of a decades long effort to destabilize ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jim Baumann
What we do for our children today will have a major impact on the future of democracy.

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Noliwe Rooks
America’s system of public schools is recognized as one of the countries greatest achievements.

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Liza Mundy
The iconic image of Rosie the Riveter is cemented in America’s history and imagination. Meanwhile the book and movie Hidden Figures ignited an inte...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jacket cover, Credit: Design by Nicole Caputo
The American presidency has changed over the last few decades. Along with the 24/7 news cycle the demands placed upon the office holder are far gre...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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There’s been a long tradition of white people opposing racism, but there are also excuses we give for not getting involved.

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Michele Currie Navakas
Florida is an ever-changing landscape. With little warning, what was once land, becomes water, and what was once water becomes land. Frequently. E...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Jim Rickards
Health care spending in the U.S. was the highest of any nation in 2013. That includes countries with universal health care. But, medical profession...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Paula Martinac
It’s not often I interview the author of a novel on this program. Sometimes, though, a work of fiction can give us insights and perspectives a non-...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Harvard historian Nancy Koehn began examining the qualities great leaders must have in order to gain the confidence of the people.

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: U.S. Constitution
The framers’ of the US Constitution had a vision of a balanced system. The balance was to be between the public and private spheres, between govern...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Mark & Deborah Parker
When someone spends their time flattering their boss or superior, they’re known as a sycophant. It’s also called the “slime effect.” Although it wa...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kathryn Miles
Following the Mexico City 7.1 earthquake, we are again hearing about the need to stay alert in California and Washington. In reality, though, that ...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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