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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.


266 Pieces

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Caption: Susan Quinn
When President Franklin D. Roosevelt took up residency at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in 1932, Eleanor looked upon the move to the White House with...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eliot A. Cohen
“Speak softly and carry a big stick” are the words of Vice President Theodore Roosevelt. When President Garfield was assassinated two weeks later, ...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kenneth E. Miller
It’s estimated that roughly 200 million people are affected by wars across the globe. One-third of those are refugees.

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Ronald Epstein
As a third-year Harvard Medical student, Dr. Ronald Epstein witnessed two vastly different events during surgery.

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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It’s not unusual for a new president to find the adjustment from candidate to leader to be jolting but President Trump’s first week in office has b...

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  • Added: Jan 26, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Mark Seidenberg
An international survey in 2011 found that students in Shanghai outperformed American students in every category. President Obama referred to the r...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Sarah van Gelder
No matter how we voted in this last election, all of us can agree on one thing. Our country, and the world, faces significant problems: Racism to c...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ruta Sepetys
It’s known as the single greatest maritime disaster in history. Yet, it is a little known story. This casualty of World War II was far deadlier tha...

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  • Added: Jan 04, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Richard Cahan
In 1942, the government rounded up more than one hundred thousand Japanese living in the U.S. They were incarcerated for the duration of the war.

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  • Added: Dec 26, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Marc Levinson
The 25-years after World War II were a golden age for much of the world. The end of that era in 1973 brought financial crisis, high unemployment, e...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Seth Abramson
An unexpected turn has unfolded with the 2016 elections. The Washington Post broke the story on Friday, December 9 that Russia not only hacked Amer...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Cedric de Leon
The “right to work.” The phrase sounds fair and equitable. After all, who shouldn’t have a right to work if they wish to? Twenty-six states now hav...

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  • Added: Dec 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: George Lakey at Occupy Philly
The Scandinavian countries … Sweden, Norway and Denmark … boasts the world’s happiest, most productive people. They have equality, low unemployment...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: William W. Goldsmith
There is deep concern for the health of American cities. Frustration with inequality is spreading. Public schools are lagging behind expectation. I...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: UW-Madison Bee Hive
It’s called “colony collapse disorder” or CCD. A number of years ago US beekeeping operations realized they lost between 30 and 90 percent of their...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Vincent Hendricks
A new beast is on the scene, and it just may be part of the information age. The multi-headed monster is known as Post-Factual Democracy.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Michael Ableman
In his book, Street Farm, Michael Ableman shares the inspirational stories about the people in one of the worst urban slums in North America: Vanco...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Kimball Taylor
At first it was a curiosity … then a nuisance that evolved into a phenomenon. Abandoned bicycles scattered across the desert at the US/Mexican boar...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Baylen Linnekin
Food Waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks … just a few of the serious issues we have with our food supply. We exp...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Chuck Collins
I have heard that inequality in America is at its highest point since the age of the Robber Barons. If true, many suspect it may get worse before i...

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