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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.


274 Pieces

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Caption: Professor Gordon Lafer
Americans may vote for polar opposite candidates … liberal or conservative. Their vote may express ideological differences. But, on principles and ...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Rush Holt
The Trump Administration is calling for drastic cuts in scientific research and development.

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Ben Santer, Credit: Commonwealth Club
President Donald Trump has sent conflicting message about climate change. One time he calls it an urgent problem. Then he refers to it as a hoax.

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: March for Science
President Donald Trump signed a sweeping executive order. Its purpose is to reverse efforts to shrink America’s carbon footprint.

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Twelve-year old Deamonte Driver died following brain surgery in February 2007. His original diagnosis was meningitis. After his death, the culprit...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Black Hole Echos, Credit: Scientific America
At some point in our lives, most of us will begin to question how our universe began. Depending on whom you ask, you’re going to get a variety of r...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Lauren A. Wright
First ladies have been a vital part of American policy and politics since the election of George Washington.

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  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Direct Action, Credit: Verso
You’ve probably noticed quite a number of protests across America in recent weeks. Activists everywhere are speaking up. This is not spontaneous ac...

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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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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