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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.


303 Pieces

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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.

  • Added: Nov 21, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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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Caption: Professor Al Gini
Political humorists are having a feeding frenzy. There seems to be more satire available than they can handle very day then they can handle.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Reshma Saujani
The world of technology is male driven. Very few women are represented in leadership roles. For decades now, there’s been a major gender diversity ...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Sanford Levinson
The U.S. Constitution has been amended 27 times since its ratification in 1788. After all of this time, many Americans take the words of the consti...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joan Brady
It’s been nearly 70-years since the House on Un-American Activities Committee heard the testimony of Alger Hiss.

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Tom Kochan
America’s workforce and the economy are rapidly changing. As is the type of work we do. Flip that coin over and you’ll see that institutions and po...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Sue Jansen
The art of communication. We grow up thinking that we can talk and hear, or even sign, therefore we can communicate.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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It probably won’t surprise you but boys and girls are not on a par with STEM programs: That’s the shorthand term for science, technology, engineeri...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Peter Kalmus
We have a choice to fight the change, or be part of the change. That has never been more apparent than when we are watching ice caps melt, heat tha...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Thomas M. Shapiro
Income and wealth inequality is now a regular topic of conversation. The standard of living for most Americans’ since the Great Recession is either...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sue Klebold
Guilt can haunt any parent whose child commits suicide. That’s especially true for a murder-suicide.

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Edward D. Hess
If we were on a ship at sea, and learned of the impending tsunami, we’d do everything we could to prepare for the collision.

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  • Added: Jul 03, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jacques Berlinerblau
In the 1970s, over half of America’s university professors were tenured or on the tenure track. Today that figure is around 25-percent and falling.

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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