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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.


300 Pieces

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Caption: Dr. Tasha Eurich
All of us now know someone who spends a lot of time on Twitter. It’s a world where style trumps substance. He who talks the loudest is most likely ...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Keith Payne
Inequality in America today is staggering. It’s on a scale that none of us has seen in our lifetime. Yet, very few are even trying to address a pro...

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  • Added: May 25, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Book jacket cover
In 1930, the Federal Bureau of Narcotics appointed Harry J. Anslinger as the commissioner. He became the first drug czar with a flair for demonizin...

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  • Added: May 15, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Dr. Brian Klaas
By all appearances, the world is becoming less democratic.

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  • Added: May 11, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Living With Cancer, Credit: John Hopkins University Press
One of the most disorienting statements anyone can hear from their doctor is --- they have cancer. In spite of advances in life-saving drugs and tr...

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  • Added: May 02, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Tom Nichols
Research is not plugging a question into a browser. Yet, we treat the Internet as though it has intelligence. And, in turn, that makes us intelligent.

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2017
  • Length: 29:00
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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
  • Purchases: 3
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
  • Purchases: 1