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.


535 Pieces

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Caption: Suzanne Gordon
America’s military veterans face a number of issues when they return from foreign wars. Lingering physical and emotional problems are the ones we m...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Keri Blakinger
Oftentimes we can look at someone who is seemingly good at anything they do, and admire their talents. Perhaps envy them. Or, maybe even feel a twi...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Aryn Baker
There are still a few who deny climate change. Although with another summer of extreme heat in many parts of the world, those few are diminishing. ...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Natasha Warikoo
All parents want their children to have advantages in their academic careers. In America of the past, that translated to white parents using public...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Maria
It’s almost hidden in plain sight. Every day we’ll hear about a national or international action the involves “soft power.” Most of us just don’t t...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Bill Halal
Recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court as left a majority of American’s wondering if the country is headed in the wrong direction. Many feel th...

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  • Added: Jul 05, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ira Shapiro
It is as though today’s political arena is grounded on egg shells. The image of a fragmented system is everywhere. A source of the problem points t...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Tanisha Fazal
The ongoing war Russia initiated against Ukraine in February has NATO allies in an awkward position. Whether it’s assisting Ukraine with weapons fo...

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  • Added: May 31, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jon Marshall
Former President Donald Trump attacked the press relentlessly before and after his term in office. A master at manipulation, he even admitted that ...

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  • Added: May 23, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Katherine Stewart
There is a powerful movement in America that is reshaping our political landscape. Anyone who does not agree with their agenda is disenfranchised. ...

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  • Added: May 10, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Susan Matt
There’s always something new in the digital world. It generates a lot of excitement, as well as anxiety. It’s also turned the lens of society onto ...

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  • Added: May 03, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Andy Bowman
With another year of wildfires in the southwest, melting ice packs in the north and south poles, more powerful tornadoes and hurricanes, we are beg...

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  • Added: Apr 26, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jurriaan Kamp
Solutions journalism. I’d never come across that term before. That is, before I came into contact with Jurriaan Kamp, and his multitude of projects...

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Hitting the jackpot sounds good, right? At least that’s what many of us believe. We may fantasize how we would spend the money, or how we would giv...

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  • Added: Apr 12, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Andrew Fiala
The question, “Is Putin a Tyrant” is a loaded one. After all, over the centuries leaders of all strips have been called tyrants. Realistically, the...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ashley Yablon, Credit: Podcast
The life of a whistleblower is not easy. Just ask Dallas lawyer Ashley Yablon. In 2011 he landed what he thought was an ideal job: General Council ...

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  • Added: Mar 29, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Stephen Zunes
Russia invades Crimea in 2014. Eight years later they attack Ukraine. In the meantime, President Biden emphatically states “any use of force to cha...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrew Fiala
Bullies are everywhere in all societies and at all levels. The worst of the bullies are those who hold power over the state and its people. They be...

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  • Added: Mar 14, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kelly Weill
It’s an age-old conundrum. Getting the facts to the people. Think of the telephone game. As the story passes through several tellers, distortions a...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: John Nichols
Since the beginning of the Coronavirus outbreak, one in five Americans have been infected. Nearly one million have died. Nurses, doctors, bus drive...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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