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.


548 Pieces

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Caption: Dennis Baron
History shows us that freedom of speech is a fluid and evolving concept that requires continual defense. It’s always under threat. And it’s never a...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Mat Simon, Credit: Wired magazine
Our world is surrounded by microplastic pollution. It’s in the air we breathe. It’s in the food we eat. Our homes are among the most polluted place...

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  • Added: Nov 20, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Michael Webster
When it comes to climate change, it’s easy to feel like a deer caught in the headlights. Temperatures are rising to unsustainable levels. Larger an...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gregory Mitchell
“Zombie Statistics” is what professor Gregory Mitchell calls them. Those are the chunks of data officials use to prove there is a rise in sex-traff...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ed Burmila
The Democrats have lost their footing since the New Deal. That’s how Ed Burmila sees it. Now, he says, they haven’t been able to grasp that they ne...

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  • Added: Oct 18, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: John R. Vile, Credit: newschannel5
The first clause of the First Amendment forbids Congress from adopting any laws tending to the establishment religion. Even with that definitive ve...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Phil Allen, Jr.
This program is a second in a conversation with author Phil Allen, Jr., in which he highlights the prophetic potential of the camera. Its imagery p...

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Thomas Geoghengan
End the filibuster. Abolish the Senate. Make everyone vote. Only if we do this, and a little bit more, says labor lawyer and former candidate for A...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eleanor Herman
Wherever you look in history, you’ll find misogyny. It’s equally rampant in the rumors surrounding Cleopatra during her reign and Kamala Harris bef...

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  • Added: Sep 12, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Phil Allen, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Darnella Frazier captured images of injustice for the world to see. Like a professional cinematographer, King understoo...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Raj Patel, Credit: TheStar.com
The network of systems that make up our bodies – respiratory, digestive and nervous system to name a few - is seen by conventional medicine as self...

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  • Added: Aug 29, 2022
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Book Jacket Cover
It’s no coincident that our planet is on fire. Look more closely and you’ll find that our society, politics and bodies mirror the world. We, too, a...

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  • Added: Aug 22, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joshua Prager
One of the more consequential issues of the last 50-years has been a woman’s right of choice. Should women have the right to bodily autonomy, or sh...

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  • Added: Aug 16, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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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
  • Purchases: 1