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.


553 Pieces

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Caption: Martha M. Ertman
The ongoing controversy of same sex marriage reflects the dramatic impact the rule of law has on intimate partnerships. Today, those involved in fa...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joel Westheimer
All schools teach citizenship. But, the question becomes, “what kind of citizens are the schools trying to shape?”

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Aspen Baker
Fifteen years ago, Aspen Baker founded her support group Exhale. Its purpose is to open up respective dialogue and provide support for those who ch...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Victor Tan Chen
Victor Tan Chen, sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, has studied the plight of the American worker … from successf...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Ira Chaliff
When you’re given instructions that you feel are morally wrong, do you speak up? A number of studies over the past 50-years conclude that the major...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes scattered, his father replied, it didn’t matter. So began the journey. A journe...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Rev. Steven Greenebaum
Interfaith. What does it actually mean to have dozens, or even hundreds of different religions come together under one roof?

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Eve Spangler
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is baffling for most Americans. It’s understandable because it is so convoluted. How many of us h...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Mike Bond
Some of America’s most corrupt politicians can be found in the state of Maine. According to a Gallup Poll last year, citizens rate their legislator...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Eve Spangler
This is a follow up interview with sociology professor Eve Spangler on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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The cost for a college education is escalating. It’s now the biggest single expense for many American families.

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Cecelia Tichi
Jack London is known for his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North. But, that’s overlooking the real story. London was a reporter who made n...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Storrs Congregrational
The number of people imprisoned in the United States is rapidly increasing. Although America accounts for only five percent of the world’s populati...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Patty Blue Hayes
If you’ve ever felt abandoned by love and disconnected from your true self, Patty Blue Hayes’ journey will leave you feeling you are not alone. Her...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 27:26
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Caption: Rise of the Robots jacket cover, Credit: Basic Books Jason Gabbert
We’re on the cusp of another revolution: A technology revolution. This one, however, is vastly different from its predecessor: The industrial revol...

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  • Added: Oct 07, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrew Moore
As fruits go, the pawpaw is about as unique, historically important, yet mysteriously undervalued as it gets.

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2015
  • Length: 24:18
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Caption: Hal Niedzviecki
Cultural critic and entrepreneur Hal Niedzviecki poses the question, “What is it like to live in a society utterly focused on what is going to happ...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Even in good schools racial inequality thrives. Basically, that’s the summary of an extensive study conducted by associate professors Amanda Lewis ...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Matthew Cobb
Everyone has heard of the story of DNA as the story of Watson and Crick and Rosalind Franklin, but knowing the structure of DNA was only a part of ...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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