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: Professor Christina Crosby
On an early October evening in 2003, Christina Crosby was on a 17-mile bike ride. Nothing unusual for this athletic professor at Wesleyan Universi...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Twenty-four hundred years ago Romans understood the difference between the mind of a child and that of an adult. Somehow, America forgot that basic...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Roslyn Fuller
Try to find a true democracy anywhere in the world and you’ll be challenged. What you’ll find instead is a nation ruled by the few, with the majori...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrew Solomon
What we least understand we fear the most. The way to overcome our personal insecurities is to interact with the world - Andrew Solomon

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Epidemiology Professor Ralph Frerichs
A controversy involving United Nations Peacekeeping forces, the World Health Organization, and scientists --- not to mention the people of Haiti -...

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  • Added: May 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Norman J. Ornstein
Congress is at a standstill. They have been for several years. In 2010 political insiders Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein began searching for the c...

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  • Added: May 11, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Peter Enns
America’s prison population has grown by leaps and bounds over the past 40-years. The “land of the free” has the dubious distinction of handing dow...

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  • Added: May 18, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Edward Schultz
This is a personal story of the Vietnam War with Lynne Lorine Ludwick author of The Box.

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  • Added: May 24, 2016
  • Length: 28:55
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Caption: Professor Meira Levinson
This is about our kids, our future generations. Ask any grade school teacher, and they’ll tell you the job is very challenging.

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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You’d have to go back more than 160-years to land upon the beginning of the story of the gene.

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Peter B. Doran
Oil is one of the earth’s coveted substances. We love it and we hate it. Yet, it surrounds our lives every day.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Rana Foroohar
Award winning business journalist Rana Foroohar explores the provocative question that is at the top of mind of today's business leaders: Is Wall S...

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  • Added: Jun 21, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Nathaniel Philbrick
It’s been more than 240 years since the war of America’s independence began. Yet, the name Benedict Arnold still evokes any number of negative resp...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Larry Tye
More books have been written about Bobby Kennedy than most public figures in our history. Although he’s remembered as a fiery liberal, we easily ...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Andy Lazris
Although Medicare is not going bankrupt, at the very least, it faces financing challenges. According to Dr. Andy Lazris, there are some straightfo...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: L.M. Bogad
At one time, all of us have witnessed a protest that is also theatrical. Whether it’s a sit in for equal rights in the 1960s, or the Yes Men infilt...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ellen Fitzpatrick
Since the late 1800s four women have run for the office of US president.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Yuval Levin
Americans appear frustrated today. The economy that was supposed to bounce back following the recession nearly a decade ago, remains sluggish and s...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Rashad Shabazz
Imagine a large population of Americans living in prison-like-conditions. That’s what it’s like in the so-called Black Belt of South Side Chicago.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dan Barry
In the winter of 2009, a social worker with the Iowa Department of Human Services, received an anonymous tip: A couple dozen disabled men were liv...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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