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: Monique W. Morris
In grade school and high school, back girls make up about 16% of the female student population. Yet, of all girls referred to law enforcement in ou...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Genuine Fakes, Credit: jacket cover by Rob Ehle
There are fakes all around us. No, this isn’t about “fake news.” In fact, the overuse of that term as given real fakes a bad name. That’s right. We...

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  • Added: Nov 26, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Cedric de Leon
For a growing number of Americans, our current political realities are of increasing concern. Many are deeply puzzled about what we do in the near ...

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  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Bernice Hausman
Very few issues cause heated debate like the vaccination controversy. From their introduction, vaccines have created concern and skepticism.

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Behind Barbed Wire book Jacket, Credit: Michael Williams & Richard Cahan
Shortly after the outbreak of WWII, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. It called for the forced removal of over one-hundred-thousand ...

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Erika Lee
We like to think of America as a country that, until recently, welcomes immigrants. In reality, that’s never been the case. You may have read abou...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Helen Lee Bouygues
There are more incentives to spread fake information than not. Money can play a big factor, but there’s also that immature need to feel that you ca...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Henry A.J. Ramos
America is facing challenging times. This much chaos and confusion has not been witnessed since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and ‘70s. As...

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  • Added: Jan 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Inga Hansen
Usually, when someone is thought to have sold out, it’s a negative reference. It can mean they’ve betrayed their values and ethics. Yet it’s someth...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: A New World Begins, Credit: jacket cover by Chin-Yee Kai
There’s a new book about the French Revolution. OK, you may be thinking, there’s nothing new to learn, however, not only has new revelations come t...

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Robert H. Frank
It’s well understood that our environment affects our behavior. Realistically, though, it works both ways. Our behavior profoundly impacts our envi...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Richard Cahan
The Works Progress Administration, what became better known as the WPA, was designed to provide jobs for unemployed Americas. One of their provoca...

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  • Added: Feb 05, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Educated for
Permanent subjection or exile. Even the abolitionists of the 1800s beloved those were the options for African-American youth.

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eitan Hersh
If you look at the number of hours Americans spend on gathering political information, it appears they are spending more time involved in politics....

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Thom Hartmann
One of the most important things about living in a democracy is the ability to vote. Yet, according to author and syndicated radio host Thom Hartma...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Margaret L. Anderson
Suppose that you could wake up tomorrow morning to learn that, by some amazing feat, you had switched race. You went to bed white and woke up Afric...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jason Kelly
There is no question that we live troubling times: pathogenically and economically speaking. We haven’t seen a market so skittish and volatile in m...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Anne Kim
The transition we experience between the close of our teenage years, and the dawn of adulthood is memorable for most of us. But for four-and-a-half...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Cedric Alexander
The folks who do the behind-the-scenes work that keeps our country running have been frequently disparaged by the Trump administration. The “Deep S...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Besy Leondar-Wright
One of the most vulnerable business sectors during the coronavirus is nonprofits. A recent story in The Wall Street Journal reads “Nonprofits Strug...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1