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: Professor Ruth Colker
The rules of public discourse are not what they used to be. In fact, you can say, they are quite similar to what they used to be. Nevertheless, we ...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Frank Vogl
The average American knows corruption exists in every corner, but most of us are not aware of just how rampant it is. We know the tip of the iceber...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kathryn Bond Stockton
It’s a girl or a boy. That’s identifiable at birth. Binary. A biological inheritance. Today, however, when it comes to gender, we’re living in a fl...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Erica Cirino
We are surrounded by plastics. Literally enveloped. It has become so ubiquitous to our lives, frequently, we don’t even think about it. It surround...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Peter Norton
Several automotive companies are currently working to perfect autonomous vehicles. Their promises for high-tech driving includes crash free mobilit...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Richard Vague
The story of American business is the story of real estate. More than two hundred years of seizing, claiming, settling and developing. And, the col...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrea Press
The #MeToo movement burst into the headlines in the fall of 2017. What kept people gravitating to the stories was the list of celebrity sexual pred...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Donald Cohen
Democracy is more efficient, and equally distributed when public goods are created. Things like free education, public health, open parks, clean wa...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Emily Willingham
It’s a conundrum. A puzzle. A very strange thing if you think about it. But, there in itself lies the problem. We’re thinking about and studying th...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2022
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Donald Cohen
Unprecedented concentrations of wealth. Fundamental changes in the economy. A weakened institutional government, making it more difficult to meet p...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Robert Corn-Revere
When you think about it, we’re all censors in one form or another. Then there are those who make a profession of it. For many of those, it becomes ...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Howard W. French
Most of us know very little about the history of the African American. Their contribution to our culture and society is rich and multilayered that...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Howard W. French, Credit: Guardian
It’s just possible that our understanding of history is seen through a distorted lens. We think we know how the modern world was made. But, keep in...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: William Halal
For the past 20-years or so, our society has been deep in the Knowledge Age. Now, it’s about to be replaced by the digital revolution and artificia...

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  • Added: Feb 15, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jesse Eisinger, Credit: ProPublica
According to sociologists, one of the primary keys for predicting societal unrest is inequality. The deeper the monetary divide the higher the like...

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  • Added: Feb 21, 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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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: 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: 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: 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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