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: Jacqui Dunne & Bernard Lietaer
Our worldwide monetary system is outdated. That’s the claim from international monetary expert Bernard Lietaer and award winning journalist Jacqui ...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2013
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Marjorie Heins, Credit: photo by Catherine Boalch
In her new book, civil liberties lawyer Majorie Heins tells the stories of teachers and professors who resisted the communist witch hunt of the 195...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Emma Sokoloff-Rubin & friends
This is the story of a father-daughter research team who spent 10-years studying the Brazilian Women’s Movement of the 1980s.

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Professor Robin Bernstein
Professor Robin Bernstein: Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2013
  • Length: 19:59
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Caption: Mallory McDuff
Churches are taking diverse actions to address climate change through stewardship, advocacy, spirituality and justice. Contributions from leading C...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2013
  • Length: 19:57
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Caption: Suzanne Gordon
Lives could be saved and patient care enhanced by adapting the relevant lessons of aviation safety and teamwork. This is the premise of Suzanne Go...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Eric Toensmeier
This first part of this half-hour is spent with author and professor Philip Ackerman-Leist. In his new book, he shows that people are turning to lo...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Sara Gottfried
Despite what women are constantly told by their doctors and society – that weight gain, sleeplessness, diminished sex drive, hair loss and wrinkles...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Frances Moore Lappe
Author Frances Moore Lappe describes herself as a “possibilist” rather than an optimist or pessimist. In her recent book, she argues that solutions...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Marina Adshade
Dr. Marina Adshade provides a fascinating look at just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power and economic forces is to the most ...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Ray Raphael
By entering the world of the Constitution’s framers, and experiencing it one day after the next as they did, constitutional scholar Ray Raphael hel...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Jessica Wapner
Jessica Wapner, freelance journalist, open her book in 1959 when a chromosomal mutation, christened “the Philadelphia Chromosome.” Was discovered. ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Vintage Tomorrow's jacket cover, Credit: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
The late 19th century was an age of rapid technological change. It’s happening again today. Through interviews with experts such as Willaim Gibson,...

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  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Chelsea Green jacket cover
In his new book, economist Gar Alperovitz speaks plainly about why the time is right to democratize the ownership of wealth as a way to strengthen ...

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  • Added: May 21, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: J.D. Messinger
J.D. Messinger’s first book is the story of his quest to answer the great questions philosophers and theologians have asked for millennium: who am ...

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  • Added: May 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Judy Wicks
Judy Wicks founded the White dog Café on the first floor of her house in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy g...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Judith D. Swartz
In her new book, author and journalist Judith D. Swartz reveals that our ability to transform many of our problems – climate change, desertificatio...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Sherry Blackman
Author Sherry Blackman bring to life the vivid tale of a young wife and mother who awoke one day unable to feel her own body. Despite Jane Gagliard...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
Caption: Catherine Mich
Fifty years ago, on September 29, 1963, Pope John XXIII opened the second working section of The Second Vatican Council and asserted its agenda to ...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: High Tide book cover, Credit: jacket design by Kata Jancso
One week before super storm Sandy hit, oceanographer John Englander released his book about the short, medium and long term scenarios we can expect...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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