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.


548 Pieces

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Caption: Christina Crook
Most of us can’t throw away our smartphone or cut ourselves off from the Internet. But we can rethink our relationship with the digital world.

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Eric Kingson
Americans’ pensions are gone. Housing is down and 401k are unreliable. But our Social Security system is totally funded for more than two decades.

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Susan Ball
Dr. Susan Ball has been taking care of patients with HIV in New York City for nearly twenty years. As she says, it has been a wild ride.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ai Jen Poo
Author Ai Jen Poo is Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. It’s no wonder considering her accomplishments.

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Victor Pickard
We are immersed in media. It’s all around us. Flooding our everyday lives with reading, viewing, listening, and interacting with the products we re...

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  • Added: Feb 18, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: School Violence, Credit: jacket cover design by Emily Osborne
More violence is committed in America than any other industrialized nation. Nowhere is that sad fact more prevalent than on our school grounds.

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Norman Doidge
Bestselling author Dr. Norman Doidge describes how neuroplasticity leads to healing in his newest book.

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  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 28:40
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: The Political Classroom jacket, Credit: Routledge Press
When politics is polarized, so is American Society. That, in turn, makes things more difficult for educators and students. It becomes riskier for t...

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  • Added: Feb 03, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kathryn Miles
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy smashed into the Eastern seaboard. A monster nobody was prepared to deal with.

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Janet Cheatham Bell
In her collection of essays, author and publisher Janet Cheatham Bell emphasizes our mutual dependency. It’s about identifying and using the power ...

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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William Ingalls new book tells the story of what one year in Viet Nam as a combat engineer was like. Based on 500 color slides taken by the author,...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: John Dominic Crossan
At the heart of the Bible, says New Testament scholar John Dominic Crossan, is a moral and ethical call to fight unjust superpowers, whether they a...

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  • Added: Dec 29, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Maya Schenwar
America is the leading industrial country for incarcerated citizens. Editor-in-Chief of Truthout, Maya Schenwar, envisions the possibility of a fut...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2014
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Chris Guillebeau
Compulsive goal seeker and best-selling author Chris Guillebeau set out to visit every country on the planet by age thirty-five.

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gus Speth
From Chair of the United Nations Development Group; Founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council, and World Resource Institute, law professor a...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Lauren Nile
Lauren Joichin Nile introduces her readers to some provocative ideas in her book RACE: My Story and Humanity’s Bottom Line. Her work delves deep in...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Frank Schaeffer
Frank A. Schaeffer is a best-selling author, blogger, speaker and fine artist, and he’s the son of Francis Schaeffer, architect of the talkeover by...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Nicolette Hahn Niman
Livestock, especially cattle, are Public Enemy Number One. That’s been the perceived wisdom for decades. It’s thought that cattle erode soils, poll...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Stephanie Westlund
Stephanie Westlund holds a PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies. For the past 5-years she has been researching the lives of war veterans. Specifically...

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: David Rose
Those who are shaping the future have a pretty good idea of how it is going to look. One of those is David Rose. He’s an award winning entrepreneur...

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  • Added: Nov 04, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 1