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: John D. Pollack
Often without realizing it, we use analogies to express our ideas. As a Presidential speechwriter, John Pollack understands the power of words. In ...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ulrich Boser
Bestselling author Ulrich Boser shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our lives, rebuild our economy, and strengthen society. As par...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Peter Ladner
Our reliance on industrial agriculture has resulted in a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic and health care costs and beset by...

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  • Added: Sep 30, 2014
  • Length: 19:11
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Caption: Mark Schapiro, Credit: Center for Investigative Reporting
Carbon is shaping our future. Those little particles we can’t even see are reshaping our natural world, and transforming our economy. And, it all e...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Richard A. Deyo
One of the most frustrating medical complaints for patients and doctors is back pain. Professionals and patients expect the usual medical diagnosis...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: The Co-Parent's Handbook, Credit: CMC Publishers
With a tested “here’s how” approach, Karen Bonnell and Kristin Little help parents confidently take on the challenges of raising children in two ho...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Brian Moench
No one needs to eat livestock to survive, according to Dr. Brian Moench. Yet meat is almost universally the focus of the Western diet. The average...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Steve Almond
You've heard part of this story on two NPR shows. Here is an extended interview: Football is not good for us, Steve Almond concludes, it’s not goo...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Timothy K. Kuhner, Credit: Georgia State University
As of the latest national elections, it costs approximately $1 billion to become president, $10 million to become a Senator, and $1 million to beco...

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  • Added: Aug 21, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Peter Matthews
Big corporations and their super wealthy owners have bought many American politicians through campaign contributions and lobbying, according to pol...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Writer Helen Thorpe provides a detailed account of what happened to the three women who served in the military during the last decade.

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  • Added: Aug 05, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Chris Tomlinson
After spending eleven years in Africa as bureau chief for The Associated Press, Chris Tomlinson returned home to Texas. Seeing oppression and apart...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere
America has a shortage of organs for transplant. Iran has abundance. That’s the reason many wealthy American’s turn to Iran for help when they’re s...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Julia Schopick
Author Julia Schopick introduces four lifesaving treatments that have been effectively treating, and in some cases curing, people for 25 to 90 year...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jennifer Michael Hecht
In a position that some will find controversial, Jennifer Michael Hecht argues that suicide is quite simply wrong, from a secular point of view. To...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2014
  • Length: 28:45
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Caption: Nell Bernstein, Credit: NPR
In her new book, award winner journalist Nell Bernstein takes us behind the scenes into the hidden lives of incarcerated children. She has spent mo...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: David Gottfried
When David Gottfried come up an idea for green environmental building 20-years ago, he ran into a number of hurdles. The building industry had been...

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  • Added: Jun 24, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: John Kuhn
There is a vast divide between those in the “education reform movement” and those who recognize the very real problem of inequality. School superin...

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  • Added: Jun 17, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Scott E.D. Skyrm
When one of Wall Streets biggest scams was revealed in a segment on 60 Minutes, viewers were outraged. Front Running. Although it is legal, it’s, a...

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  • Added: Jun 06, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Bruce Dancis
Bruce Dancis arrived at Cornell University in 1965 as a youth who was no stranger to political action. He grew up in a radical household and took p...

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  • Added: May 30, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
  • Purchases: 1