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: 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
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Caption: Dr. Eric C. Leuthardt
The year is 2053. Neurosurgeon and scientist, Dr. Hagan Maerici, is to designing "neuromorphic artificial intelligence." This is the setting for Dr...

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  • Added: May 23, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Charlie Brown & Franz Stigler
On December 20, 1943, a severely damaged American bomber struggles in its flight over war-torn Germany. The 21-year-old pilot had his hands full wi...

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  • Added: May 14, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: David M. Howitt
David M. Howitt is the founder and CEO of Merriweather Group, and he has guided the financial, strategic, brand, and marketing of companies ranging...

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  • Added: May 13, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Wade Graham
The Western United States has entered a very difficult drought season. Nevada’s water supply is in danger. Realistically California is not any bett...

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  • Added: Apr 29, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: William Ostrander
In 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that the First Amendment prohibits the government from restricting political donations. That is, so long as the...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Dr. Betsy Leondar-Wright
In Missing Class, Betsy Leondar-Wright looks at class dynamics in twenty-five groups of social movement organizations. Included in her study are; t...

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  • Added: Apr 22, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Dr. Richard Carrier
Almost all experts agree that the Jesus of the Bible is a cmoposite of myth, legend, and some historical evidence. So what can we know of the rel J...

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2014
  • Length: 28:35
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Caption: Flying Blind book cover
When a biologist with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department approaches Middlebury writing professor Don Mitchell about tracking endangered India...

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  • Added: Apr 01, 2014
  • Length: 22:19
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Caption: David Lochbaum, Credit: Union of Concerned Scientists
The nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 should provide the United States with lessons learned, however, the carefully nurtured tale that technology w...

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  • Added: Mar 26, 2014
  • Length: 28:41
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Caption: Saving Paradise , Credit: Book cover
IdeaSphere … Saving Paradise: Author and environmental activist Mike Bond uses fiction to tell the real story of Hawaii’s fight against corporation...

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  • Added: Mar 21, 2014
  • Length: 20:41
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Caption: Craig Nelson
Bestselling author Craig Nelson provides an in depth examination of the history of the Atomic age from x-rays to the 2011 meltdown in Japan.

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  • Added: Mar 20, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: The Tolerance Trap, Credit: NYU Press
In her book The Tolerance Trap: How God, Genes, and Good Intentions are Sabotaging Gay Equality. Dr. Suzanna Walters explores how notions of tolera...

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: National Resources Defense Council
While California is experiencing one of it’s driest seasons, the east and south are having one of the coldest and wettest. Is this climate change, ...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2014
  • Length: 29:00
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