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: 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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Caption: PTSD book cover, Credit: Lexington Books
This is a continuation of a conversation with sociologist Jerry Lembcke. His book, -PTSD: Diagnosis and Identity in Post-empire America.

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  • Added: Feb 26, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Jerry Lembcke
The end of the First Gulf War saw a vast increase in the number of combat soldiers filing claims for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Over the past ...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Ofer Sharone
Today 4.7 million Americans have been unemployed for more than six months. In France it’s more than ten percent; Israel is above seven percent; and...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Restoring Opportunity jacket cover, Credit: Harvard Education Press
Americans see education as the primary social institution for achieving the goal of equality and opportunity. While there are sharp disagreements o...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Larry Doyle
The Wall Street meltdown in 2008 brought the country to its knees and spawned nationwide protests against the lack of regulation and oversight in t...

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  • Added: Jan 27, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Susan D. Carle
The NAACP and the National Urban League were founded over 100-years ago. Since their inception, they have been viewed as the vanguard for national ...

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  • Added: Jan 18, 2014
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Chomsky's Challenge, Credit: book jacket cover
Noam Chomsky is a polarizing figure in politics and foreign affairs. Although he is a pioneering scholar in the field of linguistics, he is better...

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1