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: 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
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Caption: Dr. Sara Richardson
Human Genomes are almost 100 percent identical. There is one prominent exception. Instead of a matching pair of X chromosomes, men carry a single X...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2014
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Wendy Patrick
A judge's decision to give 16-year-old Ethan Couch 10 years of probation for the fatal accident sparked outrage from relatives of those killed, and...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Ben Kilham
Benjamin Kilham has been researching and living with black bears for nearly twenty years. He has become an expert in black bear behavior, as well a...

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  • Added: Dec 22, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Beth Buczynski
Consumption and consumerism – they are the cornerstones of American society. Many feel that that model is about to change. We either continue on th...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Rick Hanson
Neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson has a different way of looking at the functions of the brain. What he’s realized is that simply using positive th...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2013
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: David Laskin
Bestselling author David Laskin unfolds a sweeping epic that spans the three major upheavals the affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigratio...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Atheists United of SLO, Credit: Atheists United of SLO
The Pismo Beach City Council, San Luis Obispo, California, opens its weekly meetings with a prayer. Now they’re being asked to stop.

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  • Added: Nov 25, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Z.E.R.O.
Joseph Jaffe is the author of the bestsellers, Life After the 30-second Spot, Join the Conversation and Flip the Funnel. His latest is co-authored...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Andrew Soloman
Andrew Soloman's proposal, in his recent book, is that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition. Our differences are what unite us.

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  • Added: Nov 12, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Alan Weisman
Journalist and author Alan Weisman traveled to 21 countries to ask four questions that experts agreed were probably the most important on Earth. Hi...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Paul Kivel
Christianity has provided many positive events: assisting the underprivileged, supported education and promoted social justice, however, its also f...

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  • Added: Oct 28, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Kids Cancer Research Foundation, Credit: foundation logo
Pediatric cancer strikes a relatively small number of victims, and market incentives do not provide clear financial motivation for investors to fun...

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  • Added: Oct 21, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Azarm Ghareman
Clinical psychologist Azarm Ghareman brings the teachings of Carl Jung into post-modern analysis. Dr. Ghareman sees the need for a better understan...

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  • Added: Oct 16, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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