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.


534 Pieces

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Caption: Carla Kaplan
White upper-class women seeking to become honorary blacks. Unheard of –right? That’s what began to happen during what became known as the Black Ren...

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  • Added: Oct 02, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Sam Daley-Harris
With his new book, Sam Daley-Harris shares how he and the citizens advocacy organizations he has founded (RESULTS and the Microcredit Summit Campai...

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Naomi Benaron
The novel, Running the Rift, follows the life of young Jean Patrick. He’s a gifted Rwandan boy. He knows that running will be his future. What he ...

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  • Added: Sep 16, 2013
  • Length: 19:35
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Katy Butler
In writing her book, Katy Butler set out to help others to avoid the pitfalls she faced during her father’s last years.

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  • Added: Sep 11, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Said Dowlabani
This book is not your dry read about markets and stocks. It’s the “Next Big Think” according to the publisher, Select Books. Cultural Economist Sai...

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  • Added: Sep 05, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Professor Charles Seife
Numbers can be deceptive … we know this. Yet, in spite of how sophisticated we think we are, we still can be taken-in by numbers. Sometimes we’ll e...

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  • Added: Aug 26, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Sara Farizan
A new novel by Sara Fraizan explores the issues of gender orientation. But, what sets this work apart from its predecessors is that it’s written fo...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Beverly Bell
Food Sovereignty is the fight for farmworker justice, sustainable practices, food accessibility and land reform. Although the idea is relatively ne...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Daniel Hunter
David was looking for a slingshot. Goliath had money and power. This is the story of the fight against proposed and granted casinos in Philadelphia.

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Beverly Bell
It’s referred to simply as douz. In Haitian it means twelve. January 12, 2010. A 7.0 magnitude earthquake strikes Haiti killing more the a quarter-...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Elizabeth Ü
Increasingly, food-based businesses are seen as key solutions to solve our social and environmental problems, and yet entrepreneurs report a surpri...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Simon Anderson
We’ve all heard the stories of self-driving cars and 3D printers, but it’s the folks like futurists Simon Anderson and Jack Uldrich who make a care...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Bill Powers
Not long ago, we were told that North America had entered a new era of energy abundance thanks to shale gas. Or, have we? If you’ve listened to ex...

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  • Added: Jul 10, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Denise Kiernan
In her new book, journalist Denise Kiernan shares the never before told story of the young women who played a crucial role in one of the most signi...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: High Tide book cover, Credit: jacket design by Kata Jancso
One week before super storm Sandy hit, oceanographer John Englander released his book about the short, medium and long term scenarios we can expect...

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  • Added: Jun 25, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Catherine Mich
Fifty years ago, on September 29, 1963, Pope John XXIII opened the second working section of The Second Vatican Council and asserted its agenda to ...

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  • Added: Jun 18, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Sherry Blackman
Author Sherry Blackman bring to life the vivid tale of a young wife and mother who awoke one day unable to feel her own body. Despite Jane Gagliard...

  • Added: Jun 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
Caption: Judith D. Swartz
In her new book, author and journalist Judith D. Swartz reveals that our ability to transform many of our problems – climate change, desertificatio...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Judy Wicks
Judy Wicks founded the White dog Café on the first floor of her house in West Philadelphia. After helping to save her block from demolition, Judy g...

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  • Added: Jun 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: J.D. Messinger
J.D. Messinger’s first book is the story of his quest to answer the great questions philosophers and theologians have asked for millennium: who am ...

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  • Added: May 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
  • Purchases: 1