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: Chelsea Green jacket cover
In his new book, economist Gar Alperovitz speaks plainly about why the time is right to democratize the ownership of wealth as a way to strengthen ...

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  • Added: May 21, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Vintage Tomorrow's jacket cover, Credit: O'Reilly Media, Inc.
The late 19th century was an age of rapid technological change. It’s happening again today. Through interviews with experts such as Willaim Gibson,...

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  • Added: May 13, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Jessica Wapner
Jessica Wapner, freelance journalist, open her book in 1959 when a chromosomal mutation, christened “the Philadelphia Chromosome.” Was discovered. ...

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  • Added: May 08, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Ray Raphael
By entering the world of the Constitution’s framers, and experiencing it one day after the next as they did, constitutional scholar Ray Raphael hel...

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  • Added: Apr 30, 2013
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Dr. Marina Adshade
Dr. Marina Adshade provides a fascinating look at just how central the interplay of libido, gender, love, power and economic forces is to the most ...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Frances Moore Lappe
Author Frances Moore Lappe describes herself as a “possibilist” rather than an optimist or pessimist. In her recent book, she argues that solutions...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Dr. Sara Gottfried
Despite what women are constantly told by their doctors and society – that weight gain, sleeplessness, diminished sex drive, hair loss and wrinkles...

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Eric Toensmeier
This first part of this half-hour is spent with author and professor Philip Ackerman-Leist. In his new book, he shows that people are turning to lo...

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  • Added: Apr 04, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Suzanne Gordon
Lives could be saved and patient care enhanced by adapting the relevant lessons of aviation safety and teamwork. This is the premise of Suzanne Go...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2013
  • Length: 28:57
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Caption: Mallory McDuff
Churches are taking diverse actions to address climate change through stewardship, advocacy, spirituality and justice. Contributions from leading C...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2013
  • Length: 19:57
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Caption: Professor Robin Bernstein
Professor Robin Bernstein: Racial Innocence: Performing American Childhood from Slavery to Civil Rights.

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  • Added: Mar 05, 2013
  • Length: 19:59
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Caption: Emma Sokoloff-Rubin & friends
This is the story of a father-daughter research team who spent 10-years studying the Brazilian Women’s Movement of the 1980s.

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  • Added: Feb 28, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Marjorie Heins, Credit: photo by Catherine Boalch
In her new book, civil liberties lawyer Majorie Heins tells the stories of teachers and professors who resisted the communist witch hunt of the 195...

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  • Added: Feb 19, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Jacqui Dunne & Bernard Lietaer
Our worldwide monetary system is outdated. That’s the claim from international monetary expert Bernard Lietaer and award winning journalist Jacqui ...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2013
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Professor Beth E. Richie
In her new book, Professor Beth E. Richie addresses the issue of marginalized communities throughout America, and the unique risk they harbor for B...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2013
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Alexandra Horowitz, Credit: Simon & Schuster
In her newest work, cognitive scientist Alexandra Horowitz turns her attention to humans with an investigation into human perception and a look int...

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  • Added: Jan 22, 2013
  • Length: 28:56
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Caption: Professor Todd Pittinsky
Us versus them is the costly mindset in which organizations, communities, and entire nations too often find themselves trapped. In fact, recognizin...

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  • Added: Jan 15, 2013
  • Length: 28:58
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Caption: Professor William E. Halal
There are no crystal balls. No one really knows the direction technology is going to take us. But, there are always those best guesses.

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  • Added: Jan 08, 2013
  • Length: 28:55
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Caption: Robert Pollin
Achieving full employment has been at the center of the progressive project for more than a century. If work is available at decent wages for ever...

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  • Added: Dec 30, 2012
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: James Gustave Speth
Average Americans are painfully aware of the challenges we face as a nation – joblessness, failing schools, declining health, intractable poverty, ...

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  • Added: Dec 19, 2012
  • Length: 28:54
  • Purchases: 1