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.


553 Pieces

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Caption: Howard W. French, Credit: Guardian
It’s just possible that our understanding of history is seen through a distorted lens. We think we know how the modern world was made. But, keep in...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Howard W. French
Most of us know very little about the history of the African American. Their contribution to our culture and society is rich and multilayered that...

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  • Added: Feb 01, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Robert Corn-Revere
When you think about it, we’re all censors in one form or another. Then there are those who make a profession of it. For many of those, it becomes ...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Donald Cohen
Unprecedented concentrations of wealth. Fundamental changes in the economy. A weakened institutional government, making it more difficult to meet p...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2022
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Emily Willingham
It’s a conundrum. A puzzle. A very strange thing if you think about it. But, there in itself lies the problem. We’re thinking about and studying th...

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  • Added: Jan 11, 2022
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Donald Cohen
Democracy is more efficient, and equally distributed when public goods are created. Things like free education, public health, open parks, clean wa...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2022
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Andrea Press
The #MeToo movement burst into the headlines in the fall of 2017. What kept people gravitating to the stories was the list of celebrity sexual pred...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Richard Vague
The story of American business is the story of real estate. More than two hundred years of seizing, claiming, settling and developing. And, the col...

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  • Added: Dec 14, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Peter Norton
Several automotive companies are currently working to perfect autonomous vehicles. Their promises for high-tech driving includes crash free mobilit...

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  • Added: Dec 08, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Erica Cirino
We are surrounded by plastics. Literally enveloped. It has become so ubiquitous to our lives, frequently, we don’t even think about it. It surround...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Kathryn Bond Stockton
It’s a girl or a boy. That’s identifiable at birth. Binary. A biological inheritance. Today, however, when it comes to gender, we’re living in a fl...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Frank Vogl
The average American knows corruption exists in every corner, but most of us are not aware of just how rampant it is. We know the tip of the iceber...

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  • Added: Nov 15, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Ruth Colker
The rules of public discourse are not what they used to be. In fact, you can say, they are quite similar to what they used to be. Nevertheless, we ...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Melanie Joy
The average American consumes more than 234-pounds of meat every year. That’s chicken, beef, pork, turkey, veal, lamb, and fish. That may not even ...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: J.M. Beach
Measuring what and how much students learn is a daunting task. That’s the basic problem for education in America. But when you investigate the educ...

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  • Added: Oct 26, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Morris Pearl
It’s in the tax code. And it’s the rich who manipulate that tax code. Over 70 percent of Americans believe that the economy is rigged to favor the ...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Khyati Joshi
America holds the promise of religious freedom. The US is recognized as the most religiously diverse country in the world. In reality, though, Chri...

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  • Added: Oct 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kyle Harper
They’re rooted deeply in our global past. Germs. They’ve always been with us. It’s our wealth, health, power and inequity that determine how well w...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Leonard Rubenstein
It’s a horrific common occurrence in war. Especially modern warfare. Hospitals and health care facilities are relentlessly under attack, and health...

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Edward J. Watts
We’re hearing a lot of rhetoric about the decline of American society. Politicians cloak themselves in the need for a renewal to an America of the ...

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  • Added: Sep 21, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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