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.


529 Pieces

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Caption: Dr. Steven Pearlman
Problem solving skills. Most of Americas students have serious challenges in that area. In fact, they rank among the lowest in the world. Research ...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gloria Shur Bilchik
The American election system took a hit in 2016 when there were accusations that Russia had interfered. As if that weren’t enough, 2020 suspicions ...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Katie Martin
There is a vast network of hundreds food banks across. Along with those are more than 60-thousand hunger-relief organizations: food pantries and me...

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  • Added: Mar 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joshua Mitchell
As we examine the last four years of America’s political scene, there is a striking shift. To say that changes have occurred is an understatement. ...

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  • Added: Feb 23, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Aron Solomon
Regardless of the Senate vote to acquit, what has irrevocably changed over the last four years are the boundaries of political discourse in the US.

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  • Added: Feb 16, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Broke in Aemerica, Credit: jacket design by Pete Garceau
Approximately twelve percent of America’s population living in poverty. That’s not including those who barely make it month to month. Some see pove...

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  • Added: Feb 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Critical Thinking is a set of skills that most students learn at a relatively early age. Even students who don’t do well in school are familiar wit...

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  • Added: Feb 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Ken Rait podcast
January 12, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the Forest Service’s Roadless Rule Policy. It is designed to protect millions of acres of America’s...

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  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Something in the Water, Credit: Jacket
Every day across America we deal with the ugliness from our past. From 1600 to today, racism rears its ugly head. Every time we feel we’ve made pro...

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  • Added: Jan 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Just over 30-years ago, Laura Levitt was brutally raped. At the time, she was close to completing her graduate work in religion and Jewish studies....

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  • Added: Jan 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Book cover, Credit: Jacket design Danielle Allyssa
In March of 2020, after months of downplaying of COVID by officials, the death rate could no longer be ignored. By late fall, as many Americans wer...

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  • Added: Jan 05, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Arthur Lieber
It wasn’t that long ago that the Democratic party was primarily made up of blue collar workers. That has flipped in the last few years, especially ...

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  • Added: Dec 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Wolfgang Mac
Imagine spending your youth witnessing to the rise of Nazi Germany under Hitler’s dictatorship. You’re watching your country fall into the hands of...

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  • Added: Dec 21, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Philip Landrigan
Thousands of new chemicals have been developed and released into the global environment during the last four decades. Yet, most of those chemicals ...

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  • Added: Dec 15, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kenneth Foard McCallion
America’s electoral system has had a rough time over the last 20 years. Two of the last four president’s did not receive the national majority vote...

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  • Added: Dec 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Connor Towne O'Neill
Separate but equal. That phrase came from the U.S. Supreme Court in 1896. It was a landmark decision known as Plessy v Ferguson that upheld the con...

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  • Added: Nov 30, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrew Maynard
Most of us spend a good part of our time in the future. That is, we ponder what tomorrow brings. Or, even later today. Though we only have a snapsh...

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  • Added: Nov 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Data shows that women are most often the family member who becomes the self appointed chief medical officer or primary caregiver. That unofficial ...

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  • Added: Nov 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Howard Frumkin
Recent events around the globe clearly demonstrates the interconnectedness of human health and the health of our planet. Heat waves in California, ...

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  • Added: Nov 10, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jennie C. Stephens
The inadequate response to the Covid-19 pandemic in the US has also thwarted the country’s response to the climate crisis. Some feel it’s due to le...

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  • Added: Nov 02, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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