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.


548 Pieces

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Caption: Gretchen Ricker
It’s enjoyable to get involved in something that’s bigger than ourself. But debt should not be one of them. Yet, knowing that, our tendency is to b...

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: David Potter
Throughout history governments rise and fall with varying degrees of success and failure. Democracies are not immune. It’s entirely unpredictable. ...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Samuel Cohn
The adage: If one does not learn from the past, one is doomed to repeat it. Although that doesn’t mean people or their governments are going to rep...

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  • Added: Jul 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: John Cavanaugh
Water. As people are becoming more aware of the seriousness of climate distruption, it’s become easier to discuss the shortage as well as the extre...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Book Cover, Credit: N. Putens
When the Sierra Club was created in 1892, its original mission was to preserve the wilderness. The men who formed the group under the leadership of...

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: stef m.shuster
If you think medical treatment for the trans gender population sounds like a straightforward, easily addressed protocol. It’s not. Even today it’s ...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Annie Murphy Paul
If someone said to you, “You’re out of your mind,” you might feel insulted. On the other hand, you could take that as a compliment. Research is fin...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Peter T. Coleman
Once a segment of the population becomes miserable, stabilization begins. That shouldn’t be a goal in American politics, but it certainly seems lik...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Anita Diamant
When the book, Period: End of Sentence was brought to my attention, my first response was that this is a discussion between women. I have no busine...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Gabrielle Bluestone
Satirist Andy Borowitz had an article in a recent New Yorker titled, Earth Endangered by New Strain of Fact-Resistant Humans. He nailed it. Today, ...

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  • Added: May 25, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Fern Johnson & Marlene Fine
It’s curiously indisputable. One of the most difficult conversations for whites and blacks to have is the subject of race. Especially for whites. I...

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  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Michelle Miller-Adams
Quite a number of voices are heard lately calling for tuition free college. After all, European countries offer free tuition at their institutions ...

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  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Chuck Collins
It’s a secret army that’s been around for decades. But. They don’t carry guns. They wield pens. They write a lot of rules and regulation that you’l...

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  • Added: May 04, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: William Easterly
Around the world populist leaders or on the rise. The higher the poverty rate, the more likely a “benevolent autocrat” holds power. The problem is ...

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Karen Cox
Polarizing debates over the meaning behind Confederate monuments have intensified lately. There are legal battles to remove them. Legislative maneu...

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Richard Pender
It comes in at just over 650 pages, and weighs-in at just under three-and-a-half pounds. It’s also worth every word. Why? Because, if there’s anyth...

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  • Added: Apr 13, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Nathanial Popkin
The concept of climate disruption is abstract, and in many ways, distant. Inaction creates paralysis. Much like the five stages of grief coined by ...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Harriet Tubman
If you are going to write a history, a basic premise is that it must be believable. But, as you know, there are several true stories that actually ...

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  • Added: Mar 30, 2021
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Surmountable, Credit: jacket cover
The American colonists sought a way of throwing off British rule so they protested. The struggle resulted in freedom for the people, the Bill of Ri...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 29:00
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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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