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: Jean Reith Schroedel
When we hear about voter suppression, we usually think of the multiple attempts at preventing blacks from voting. What we seldom hear about are the...

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  • Added: Oct 27, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Robert Jay Lifton
Following decades researching cults, Robert Jay Lifton concludes “that the psychological relationship between extremist political movements and fan...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Steven Dudley
Most of us, by now, are familiar with the gang known as MS-13. How it evolved into a violent group is a peculiar story with a twist on its evolution.

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  • Added: Oct 13, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Spencer Critchley
A well run democracy takes a lot of work on the part of the citizenry. People need to be informed. In America today, there is a rising brand of lib...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Paul Halpern
There always seems to be a peculiar twist in understanding our world. How it works. Just when we think of have a grip on it, like a greased pig, it...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Frank Martela
With the topsy-turvy world we live in today, it is difficult to have a positive, rosy spin on things. COVID, fires, hurricanes, and the weakening e...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Maya Schenwar
There is a litany of names for what is understood to be substitutes for jail or prison. Electronic monitoring. Locked-down drug treatment facilitie...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Gene Sperling
COVID has put America in a health and economic tailspin. The loss of loved ones that is growing every day, jobs that may never return, evictions fo...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Michael Baran
Many have heard the term micro aggression, but not everyone fully understands what they are or how to recognize them. Not to mention how to stop th...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joel Kotkin
Feudalism. Now that’s a word you don’t hear very often. It’s been a long time since we’ve had a structured society of that nature. But, even more c...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Diana Green Foster
After all of the debates there is finally a comprehensive study on the impact abortion has on a woman. Devoid of knowledge based information in the...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Marta Zaraska
Humankind seems to be on eternal search for an answer on how to live longer. Our efforts naturally lead us to spirituality. But then we take pills ...

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  • Added: Aug 04, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: John Perkins
A chief economist for a large consulting firm began to question his work. Initially, the reward of his knowledge and labor was the belief that he w...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Simon Bowmaker
Imagine the challenges of advising a president … any president … of the United States. Even in the best of times, it can mean a great deal of press...

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Shaun Richman
A myriad of issues have come to light as we deal with the COVID pandemic. We are discovering weaknesses in our health care and workforce. Neither i...

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2020
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Larry Tye
On the evening of February 9, 1950, Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy dramatically announced that he had a list of over 200 members of the Communis...

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  • Added: Jul 07, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Matthew Cobb
There is a lot we don’t know about the human body. We’re always learning. But, what about the part that is allowing us to learn: the brain? After u...

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  • Added: Jun 30, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: E. Dorolas Johnson
Most of us wish to know our family history. Our ancestry. It’s part of understanding and coming to terms with our own identity. But, what if there ...

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: J. Chester Johnson
Although the Tulsa, Oklahoma massacre in the summer of 1921 is now recognized as part of Americas ugly past, another similar act of carnage of equa...

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  • Added: Jun 16, 2020
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Pawan Dhingra
Parents and teachers would all agree that changes are necessary in the world of education. Inequality is embedded in the system. Today, parents who...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2020
  • Length: 29:01
  • Purchases: 1