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.


346 Pieces

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Caption: Henry Nicholls
Sleep. It’s one of the most mysterious things about life. No one fully understands why we sleep. Yet, we make things even more confusing when we co...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Matthew Hockenos
Most of us are familiar with the Nazi concentration camp confession, “First they came for the Communists, and I did not speak out because I was not...

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  • Added: Oct 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Malinda Maynor Lowery
Sometimes they are known as the invisible Indian tribe. Most American’s don’t even know they exist; yet, they’re deeply wrapped in our folklore.

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: The Tango War, Credit: Jacket design by Danielle Christopher
At the beginning of World War II, the Roosevelt Administration understood all too well the strategic value of South America.

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  • Added: Sep 19, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Katya Cengel
Most of us have a basic understanding of events surrounding the Vietnam War. That understanding, however, is usually vague, and incomplete. Especia...

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jacket Cover, Credit: design by Kate Renner
Twenty-five years ago Eric David Dawson was your almost average 18-year old … almost, but not quite. That was the year he co-founded the non-profit...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Fred Block
This broadcast is a follow up interview with economic sociologist Fred L. Block. His theory is that capitalist economics are not self-regulating. I...

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  • Added: Aug 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Fred Block
Most people believe that capitalist economics are self-regulated. According to UC Davis economic sociologist Fred L. Block, this view is simply an ...

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: James Kirchick
Europe is in crisis. The continent we have known since the end of World War II is quickly changing.

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Richard J. Berstein
She didn’t like being called a philosopher, but that is how she’s recognized. And, as far as philosophy professor Richard J. Bernstein is concerned...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Katharine Gerbner
Before the 17th century, being white didn’t even exist as a racial category. The idea of “whiteness” evolved in the slave-based economies of the En...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Serhii Plokhy
Twenty-five years before Fukushima the worst nuclear disaster occurred in the Soviet Union.

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  • Added: Jul 20, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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The challenge with understanding the definition of honor is that it’s defined by the past. Everything from honor codes to honor among thieves … due...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Amir Husain
Artificial Intelligence will drastically change our lives. The technology is expected to advance cyber security, finance, energy, military applicat...

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  • Added: Jul 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jerry Torre
There’s been a documentary, a Broadway musical, an HBO movie, and a memoir. The documentary, produced 40-years ago, is a cult classic, and has heav...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Dr. Cory Albertson
It’s only been in recent years that gays and lesbians have been portrayed as a normal part of society.

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  • Added: Jun 14, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Howard Ross
It wasn’t that long ago political pundits were expressing concern that our politics were becoming too centrist … too middle of the road.

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  • Added: Jun 07, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Peter Rubin
Very few realize the significance of Virtual Reality. Yet, VR will change how we work, how we experience entertainment, how we feel emotions, and h...

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  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Boots on the Ground jacket cover, Credit: John Dittman, Stars & Strips
The Vietnam War remains a thorn in the side of America’s history. More than 57-thousand US soldiers died and an untold number of Vietnamese civilia...

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  • Added: May 23, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ellen Condiff Lagemann
Providing prisoners a chance to earn a college degree may just be the antidote for our lock-them-up society. America is the clear winner among indu...

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  • Added: May 18, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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