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.


331 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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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Caption: Joel Kotkin
Population growth is causing us to rethink our urban and suburban lifestyles, and with that, redesigning cities is a new fad.

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  • Added: May 02, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ulrich Boser
You’d think that after several centuries of learning, we’d finally understand how to learn. But, it seems that humans are always on the path to a b...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Andrew Yang
According to a 2016 report by Business Insider magazine, three of the world’s largest employers are now replacing their workers with robots.

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  • Added: Apr 19, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Stephen Nash
Using the Grand Canyon as the trailhead for his book, journalist Stephen Nash sounds an alarm of urgency for protecting our national parks.

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  • Added: Apr 11, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ellen Meacham
In the spring of 1967, Senator Robert F. Kennedy had an experience that changed his thinking about America, and his own responsibilities. His awake...

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  • Added: Apr 05, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Rickey Gard Diamond
If you wonder why more women are not in the world of finance, just look at capitalism. Societal norms discourage women from taking an interest in e...

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  • Added: Mar 28, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Lisa M. Stulberg
The LGBTQ movement has had many social successes over the past few decades. Several states now recognize gay marriage and workplace equality. Still...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Barbara J. Risman
Millennials are a diverse group. Many today are changing the boundaries of what constitutes appropriate male and female behavior. Many don’t even w...

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  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Linda Nathan
There’s a long held assumption that college access is available to anyone and everyone. All they have to have is fortitude and a big dream. In othe...

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Deborah Santana
There’s a growing awareness of solidarity among women. They refuse to be silenced. What began as a Women’s March in January 2017 has now evolved in...

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  • Added: Mar 01, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Nicholas Morton
he year 1099 marked the Crusade’s final act … the conquest of Jerusalem. This deed has long been taken as proof of the crusaders’ anti-Islamic hatr...

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  • Added: Feb 22, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Philip Ackerman-Leist
The village of Mals, Italy is on the eastern Swiss boarder in the shadow of the Alps. It’s been known as the breadbasket of the Tyrol. Recently, th...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jeremy Lent
In November, 2017, over fifteen thousand scientists from 184 countries issued a warning to humanity.

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Jeremy Lent
Almost 90-years before Columbus, the Chinese sent hundreds of ships to explore distant lands. Their odyssey took them as far afield as Africa. They...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Paul Halpern
It was an unexpected, auspicious meeting. Originally, the mentor and student were not even assigned to work together.

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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