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.


334 Pieces

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Caption: George Lakey at Occupy Philly
The Scandinavian countries … Sweden, Norway and Denmark … boasts the world’s happiest, most productive people. They have equality, low unemployment...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: William W. Goldsmith
There is deep concern for the health of American cities. Frustration with inequality is spreading. Public schools are lagging behind expectation. I...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: UW-Madison Bee Hive
It’s called “colony collapse disorder” or CCD. A number of years ago US beekeeping operations realized they lost between 30 and 90 percent of their...

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  • Added: Nov 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Vincent Hendricks
A new beast is on the scene, and it just may be part of the information age. The multi-headed monster is known as Post-Factual Democracy.

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2016
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Michael Ableman
In his book, Street Farm, Michael Ableman shares the inspirational stories about the people in one of the worst urban slums in North America: Vanco...

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2016
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Kimball Taylor
At first it was a curiosity … then a nuisance that evolved into a phenomenon. Abandoned bicycles scattered across the desert at the US/Mexican boar...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Baylen Linnekin
Food Waste, hunger, inhumane livestock conditions, disappearing fish stocks … just a few of the serious issues we have with our food supply. We exp...

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  • Added: Oct 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Chuck Collins
I have heard that inequality in America is at its highest point since the age of the Robber Barons. If true, many suspect it may get worse before i...

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  • Added: Oct 03, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Vincent Hendricks
We think that with today’s technology, we’re better informed. Therefore it follows we have more knowledge. Not so fast.

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  • Added: Sep 27, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Kathryn Smith
The Glass Ceiling: That’s a term that’s been bandied about for some time. Those women who reach the top of their field whether it’s in business or ...

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  • Added: Sep 20, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Alan Schwartz
A high percentage of children in the United States are getting diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, as it’s become known.

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  • Added: Sep 13, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Elizabeth Schwartz
The first time a US Supreme Court ruling came out in favor of the LGBT community was in 1958. That was the beginning of a slow and arduous process...

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Karlos HIll
This is a difficult story to tell. Most Americans are sickened that it’s even part of our heritage: The practice of lynching. It’s so distant, most...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Monique W. Morris
Black girls make up for more than one-third of all girls with school related arrests. Yet, they comprise just 16-percent of female students.

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  • Added: Aug 23, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dan Barry
In the winter of 2009, a social worker with the Iowa Department of Human Services, received an anonymous tip: A couple dozen disabled men were liv...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Rashad Shabazz
Imagine a large population of Americans living in prison-like-conditions. That’s what it’s like in the so-called Black Belt of South Side Chicago.

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  • Added: Aug 09, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Yuval Levin
Americans appear frustrated today. The economy that was supposed to bounce back following the recession nearly a decade ago, remains sluggish and s...

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ellen Fitzpatrick
Since the late 1800s four women have run for the office of US president.

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: L.M. Bogad
At one time, all of us have witnessed a protest that is also theatrical. Whether it’s a sit in for equal rights in the 1960s, or the Yes Men infilt...

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Andy Lazris
Although Medicare is not going bankrupt, at the very least, it faces financing challenges. According to Dr. Andy Lazris, there are some straightfo...

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  • Added: Jul 11, 2016
  • Length: 29:00
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