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.


335 Pieces

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Caption: Patty Blue Hayes
If you’ve ever felt abandoned by love and disconnected from your true self, Patty Blue Hayes’ journey will leave you feeling you are not alone. Her...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2015
  • Length: 27:26
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Caption: Storrs Congregrational
The number of people imprisoned in the United States is rapidly increasing. Although America accounts for only five percent of the world’s populati...

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Cecelia Tichi
Jack London is known for his wolf-dog tales and sagas of the frozen North. But, that’s overlooking the real story. London was a reporter who made n...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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The cost for a college education is escalating. It’s now the biggest single expense for many American families.

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  • Added: Sep 02, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Eve Spangler
This is a follow up interview with sociology professor Eve Spangler on the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine.

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Mike Bond
Some of America’s most corrupt politicians can be found in the state of Maine. According to a Gallup Poll last year, citizens rate their legislator...

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  • Added: Aug 20, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Professor Eve Spangler
The ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine is baffling for most Americans. It’s understandable because it is so convoluted. How many of us h...

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  • Added: Aug 12, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Rev. Steven Greenebaum
Interfaith. What does it actually mean to have dozens, or even hundreds of different religions come together under one roof?

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  • Added: Aug 06, 2015
  • Length: 28:59
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When Allan Johnson asked his dying father where he wanted his ashes scattered, his father replied, it didn’t matter. So began the journey. A journe...

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ashley Rhodes-Courter
In the sequel to the New York Times bestselling memoir Three Little Words, Ashley Rhodes-Courter expands on life beyond the foster care system, the...

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ira Chaliff
When you’re given instructions that you feel are morally wrong, do you speak up? A number of studies over the past 50-years conclude that the major...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor Victor Tan Chen
Victor Tan Chen, sociology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, has studied the plight of the American worker … from successf...

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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Caption: Aspen Baker
Fifteen years ago, Aspen Baker founded her support group Exhale. Its purpose is to open up respective dialogue and provide support for those who ch...

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  • Added: Jul 01, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joel Westheimer
All schools teach citizenship. But, the question becomes, “what kind of citizens are the schools trying to shape?”

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  • Added: Jun 23, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Martha M. Ertman
The ongoing controversy of same sex marriage reflects the dramatic impact the rule of law has on intimate partnerships. Today, those involved in fa...

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: David Niose
According to author and attorney David Niose, American politics and public policy have been sliding in the direction of unreason. But, he says, a n...

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  • Added: Jun 11, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Susan Greenhalgh
America is in the midst of an obesity epidemic of catastrophic proportion. Today, two-thirds of adults, and one-third of children and adolescents –...

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  • Added: Jun 03, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Rob Garfield
For much of the past century, men have operated under “Male Code,” a rigid set of rules guiding their behavior that equate to masculinity with stoi...

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  • Added: May 28, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Professor William Damon
Over the past decade a science of morality has emerged. Its basic premise is that we have no choice with our moral actions. Our responses are built...

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  • Added: May 20, 2015
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Trans Über Publishing, Credit: cover design John Hamilton
Author and activist Joe Wenke speaks with some of the foremost advocates for change. They have a determined commitment to freedom and equality.

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  • Added: May 14, 2015
  • Length: 29:01
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