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.


400 Pieces

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Caption: One Family: Indivisible cover
There is an ongoing “us” and “them” argument in our society. Realistically, politics and religion have always managed to create deep divisions.

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  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 28:19
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Caption: Dr. Robert Jay Lifton
A general tendency among those who study human behavior is to identify two separate groups of mental predators.

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  • Added: Nov 06, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Melanie Joy
An act of oppression comes in many forms. Government, household, work environment, and even friendships. It happens when one group or person exerci...

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  • Added: Oct 29, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Doreen Dodgen-Magee
Most of us don’t spend a lot of time thinking about how much time we spend online. We might even ask if it really matters. The digital world is so ...

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  • Added: Oct 23, 2019
  • Length: 28:59
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In 1965, two intellectuals met at Cambridge University for a debate. The topic: “The American dream is at the expense of the American Negro.” The r...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 28:59
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Caption: Robert Boyers
Intolerance is increasing in the world of academia. A poisonous climate at universities and colleges is creating, what is known as, identity politi...

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  • Added: Oct 09, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: James Traub
Originally the word liberalism meant to leave matters to themselves. Relax. Over time the definition began to change to mean optimism, pragmatism a...

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Roberto Tejada
Mixing history with poetic metaphor is not an easy task. Especially when the subject involves separate cultures, different languages, and vastly ch...

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  • Added: Sep 24, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ambassador Madeleine Kunin
The hardest book to write is the one about you. I’ve heard that story from so many authors. You want to be honest, yet there are times that can fee...

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  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Ian Stewart
We’re obsessed with predicting the future. Most of the time, though, we get it wrong. On the other hand, we can predict a specific event with near ...

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  • Added: Sep 10, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Cory Doctorow
How we deal with the possibilities of tomorrow are very dependent on how we handle those possibilities today. Sounds simple, however, even when we ...

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Michael Patrick Lynch
We think we know a lot. Perhaps we do. On the other hand, an ongoing study at Yale University finds that today’s society thinks it knows more than ...

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  • Added: Aug 27, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Dr. Riane Eisler
No matter where you are in the world, you’re confronted by violence. One study shows that over half of our population is very concerned about the c...

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  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Carolin Emcke
Hate. There’s no question that it’s on the rise in America and around the world. White supremacy, racism and xenophobia are all part of our polariz...

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  • Added: Aug 13, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Lee McIntyre
We now live in what’s called “The Post-Truth Era.” That means feelings carry more weight than evidence, and alternative facts replace actual facts....

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  • Added: Aug 07, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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They are an unexpected husband and wife team: the Levinson’s. Sanford is a constitutional scholar. Cynthia is an award-winning author of children’...

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  • Added: Jul 30, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Democracy Collaborative logo
Here are some numbers that will make you think. Just 26 people – call them billionaires – own as much wealth as half the people on the planet. At t...

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  • Added: Jul 23, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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We’re use to hearing about how much humans have impacted the earth. Scientists have given a name for this period to recognize human dominance over ...

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  • Added: Jul 16, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Public discourse is at an all time low. Even without considering the political polarization of today, civility in public discourse is challenging.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Keir Milburn
When it comes to politics, age appears to be a prominent dividing line. And, a closer look at youth today shows that the young around the world are...

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  • Added: Jul 02, 2019
  • Length: 29:00
  • Purchases: 2