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.


353 Pieces

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Caption: Bradley W. Hart
In September 1941, a hero-celebrity stood before a crowd in Iowa and emphatically stated the words, “America First.” Charles Lindbergh was the spea...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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  • Added: Nov 27, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Edgar Villanueva
He calls it a “colonizer virus” that has festered for centuries. According to social justice philanthropist Edgar Villanueva the virus was planted ...

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  • Added: Nov 19, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Book Jacket Cover, Credit: Hawkeye Publishers
Hindsight is not a good way to view history. Yet, we frequently see our past with an expression of “what if”. On the other hand, even the slightest...

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  • Added: Nov 13, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Joe Feldman
You probably remember, all too well, your grade school experience. Especially memorable is how you were graded. Everyone was funneled into the same...

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  • Added: Nov 05, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Paul Engler
Central Coast Bioneers held its first conference in San Luis Obispo in 2010. Looking at their mission statement, It reads … To create a resilient a...

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  • Added: Oct 30, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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Caption: Sayu Bhojwani
Less than two-thirds of the U.S. population is white, yet Congress is comprised of 81% white men. The discrepancy is also reflected in elected offi...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2018
  • Length: 29:00
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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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