Guy Rathbun

Host of Club McKenzie and Ideasphere

Guy began his career in broadcasting as a field reporter for a commercial radio station in 1975, and was appointed to News Director four years later. During that time he volunteered at KCBX, and in 1982 he was hired as a part-time announcer. The offer of full time Music Director came in 1985. Then in 1986, Guy was promoted to Program Manager, a position he held until October 2011, when he established his own business, Rathbun Productions.

Guy interviews authors on Ideasphere and also hosts Club McKenzie, a program of music from the Jazz Age. He has a passion for radio drama, and has produced 50+ full length dramas including 22 Shakespeare plays.

Ways to Connect

God and Empire

Jan 7, 2015

Broadcast date: 1/05/15

Biblical scholar, John Dominic Crossan, surveys the Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation, and discovers a hopeful message that cannot be ignored in these turbulent times.

Broadcast date: 12/29/2014

America is the leading industrial country for incarcerated citizens, but Maya Schenwar envisions the possibility of a future beyond imprisonment.  She talks with host, Guy Rathbun.

Broadcast date: 12/22/2014

Compulsive goal seeker and best-selling author, Chris Guillebeau, follows the lives of dozens of passionate goal seekers in his new book, The Happiness of Pursuit.

Reflection

Dec 19, 2014

Broadcast date: 12/15/2014

Environmental Lawyer, presidential advisor and author Gus Speth talks about his latest book, Angels by the River. He reflects on race, environment, politics and living on the front lines of change.

Broadcast date: 12/08/14

Author Lauren Nile delves deep into America’s racial past, as well as its present unconscious bias in her book, RACE: My Story and Humanity’s Bottom Line.

Broadcast date: 12/1/14

Film director turned best-selling author, Frank Schaeffer, provides a paradox with his latest book: Why I Am An Atheist Who Believes in God.

Defending Beef

Nov 25, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/24/2014

Lawyer, cattle rancher and vegetarian, Nicolette Hahn Niman, counters arguments we’ve heard for decades. That red meat is bad for us, and our environment. Her book is an indictment of many aspects of the modern diet and culture.

Nature and Human Health

Nov 25, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/17/2014

Veterans heal themselves by working with nature.  That’s the finding of researcher, Stephanie Westlund.  Her recent studies have revealed the deep connection between nature and human health.  She’ll share what she’s learned with host, Guy Rathbun.

Enchanted Objects

Nov 14, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/10/2014

Twelve years ago, David Rose designed a frosted glass sphere programmed to track any kind of data.  He called it the Ambient Orb.  Now he provides insight into the promise of tomorrow’s technology in his book, Enchanted Objects.

The Power of Words

Nov 11, 2014

Broadcast date: 11/3/2014

Every day we use analogies to express our thoughts, convince others, and share stories.  Most of the time, we’re not even aware of what we’re doing − taking shortcuts.

The Power of Trust

Nov 3, 2014

Broadcast date: 10/27/14

Bestselling author, Ulrich Boser, shows how the emerging research on trust can improve our life and rebuild our economy.

Broadcast date: 10/20/14

According to visionary, Andrew Cohen, Evolutionary Enlightenment is not simply repackaging ancient wisdom for the modern world.  Its central tenet is that a more enlightened future for our world depends solely our higher development.

Broadcast date: 10/6/14

Journalist Peter Ladner says our reliance on industrial agriculture has made us vulnerable to rising prices and a food supply riddled with hidden environmental, economic, and health care costs.  But he believes that communities have all the necessary ingredients to ensure that local, fresh, sustainable food is affordable and widely available.

Watch Your Back

Oct 13, 2014

Broadcast date: 10/13/14

According to Dr. Richard Deyo, the multi-million dollar back pain industry may be doing more harm than good. Deyo’s book, Watch Your Back, discusses how the back pain industry is costing people more and how to become informed about the industry.

Carbon Shock

Oct 3, 2014

Broadcast date: 09/29/14

Journalist Mark Shapiro investigates the economic disruption caused by climate change. At the heart of the challenges we face is how to establish a price for carbon.

Divorced with Children

Sep 26, 2014

Broadcast date: 09/22/14

Karen Bonnell, provides an insightful look at the challenges of raising children in two homes. Bonnell and co-author, Kristin Little, address parents’ questions about the emotional impact of separation, conflict grief and recovery. Their book, The Co-Parents’ Handbook.

The Sacred Cow

Sep 19, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/15/14

How much are we willing to sacrifice for our next fast-food hamburger?

Acres of land, gallons of water, and our health are at risk.  Dr. Brian Moench, president of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, says it’s time to reassess our destructive diet.

Against Football

Sep 5, 2014

Broadcast date: 9/8/14

Almond argues that by watching, cheering, and participating in football culture, we are all complicit in the damage it wreaks even as it “legitimizes and even fosters within us a tolerance for violence, greed, racism and homophobia."

In his book Against Football: One Fan’s Reluctant Manifesto, Almond looks at the impact, literally life-and-death issues, that cannot be ignored in any discussion about the sport.

Dollar Democracy

Aug 18, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/18/14

According to political science professor Peter Mathews corporations and lobbyists are dominating American Democracy.  He says this has resulted in a shift in government over the past few decades. The U.S. has the greatest gap between the rich and poor since the Great Depression.

Soldier Girls

Aug 15, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/11/14

More women served in Iraq and Afghanistan than any other war, yet their role has been hotly debated.  In her book, “Soldier Girls,” writer Helen Thorpe details what really happened to three women who served in the military during the last decade.

A Shady Past

Aug 4, 2014

Broadcast date: 8/4/14

When most Americans look into their ancestries, they don’t want to see a negative side that includes slavery.  In his book, Tomlinson Hill, journalist Chris Tomlinson exposes his family's past, and the problematic history of racial relations in America.

The Kidney Sellers

Jul 28, 2014

Broadcast date: 7/28/2014

Dr. Sigrid Fry-Revere traveled to Iran to observe, first-hand, their organ donation system.  In her book, The Kidney Sellers, she shares what she discovered.

Honest Medicine

Jul 21, 2014

Julia Schopick’s book, Honest Medicine, is the result of a very personal experience: her husband died of a brain tumor.  From that experience, Scholpick made it her goal to inform others about the dangers of following the pharmaceutical (“Big Pharma” ) path.

Suicide Prevention

Jul 14, 2014

Suicide rates in the U.S. are rising sharply.  In her book, Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against Itpoet and historian, Jennifer Michael Hecht, searches for history’s most persuasive arguments against the irretrievable act.

Juvenile Incarceration

Jul 7, 2014

Americans spend nearly ten times more to imprison a child then we would to educate them.  In her book, Burning Down the House, Nell Bernstein reveals that we are risking the future of a third of our children.

Explosion Green

Jun 27, 2014

Explosion Green: When David Gottfried came up with an idea for green environmental building 20 years ago, he ran into a number of hurdles.  The building industry had been doing what they did for decades.  Why change?  It’s taken another two decades, but changes have been made.

Reforming Education

Jun 23, 2014

Educator and author, John Kuhn, articulates the need funding equality throughout the education system.

Rogue Traders

Jun 17, 2014

A Wall Street trader who sees stock activity a millisecond in advance has a distinct advantage.  Securities finance expert, Scott Skyrm, examines the plethora of scam stock marketers over the last 40-years in his book, Rogue Traders.

Resister

Jun 6, 2014

Resister:  When Bruce Dancis enrolled at Cornell University in 1965, he had no idea he’d become a national figure by becoming the first student to destroy his draft card.  His book titled “Resister,” tells the story of his exploits from serving 19-months in prison to respected professional journalist.

Red Devil 4

May 30, 2014

In our quest to link the human brain with computers, neurosurgeon Eric Leuthhardt provides a cautionary tale.

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