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.


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.