IdeaSphere

Mondays, 1:30 PM - 2:00 PM

This weekly show, produced and hosted by Guy Rathbun, is devoted to political, social, economic, ecological, philosophical and religious ideas.

The series has been broadcast on KCBX, and podcast on NPR.org for the past 10 years. It has included such luminaries as Robert Reich, Chris Hedges, Michael K. Hudson, Vincent Buligosi, Richard Heinberg, and many more.

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Agricuture
2:32 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

The Urban Food Revolution

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.

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Health
2:23 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Watch Your Back

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.

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Economy
3:08 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Carbon Shock

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.

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Lifestyle
3:06 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Divorced with Children

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.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

The Sacred Cow

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.

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Sports
3:39 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Against Football

Broadcast date: 9/8/14

Author and former football fan Steve Almond speaks out against American’s favorite pastime. It’s not just the issue of brain damage to players that is disturbing; Almond says, it’s also the deep-seated passion for violence that pervades our society.

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Sports
3:30 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Against Football

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.

Politics
3:56 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Dollar Democracy

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.

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Military
3:43 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Soldier Girls

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.

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Ancestry
3:33 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

A Shady Past

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.

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Health
3:40 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

The Kidney Sellers

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.

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Pharmaceutical
3:24 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Honest Medicine

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.

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Mental Health
2:26 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Suicide Prevention

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.

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Prison
1:35 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Juvenile Incarceration

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.

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building
4:27 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Explosion Green

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.

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