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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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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Education
9:09 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Reforming Education

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

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finance
12:27 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Rogue Traders

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.

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author
3:38 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Resister

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.

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Science & Technology
3:40 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Red Devil 4

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

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History
1:34 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

A Higher Call

This Memorial Day special centers on the story of one of World War II’s most unusual encounters.  Nearly 50-years later, an American B-17 pilot and an ace German fighter pilot would bond as brothers.

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Community
2:01 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Heed Your Call

Entrepreneur and author David Howitt provides a modern day manifesto for those who feel disconnected and unfulfilled.

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Drought
1:57 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Water Revolution

California is going dry.  Professor Wade Graham laments that it’s not just the availability of water, it’s the wasteful way we use it.

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Politics
1:08 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Citizens Congress

The first national meeting of Citizens Congress 2014 is set for early June in San Luis Obispo County.  Director William Ostrander details the groups effort to remove the influence of money in politics.

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Community
2:55 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Missing Class

An awareness of social class within any group is a key to effectively bridging class differences, according to Dr. Betsy Leondar-Wright.  She is the Program Director of Class Action.

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Science & Technology
1:04 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

The Age of Radiance

In his latest book, bestselling author Craig Nelson provides the first full history of the Atomic Age.  He takes his readers through the discovery of the X-ray to the nuclear plant meltdown in Japan.

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Animals
3:14 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Flying Blind

This is more than a story of saving endangered species.  By studying the Indiana bat, author Don Williams discovers his relationship with wildlife, the land, and himself.

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