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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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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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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