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 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.

Ways to Connect

Red Devil 4

May 30, 2014

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

A Higher Call

May 30, 2014

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.

Heed Your Call

May 16, 2014

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

Water Revolution

May 9, 2014

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.

Citizens Congress

May 2, 2014

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.

Missing Class

Apr 24, 2014

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.

The Age of Radiance

Apr 18, 2014

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.

Flying Blind

Apr 11, 2014

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.

Proving History

Apr 11, 2014

In his in-depth research into the New Testament, Dr. Richard Carrier addresses the challenges of history as a whole.

Flying Blind

Apr 4, 2014

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.

Lessons from Fukushima

Mar 31, 2014

In the book, Fukushima: The Story of a Nuclear Disaster, Director of the Union of Concerned Scientists David Lochbaum, and colleagues Edwin Lyman and Susan Q. Stranahan, examine the lessons learned from the Fukushima meltdown.

Ideasphere with Guy Rathbun is a weekly cultural affairs program for the furthering of ideas across the social spectrum through interviews with leading thinkers and social innovators.

The Tolerance Trap

Mar 14, 2014

Dr. Suzanna Walters explores how notions of tolerance limit the possibilities for real liberation and deep social belonging.  Her work centers on questions of gender, sexuality, family, and popular culture.

Weather Anomalies

Mar 7, 2014

Environment writer Paul Rogers and climate scientist for the National Resources Defense Council, Dan Lashof, examine the range of possibilities that are bringing about climate change.

PTSD, Part 2

Mar 7, 2014

The conversation with sociologist Jerry Lembcke continues.  In this program, he examines the dramatic increase in the number of Traumatic Brain Injury claims in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Part two in a conversation with sociologist Jerry Lembcke.  In this program, he examines the dramatic increase in the number of Traumatic Brain Injury claims in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Restoring Opportunity

Feb 14, 2014


Economists Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane lay out a meticulously researched case showing how intervention and support can help improve education for low-income children.

Flawed System

Feb 10, 2014

Long term and high unemployment is now frighteningly common across the developing world.  In his recent study, professor Ofer Sharone reveals how different labor market institutions give rise to job search games.

Most Americans are not aware the problems that caused the collapse of Wall Street in 2008 remain prevalent today.  Investment analyst Larry Doyle exposes the corruption in his book, In Bed With Wall Street.

NAACP – A History

Jan 27, 2014

Founded over 100-years ago, the NAACP is seen as a vanguard civil rights organization.  But this institution was not the first to devote its efforts to advancing the cause of racial justice, as we learn from professor Susan Carle in her book, Defining the Struggle.

Dr. Sarah Richardson offers a compelling argument on how cultural conceptions of gender operate within science. Her new book is, Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome.

The Affluenza Defense: Four people died at the hands of a 16-year old drunk driver. He was sentenced to ten-years probation. Attorney and ethics professor Wendy Patrick looks at the circumstances surrounding this controversial decision.

Sharing is Good: Collaborative consumption is becoming a new way of living. Access is valued over ownership and experience over material possessions. Author Beth Buczynski provides a roadmap for change in her new book, Sharing is Good.

Beth Buczynski [boo-ZIHN-skee] is a freelance writer who covers clean technology, sustainable design, and environmental issues. She believes in building a new economy based on sharing and community and provides a road map to an emerging economic paradigm in her latest book, Sharing is Good: How to Save Money, Time, and Resources through Collaborative Consumption.

Hardwiring Happiness: Neuropsychologist Dr. Rick Hanson has a different way of looking at the functions of the brain and our inherent tendency to focus on the negative. What he’s realized is that simply using positive thinking isn’t the answer. Neither is the practice of mindfulness. He says you have to rewire your brain.

The Family: In his new book, bestselling author David Laskin unfolds a sweeping epic that spans the three great upheavals that affected Jews in the twentieth century: immigration, two world wars, and the founding of Israel.

Church and State: Atheist United is teaming up with Freedom from Religion Foundation to bring a law suit against the City of Pismo Beach. According to the suit, the city chaplain offers invocations before council meetings, which, they say, is unlawful.

In their new book, Zero Paid Media as the New Marketing Model, co-authors Joseph Jaffe and Maartin Albarda tell corporations to say goodbye to iconic, million dollar, 30-second spots.

Far from the Tree: Andrew Soloman proposes in his recent book that being exceptional is at the core of the human condition. Our differences are what unite us.

Countdown: Journalist Alan Weisman traveled to 21 countries to ask four questions. His challenging questions center on just how many people our Earth can sustain.