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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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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history
3:11 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Proving History

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

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Environment
1:27 pm
Fri April 4, 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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Environment
2:19 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Lessons from Fukushima

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.

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Community
6:15 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Ideasphere March 24, 2014

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.

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Community
2:43 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

The Tolerance Trap

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.

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Climate Change
4:14 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Weather Anomalies

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.

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Health
1:38 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

PTSD, Part 2

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.

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Health
4:55 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Traumatic Brain Injury During Wartime

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.

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Education
12:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Restoring Opportunity

 

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.

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Unemployment
12:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Flawed System

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.

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