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.

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.

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