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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Economy
12:00 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Economic Troubles: In Bed with Wall Street

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.

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Civil Rights
12:00 am
Mon January 27, 2014

NAACP – A History

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.

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Cultural Conceptions of Gender
12:00 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Sex Itself: The Search for Male and Female in the Human Genome

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.

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Affluenza Defense
12:00 am
Mon January 6, 2014

IdeaSphere: air date 01-06-2014

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.

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Sharing is Good
12:00 am
Mon December 30, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 12-30-2013

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.

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collaborative consumption
12:00 am
Mon December 23, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 12-23-2013

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.

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Hardwiring Happiness
12:00 am
Mon December 16, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 12-16-201

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.

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Jews in the 20th Century
12:00 am
Mon December 9, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 12-09-2013

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.

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Atheist United lawsuit
12:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 12-02-2013

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.

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Zero Paid Media
12:00 am
Mon November 25, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 11-25-2013

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.

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Far From the Tree
12:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 11-18-2013

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.

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How many people can Earth sustain?
12:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 11-11-2013

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.

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Living in the Shadow of the Cross
12:00 am
Mon November 4, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 11-04-2013

Award winning author Paul Kivel (KEH-vul) pulls back the curtain of dominant Western Christianity’s benign reputation to examine its contribution to our social problems in his new book, Living in the Shadow of the Cross.

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Steps to Hope
12:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 10-28-2013

Steps to Hope: Kids Cancer Research Foundation Executive Director Frank Kalman unveils the organizations latest booklet. Steps to Hope is a guide to your options when you have a cancer diagnosis.

The Emerging Masculine
12:00 am
Mon October 21, 2013

IdeaSphere: air date 10-21-2013

The Emerging Masculine: Clinical psychologist Azarm Ghareman brings the teachings of Carl Jung into post-modern analysis. Dr. Ghareman sees the need for a better understanding of, what she calls, the emerging positive masculine.

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