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Welcome to Reader's Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University president emeritus Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

Welcome to Reader's Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University president emeritus Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

Location:

Boise, ID

Description:

Welcome to Reader's Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University president emeritus Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

Language:

English

Contact:

1910 University Dr. Boise, ID 83725-1916 (208) 426-3663


Episodes

"The Shape Of The Ruins" By Juan Gabriel Vasquez

7/10/2020
Juan Gabriel Vásquez's most recent novel is The Shape of the Ruins . When a man is arrested at a museum for attempting to steal the bullet-ridden suit of a murdered Colombian politician, few notice. But soon this thwarted theft takes on greater meaning as it becomes a thread in a widening web of popular fixations with conspiracy theories, assassinations, and historical secrets.

Duration:00:30:15

"The Lost Girls Of Paris" By Pam Jenoff

7/3/2020
This is an encore presentation. Bestselling novelist Pam Jenoff's work frequently appears on the New York Times bestseller list. Her latest novel, The Lost Girls of Paris , is based upon the real-life women of the British Special Operations Executive service, who served as secret agents in occupied France during WWII. Told from the perspectives of the woman who ran the spy ring, an agent who risked everything in service of her country, and a widower working to uncover the fate of them all,...

Duration:00:29:45

"A Long Petal Of The Sea" By Isabel Allende

6/26/2020
A Long Petal of the Sea , is an epic novel spanning decades and crossing continents that follows two young people as they flee the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War in search of a place to call home . In the late 1930s, when General Franco and his Fascists succeed in overthrowing the government, hundreds of thousands are forced to flee. Starting over on a new continent, their trials are just beginning, and over the course of their lives they will face trial after trial, destined to witness...

Duration:00:34:11

"Beijing Payback" By Daniel Nieh

6/22/2020
Beijing Payback, a debut thriller, was named one of 5 books not to miss by USA Today and garnered favorable reviews by NPR, the New York Times, the LA Review of Books, and others. The story takes place in Southern California and China. A Chinese American college basketball player named Victor Li learns that his father was murdered — and that perhaps his father was not quite the person he was thought to be.

Duration:00:35:19

The Fire Is Upon Us By Nicholas Buccola

6/12/2020
This is an encore presentation. On February 18, 1965, an overflowing crowd packed the Union at England’s Cambridge University to witness a historic televised debate between James Baldwin, the leading literary voice of the civil rights movement, and William F. Buckley Jr., America's most influential conservative intellectual.

Duration:00:36:00

"The Cactus League" By Emily Nemens

6/5/2020
Emily Nemen’s The Cactus League, as the title tells us, is set in the Arizona desert, around Scottsdale, during spring training for major league baseball. The novel is narrated by a sportscaster and while nominally the story of Jason Goodyear, the star outfielder for the fictional Los Angeles Lions, Goodyear’s story is interspersed with the stories of other richly drawn characters -- the batting coach, aging sports agent, the players, owners, ballpark staff and the hangers on.

Duration:00:30:52

"Imperiled Ocean" By Laura Trethewey

5/30/2020
Imperiled Ocean is an exploration of the earth's last wild frontier, filled with high-stakes stories that explore a vast territory undergoing tremendous change. Journalist Laura Trethewey set out in 2015 on 'an extended listening tour' to hear some of these stories. She learned that for reasons of money… migrants die, cruise ships steer around the law, and plastic is made, sold and discarded faster than it can be collected and disposed of.

Duration:00:30:19

"Political Hell-Raiser" By Marc Johnson

5/22/2020
This is an encore presentation. While not a household name, Burton K. Wheeler may have been the most powerful politician Montana ever produced, and he was one of the most influential and controversial members of the United States senate. A New Deal Democrat and lifelong opponent of concentrated power, he consistently acted with a righteous personal and political independence that has all but disappeared from the public sphere.

Duration:00:33:30

"When Montezuma Met Cortés" By Matthew Restall

5/16/2020
On November 8, 1519, the Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortés first met Montezuma, the Aztec emperor. This introduction – the prelude to the Spanish seizure of Mexico City and to European colonization of the mainland of the Americas – has long been the symbol of Cortés’s bold and brilliant military genius. Montezuma, on the other hand, is remembered as a coward who gave away a vast empire and touched off a wave of colonial invasions across the hemisphere. But is that actually what happened?

Duration:00:33:50

"The Spy And The Traitor" By Ben McIntyre

5/8/2020
This is an encore presentation Oleg Gordievsky is hardly a household name in the United States, but his story is one of unparalleled intrigue, danger, and spy craft. In his book, The Spy and the Traitor , author Ben Macintyre tells the thrilling tale of the Cold War’s greatest double agent. The son of two KGB agents, Gordievsky became the Soviet Union’s top spy in the UK, only to become disillusioned with the regime and begin working with British intelligence to foil countless Soviet plots,...

Duration:00:30:09

"Tightrope: Americans Reaching For Hope" By Nicholas Kristof And Sheryl WuDunn

5/1/2020
In “Tightrope,” authors Kristof and WuDunn issue a plea – deeply personal and told through the lives of real Americans – to address the crisis in working-class America, while focusing on solutions to mend a half century of governmental failure. The authors tell this story, in part, through the lives of some of the children with whom Kristof grew up, in rural Yamhill, Oregon, an area that prospered for much of the twentieth century but has been devastated in the last few decades as...

Duration:00:37:21

"The Splendid And The Vile" By Erik Larson

4/24/2020
In The Splendid and the Vile , Erik Larson shows, in cinematic detail, how Winston Churchill taught the British people “the art of being fearless.” On Churchill’s first day as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded Holland and Belgium. Poland and Czechoslovakia had already fallen, and the Dunkirk evacuation was just two weeks away. For the next twelve months, Hitler would wage a relentless bombing campaign, killing 45,000 Britons. It was up to Churchill to hold his country together and...

Duration:00:34:01

"Dying Of Whiteness" By Jonathan M. Metzl

4/17/2020
This is an encore presentation. During the last presidential election, many lower- and middle-class white Americans were drawn to politicians who pledge to make their lives great again. But have the resulting policies actually placed those very Americans at a greater risk of sickness and death?

Duration:00:29:59

"World Without Mind" By Franklin Foer

4/10/2020
Over the past few decades there has been a revolution in terms of who controls consumer knowledge and information. This rapid change has imperiled the way we think. We shop with Amazon, socialize on Facebook, turn to Apple for entertainment, and rely on Google for information. But is there a hidden price we’re paying beyond that cheap shipping and low monthly subscription?

Duration:00:30:00

"Into The Jungle" By Erica Ferencik

4/3/2020
In Erica Ferencik’s hypnotic, violent, and unsparing thriller -- named by the New York Times Book Review as one of the Summer 2019’s Best Thrillers -- a young woman leaves behind everything she knows to take on the Bolivian jungle, but her excursion abroad quickly turns into a fight for her life.

Duration:00:31:00

"Of Orcas And Men" By David Neiwert

3/27/2020
This is an encore presentation. Until a few decades ago, the killer whales of the Puget Sound were frequently captured by the dozen and sold for entertainment at marine parks across the U.S. Today, these incredible creatures are the subject of new protections, and increased scientific inquiry. But their waters remain under threat. Pollution and marine traffic continue to wraek havoc, and orcas’ ability to thrive is still very much in doubt.

Duration:00:30:00

"The Idaho Traveler" By Alan Minskoff

3/20/2020
The Idaho Traveler explores the often ignored treasures of small-town Idaho, from historic buildings and sites to the mom-and-pop restaurants that offer the best pie and breakfast in the Gem State. Interviews with long-time residents and newcomers alike illustrate this paean to Idaho and capture the essence of what defines Idaho's unique character.

Duration:00:29:46

"Rising Out Of Hatred" By Eli Saslow

3/14/2020
This is an encore presentation. Derek Black grew up at the center of white nationalism. His father founded Stormfront, the largest racist community on the Internet, and his godfather, David Duke, was a KKK Grand Wizard. By the time Derek was 19, he had become an elected politician with his own daily radio show and a growing voice in white nationalism. But after enrolling in college and growing his circle of friends outside a cloistered and racist movement, Derek began to question those...

Duration:00:30:05

"Trump And His Generals" By Peter Bergen

3/6/2020
Trump and His Generals is Peter Bergen's riveting account of what happened when the unstoppable force of President Trump met the immovable object of America's national security establishment--the CIA, the State Department, and, above all, the Pentagon. If there is a real "deep state" in DC, it is the national security community, with its deep-rooted culture and hierarchy. The men Trump selected for his key national security positions, Jim Mattis, John Kelly, and H. R. McMaster, were products...

Duration:00:30:01

"Say Nothing" by Patrick Radden Keefe

2/28/2020
The Troubles in Northern Ireland had deep roots. Northern Ireland was created in 1921, when Ireland was partitioned between the North and South. While Southern Ireland became the Irish Free State, Northern Ireland's population was split: the majority were unionists and wanted to remain within the United Kingdom. A significant minority , however, mostly Catholics, were nationalists who wanted a united Ireland independent of British rule.

Duration:00:29:59