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A weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

A weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.
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Boise, ID

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A weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

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English

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


Episodes

Just How Secure Is Democracy In The US?

10/19/2018
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America’s constitutional system of checks and balances has endured for more than two centuries. This is due, in part, to two unwritten political norms: respectful tolerance between opposing political parties, and a measure of restraint by the administration in power. Yet at contentious times in our history, those guardrails of democracy have been put to the test.

Duration:00:36:09

Stephanie Coontz Warns Of Getting Caught In The Nostalgia Trap

10/12/2018
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This encore program originally aired in June, 2018. Looking at the past through rose-colored glasses is nothing new – we’ve been doing it in various forms for centuries. But when it comes to family life, that yearning for a simpler, happier time can be particularly potent. Mid-century television shows such as “Leave it To Beaver” and “Ozzie and Harriett,” celebrated the nuclear family, where Dad was the breadwinner, Mom managed the house and kids, and everything seemed to run smoothly. But...

Duration:00:29:59

Randall Fuller On How Darwin's Theory Of Evolution Made Waves In 1860's U.S.

10/5/2018
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America in 1859 was a country on the verge of Civil War. Abolitionists and pro-slavery forces battled it out in the nation’s newspapers, activists were advocating revolts while southerners were talking secession, political parties were splitting down the middle, and a little-known senator named Abraham Lincoln was just coming into prominence. Against this backdrop, Charles Darwin’s pioneering work of evolutionary theory, The Origin of Species , landed like a bomb.

Duration:00:29:59

Peter Brannen On "The Ends Of The World" And Earth's Past Mass Extinctions

9/21/2018
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A handful of times in our planet’s history, the vast majority of plant and animal life has gone extinct, leaving a desolate and alien earth, devoid of trees, fish, and familiar signs of life. In the more recent past, scientists have pointed to asteroids to explain some of these extinction events. But today, that view is being questioned. More evidence is pointing towards terrestrial causes of our past extinctions, notably climate and ocean change, spurred by the influx of carbon dioxide in...

Duration:00:30:00

Juxtaposing U.S. And Chinese Schools With Lenora Chu

9/14/2018
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The state of public education is a constant concern these days -- for families, for legislators, for teachers and experts. Many are questioning methods embraced by American school systems as we see other countries besting us, particularly in math and science.

Duration:00:30:09

The Human Need To Help With Nicholas Kristof

9/8/2018
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Altruism seems to be built into our DNA. From the founding of thousands of public libraries by Andrew Carnegie a century ago, the recent mass emergence of social entrepreneurs, and the dawn of the “effective altruism” movement, “making a difference” is part of what gives us purpose. Yet not all altruism is created equal. In labs around the world, studies are being conducted to better understand why we give, what we can learn from our mistakes, and how we can use evidence-based methods to...

Duration:00:30:10

Lisa Servon Elucidates Modern Consumer Finance In "The Unbanking Of America"

8/31/2018
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When it comes to getting cash to make ends meet, many Americans don’t take their business to the local bank. Instead, they rely on alternative financial systems such as check cashing stores and payday lenders. Despite high interest rates and sometimes exorbitant fees, these services fill a vital need for those living paycheck to paycheck, and who, for a variety of reasons, distrust banks.

Duration:00:30:01

David Goldfield's Latest Book Details When Government Was Good

8/24/2018
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Millennials. Baby Boomers. Gen-Xers. The Greatest Generation. Each designation conjures up ideas and preconceptions about the Americans born during those eras. But what of the Gifted Generation? That designation may be less familiar. It refers to Americans born in the years following World War II. They are the earliest -- and historian David Goldfield would say, the most fortunate -- group of Baby Boomers.

Duration:00:29:51

Tara Westover Discusses Her Bestselling Memoir "Educated"

8/17/2018
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Tara Westover grew up in far southeastern Idaho in a landscape familiar to many in the Gem State, a valley dominated by ranches and ringed by mountains. Her daily life, though, was anything but normal.

Duration:00:37:28

Nancy Koehn's 'Forged In Crisis' Shares Insight To Five Historical Leaders

8/10/2018
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This encore interview with Nancy Koehn was originally broadcast in March, 2018.

Duration:00:30:00

Part 2 With Scott Eyman About The Biography "Hank & Jim"

8/3/2018
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Today we’re continuing our conversation with Scott Eyman about his book Hank & Jim. The book chronicles the long friendship between two Hollywood icons, Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. Unlike many friendships, theirs wasn’t based on shared beliefs about things like religion or politics. In fact, Stewart was a church-going Republican married to the same woman for 45 years. Fonda was a liberal Democrat and a non-believer who was married five times. Despite these and other differences, Fonda and...

Duration:00:29:59

Scott Eyman Talks Fonda, Stewart And The 50-Year Friendship Of "Hank & Jim"

7/27/2018
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Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart are beloved icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age, with careers that spanned decades and movies that still hold up today. They also were best friends who enjoyed spending time together, away from the glitter of their very public lives. With each other, they were simply Hank and Jim, two guys who flew kites, built model airplanes, played elaborate practical jokes on occasion, and didn’t find it necessary to talk about making movies, women, or the world war they both...

Duration:00:29:31

William Drozdiak Examines Brexit, Europe's Crises And The Fate Of The West

7/20/2018
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This encore interview was first broadcast in February, 2018 With more than 500 million citizens in its 28 member states, the European Union has long embodied the dream of a united Europe, where the free movement of goods, capital, services and workers would lead to greater economic and political clout for all. But in recent years, the fissures within the EU have deepened. The Syrian refugee crisis, the economic downturn, a spate of terrorist attacks and the Greek financial bailouts have...

Duration:00:29:59

Scott Galloway On The Incredible Power Of "The Four" Tech Giants

7/13/2018
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Chances are that today, like every day, you’ll interact with one or more of four gigantic companies that have become embedded in daily life. Need to buy a book? It’s just a quick click away on Amazon. Curious about the person who wrote it? “Google” the author on your iPhone. You can follow her on Facebook, too. And that’s just the veritable tip of the iceberg when it comes to the services these companies provide. They can make our lives easier – but at what cost?

Duration:00:35:55

Go "Into the Silence" With Award-Winning Author Wade Davis

7/6/2018
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Today’s mountaineers tackle the world’s tallest peaks with the latest in technical gear – from down suits to nylon ropes and even cell phones. It is a far cry from the 1920s, when the first mountaineers to attempt Mount Everest climbed in hobnail boots, hauled canvas tents and were literally facing the unknown.

Duration:00:29:51

Chronicling Erdogan's Rise As "The New Sultan" Of Turkey

6/30/2018
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Soner Cagaptay, is an expert on a country that many of us know too little about. That country is Turkey, the oldest democracy, and the largest economy, between India and Italy. Turkey occupies a crucial position between Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. And that makes its leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a vitally important figure on the world stage.

Duration:00:30:21

Eliza Griswold's "The Tenth Parallel" Surveys Collisions Between Christianity And Islam

6/22/2018
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A daily battle is raging along the 10th Parallel – the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator in Africa and Southeast Asia where Islam and Christianity intersect. In this critical geographical band, religious ideologies clash, often erupting into deadly violence as more than half the world’s Muslims and 60 percent of the world’s Christians compete for the souls of the region’s burgeoning population.

Duration:00:29:32

Blaire Briody's "The New Wild West" Investigates Rural North Dakota Amid The Oil Boom

6/15/2018
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The descriptive phrase, “The Wild West,” brings to mind images of gunslingers, dusty miners and pioneering families eager to forge a fresh start in an inhospitable place. But in a new book, journalist Blaire Briody takes us on a tour of America’s contemporary Wild West: the badlands of North Dakota, under which reside an estimated 4.3 billion gallons of recoverable oil, making it the largest oil reserve in the lower 48 states.

Duration:00:30:09

Amy Goldstein Reveals A Community Reeling From A Manufacturing Plant Closure In "Janesville"

6/8/2018
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This encore program originally was broadcast in March, 2018. The Great Recession ultimately left millions of Americans without jobs and devastated entire communities. The bruises have lingered, perhaps nowhere more so than in the industrial communities of our nation’s heartland, in places like Janesville, Wisconsin. Janesville was home to the oldest operating General Motors plant until it shut down in the midst of the Great Recession, two days before Christmas in 2008.

Duration:00:29:56

Gregory Berns Researches Neuroscience And "What It's Like To Be A Dog"

5/25/2018
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This interview was originally broadcast in January, 2018. Over thousands of years, dogs have earned the title of man’s best friend. Yet even as their companionship brings us personal joy and satisfaction, we may wonder what’s going on inside their heads. Do they adore us as much as we adore them, or do they just see us as reliable dispensers of food?

Duration:00:30:04