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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

Scott Anderson On How History Has Fractured The Arab World

9/22/2017
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Scott Anderson holds the unique distinction of having a full issue of The New York Times Magazine devoted to his story. That speaks both to the quality of his work, as well as to its immense relevance. Mr. Anderson’s story, titled Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart, is now out as a paperback book, and it provides valuable insights into what has happened in the Middle East since the invasion of Iraq, including the subsequent series of anti-government uprisings known as the Arab...

Duration: 00:29:49


"Are We Smart Enough To Know How Smart Animals Are?" With Frans de Waal

9/15/2017
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This episode originally was broadcast in March, 2017. Humans think, feel and plan for the future. We say hello, and goodbye. We design and use tools to our advantage. But what if animals can do these things, too? What if we’ve just never really understood how to discern animal intelligence? Biologist and primatologist Frans de Waal challenges us to think more like an animal in his new book, “Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?” Mr de Waal is best known for his work on the...

Duration: 00:29:59


Examining The Hollywood Blacklist Era With "High Noon" Author Glenn Frankel

9/8/2017
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Hollywood usually is viewed as a symbol of the American Dream. But in the 1930s and ’40s, it became a symbol of something much darker: the Communist threat to American values that must be publicly rooted out at all costs. In his book, High Noon: The Hollywood Blacklist and the Making of an American Classic, Glenn Frankel expertly weaves the history of Hollywood’s Blacklist era with the making of this iconic Western film. High Noon starred screen legend Gary Cooper and was written by an...

Duration: 00:29:42


An interview from our archives with Cecil Andrus

9/1/2017
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Today we’re featuring a special edition of our show as we remember and honor the remarkable life and legacy of Cecil D. Andrus, who died last week, just one day before his 86 th birthday. Governor Andrus was the only Idahoan elected four times as the state’s governor, and he also served as Secretary of the Interior under President Jimmy Carter. He was a lifelong Democrat, but he knew how to work with colleagues of various persuasions to address issues that truly mattered to Idahoans, and...

Duration: 00:29:48


Lyanda Lynn Haupt, author of "Mozart's Starling"

8/25/2017
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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is revered as an 18 th century genius who composed some of the most sublime music ever written. The fact that a starling became his beloved pet during one of the most creative and productive periods of his short life has perplexed historians and music lovers for years. Yet the unlikely story of the great composer and his common bird is a true one, and today’s guest, Lyanda Lynn Haupt, explores it in detail in her new book, titled “Mozart’s Starling.” Starlings are...

Duration: 00:29:57


Beth Macy Tells Of Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother's Quest In "Truevine"

8/18/2017
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At the turn of the 20 th century, the most popular entertainment acts in the country were found under the Big Top. The circus offered daring acts of bravery, wild animals, comic antics and the collection of human oddities known as the Freak Show. Two of the most popular sideshow attractions were young George and Willie Muse, African American albino brothers taken from their family and displayed through a number of circus companies. Their exotic white skin and wild dreadlocks made them a...

Duration: 00:29:52


John Dvorak, author of "Mask of the Sun"

8/11/2017
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With the 2017 total solar eclipse less than two weeks away, excitement is reaching a fever pitch in Idaho and other places across the country where this stunning celestial event will be visible. Today, we view eclipses with wonder and anticipation, but that hasn’t always been the case. In ancient times, eclipses were greeted with dread and fear and blamed for deaths, disease outbreaks and disasters. As scientific understanding of eclipses grew, so did interest in experiencing them, with...

Duration: 00:29:58


Does Established Knowledge Matter? Author Tom Nichols On "The Death of Expertise"

7/28/2017
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Thanks to technological advances like the Internet, we have access to more information than ever before. Gone are the days when we argued at length with friends over a piece of trivia – instead we pull out our smart phones and instantly get the answer. But as Tom Nichols explains in his book, The Death of Expertise, this information isn’t making us any smarter. In fact, it’s turning us into an army of ill-informed and angry citizens who denounce intellectual achievement and distrust...

Duration: 00:29:51


Award-winning Writer Shawn Vestal On His Debut Novel "Daredevils"

7/21/2017
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This interview was originally broadcast in March, 2017 As every reader knows, novels can transport us to unexpected places. They also can shine new light on places we thought we already knew. Today’s guest, Shawn Vestal, manages to do both in his debut novel, Daredevils. Daredevils is a coming-of-age story about taking big risks. It features colorful characters, a southern Idaho setting, an epic road trip and a fast-paced narrative that offers surprises till the very end. While fiction, it...

Duration: 00:29:21


In "The Perfect Horse" Elizabeth Letts Tells A Surprising WWII Story

7/14/2017
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During the final days of World War II, a group of American soldiers encountered a German spy carrying nothing but photos of beautiful white horses. The story behind those photos was even more surprising. Nearby, on a farm behind enemy lines, the Nazis had stockpiled some of the world’s most valuable horses as part of an ambitious breeding program to develop the perfect war horse. But with the Russian army fast approaching from the east and the Third Reich on the verge of defeat, these...

Duration: 00:30:07


Why General MacArthur And President Truman Clashed In The Early 1950's

7/7/2017
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This program was originally broadcast in March, 2017. Six decades ago, President Harry Truman made a decision to fire an incredibly popular general with near celebrity status: General Douglas MacArthur. Was it a good decision? Only the future would tell. It was a difficult decision at a critical time. The Cold War had reached a crisis point. People around the world lived in fear of the atomic bomb and the Chinese had joined the Korean War against the United States and its allies. The...

Duration: 00:29:52


Jane Mayer On How Conservative Politics Are Driven By "Dark Money"

6/30/2017
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The re-election of Barack Obama in November of 2012 dealt a stunning defeat to the Republican Party. As the GOP reeled from the loss and began laying plans to win in 2016, a small group of shadowy and wealthy figures gathered at the request of Charles and David Koch, otherwise known as the Koch brothers. Their secret agenda: To map out plans to systematically and inequitably influence our political system. In her bestseller, Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the...

Duration: 00:30:04


A Fascinating Look Into "Stalin's Last American Spy" With Author Kati Marton

6/23/2017
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What does it take for someone with seemingly every advantage in life to turn on their friends, their family and their country, all in the name of a cause? Today’s guest, Kati Marton, explores that question in her new book, True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy. True Believer is the amazing true story of an American named Noel Field who spied for the Soviet Union during the 1930s and ’40s . Ultimately, Field was kidnapped and tortured by the KGB and forced to testify against his own...

Duration: 00:29:57


Navigating "The Road To Character" With NY Times Columnist David Brooks

6/9/2017
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Every once in a while, you come across individuals who make you feel better just for having encountered them. As today’s guest, David Brooks, puts it, “They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. They are not thinking about what wonderful work they are doing. They are not thinking about themselves at all.” Mr. Brooks drew inspiration from these encounters to write a bestselling book, The Road to Character . It’s now out in paperback. In the book, Mr....

Duration: 00:29:57


Charles Fountain On Why The 1919 World Series Scandal Was The Birth Of Modern Baseball

5/26/2017
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This program was originally broadcast in May of 2016 Nearly a century ago, the Chicago White Sox faced the Cincinnati Reds in the 1919 World Series. The games attracted big crowds, widespread enthusiasm and plenty of action from the so-called “sporting men” who placed bets on who would win each contest. Gambling was an integral and accepted part of baseball at the time, but for this Series, something seemed off. The White Sox were heavily favored to win, but they lost to the Reds five...

Duration: 00:29:59


Noah Isenberg Shares His Book About 'Casablanca'

5/23/2017
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This year marks the 75 th anniversary of the release of Casablanca , perhaps the most beloved of all Hollywood films. Somehow, this love story set in war time seems as relevant today as when it first lit up the silver screen back in 1942. People who’ve never even seen the movie still recognize its famous lines, and references to Casablanca abound in novels, plays, musicals, and other productions. In a new book, titled We’ll Always Have Casablanca , Noah Isenberg delves into the film’s...

Duration: 00:29:51


Marc Levinson On Why The Mid-20th Century Was "An Extraordinary Time" For America's Economy

5/12/2017
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The decades after World War II were a golden age when many people around the world enjoyed an increasingly good quality of life. But by the early 1970s, the good times had all but vanished as energy shortages, financial crises and rising unemployment shook economies in America and around the world. In his latest book, titled An Extraordinary Time , Marc Levinson describes how economists and governments struggled to find the pathway back to a time when jobs were plentiful and living...

Duration: 00:29:59


Why Americans May Not Want Another Great President, With Aaron David Miller

5/5/2017
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Washington, Lincoln and FDR are revered as leaders who helped shape the course of history. They are often referred to as “great” presidents. But is it possible to have a great president today? And is greatness a quality that Americans even want in their chief executive? Aaron David Miller examines the history of the U.S. presidency to explore those questions in his book, The End of Greatness. In the book, Dr. Miller makes the case that greatness as a presidential virtue is largely...

Duration: 00:29:52


Beth Macy Tells Of Two Brothers, A Kidnapping, And A Mother's Quest In "Truevine"

4/28/2017
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At the turn of the 20 th century, the most popular entertainment acts in the country were found under the Big Top. The circus offered daring acts of bravery, wild animals, comic antics and the collection of human oddities known as the Freak Show. Two of the most popular sideshow attractions were young George and Willie Muse, African American albino brothers taken from their family and displayed through a number of circus companies. Their exotic white skin and wild dreadlocks made them a...

Duration: 00:29:51


Author J.D. Vance On "Hillbilly Elegy" And A Culture In Crisis

4/21/2017
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Following one of the most divisive and contentious elections in history, it is easy to say that we are a nation in cultural crisis. But what does that actually mean? In the Rust Belt, as well as in rural Appalachia, it means factories closing and good jobs shipped overseas in less than a generation. It means an uptick in drug abuse and violence in the home, an erosion of the education system and trust in our government, and the disintegration of children’s dreams for a better future than...

Duration: 00:29:51

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