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Welcome to Reader's Corner, 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.
||CleanDiscussing The Human Need To Help With Nicholas Kristof||This encore program originally aired in September, 2018. 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||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBrendan Koerner Details The Golden Age Hijacking In "The Skies Belong To Us"||Over a five-year period starting in 1968, petty criminals and protesters, decorated veterans and the occasional used-car salesman seized commercial jets nearly once a week. With visions of ransom money, fame, or merely escape to exotic locales, these||1/12/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIn "Saudi America" Bethany McClean Shares The Truth About Fracking And How It's Changing The World||Fracking has upended the global energy map, transforming America into the world’s top producer of oil and natural gas. With the influence of Saudi Arabia and Russia shrinking as the goal of “energy independence” comes into focus, America’s energ||1/4/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean"White Darkness" By David Grann Surveys Henry Worsley's Chilling Excursions To Antarctica||Thomas Pynchon once wrote, “Everyone has an Antarctic.” He was writing about Ernest Shackleton, the famed polar explorer who never reached his objective, yet whose stunning leadership and fortitude saved the lives of every one of his men, after over||12/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Incredible Power Of "The Four" Tech Giants With Scott Galloway||This encore interview originally aired in July, 2018. 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 Am||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHow California's History Can Inform America's Future||California has long been a bellwether of the country’s progressive and reactionary politics. But the state that introduced us to Ronald Reagan and Harvey Milk has also confronted many of the challenges the rest of the country now faces, decades before||11/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMeghan L. O'Sullivan On Energy Independence, Global Politics And America||Energy has been a driver of some of the most important events from the last century. From World War I onward, oil has been key factor in the economies and foreign policies of every major player on the global stage. But with rapid technological||11/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fight To Vote In The U.S. With Scholar Michael Waldman||This encore program was originally broadcast in November, 2016. In this election season, we’re discussing the history of voting rights with Michael Waldman. He is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law, and the author||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanChronicling Erdogan's Rise As "The New Sultan" Of Turkey||This encore Reader's Corner interview originally broadcast in June, 2018. 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.||10/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanInterview With Basball Legend Jim Abbott About His Book "Imperfect"||This interview originally aired in August, 2010. Bob Kustra Interviews Jim Abbott, Baseball Legend and Author of "Imperfect: An Improbable Life"||10/26/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJust How Secure Is Democracy In The US?||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||10/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStephanie Coontz Warns Of Getting Caught In The Nostalgia Trap||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||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRandall Fuller On How Darwin's Theory Of Evolution Made Waves In 1860's U.S.||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||10/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPeter Brannen On "The Ends Of The World" And Earth's Past Mass Extinctions||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 asteroi||9/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJuxtaposing U.S. And Chinese Schools With Lenora Chu||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||9/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLisa Servon Elucidates Modern Consumer Finance In "The Unbanking Of America"||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||8/31/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDavid Goldfield's Latest Book Details When Government Was Good||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||8/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTara Westover Discusses Her Bestselling Memoir "Educated"||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.||8/17/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanNancy Koehn's 'Forged In Crisis' Shares Insight To Five Historical Leaders||This encore interview with Nancy Koehn was originally broadcast in March, 2018.||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPart 2 With Scott Eyman About The Biography "Hank & Jim"||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||8/3/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Worth Your While
Simply a great listen about an a wide array of interesting topics -- all explored with care and insight.
Not worth it
Kustra is an idiot. If I could buy him for what he's worth and sell him for what he thinks he's worth then maybe I could afford to offer a scholarship to a kid to attend a school that cared more about academics and less about it's football team.
Reader's Corner - Must Listen
For those interested in non-fiction this is a wonderful 30 minute podcast to expose listeners to works they might not have heard about. It's a must listen.