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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.

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


Published: Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:30:00 +0000
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Sat, 10 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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..


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


Published: Fri, 26 May 2017 23:30:00 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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Noah Isenberg Shares His Book About 'Casablanca'


Published: Tue, 23 May 2017 19:25:22 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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


Published: Fri, 12 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 shoo..


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


Published: Fri, 05 May 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 the..


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


Published: Fri, 28 Apr 2017 23:24:12 +0000
Summary: 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 t..


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


Published: Fri, 21 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 job..


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Mary Ellen Hannibal Sheds Light On Citizen Science In An Age Of Extinction


Published: Fri, 14 Apr 2017 23:10:56 +0000
Summary: In our complex and data driven world, scientists are facing a major challenge to understand and document plant and animal species that may be in the process of disappearing. Climate change, habitat fragmentation, pollution and population growth are among ..


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How Winston Churchill Became "Hero Of The Empire"


Published: Fri, 07 Apr 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: This program was originally broadcast in December, 2016. Throughout history, brave souls have answered the call to serve their countries, and to risk it all on the battlefield. But few, perhaps, have done it with more guts and gusto than Winston Churchill..


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Frans de Waal Discusses Animal Intelligence on Reader's Corner


Published: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 p..


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Dr. Leonard Sax On What He Sees As "The Collapse Of Parenting"


Published: Fri, 24 Mar 2017 21:00:00 +0000
Summary: As anyone with children, or grandchildren, knows, parenting isn’t easy. Children and adolescents are growing up in a complex and connected world where smartphones, video games, organized activities and friends vie for their attention. At the same time, ..


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Shawn Vestal On His Debut Novel "Daredevils"


Published: Fri, 17 Mar 2017 21:45:26 +0000
Summary: 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 ..


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"The Revised Fundamentals Of Caregiving" Author Jonathan Evison Will Visit 2017 Storyfort


Published: Fri, 10 Mar 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: This is an encore of this interview which was first aired in March of 2015. Jonathan Evison’s novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving , is an engaging read that will definitely make you laugh. But it’s not a lightweight book by any means. Family..


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HW Brands Chronicles MacArthur And Truman Clashing At The Brink Of Nuclear War


Published: Sat, 04 Mar 2017 00:18:02 +0000
Summary: 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 Co..


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Author Sy Montgomery On Octopuses And Animal Consciousness


Published: Sat, 25 Feb 2017 01:30:00 +0000
Summary: What’s it like to be an octopus? Is it anything like being a human? Is it even possible to know? In her book, The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery explores these questions as she delves into the physical and emotional world of this mysterious and deepl..


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How Voters And Historians View Presidential Greatness With Robert W. Merry


Published: Fri, 17 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: Two hundred and twenty-eight years ago this April, George Washington took the oath of office as the first president of the United States. Since then, 44 Americans have taken that solemn vow, most recently Donald Trump. History has yet to judge our most re..


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Author Peter Bergen On Domestic Terrorism In The "United States Of Jihad"


Published: Fri, 10 Feb 2017 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: Domestic terrorism has taken many forms since the horrific events of September 11 th . From these disparate acts, a sinister pattern of domestic terrorism has emerged as American Muslim men and women are radicalized from afar by extremist groups like ISIS..


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Author Saladin Ambar Malcolm X And Global Politics In A Global Era


Published: Fri, 03 Feb 2017 23:49:07 +0000
Summary: Fifty years after he was assassinated at age 39, Malcolm X remains a controversial and somewhat mysterious figure. During his short but eventful life, he was a minister with the Nation of Islam who went on to found his own mosque, a fiery militant who adv..


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


Published: Fri, 27 Jan 2017 22:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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..


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How ISIS Came To Be A Worldwide Threat With Author Joby Warrick


Published: Sat, 21 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: These days, the terrorist organization known as ISIS has much of the world on high alert. How this happened is the subject of a book by today’s guest, Washington Post reporter Joby Warrick. In “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” Mr. Warrick traces the ..


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Why American's May Not Want Another Great President, With Aaron David Miller


Published: Sat, 14 Jan 2017 01:42:25 +0000
Summary: 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 the..


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Author JD Vance Shares His Memoir Of A Family And Culture In Crisis


Published: Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:30:00 +0000
Summary: 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 job..


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Lynn Sherr Tells The Story Of The First American Woman In Space, Sally Ride


Published: Fri, 23 Dec 2016 22:45:00 +0000
Summary: When Sally Ride flew into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, she made history. As the first American woman in space, Ride helped change perceptions about what women could accomplish and inspired a new generation of girls to literally reach..


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A True Story Of Cold War Espionage With Author David E. Hoffman


Published: Fri, 16 Dec 2016 21:00:00 +0000
Summary: At the height of the Cold War, a seemingly unassuming Soviet electronics engineer reached out to several Americans he encountered in Moscow and offered his services. While he was initially ignored, the engineer, Adolf Tolkachev was eventually accepted by ..


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What Happened In Cuba's Bay of Pigs With Author Jim Rasenberger


Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 21:38:47 +0000
Summary: The recent death of Fidel Castro has once again placed Cuba in the spotlight as the world remembers the fiery dictator who sparred with 11 US Presidents, and questions are what lies next for his country. One of the most infamous incidents between the US a..


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How Winston Churchill Became "Hero Of The Empire"


Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: Throughout history, brave souls have answered the call to serve their countries, and to risk it all on the battlefield. But few, perhaps, have done it with more guts and gusto than Winston Churchill. In her latest book, “Hero of the Empire,” Candice M..


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Historian John Bieter On The People, Land And Myths Of The Owyhee Canyonlands


Published: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:45:00 +0000
Summary: Owyhee County is Idaho’s second largest county and yet one of its least populated. Despite its emptiness, Owyhee County has a rich history, one that has been thoroughly explored and documented by today’s guest, John Bieter. Bieter is a professor of hi..


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Author Sy Montgomery On Octopuses And Animal Consciousness


Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:30:00 +0000
Summary: What’s it like to be an octopus? Is it anything like being a human? Is it even possible to know? In her book, The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery explores these questions as she delves into the physical and emotional world of this mysterious and deepl..


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Author Tim Egan On The Life Of "Immortal Irishman," Thomas Meagher


Published: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:30:00 +0000
Summary: In the 1840s, a million Irish citizens died of starvation during what became known as the “Great Hunger.” Taking up the desperate cause of his countrymen was a spirited and wealthy young orator named Thomas Francis Meagher. Today’s guest, Timothy Eg..


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The Fight To Vote In The U.S. With Scholar Michael Waldman


Published: Fri, 04 Nov 2016 22:45:00 +0000
Summary: In the season of the 2016 general election, we’re discussing the history of voting rights on today’s show with, Michael Waldman. He is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law, and the author of a new book, titled The F..


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Maureen Corrigan On The Significance Of "The Great Gatsby"


Published: Fri, 28 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Many of us remember reading The Great Gatsby in our high school English class – and not exactly loving it. What was it about this slim novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald that was supposedly so great, we wondered. And more to the point, why had it remained pop..


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Author Peter Bergen On Domestic Terrorism In The "United States Of Jihad"


Published: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Domestic terrorism has taken many forms since the horrific events of September 11 th . From these disparate acts, a sinister pattern of domestic terrorism has emerged as American Muslim men and women are radicalized from afar by extremist groups like ISIS..


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Author Martin Ford Discusses Technology Undermining Human Labor


Published: Fri, 14 Oct 2016 22:00:00 +0000
Summary: Imagine a world where you are driven to work by a driverless car, your morning news is written by a computer, and your lunch is prepared by a robot. In such a world, it would not be a stretch to wonder if humans were about to become obsolete. We’ve alre..


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"The Collapse Of Parenting" With Author Dr. Leonard Sax


Published: Fri, 07 Oct 2016 23:12:00 +0000
Summary: As anyone with children, or grandchildren, knows, parenting isn’t easy. Children and adolescents are growing up in a complex and connected world where smartphones, video games, organized activities and friends vie for their attention. At the same time, ..


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Recounting The 1915 Sinking Of The SS Eastland With Author Michael McCarthy


Published: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 23:10:00 +0000
Summary: On a summer morning in July 1915, thousands of poor factory workers lined the Chicago docks, waiting to board ships for the much anticipated annual picnic hosted by Western Electric Company. But as 2,500 passengers flooded aboard the first ship, the SS Ea..


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


Published: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:12:09 +0000
Summary: Every once in a while, you come across individuals who make you feel better just for having encountered them. As David Brooks, puts it, “They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. They are not thinking about what wonde..


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"Inside Baseball's Endless Season" with sportswriter Barry Svrluga


Published: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 22:00:00 +0000
Summary: Hot dogs and popcorn under the sweltering summer sun at the local ball park is an image embedded into American culture. But for the players jogging into the dugout, sweat dripping from their caps, baseball is more than just America’s pastime, it’s the..


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Part 2 With "American Amnesia" Author, And Political Scientist Jacob Hacker


Published: Fri, 09 Sep 2016 23:01:40 +0000
Summary: Today we’re continuing our timely conversation with author Jacob S. Hacker about the changing dynamics between the public and private sectors in driving economic growth, and how those changes are impacting our politics, culture and prosperity. Mr. Hacke..


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Jacob Hacker On "American Amnesia" And The Importance Of Government In The Economy


Published: Sat, 03 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: For much of the 20 th century, private and public enterprises worked as both partners and adversaries to drive economic growth in our country. But in recent years, the balance within this so-called “mixed economy” has shifted away from public investme..


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Marine Biologist Terrie Williams And The Inspiring "Odyssey Of KP2"


Published: Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:45:53 +0000
Summary: Terrie Williams is the author of The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and the Fight to Save a Species. The book, which was Boise State’s Campus Read in the 2014/2015 academic year, tells the story of a monk seal pup who was abandoned ..


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Diplomat/Novelist Matthew Palmer And His Latest Book "The Wolf Of Sarajevo"


Published: Fri, 19 Aug 2016 23:30:00 +0000
Summary: Novelists do their best to take you inside the worlds they create for their narratives and characters. Today’s guest, Matthew Palmer, has lived inside his novels as a 25-year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. Mr. Palmer has worked as a diplomat all o..


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Author Robert Putnam On The Divergent Opportunities For America's Children


Published: Fri, 12 Aug 2016 22:30:00 +0000
Summary: The belief that with hard work, prosperity and success are open to everyone, is at the heart of our national identity. Yet, according to today’s guest, Robert Putnam, the gap between those who have the chance to forge a better future, and those who are ..


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Lynn Sherr Tells The Story Of The First American Woman In Space, Sally Ride


Published: Fri, 05 Aug 2016 22:45:00 +0000
Summary: When Sally Ride flew into orbit aboard the space shuttle Challenger in 1983, she made history. As the first American woman in space, Ride helped change perceptions about what women could accomplish and inspired a new generation of girls to literally reach..


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The Tale Of A Japanese-American Family Caught Between Two Worlds With Pamela Rotner Sakamoto


Published: Sat, 30 Jul 2016 01:00:00 +0000
Summary: It’s been more than 70 years since the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, ushering in the end of World War II. Yet true stories such as the one from today’s guest, Pamela Rotner Sakamoto, remind us how much history still has to teach us, and..


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Best-Selling Author Erik Larson On The Sinking Of The Lusitania In 1915


Published: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 23:10:00 +0000
Summary: On May 1 st , 1915, crowds lined New York’s harbor to bid farewell to nearly 2,000 family, friends and crew aboard the world’s fastest civilian liner — the Lusitania . The luxurious British ship was bound for Liverpool, England, more than 3,000 mile..


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How Winston Churchill Became "Hero Of The Empire"


Published: Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:00:00 +0000
Summary: Throughout history, brave souls have answered the call to serve their countries, and to risk it all on the battlefield. But few, perhaps, have done it with more guts and gusto than Winston Churchill. In her latest book, “Hero of the Empire,” Candice M..


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Historian John Bieter On The People, Land And Myths Of The Owyhee Canyonlands


Published: Fri, 25 Nov 2016 22:45:00 +0000
Summary: Owyhee County is Idaho’s second largest county and yet one of its least populated. Despite its emptiness, Owyhee County has a rich history, one that has been thoroughly explored and documented by today’s guest, John Bieter. Bieter is a professor of hi..


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Author Sy Montgomery On Octopuses And Animal Consciousness


Published: Sat, 19 Nov 2016 00:30:00 +0000
Summary: What’s it like to be an octopus? Is it anything like being a human? Is it even possible to know? In her book, The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery explores these questions as she delves into the physical and emotional world of this mysterious and deepl..


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Author Tim Egan On The Life Of "Immortal Irishman," Thomas Meagher


Published: Fri, 11 Nov 2016 23:30:00 +0000
Summary: In the 1840s, a million Irish citizens died of starvation during what became known as the “Great Hunger.” Taking up the desperate cause of his countrymen was a spirited and wealthy young orator named Thomas Francis Meagher. Today’s guest, Timothy Eg..


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