Reader's Corner http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Event With "Smartest Kids" Author Amanda Ripley Is April 30 http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/event-smartest-kids-author-amanda-ripley-april-30 <p>KBSX 91.5 recently broadcast on an episode of Reader's Corner with Author Amanda Ripley. The program mentioned her upcoming presentation at Boise State University. The event will take place Wednesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the Student Union Building at Boise State University.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://events.boisestate.edu/event/april-30-investigative-journalist-amanda-ripley/">Click here</a> for more information.</p><p></p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:09:08 +0000 Bob Kustra 43750 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org History And Relevance Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/history-and-relevance-earth-day-author-adam-rome <p>Earth Day 2014 is Tuesday, and celebrations are planned across our nation and around the world<strong>,</strong> including here at Boise State. Forty-four years after it was first launched, this annual event continues to evolve, attract new participants and raise awareness about environmental issues. What many may not realize is that Earth Day also played a major role in the birth of the modern environmental movement.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 19 Apr 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 43654 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org History And Relevance Of Earth Day With Author Adam Rome An Interview With "Frozen In Time" Author Mitchell Zuckoff http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interview-frozen-time-author-mitchell-zuckoff <p>In November of 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight crashed into the Greenland ice cap, setting in motion an extraordinary chain of events. Four days after the crash, a B-17 searching for the missing cargo plane also went down in a blinding storm. All nine crewmembers survived the crash, and an amphibious Grumman Duck was sent on a daring rescue mission to bring them home. After picking up one member of the B-17 crew, the rescuers of this third flight flew into a severe storm and vanished.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:27:56 +0000 Bob Kustra 43361 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Interview With "Frozen In Time" Author Mitchell Zuckoff Two Journalists Civil War Odyssey With Author Peter Carlson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/two-journalists-civil-war-odyssey-author-peter-carlson <p>History books are full of stories about the dangers and deprivations endured by soldiers who fought in the Civil War. What may be less well known are the challenges faced by journalists of the day who risked everything to get to the front lines of battle.</p><p></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:51:32 +0000 Bob Kustra 42530 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Two Journalists Civil War Odyssey With Author Peter Carlson Author Adam Makos Tells An Incredible Story Of Chivalry In The Skies Of WWII http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-adam-makos-tells-incredible-story-chivalry-skies-wwii <p>On December 20<sup>th</sup>, 1943, a crippled B-17 bomber desperately headed for the safety of the German coast and the North Sea. Piloted by a 21-year-old American airman on his first combat mission, it had been strafed by enemy fire after dropping a bomb load on the German town of Bremen. With half its crew dead or injured, its tail nearly blown away and gaping holes in its fuselage, the besieged bomber struggled to stay aloft.</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 19:26:42 +0000 Bob Kustra 42130 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Adam Makos Tells An Incredible Story Of Chivalry In The Skies Of WWII The Real History Of Bunker Hill With Nathanial Philbrick http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/real-history-bunker-hill-nathanial-philbrick <p>On June 17th, 1775, a ragtag army of colonial patriots faced off against the most powerful army of the 18th century. Their goal was to prevent the British regulars from occupying the hills surrounding Boston in order to put an end to a months-long siege of the city. What ensued proved to be the bloodiest battle of the Revolution, and marked a tipping point for the colonists.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 13:43:22 +0000 Bob Kustra 41696 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Real History Of Bunker Hill With Nathanial Philbrick Author Ian Buruma On 1945 And The World After WWII http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-ian-buruma-1945-and-world-after-wwii <p>Stories about the heroics of World War II are deeply embedded in our popular culture. But the Hollywood storyline seldom reflects on the struggles of those left to survive amid the ruins of what was likely the most destructive war in human history.</p><p>In his new book “Year Zero: A History of 1945,” Ian Buruma examines the desperation and upheaval left in the wake of the war’s near complete rending of society’s fabric across large swaths of Europe and Asia.</p> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 41257 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Ian Buruma On 1945 And The World After WWII An Historic And Lonely Crusade For Wildlife With Stefan Bechtel http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/historic-and-lonely-crusade-wildlife-stefan-bechtel <p>In 1886, William Temple Hornaday set out for the untamed West to collect American bison specimens for the U.S. National Museum. Just a few years earlier the bison herds of North America had been estimated in the millions.</p><p>But Hornaday had a hunch that had changed. He was right. The taxidermist was barely able to find enough specimens to preserve for the museum, and the rapid slaughter of America’s bison herds would drive him try to fight for their survival and that of other wildlife for the rest of his life.</p> Sat, 01 Mar 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 40958 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Historic And Lonely Crusade For Wildlife With Stefan Bechtel Literacy Educator Jeffrey Wilhelm Says Let Kids Read What They Want http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/literacy-educator-jeffrey-wilhelm-says-let-kids-read-what-they-want <p>Research shows that kids who read well do better in school and have a distinct advantage in developing communication and logical thinking skills. Avid readers also tend to be more engaged in the world around them.</p><p>But how do you get young people to want to read? Today’s guest, Jeffrey Wilhelm, believes that kids and adolescents should be allowed to choose at least some of the books they read for school, so that their reading adds meaning to their lives.</p> Sat, 22 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 40561 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Literacy Educator Jeffrey Wilhelm Says Let Kids Read What They Want Remembering Bethine Church And Her Passion For People And Politics http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/remembering-bethine-church-and-her-passion-people-and-politics <p>Bethine Church was widow of Senator Frank Church and would have turned 91 on Feb. 19 2014, she died on Dec. 21, 2013 at her home in Boise. Bethine was one of Idaho’s sweethearts and a political powerhouse in her own right. Her contributions to Idaho and its institutions are numerous and include being the founder and chair of The Frank Church Institute at Boise State University.</p><p>Shortly after the launch of this weekly radio show in 2003, Bethine Church was a guest and we spoke about her new memoir, “A Lifelong Affair: My Passion for People and Politics.”&nbsp;</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 19:26:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 40215 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Remembering Bethine Church And Her Passion For People And Politics Why American Kids Aren't The Smartest In The World With Author Amanda Ripley http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/why-american-kids-arent-smartest-world-author-amanda-ripley <p>Preparing students to excel in a fast-changing world is a concern for many nations.&nbsp; Some countries, including our own, have implemented a variety of education reforms over recent decades, only to see piddling results. Others, including &nbsp;Finland, South Korea and Poland, have realized major gains.</p><p></p> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 39817 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Why American Kids Aren't The Smartest In The World With Author Amanda Ripley Author Christian Caryl On 1979 And The Birth Of The 21st Century http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-christian-caryl-1979-and-birth-21st-century <p>Pick up a newspaper or turn on the radio, and it’s likely you’ll learn about the latest fluctuation in world financial markets, or about a protest or uprising tied in some way to religion.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 22:06:53 +0000 Bob Kustra 39423 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Christian Caryl On 1979 And The Birth Of The 21st Century Interview With 'How Algorithms Came To Rule Our World' Author Christopher Steiner http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interview-how-algorithms-came-rule-our-world-author-christopher-steiner <p>Each day, our lives are increasingly driven by the unseen force of data that is harnessed, organized and focused by complex sets of mathematical formulas known as algorithms. These Information Age tools play a huge role in everything from the safety and efficiency of our cars, to the kind of music we hear on the radio, to the split-second trading on Wall Street that drives our economy.</p><p></p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 17:38:04 +0000 Bob Kustra 39021 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interview With 'How Algorithms Came To Rule Our World' Author Christopher Steiner Ranching Ecology And Wolf Reintroduction With 'Badluck Way' Author Bryce Andrews http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/ranching-ecology-and-wolf-reintroduction-badluck-way-author-bryce-andrews <p>During the summer of 2007, a city kid from Seattle lived out an adventure most wannabe cowboys only dream of.</p><p>Bryce Andrews spent a year working on the Sun Ranch — an expansive area of rangeland in the breathtaking wilderness of southwest Montana — mending fences, riding horses, roping cattle and transforming himself into a true ranch hand. It fulfilled his heart’s desire to live among the wild. And, as Andrews writes, it “might have been a simple, pretty story, if not for the wolves.”</p> Sat, 18 Jan 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 38692 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Ranching Ecology And Wolf Reintroduction With 'Badluck Way' Author Bryce Andrews 'Blackett's War' And Operational Research In WWII With Stephen Budiansky http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blacketts-war-and-operational-research-wwii-stephen-budiansky <p>During World War II, a small group of British and American scientists worked tirelessly to defeat the German U-boats that were wreaking havoc on allied commerce. Armed with a dogged determination and a fair amount of mathematics, physics and probability theory, they forged the new field of operational research and forever changed how wars were fought and won.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 15:38:37 +0000 Bob Kustra 38303 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 'Blackett's War' And Operational Research In WWII With Stephen Budiansky The Business Success Of LEGO With Author David Robertson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/business-success-lego-author-david-robertson <p>It’s hard to image a world without LEGO’s. The plastic building blocks have been a foundation of children’s imaginative play for nearly 60 years. But back in 2009, LEGO nearly was no more.</p><p>After enjoying years of success, the company found itself in the midst of a digital revolution that had changed the nature of play and made the company’s most reliable customers — 10-year-old boys — a lot more fickle. Global competition also had heated up, and in 1998 LEGO suffered its first major loss in company history.</p> Sat, 04 Jan 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 37963 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Business Success Of LEGO With Author David Robertson Part 2: An Interview About "The Boys In The Boat" http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/part-2-interview-about-boys-boat <p></p><p>The second part of an interview with Daniel James Brown, Author of "The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics"</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 14 Dec 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36950 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Part 2: An Interview About "The Boys In The Boat" An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/epic-quest-rowing-gold-1936-berlin-olympics <p>In the summer of 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, the world was transfixed by the grandeur of the Olympic Games in Berlin, and by a determined group of young Americans who were giving their all to bring home the gold.</p><p>In front of high-ranking Nazi officials, including Adolf Hitler, they overcame impossible odds to snatch victory from both the German and Italian crews in the Games’ signature rowing event.</p> Sat, 07 Dec 2013 01:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36543 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics Interview With "In The Garden Of Beasts" Author Erik Larson http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/interview-garden-beasts-author-erik-larson <p>When President Franklin Roosevelt selected mild-mannered University of Chicago history professor William Dodd to serve as America’s ambassador to Nazi Germany in 1933, neither man had an inkling of the coming terror. In fact, Dodd accepted the post in part because he believed his light duties would allow him time to complete his exhaustive history of the American South.</p><p>The reality of Hitler’s Germany, as experienced by Dodd and his family during his four years as ambassador, is detailed in a book by today’s guest, Erik Larson.</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 19:57:50 +0000 Bob Kustra 36108 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Interview With "In The Garden Of Beasts" Author Erik Larson Author Explores WWII Story "Frozen in Time" http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-explores-wwii-story-frozen-time <p>In November of 1942, a U.S. cargo plane on a routine flight crashed into the Greenland ice cap, setting in motion an extraordinary chain of events. Four days after the crash, a B-17 searching for the missing cargo plane also went down in a blinding storm.</p><p>All nine crew members survived the crash, and an amphibious Grumman Duck was sent on a daring rescue mission to bring them home. After picking up one member of the B-17 crew, the rescuers of this third flight flew into a severe storm and vanished.</p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 22:42:02 +0000 Bob Kustra 35889 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Explores WWII Story "Frozen in Time"