Reader's Corner http://boisestatepublicradio.org en 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><em>This Reader's Corner interview was first broadcast in January, 2014</em></p><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, 15 Aug 2014 22:06:53 +0000 Bob Kustra 39423 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Christian Caryl On 1979 And The Birth Of The 21st Century Author Christine Bader On Corporate Idealism http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-christine-bader-corporate-idealism <p>When an oil rig explodes, a factory building collapses, or a water supply is tainted, the finger pointing often starts and stops with the multinational corporation behind the operation.</p><p>In recent years, big business has been implicated in a plethora of scandals and accidents that have cost lives and damaged the environment. We tend to think of these corporations as monolithic entities that march in lockstep and have singular goals, but as today’s guest points out, that’s hardly the case. &nbsp;</p> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 00:36:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 50217 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Christine Bader On Corporate Idealism Talking About Commitment With Idaho Author Heidi Reeder http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/talking-about-commitment-idaho-author-heidi-reeder <p>Businesses seeking to increase productivity, athletes striving to improve their performance, and couples intent on strengthening their relationship share this in common: To get what they’re after, they’ll need more than motivation. They’ll need commitment.</p><p>Heidi Reeder is an expert on how commitment enables organizations and individuals to reach their goals. Her new book<em>, "</em>Commit to Win<em>," </em>unpacks 40 years of research by psychologists and economists to bust the many myths about commitment and explain why it’s important.</p> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 49881 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Talking About Commitment With Idaho Author Heidi Reeder Part 2 Of An Interview With Daniel James Brown About "The Boys In The Boat" http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/part-2-interview-daniel-james-brown-about-boys-boat <p><em>This interview was originally broadcast in December, 2013:</em></p><p></p><p>This is 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, 26 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36950 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Part 2 Of An Interview With Daniel James Brown 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><em>This interview for Reader's Corner was originally broadcast in December of 2013:</em></p><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, 19 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 36543 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org An Epic Quest For Rowing Gold At The 1936 Berlin Olympics The Legacy Of Photographer Edward Curtis With Author Timothy Egan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/legacy-photographer-edward-curtis-author-timothy-egan <p>It took Edward Curtis just a few years after arriving in the small town of Seattle in 1887 to establish a reputation as one of its finest portrait photographers. Uneducated and self-taught, he quickly became one of the most respected lensmen in America and was summoned to capture images of President Theodore Roosevelt and even the president’s daughter’s wedding.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 48682 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Legacy Of Photographer Edward Curtis With Author Timothy Egan A Conversation With 'The Last Great Senate' Author Ira Shapiro http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/conversation-last-great-senate-author-ira-shapiro <p>Ask just about anyone their opinion about politics and the federal government and two words you are likely to hear in response are: dysfunction and gridlock.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But Ira Shapiro, knows firsthand of an era not all that long ago when big personalities in the U.S. Senate worked together to solve big problems. </span></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 18433 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org A Conversation With 'The Last Great Senate' Author Ira Shapiro Part 2: Idaho Author Anthony Doerr On Promoting 'All The Light We Cannot See' http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/part-2-idaho-author-anthony-doerr-promoting-all-light-we-cannot-see <p>In May, Anthony Doerr <a href="http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-author-anthony-doerr-his-much-anticipated-newest-novel" target="_blank">visited Reader's Corner</a> to talk about his new novel, "All the Light We Cannot See." Ten years in the writing, the book tells the stories of a blind French girl and a German boy during World War II and how their lives eventually intertwine.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 23:38:32 +0000 Bob Kustra 47861 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Part 2: Idaho Author Anthony Doerr On Promoting 'All The Light We Cannot See' Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/football-and-concussions-interview-league-denial-author-steve-fainaru <p> "<em>This program is an encore and was originally broadcast in November of 2013"</em></p><p>“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.</p><p>But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 35567 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru Author Justin Vaughn On The Heroic Expectations Of The American President http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-justin-vaughn-heroic-expectations-american-president <p>The office of the President of the United States is among the most highly visible institutions anywhere in the world. The person who occupies the office is subject to intense scrutiny – and while some of that is negative, the president oftentimes also serves as a symbol of the hopes, dreams and aspirations of a diverse American citizenry.</p><p>But what happens when there is a disconnect between the high expectations Americans have for what their president can accomplish, and the reality of how the office functions in today’s Washington?</p> Sat, 14 Jun 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 47037 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Justin Vaughn On The Heroic Expectations Of The American President Author Robert K. Fitts On American Baseball's 1934 Tour Of Japan http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-robert-k-fitts-american-baseballs-1934-tour-japan <p>The power of sports to mend rifts between nations and establish bonds of friendship and understanding was put to the test in 1934, when a group of Major League baseball players, including Babe Ruth, traveled to Japan to play a series of 18 exhibition games in 12 cities.</p><p>The Americans squared off against their Japanese rivals in contests that drew thousands of enthusiastic spectators. The crowd’s biggest cheers often went to Ruth, who was revered in Japan as the jovial demigod of baseball.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:23:05 +0000 Bob Kustra 46641 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Robert K. Fitts On American Baseball's 1934 Tour Of Japan Remembering D-Day With Author And Historian John C. McManus http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/remembering-d-day-author-and-historian-john-c-mcmanus <p>June 6, 2014 marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, the invasion on the beaches of Normandy that turned the tide of fighting in World War II Europe and led to an Allied victory.&nbsp;</p><p>John C. McManus, offers an insider’s look at just one of the five beaches taken by Allied troops in his new book,&nbsp; "The Dead and Those About to Die — D-Day: The Big Red One at Omaha Beach."</p> Fri, 30 May 2014 22:31:51 +0000 Bob Kustra 46241 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Remembering D-Day With Author And Historian John C. McManus Author Gary Bass Examines Cold War Foreign Policy In Asia http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/author-gary-bass-examines-cold-war-foreign-policy-asia <p>It’s no secret that the zero-sum game of Cold War politics often led U.S. policymakers into global alliances that had more to do with anti-communist expediency than lofty democratic ideals. One relatively unknown Cold War episode involves the 1971 atrocities against the Hindus of Bangladesh that led to war between India and a U.S.-supported military dictatorship in Pakistan.</p> Sat, 24 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 45847 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Author Gary Bass Examines Cold War Foreign Policy In Asia 'The Vatican Diaries' Author John Thavis Offers An Insider's Look At The Catholic Church http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/vatican-diaries-author-john-thavis-offers-insiders-look-catholic-church <p>For John Thavis, the timing couldn’t have been better. His book, “The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church,” was released in February 2013, just as Pope Benedict XVI announced he would be the first pope in 600 years to resign.</p><p>It was a stroke of luck that put his book – the culmination of nearly 30 years as a journalist covering the Vatican – in exactly the right place at the right time.</p> Fri, 16 May 2014 22:29:07 +0000 Bob Kustra 45337 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org 'The Vatican Diaries' Author John Thavis Offers An Insider's Look At The Catholic Church Former Congressman Mickey Edwards On The Downside Of Partisan Politics http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/former-congressman-mickey-edwards-downside-partisan-politics <p>Fans of novels depicting dystopian societies need look no further than our nation’s Congress for real-life examples of governance run amok. That’s the message from our guest, former U.S. Representative Mickey Edwards, author of "The Parties Versus the People: How to Turn Republicans and Democrats into Americans."</p><p>Edwards argues that blind allegiance to party affiliation has turned lawmakers into followers rather than leaders, with many voting their party line more than 90 percent of the time.</p> Sat, 10 May 2014 00:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 44971 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Former Congressman Mickey Edwards On The Downside Of Partisan Politics Idaho Author Anthony Doerr On His Much Anticipated Newest Novel http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/idaho-author-anthony-doerr-his-much-anticipated-newest-novel <p> The author of two short story collections, a memoir, and now two novels, Anthony Doerr’s fiction has won a raft of awards. He is the recipient of four O. Henry Prizes, three Pushcart Prizes, the Rome Prize, a Guggenheim fellowship, the National Magazine award and the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, the largest prize in the world for a single short story.</p><p>Anthony Doerr's much anticipated new novel, "All the Light We Cannot See,"<em>&nbsp;</em> was recently released.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 22:40:12 +0000 Bob Kustra 44581 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Idaho Author Anthony Doerr On His Much Anticipated Newest Novel Journalist Amanda Ripley On The Current State Of Education http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/journalist-amanda-ripley-current-state-education <p></p><p>Preparing students to excel in a fast-changing world is a concern for many nations. 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> Fri, 25 Apr 2014 23:00:00 +0000 Bob Kustra 43721 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Journalist Amanda Ripley On The Current State Of Education 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 Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University.&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://news.boisestate.edu/update/2014/04/24/amanda-ripley-lecture-moved-taco-bell-arena/">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