Welcome to Reader's Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University president emeritus Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.
Idaho Matters is a wonderful way to stay up to date, meet people and understand there's much more to this great state. Hosted by Gemma Gaudette on Boise State Public Radio News, it features arts and politics, growth and education, and the interesting stories that make Idaho unique. Send us your questions, comments or story ideas by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or sending us a voicemail using the "Talk To Us" feature on the free Boise State Public Radio app.
This podcast takes you inside the world of the ascendant Patriot Movement. Meet the militia members and far-right activists who are simultaneously preparing to fight the government and become part of it. Nearly a year after the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, this once-shadowy movement has never been more relevant.Extremely American on Boise State Public Radio is presented in partnership with Postindustrial Media LLC.
Squirrel Girl has taken down Thanos and Doctor Doom – but now she faces something far more terrifying… living authentically. Empire State University college student, Doreen Green, has recently been outed as a Super Hero – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! Hoping to unify her personas in the public eye, Squirrel Girl has created a new student radio show on ESU’s own college station. With the help of her best girl-friend, Nancy Whitehead as producer, and her best squirrel-friend, Tippy-Toe in the ...
Grouse is a show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.Hosted by Ashley Ahearn, Grouse is an eight-part podcast series produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio.
Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-generated podcast from Boise State Public Radio that is driven by YOU! No matter how quirky or serious your question might be, we want to know: What sparks your curiosity about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Click here to join this curious collective by sharing your question.
A disturbing crime, a desperate act, and how one case could change the way prisons treat some transgender inmates. This podcast follows the case of Adree Edmo, a transgender inmate in Idaho who sued the state for gender confirmation surgery. The state appealed, and now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals must rule.
Listen along with us as This American Life's Serial podcast revisits the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho. Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured, marking five birthdays in captivity before his release. Now, he faces a full military court-martial. Reporters with the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio discuss Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.
Boise State Public Radio turns 45 years old this year and we are continuing to grow.By Samantha Wright
The debate over school choice is heating up in Idaho.By Gemma Gaudette
Netflix subscribers listen up because there are changes afoot! There’s also a big controversy going on over an Oscar nomination and Harrison Ford has been very busy.By Gemma Gaudette, George Prentice
Earlier this week the Biden administration announced it plans to let the Coronavirus Public Health Emergency expire in May.By Gemma Gaudette
Starting today 150,000 people in Idaho who are on Medicaid will get a letter in the mail that says if they can’t prove they are still eligible for coverage they’ll be kicked out of the health insurance program. That could leave tens of thousands of people without health care coverage.By Samantha Wright
The company that supplies drinking water to most of the Treasure Valley wants to raise their rates by 24%.By Samantha Wright
A new play at the Morrison Center in Boise explores some of the themes that came out of the Salem Witch trials in puritan New England in 1691.By Samantha Wright, George Prentice
The shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall in 2021 caused shock and anger in the Treasure Valley after Jacob Berquest shot and killed two people. A new investigative report found that Berquist’s home was littered with bullet casings and covered in bullet holes.By Samantha Wright
A new novel, The Hunter, puts to rest some tropes about suspense novels, small town crime, women and police corruption.By Gemma Gaudette
The number of Idahoans who feel the state is on the wrong track is growing.By Samantha Wright
This Thursday, Feb. 2 the Fettucine Forum will be hosting an event that looks at the history of queer space throughout Idaho.By Hannah Gardoski
Restoring ecosystems is no easy task as we try to repair some of the damage humans have done to planet earth. And food production can be very hard on nature, especially if those practices don’t take whole ecosystems into account.By Samantha Wright
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Idaho Matters takes a look at the news that made headlines this week, including a bill banning "vaccine materials" in food, what will happen if Medicaid expansion ends and why the Attorney General is questioning the legality of LGBTQ+ policies that are in place in many schools.By Gemma Gaudette
Over the last year the Boise Police Department has seen its fair share of scandal with a relatively new Boise Police Chief being asked to resign and a former captain giving voice to racism, which triggered an independent investigation into the department. Interim Police Chief Ron Winegar sits down to talk the investigation into former BPD captain M…
Electric vehicles are everywhere. However, a lack of infrastructure is making it hard to keep the car charged, especially on long roadtrips.By Samantha Wright
A nationwide shortage of over-the-counter children’s medicine is impacting the supply in the Treasure Valley.By Gemma Gaudette
Here in the Treasure Valley, many girls do not have enough money for menstrual products. One group is working to address this problem though, by providing free period kits to middle schools and high schools.By Hannah Gardoski
A historic comet will soon be passing through the night sky and this may be the only chance you have to see it, ever.By Samantha Wright
The U.S. Supreme Court was dubbed the least dangerous branch of government by Alexander Hamilton. But the court has lately been in the middle of some of America's biggest controversies.By Samantha Wright
The fifth annual Idaho Sled Dog Challenge brings dog mushers from around the world to McCall.By Samantha Wright
Idaho Matters talks with local author Jan M. Flynn about her chapters in the newest instalment of "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Lessons Learned from My Dog."By Hannah Gardoski
Harvest and Hearth will be holding their third annual event on Feb. 10, bringing local producers together for a day of classes and networking.By Samantha Wright
Here in Idaho two groups are helping to prevent evictions and keep people housed.By Samantha Wright
On another rather cold January morning here in Idaho, we consider ice, not so much what the natural elements have delivered to our doorstep, but the ice that we create for our comfort, for our consumption, our leisure for so much of our lives. But at what cost?By Samantha Wright
Author Erika Bolstad sits down with Idaho Matters to talk about her debut novel.By Hannah Gardoski
An interview with Dipo Faloyin, debut author of Africa is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent. In the book, Faloyin explores the youth-led cultural and political movements that are defining and reimagining Africa on their own terms.Program note: This is the second half of a two-part interview.…
Idaho Matters takes a look at the news that made headlines this week, including a bill that would change the legal definition of abortion, the impact of location on teachers' pay and why one Idaho lawmaker is saying he doesn't want to hear from anyone under the age of 18.By Gemma Gaudette
The crisis has been a focus for the Biden Administration but the rollout of federal solutions has been slow.By Samantha Wright
Dogs running off leash in the Boise Foothills can mean the death of deer and elk who winter there. Matt O'Connell with Idaho Fish and Game and he joins Idaho Matters to explain why keeping your dog on their leash is so important to big game.By Samantha Wright
There aren't enough Big Brothers to go around and BBBS is asking for volunteers. CEO Hillary Xoumanivong joins Idaho Matters to tell us more.By Gemma Gaudette
We delve into the Oscar nomination process, plus what has Avatar director James Cameron been up to? Our resident movie critic and Morning Edition host George Prentice returns to Idaho Matters.By George Prentice, Samantha Wright
An interview with Dipo Faloyin, debut author of Africa is Not a Country: Notes on a Bright Continent. In the book, Faloyin explores the youth-led cultural and political movements that are defining and reimagining Africa on their own terms.By Bob Kustra
An interview with John Pomfret, author of From Warsaw With Love. The book tells the epic story of how Polish intelligence officers forged an alliance with the CIA in the twilight of the Cold War.By Bob Kustra
In his latest book, Proof of Life, Daniel Levin dives deep into a shadowy world where few have access—an underground industry of war where everything is for sale, including arms, drugs, and even people.By Bob Kustra
This is an encore program which originally aired in December of 2017.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Gaia Vince, author of Nomad Century: How Climate Migration Will Reshape Our World. The book investigates a coming environmental migration, the seismic consequence of our climate crisis that will force us to change where, and how, we live.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Daniel Yergin, author of The New Map: Energy, Climate and the Clash of Nations. The book offers a fresh look at how energy revolutions, climate battles, and geopolitics are mapping our future.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Amelia Pang, author of Made in China: A Prisoner, an SOS Letter, and the Hidden Cost of America's Cheap Goods. The book explores ethical consumption and how a cheap price tag typically hides a higher human cost.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Eric Rauchway, author of Why the New Deal Matters. The book offers a look at how the New Deal fundamentally changed American life, and why it remains relevant today.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Ben Macintyre, author of the new book, Prisoners of the Castle: An Epic Story of Survival and Escape from Colditz, the Nazis’ Fortress Prison. In the book, Macintyre looks at one of history’s most notorious prisons, and the remarkable cast of POWs who tried relentlessly to escape their captors.…
An interview with Nate Schweber, author of the new book, This America of Ours: Bernard & Avis DeVoto and the Forgotten Fight to Save the Wild. In the book, Schweber tells the story of the extraordinary couple who rescued national parks from McCarthyism, and inspired a future of conservation.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Chris Pavone, author of the thrilling novel, Two Nights in Lisbon. The book is story of a woman under pressure, and what she will resort to when everything is on the line.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Toya Wolfe, debut author of the novel, Last Summer on State Street. The book is a striking coming-of-age debut about friendship, community, and resilience, set in the housing projects of Chicago.By Bob Kustra
An interview with Mark Follman, author of Trigger Points: Inside the Mission to Stop Mass Shootings in America. The book casts new light on the behind-the-scenes work being done to predict and prevent mass shootings.By Bob Kustra
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An interview with Edward H. Miller, author of A Conspiratorial Life: Robert Welch, the John Birch Society, and the Revolution of American Conservatism. In the book, Miller argues that Welch’s paranoid right-wing nativism, dismissed by thinkers like William F. Buckley, gradually moved from the fringe into mainstream conservatism.…
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An interview with David Gelles, author of The Man Who Broke Capitalism: How Jack Welch Gutted the Heartland and Crushed the Soul of Corporate America―and How to Undo His Legacy. In the book, Gelles profiles the man who ushered in a new, cutthroat era of American capitalism that continues to this dayBy Bob Kustra
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