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Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their own words about their books and often the story behind the story. Listeners stream from around the world on six continents, remote islands in the Pacific, and on many public radio stations across the U.S. This is also a regular feature on KGNU in Boulder/Denver Colorado. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for more than 25 years.

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Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their own words about their books and often the story behind the story. Listeners stream from around the world on six continents, remote islands in the Pacific, and on many public radio stations across the U.S. This is also a regular feature on KGNU in Boulder/Denver Colorado. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for more than 25 years.

    Mark Lee Gardner’s “THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation"

    Mark Lee Gardner’s “THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS: Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and the Last Stand of the Great Sioux Nation"

    Colorado-based Mark Lee Gardner’s ninth book, THE EARTH IS ALL THAT LASTS, is a dual biography of Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull, the two most legendary and consequential American Indian leaders. The author's research features new primary sources, including diaries.

    Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull and their warriors crushed Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer’s Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Bighorn in Montana and led Sioux resistance in the fierce final chapter of the “Indian Wars.”

    This 1876 epic battle was the Sioux's greatest victory, but it was also the beginning of the end for their treasured sacred way of life.


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    • 9 min
    White House Adviser David Gergen’s “Hearts Touched with Fire. How Great Leaders Are Made”

    White House Adviser David Gergen’s “Hearts Touched with Fire. How Great Leaders Are Made”

    David Gergen knows a thing or two about how leaders are made. He's been a White House adviser to four presidents (Nixon, Ford, Reagan & Clinton) of different parties, CNN senior political analyst, and founder of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School.

    In Hearts Touched with Fire. How Great Leaders Are Made he presents his ideas about leadership using numerous examples from the past and present.

    He traces the journeys of historic icons like Lincoln, John F. Kennedy, Winston Churchill, and Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt, as well as contemporary game changers like Greta Thunberg, the Parkland students, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

    It’s time, he says, to pass the torch to younger leaders.


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    Bill McKibben’s “The Flag, The Cross and the Station Wagon”

    Bill McKibben’s “The Flag, The Cross and the Station Wagon”

    “I’m curious about what went so suddenly sour with American patriotism, American faith, and American prosperity.”

    Bill McKibben is an educator, environmental activist and author of more than a dozen books.  His newest title is a memoir, “The Flag, The Cross and the Station Wagon: A Graying American Looks Back at His Suburban Boyhood and Wonders What The Hell Happened.” 

    He is a founder of 350.org, the first planet-wide, grassroots climate change movement, which has organized twenty thousand rallies around the world in every country except North Korea. His new project, organizing people over age sixty for progressive change, is called Third Act.

     


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    Crime writer Sara Paretsky’s “Overboard” (V.I. Warshawski’s #21)

    Crime writer Sara Paretsky’s “Overboard” (V.I. Warshawski’s #21)

    OVERBOARD by crime writer Sara Paretsky is her 21st book in her series about her legendary detective, V.I. Warshawski.

    As this book begins V.I. is on her way home from an all-night surveillance job in Chicago and is led by her dogs on a mad chase that ends when they discover a badly injured teen hiding in the rocks along Lake Michigan.

    Credited with transforming the mystery category of books with the creation of her female private eye 40 years ago, Paretsky's books featuring V.I. Warshawski are international best sellers in 30 countries. She’s also the founder of Sisters in Crime and recipient of numerous awards around the world.

    She’s advocated for women and the underserved for decades and works closely with literacy and reproductive rights groups.


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    Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes with UNMASKED. My Life Solving America's Cold Cases

    Cold Case Investigator Paul Holes with UNMASKED. My Life Solving America's Cold Cases

    Colorado-based Paul Holes, author of UNMASKED, specializes in cold case and serial predator crimes. He began his career in the Contra Costa County (CA) Sheriff's and District Attorney's Offices in California's Bay Area.

    He led the team that found the Golden State Killer, the most notorious and cunning serial predator in U.S. history who hid in plain sight for more than 40 years.  

    His memoir of investigating America’s toughest cold cases and the rewards and toll of a life solving crime also includes details of Laci Peterson’s murder and the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

    He continues his work today applying innovative technology, including genetic genealogy, which was the key to identifying the Golden State Killer.


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    Travel Writer Brandon Presser’s THE FAR LAND: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, And Mutiny in The South Pacific

    Travel Writer Brandon Presser’s THE FAR LAND: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, And Mutiny in The South Pacific

    After dozens of travel guidebooks under his belt, Brandon Presser’s newest title is THE FAR LAND: 200 Years of Murder, Mania, And Mutiny In The South Pacific.

    The mutiny on the British navy vessel HMS Bounty occurred in the South Pacific in 1789 when Fletcher Christian and his followers seized the ship from their captain, Lieutenant William Bligh. 

    In 1808, an American merchant ship happened upon an uncharted island in the area and unwittingly solved the biggest nautical mystery of the era. They found the whereabouts of the Bounty’s band of fugitives who, after seizing their vessel, had disappeared into the night with their Tahitian companions.

    Seven or so generations later, the island’s past still looms over its 48 residents-- descendants of the original mutineers, marooned like modern castaways. Today only a rusty cargo ship connects Pitcairn with the rest of the world a few times a year.


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    • 8 min

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