Tom Kuser

Program Director, WSHU Morning Edition host

Tom has been with WSHU since 1987, after spending 15 years at college and commercial radio and television stations. After a short stint as classical music announcer, he was given the task of rebuilding and expanding the news department. Under his direction, the news staff began a tradition of award-winning coverage. Tom has won several Associated Press awards for his own feature reporting, too. He became Program Director in 1999, and has been local host of NPR’s Morning Edition since 2000.

Feel My Pain

Aug 18, 2014

Everybody loves a mountain, especially if they can drive up to the summit instead of climbing. The most popular and highest mountain in the south of France is called Mount Aigoual, standing a little over five thousand feet, which has two excellent roads leading to the top. Our little Fiat 500 just made it, and we were rewarded with a spectacular panorama.

Black Fives Foundation

The Greenwich, Connecticut-based Black Fives Foundation has collected hundreds of artifacts from a period in sports history called the Black Fives Era.  It refers to the first half of the 20th century, in segregated America, where African Americans formed basketball leagues of their own.

WSHU's Tom Kuser speaks with founder Claude Johnson about an exhibit at the New York Historical Society in Manhattan, which features many of those artifacts.

Foreign Gods Inc.

Feb 21, 2014

Foreign Gods Inc. is a new novel about one man's scheme to steal a statue of a Nigerian god of war to sell it in the United States. 

It's the second novel from writer and Nigerian political commentator Okey Ndibe, who lives in West Hartford, Connecticut and teaches African literature at Brown University. WSHU Morning Edition Host Tom Kuser spoke with Professor Ndibe about the new book.

AP/Jenny Risher

November 13, 2013:  New York Times best-selling author of Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom talks about his new novel, The First Call From Heaven. It’s the story of a small town that gets attention when it starts receiving phone calls from people in the afterlife. Greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Introduced by WSHU Development Director Gillian Anderson, interviewed by WSHU News Director Naomi Starobin.   (1:21:03)

Credit Jennifer Schatten

October 18, 2013:  #1 New York Times best-selling author of Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert. talks about her new novel, The Signature of All Things.  It’s the story of an irrepressible woman, determined to satisfy her most powerful urges for both love and knowledge, and a mysterious painter searching for purity and communion.  Interviewed by Trevor Crowe, author, radio host and licensed marriage and family therapist.  (1:04:16)