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Remembering Bethine Church And Her Passion For People And Politics


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.

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.” 

The book is a fascinating account of Frank and Bethine Church’s many years in Washington as part of the political elite, and about their efforts on behalf of progressive issues, such as civil rights, opposition to the Vietnam War, and wilderness preservation.

Besides being the tale of a political woman, “A Lifelong Affair” is a poignant love story that offers insights to the steadfast relationship between two strong-willed and dynamic personalities.  Bethine’s sharp wit, warmth and boundless energy shine through in this interview from our archives and we’re pleased to be able to feature it.

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