Bob Kustra

President of Boise State University

Bob Kustra is the host of Reader's Corner a weekly radio show that features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.

Dr. Bob Kustra is president of Boise State University, the largest public university in Idaho, with an enrollment of nearly 20,000 students served by 2,800 faculty and staff.

Now in his ninth year, he leads the university in a time of dynamic growth in student enrollment, new construction, fundraising and research. Long heralded for its devotion to classroom teaching, Boise State has expanded its mission to become an emerging metropolitan research university of distinction..

With a long and distinguished career in public service in Illinois, Dr. Kustra served two terms as lieutenant governor, following 10 years in the legislature. He also chaired the Illinois Board of Higher Education, responsible for funding and oversight of the state’s nine public universities. Dr. Kustra’s background in radio includes four years as host of a talk show on WLS-AM in Chicago.

Prior to joining Boise State, Dr. Kustra served as president of Eastern Kentucky University and the Midwestern Higher Education Commission. He has held faculty positions at the University of Illinois-Springfield, Loyola University of Chicago, the University of Illinois-Chicago, and Northwestern University.

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Interview With Nathanial Philbrick

National Book Award-winner and Author of "Bunker Hill: A City, a Siege, a Revolution"

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Reader's Corner
5:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Interview With Robert Fitts

Author of "Banzai Babe Ruth: Baseball, Espionage and Assassination During the 1934 Tour of Japan"

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Reader's Corner
4:27 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Interview With Stephan Talty

Author of "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

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Reader's Corner
4:17 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Interview With Christopher Steiner

Author of "Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World"

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Interview With Wade Davis

Author of "Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest"

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Reader's Corner
5:19 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Interview With Eliza Griswold

Author of " The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

Interview With Stephen Budiansky

Author of "Blackett's War: The Men Who Defeated the Nazi U-Boats and Brought Science to the Art of Warfare"

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Reader's Corner
2:45 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Interview With Jeffery Wasserstrom

Author of "China in the 21st Century"

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Reader's Corner
1:59 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

Interview With Nancy Napier

Author of "Wise Beyond Your Field: How Creative Leaders Out Innovate to Out Perform"

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Reader's Corner
4:42 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Interview With Paul Tough

Author of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character"

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Reader's Corner
4:44 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Interview With Erik Larson

Author of "In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin"

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Reader's Corner
5:06 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Interview With Jim Sterba

Author of "Nature Wars"

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Reader's Corner
10:14 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Interview With Stefan Bechtel

Author of "Mr Hornaday's War: How a Peculiar Victorian Zookeeper Waged a Lonely Crusade for Wildlife that Changed the World."

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Interview With Mary Ellen Hannibal

Author of "The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Interview With Mike Brown

Astronomer and Author of "How I Killed Pluto and Why it Had it Coming"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Interview With Robert Morgan

Author of "Lions of the West"

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Interview With John Thavis

Author of "The Vatican Diaries: a Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church"

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Interview With Edward Ball

Author of "The Inventor and the Tycoon: A Gilded Age Murder and the Birth of Moving Pictures"

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Reader's Corner
12:46 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Interview With Jon Gertner

Author or "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

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Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
12:39 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

"The Odyssey of KP2" by Terrie Williams

A baby seal abandoned on a remote beach on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, is an unlikely champion for endangered marine mammals worldwide. But tiny KP2 quickly captured the hearts of admirers across the islands, and the world, with his love for all things human and his playful and inquisitive personality.

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