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

Author of "China in the 21st Century"

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

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

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

Author of "Nature Wars"

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

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

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

Author of "Lions of the West"

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

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

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

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.

Part 2 of the conversation with Terrie Williams, Author of "The Odyssey of KP2"

Author of "The Odyssey of KP2: An Orphan Seal, a Marine Biologist, and hte Fight to Save a Species"

Interview With Larry Tye

Apr 19, 2013

Author of "Superman, the High Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero"

Author of "Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad"

Few would list the name Juan Pujol among Eisenhower, Churchill and Roosevelt - the Allied giants of World War II.

Yet, this underachieving chicken farmer from Barcelona very well could be the pivotal figure of one of the 20th century's most important events: the Allied landings in Normandy during the summer of 1944. In his recent book, "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day," author Stephan Talty details Pujol's unlikely appearance and cloak-and-dagger deeds as an extraordinary spy in the titanic struggle against Nazism.

Oscar-winning Actor and Author of "Trust Me: A Memoir"