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
5:01 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Interview With Peter Bergen

Author of "Manhunt: From 9/11 to Abbottabad, The Ten-Year Search for Osama Bin Laden"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Interview With Robert Morgan

Author of "Lions fo the West: Heroes and Villains of the Westward Expansion"

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Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
11:03 am
Tue February 5, 2013

"The Spine Of The Continent" By Mary Ellen

In a world besieged by climate change and population boom, the natural splendor of our planet is facing unprecedented peril. Each year, more of the animals and habitat that contribute to the rich biodiversity of our planet are becoming threatened. If nothing is done to reverse the trend, we may soon lose many of them forever.

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Reader's Corner
10:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Interview With Jill Gill

Author of "Embattled Ecumenism: The National Council of Churches, the Vietnam War And the Trials of the Protestant Left"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Interview With Jeffery Wasserstrom

Author of "China in the 21st Century: What Everyone Needs to Know"

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Reader's Corner
8:27 am
Wed January 16, 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
3:18 pm
Fri January 4, 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 Idaho Statesman Column
11:30 am
Wed January 2, 2013

"Destiny Of The Republic" By Candice Millard

A shot fired by a deranged assassin in the lobby of a Washington, D.C., train station in the summer of 1881 would eventually lead to the death of the United States’ 20th president, James A. Garfield.

While Garfield survived for more than two months after the shooting, he later succumbed to massive infection introduced by aggressive and highly unsterile attempts to locate the bullet by the very doctors charged with saving his life. In fact, gunman Charles Guiteau argued, unsuccessfully, that it was Garfield’s doctors who should be charged with murder and not he.

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Interview With Ira Shapiro

Author of "The Last Great Senate: Courage and Statesmanship in Times of Crisis"

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Reader's Corner
3:21 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Interview With Alan Heathcock

Author of the short story collection "Volt"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Interview With Candice Millard

Author of "Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President"

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Interview With Gary Krist

Author of "City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago"

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Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
4:16 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

"City Of Scoundrels" By Gary Krist

Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was Chicago. But one author has discovered 12 days in the history of the latter that indelibly tested its resolve and helped define its course.

In his New York Times bestseller, “City of Scoundrels: The 12 Days of Disaster that Gave Birth to Modern Chicago,” Gary Krist details the events of July 21-Aug. 1, 1919, when Chicago endured tragedy, violence and chaos that would challenge a young, rapidly growing city still trying to solidify its future.

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Interview With Rajiv Chandrasekaran

Author of "Little America: The War Within the War For Afghanistan"

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2012

Interview With HW Bill Brands

Author of "American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1865-1900"

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Reader's Corner
6:30 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Interview With James Dodson

Author of "American Triumvirate: Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan and the Modern Age of Golf"

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Reader's Corner
11:07 am
Mon October 29, 2012

Interview With Susan Orlean

Author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
10:38 am
Mon October 29, 2012

“Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin Laden from 9/11 to Abbottabad” By Peter L. Bergen

On the night he was killed, Osama bin Laden heard strange sounds inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. He quietly told his youngest wife, “Don’t turn on the light.” They were the last words he would utter. Minutes later, a team of Navy SEALs made their way to his top-floor bedroom and shot and killed the United States’ most wanted man.

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Reader's Corner
1:00 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Interview With Susan Orlean

Author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend"

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Reader's Corner
2:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Interview With Gary Gallagher

Interview with Gary Gallagher

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