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.


Reader's Corner
5:33 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Interview With Jon Gertner

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

Reader's Corner
10:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Interview With Larry Tye

Author of "Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:52 am
Sun May 13, 2012

"Playing With Fire: Pakistan At War With Itself" By Pamela Constable

In “Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself,” Pamela Constable takes an insightful look inside one of the world’s most violent and interesting countries and the hopes, fears and aspirations of its diverse people.

A veteran correspondent for the Washington Post, Constable has reported extensively from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Iraq for the past 14 years. She steps behind the headlines to provide a revealing portrait of this nuclear-armed nation.

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Reader's Corner
5:40 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Interview with Susan Orlean

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

Reader's Corner
2:27 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Interview with Charles C. Mann

Author of "1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created"

Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Interview with Richard Reeves

Author of "Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949"

Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Interview with Pam Constable

Author of "Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself"

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
10:04 am
Mon April 16, 2012

"How To Run The World" By Parag Khanna


The world’s power structure is shifting, and we had better be ready to deal with the challenges and opportunities it is creating.

In “How to Run the World,” geo-political expert and economist Parag Khanna explores complex questions about how the world can deal with a changed global landscape in a more effective way.

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Reader's Corner
5:35 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Interview with Parag Khanna

Author of "How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance"

Reader's Corner
2:17 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Interview with Matthew Deren

Author of "A Forgotten Wilderness: Nature's Hidden Relationship in West Central Idaho"

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
11:25 am
Mon April 2, 2012

"Mark Twain: A Life" By Ron Powers

From his biting sarcasm to his witty social commentary, Mark Twain defined 19th-century America. His classic literary works, including his beloved tale of Tom Sawyer and his more controversial story about the irascible Huck Finn, continue to enthrall readers of all ages. Ron Powers’ masterful biography, “Mark Twain: A Life,” captures the essence of Twain’s genius, pointing out his many talents and considerable flaws.

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Interview with Ron Powers

Author of "Mark Twain: A Life"

Reader's Corner
5:01 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Interview with Don Carleton

Co-author of "Conversations with Cronkite"

Reader's Corner
5:00 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Interview with Mia Bay

Author of "To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells"

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
4:06 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

"Money Well Spent?" By Michael Grabell

When Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in 2009, it became the largest economic recovery plan in U.S. history. Since then, the package known as “the stimulus” has been criticized for funding questionable projects and for massive inefficiencies, and praised for creating jobs and funding real improvements.

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Reader's Corner
2:35 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Interview with Deborah Blum

Author of "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"

Reader's Corner
4:24 pm
Fri March 2, 2012

Interview with Michael Grabell

Author of "Money Well Spent?  The Truth Behind the Trillion-Dollar Stimulus, the Biggest Economic Recovery Plan in History"

Reader's Corner
2:49 pm
Fri February 24, 2012

Interview with Neil Lanctot

Author of "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella"

Reader's Corner
9:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Interview with Neil Lanctot

Author of "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella"

Reader's Corner
10:42 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Deadly Embrace by Bruce Riedel

With the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 and challenges to current United States policy in the region, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has come under intense scrutiny.

The bond between the two long has been complicated by differing worldviews.

Distrust, betrayal and enmity have flared on both sides, balanced by periods of mutual reliance and occasional affability.

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