Reader's Corner

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Welcome to Reader’s Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation’s leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today. Join us each week at Reader’s Corner for thoughtful interviews centered around books and articles that help shape our world.

Coming up on Reader's Corner:

  • April 18 & 20 "The Genius of Earth Day" by Adam Rome
  • April 25 & 27 "The Smartest Kids in the World" by Amanda Ripley
  • May 2 & 4 "All the Light We Cannot See" by Anthony Doerr
  • May 9 & 11 "The Parties V The People" by Mickey Edwards

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Reader's Corner
4:23 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Football And Concussions: An Interview With 'League Of Denial' Author Steve Fainaru

“Iron Mike” Webster was one of the most revered and beloved Pittsburgh Steelers of all time. The Hall of Fame center was a tough, hardworking and disciplined player who gave everything he had to football.

But after retiring from the NFL in 1990, he suffered a severe decline in both physical and mental health. When he died 12 years later at age 50, his body made one of its most significant contributions to the sport, and to the fellow players he loved.

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Reader's Corner
12:37 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Vatican Expert Talks Change In Papacy

As the former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service, few understand the inner workings of the seat of Roman Catholicism better than John Thavis. His book reveals that Vatican City’s public image of power, hierarchical authority and reverence for the past often masks a disorganized, inept and uncertain organizational culture.

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

"38 Nooses" Part 2, With Scott W. Berg

We continue the discussion with Scott W. Berg about his book 38 Nooses: Lincoln, Little Crow, and the Beginning of the Frontier’s End.  The book is now out in paperback.

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

Interview With '38 Nooses' Author Scott W. Berg

The Dakota War of 1862 and its aftermath would likely be among the most remembered stories of American frontier expansion in the 19th Century if not for one thing: The American Civil War, which was happening at the same time. As a result, the extraordinary story of the rebellion by Little Crow and his Dakota followers is largely overshadowed in history books and the American psyche by accounts of the brutal bloodletting on eastern battlefields called Antietam, Fredericksburg and Gettysburg.

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Reader's Corner
1:14 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Interview With 'Nature Wars' Author Jim Sterba

We all know we’re in wild animal habitat when we enter the campground. Leave food unattended and you might find yourself in a battle with a bear. But what if the battleground was your own backyard?

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Reader's Corner
3:56 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Interview With Author And Journalist Peter Carlson

History books are full of stories about the dangers and deprivations endured by soldiers who fought in the Civil War. What may be less well known are the challenges faced by journalists of the day who risked everything to get to the front lines of battle.

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Reader's Corner
12:39 pm
Sun October 6, 2013

Interview With Astronomer Mike Brown

Many of us can probably recall maps of the solar system from our school days that showed nine planets, from Mercury to Pluto, orbiting around the sun. All that changed in 2006, when the International Astronomical Association voted to demote Pluto from a real planet to the newly coined category of “dwarf planet,” a move that stirred controversy around the world.

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Reader's Corner
2:17 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Interview With Chinese History Expert Jonathan Spence

China has long been described as “inscrutable” – a country that is both exotic and difficult to understand. Today, the world’s most populous nation is a major player on the international stage. Yet, at times, China’s actions continue to baffle outsiders unfamiliar with the country’s long and rich history and its impact on all aspects of Chinese life.

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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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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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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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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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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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