Reader's Corner

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Welcome to Reader’s Corner, a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by Boise State University President Bob Kustra. Now in its 14th year, Reader's Corner features lively conversations with leading writers, including many winners of top literary prizes and authors of bestsellers. Join us each week for thoughtful interviews about issues and ideas that matter today.

Coming up on Reader's Corner:

  • November 10 & 12  -  "Spoils" with Brian Van Reet - In honor of Veteran's Day
  • November 17 & 19  -  "Mr. Dickens and His Carol" with Samantha Silva
  • November 24 & 26  -  "The Tunnels" with Greg Mitchell (encore)
  • December 1 & 3  -  "Enemy of the Good" with Matthew Palmer

In October 2017, Reader's Corner marked a milestone with its 500th guest. Among the notable guests are bestselling authors Erik Larson, Ann Patchett, David Brooks and Candice Millard; Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Doerr, Elizabeth Kolbert, Tracy Kidder and E.O. Wilson; National Book Award winners Timothy Egan and Nathaniel Philbrick; and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. 

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Ways to Connect

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

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.

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

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

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

Deadly Embrace by Bruce Riedel

Feb 21, 2012

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.

Guest: Tim Woodward, longtime Idaho Statesman columnist and author of “Destination Idaho”

Author of “Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them”

Author of “Collision Course: Ronald Reagan, the Air Traffic Controllers and the Strike that Changed America”

Author of “Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time”

Co-author of "That Used to Be Us: How America Fell Behind in the World It Invented and How We Can Come Back."

Author of “Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure and the Most Incredible Rescue Mission of World War II”

Author of "Eiffel's Tower"

Author of "Silence of the Songbirds"

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

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