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:

  • July 18 & 20 "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown pt1
  • July 25 & 27 "The Boys in the Boat" by Daniel James Brown pt2
  • August 1 & 3 "Commit to Win" by Heidi Reeder
  • August 8 & 10 "The Evolution of a Corporate Idealist" by Christine Bader

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Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:23 am
Mon August 20, 2012

"Embattled Ecumenism" By Jill K. Gill

In modern America, religious interests and national politics are often intertwined.

But many might not realize that before Jerry Falwell’s Moral Majority helped fuel the election of Ronald Reagan in 1980, Christian influence on American politics was almost entirely the realm of liberals and progressives cloaked in the robes of ecumenism — a philosophy that emphasized unity and interdependence among not only Christians, but all of humanity.

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Reader's Corner
5:29 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Interview With Eliza Griswold

Author of "The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam"

Reader's Corner
11:36 am
Fri August 10, 2012

Interview with Bruce Riedel

Author of "Deadly Embrace: Pakistan, America and the Future of Global Jihad"

Reader's Corner
11:01 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Interview with Jill Gill

Professor of History at Boise State and Author of "Embattled Ecumenism: The National Council of Churches, the Vietnam War And the Trials of the Protestant Left"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:32 am
Mon August 6, 2012

"The Arab Uprising" By Marc Lynch

Open a newspaper or turn on your favorite television news channel and you’re sure to be confronted with the latest wave of protests in Syria, Bahrain or Yemen. Given the violent uprisings across the region and the radical transformation of governments in key states, the New Middle East is undergoing a change like no other in recent history. In some areas, governments have toppled and dictators have fled, while in others dissent has led to massive crackdowns and human rights violations.

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Reader's Corner
12:37 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Interview With Raj Patel

Author of "Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
11:23 am
Mon July 23, 2012

"Imperfect: An Improbable Life" By Jim Abbott

In addition to following their favorite team stats and player profiles, devoted baseball fans owe it to themselves to add Jim Abbott’s new memoir, “Imperfect: An Improbable Life,” to their must-read list.

On an overcast September day in 1993, Abbott took the mound at Yankee Stadium and threw one of the most dramatic no-hitters in major league history. The game was the crowning achievement in an unlikely success story, unseen in the annals of professional sports.

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Reader's Corner
4:57 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Interview With Alan Heathcock

Author of the short story collection "Volt"

Reader's Corner
5:40 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Interview With Tim Woodward

Longtime Idaho Statesman columnist and author of "Destination Idaho"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:33 am
Tue July 10, 2012

"A Contest For Supremacy" By Aaron L. Friedberg

The typically calm yet wary diplomacy between the United States and the People’s Republic of China has been riled in recent months, putting each nation’s desire to keep the relationship on an even keel on full display.

Yet headlines about an escaped dissident seeking refuge with top American diplomats, and cloak-and-dagger corruption and intrigue at the highest rungs of the Communist Party also serve to highlight how prickly this important relationship can be.

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri July 6, 2012

Interview With Aaron Friedberg

Author of "A Contest for Supremacy: China, America, and the Struggle for Mastery in Asia"

Reader's Corner
4:07 pm
Fri June 29, 2012

Interview With Chris McDougall

Author of "Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
10:22 am
Mon June 25, 2012

“The Idea Factory: Bell Labs And The Great Age Of American Innovation” By Jon Gertner

In many respects, “innovation” is the buzzword of the 21st century. Corporations, entrepreneurs and research institutions tout its value as they seek to generate new knowledge, products and services.

But where does innovation come from? And how can we make it integral to our organizations? Journalist Jon Gertner offers some fascinating insights into these questions in “The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation.”

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri June 22, 2012

Interview With Marc Lynch

Author of "The Arab Uprising: The Unfinished Revolutions of the New Middle East"

Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri June 15, 2012

Interview With Mark Adams

Author of "Turn Right at Machu Picchu"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
2:25 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

"Rin Tin Tin: The Life And The Legend" By Susan Orlean


For most people who watched American television in the 1950s, Rin Tin Tin was an exciting character on a popular show. But few know that this famous television dog was little more than a fictional namesake and pale shadow of a real dog whose story and abilities captured America’s heart nearly two generations earlier.

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri June 8, 2012

Interview With Jim Abbott

Author of "Imperfect: An Improbable Life"

Reader's Corner
5:55 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Interview With Jim Rasenberger

Author of "The Brilliant Disaster: JFK, Castro, and America's Doomed Invasion of Cuba's Bay of Pigs"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:27 am
Sun May 27, 2012

"Daring Young Men: The Heroism And Triumph Of The Berlin Airlift" By Richard Reeves


They had returned home to America from World War II victorious and ready for a new life that included wives, children and hastily constructed homes with Buicks parked out front. On June 26, 1948, all of that changed. Hundreds of former pilots, mechanics and navigators were suddenly recalled to duty, many with only 48 hours’ notice.

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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"