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:

  • Jan 29 & 31  "Birdmen" by Lawrence Goldstone
  • Feb 5 & 7  "Cities, Sagebrush and Solitude" with editor Stephanie Witt
  • Feb 12 & 14  "The Art of Fielding" by Chad Harbach
  • Feb  19 & 21  "Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga" by Pamela Newkirk

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

A baby seal abandoned on a remote beach on the island of Kauai, Hawaii, is an unlikely champion for endangered marine mammals worldwide. But tiny KP2 quickly captured the hearts of admirers across the islands, and the world, with his love for all things human and his playful and inquisitive personality.

Interview With Larry Tye

Apr 19, 2013

Author of "Superman, the High Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero"

Author of "Escape from North Korea: The Untold Story of Asia's Underground Railroad"

Few would list the name Juan Pujol among Eisenhower, Churchill and Roosevelt - the Allied giants of World War II.

Yet, this underachieving chicken farmer from Barcelona very well could be the pivotal figure of one of the 20th century's most important events: the Allied landings in Normandy during the summer of 1944. In his recent book, "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant, Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day," author Stephan Talty details Pujol's unlikely appearance and cloak-and-dagger deeds as an extraordinary spy in the titanic struggle against Nazism.

Oscar-winning Actor and Author of "Trust Me: A Memoir"

Author of "Strength in What Remains"

Author of "Agent Garbo: The Brilliant Eccentric Secret Agent Who Tricked Hitler and Saved D-Day"

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

Author of "The NEW New Deal: The Hidden Story of Change in the Obama Era"

Author of "Nature Wars: The Incredible Story of How Wildlife Comebacks Turned Backyards into Battlegrounds"

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

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

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.

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

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

Interview With Jim Abbott

Jan 18, 2013

Author of "Imperfect: An Improbable Life"

Author of "The Spine of the Continent: The Most Ambitious Wildlife Conservation Project Ever Undertaken"

Author of "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character"

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.