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:

  • January 2 & 4  "38 Nooses" by Scott Berg pt2
  • January 9 & 11 "Smarter: The New Science of Building Brain Power" by Dan Hurley
  • January 16 & 18 "The Blood Telegram" by Gary Bass
  • January 23 & 25  Aaron Zelin of the Washington Institute talking about ISIS and global terrorism

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Interview with Gary Gallagher

Author of "Manhunt: From 9/11 to Abbottabad"

Author of "The Arab Uprising"

The next time someone does the unexpected and claims, “I couldn’t help myself,” don’t be so quick to write it off as a lame excuse. Turns out it may be written into their genetic code.

In his latest book, “The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code,” Sam Kean offers a fascinating glimpse into how all those A-C-G-T combinations strung along the famous double helix control more than our eye color or inclination toward being left-handed. A lot more.

Interview With Sam Kean

Sep 28, 2012

Author of "The Violinist's Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code"

Author of "The Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird," the book selected for 2012-2013 Campus Read at Boise State University.

"Superman" By Larry Tye

Sep 16, 2012

We all need heroes, and almost 75 years after he came to life, Superman remains one of our most adored and enduring ones.

Academy Award-winning author of "Trust Me: A Memior" and resident of Eagle, ID

Author of "How to Run the World"

A daily battle is raging along the 10th Parallel – the line of latitude 700 miles north of the equator in Africa and Southeast Asia where Islam and Christianity intersect.

In this critical geographical band, religious ideologies clash, often erupting into deadly violence as more than half the world’s Muslims and 60 percent of the world’s Christians compete for the souls of the region’s burgeoning population.

Interview With Larry Tye

Aug 31, 2012

Author of "Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero"

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

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.

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

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

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"

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.

Interview With Raj Patel

Jul 27, 2012

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

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.

Author of the short story collection "Volt"