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:

  • December 12 & 14  "The Third Coast: When Chicago Built the American Dream" by Thomas Dyja
  • December 19 & 21  "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson
  • December 26 & 28  "38 Nooses" by Scott Berg pt1
  • January 2 & 4  "38 Nooses" by Scott Berg pt2

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Reader's Corner
2:01 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

Interview With Gary Gallagher

Interview with Gary Gallagher

Reader's Corner
6:27 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

Interview With Peter Bergen

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

Reader's Corner
5:01 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

Interview With Marc Lynch

Author of "The Arab Uprising"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
12:21 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

“The Violinist’s Thumb and Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and ..." By Sam Kean

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.

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Interview With Sam Kean

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

Reader's Corner
2:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Interview With Bruce Barcott

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.

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
10:23 am
Sun September 16, 2012

"Superman" By Larry Tye

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

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Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Interview With George Kennedy

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

Reader's Corner
1:42 pm
Fri September 7, 2012

Interview With Parag Khanna

Author of "How to Run the World"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
10:34 am
Sun September 2, 2012

"The Tenth Parallel" By Eliza Griswold

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.

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Interview With Larry Tye

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

Reader's Corner
1:15 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Interview With Michael Grabell

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

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"