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:

  • September 26 & 28 "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" by Dan Fagin
  • October 3 & 5 "Badluck Way" by Bryce Andrews
  • October 10 & 12 "Wilderness Warrior" by David Brinkley

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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"

Reader's Corner
10:58 am
Mon May 21, 2012

Interview With Larry Tye

Author of "Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend"

Reader's Corner Idaho Statesman Column
9:52 am
Sun May 13, 2012

"Playing With Fire: Pakistan At War With Itself" By Pamela Constable

In “Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself,” Pamela Constable takes an insightful look inside one of the world’s most violent and interesting countries and the hopes, fears and aspirations of its diverse people.

A veteran correspondent for the Washington Post, Constable has reported extensively from Pakistan, Afghanistan, India and Iraq for the past 14 years. She steps behind the headlines to provide a revealing portrait of this nuclear-armed nation.

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Reader's Corner
5:40 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Interview with Susan Orlean

Author of "Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend"

Reader's Corner
2:27 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Interview with Charles C. Mann

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

Reader's Corner
6:00 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Interview with Richard Reeves

Author of "Daring Young Men: The Heroism and Triumph of The Berlin Airlift, June 1948-May 1949"

Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Interview with Pam Constable

Author of "Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself"

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
10:04 am
Mon April 16, 2012

"How To Run The World" By Parag Khanna


The world’s power structure is shifting, and we had better be ready to deal with the challenges and opportunities it is creating.

In “How to Run the World,” geo-political expert and economist Parag Khanna explores complex questions about how the world can deal with a changed global landscape in a more effective way.

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Reader's Corner
5:35 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Interview with Parag Khanna

Author of "How to Run the World: Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance"

Reader's Corner
2:17 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Interview with Matthew Deren

Author of "A Forgotten Wilderness: Nature's Hidden Relationship in West Central Idaho"

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
11:25 am
Mon April 2, 2012

"Mark Twain: A Life" By Ron Powers

From his biting sarcasm to his witty social commentary, Mark Twain defined 19th-century America. His classic literary works, including his beloved tale of Tom Sawyer and his more controversial story about the irascible Huck Finn, continue to enthrall readers of all ages. Ron Powers’ masterful biography, “Mark Twain: A Life,” captures the essence of Twain’s genius, pointing out his many talents and considerable flaws.

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Reader's Corner
5:30 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Interview with Ron Powers

Author of "Mark Twain: A Life"

Reader's Corner
5:01 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Interview with Don Carleton

Co-author of "Conversations with Cronkite"

Reader's Corner
5:00 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Interview with Mia Bay

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

Bob Kustra's Idaho Statesman Column
4:06 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

"Money Well Spent?" By Michael Grabell

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.

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