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
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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Reader's Corner
2:35 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Interview with Deborah Blum

Author of "The Poisoner's Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York"

Reader's Corner
4:24 pm
Fri March 2, 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
9:01 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Interview with Neil Lanctot

Author of "Campy: The Two Lives of Roy Campanella"

Reader's Corner
10:42 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Deadly Embrace by Bruce Riedel

With the death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011 and challenges to current United States policy in the region, the relationship between the United States and Pakistan has come under intense scrutiny.

The bond between the two long has been complicated by differing worldviews.

Distrust, betrayal and enmity have flared on both sides, balanced by periods of mutual reliance and occasional affability.

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Reader's Corner
2:49 pm
Fri February 10, 2012

Interview with Tim Woodward

Guest: Tim Woodward, longtime Idaho Statesman columnist and author of “Destination Idaho”

Reader's Corner
3:35 pm
Fri February 3, 2012

Interview with Donovan Hohn

Author of “Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author,Who Went in Search of Them”