Reader's Corner

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Welcome to Reader’s Corner, a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by Boise State University President Emeritus & Professor of Public Service Bob Kustra. Now in its 15th year, Reader's Corner features lively conversations with leading writers, including many winners of top literary prizes and authors of bestsellers. Join us each week for thoughtful interviews about issues and ideas that matter today.

Coming up on Reader's Corner:

  • Oct. 5 & 7 - "The Book That Changed America" with Randall Fuller
  • Oct. 12 & 14 - "The Way We Never Were" with Stephanie Coontz (encore)
  • Oct. 19 & 21 - "How Democracies Die" with Stephen Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt
  • Oct. 26 & 29 - "The New Wild West" with Blaire Briody (encore)

In October 2017, Reader's Corner marked a milestone with its 500th guest. Among the notable guests are bestselling authors Erik Larson, Ann Patchett, David Brooks and Candice Millard; Pulitzer Prize winners Anthony Doerr, Elizabeth Kolbert, Tracy Kidder and E.O. Wilson; National Book Award winners Timothy Egan and Nathaniel Philbrick; and Nobel Prize winner Joseph Stiglitz. 

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Ways to Connect

Author of "Trailblazing Mars: NASA's Next Giant Leap"

Author of "Born to Run" part II

Author of "Born to Run" part I

Scott Simon is well known to public radio listeners as the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition. He also is the author of several well-received books, including, Baby We Were Meant For Each Other: In Praise of Adoption, published in 2010.

Author of "When the World Calls: The Inside Story of the Peace Corps and its first Fifty Years"

In 1925, former spy and acclaimed British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett walked into the Amazon rainforest in search of the fabled lost city of El Dorado — and disappeared. In the decades that followed, scores of adventurers tried, and failed, to retrace his steps. Many died. Others faced harrowing encounters with native tribes, poisoned arrows, cannibalism, dense rainforest, flesh-eating piranhas and massive pythons. None solved what had come to be known as the greatest exploration mystery of the twentieth century.

Political science professor and author of "Islands Under Siege: National Parks and the Politics of External Threats"

Author of "A Passion for Nature: The Life of John Muir"

Author of "Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case against the Bowl Championship Series"

History professor discussing Iran's history and culture

Biology professor talking about his raptor research around the world

Author of "God's Dogs: A Novel in Stories"

Author of "The Last Flight of the Scarlet Macaw: One Woman's Fight to Save the World's Most Beautiful Bird"

French professor discussing his experiences during the devastating 2010 Haiti Earthquake

Political science professor discusses how the Iraq war and Vietnam revisionist history is affecting perception of new Afghanistan policies