Richard Copeland

Senior Producer

Richard Copeland is the senior producer of Boise State Public Radio's daily show, Idaho Matters.

Previously, he was the producer for WITF's Smart Talk in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was a producer with WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight in Philadelphia and a producer and technical director for KNPR's State of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Rich is also a trained sushi cook and loves to ski.

  • Life's Kitchen trains at-risk youths while serving delicious food.
  • The changing climate is having an impact on Idaho's winter sports industry.
  • A visit to the Goblin planet.
  • Idaho's manufactured products on display at the Made Here! Expo.

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Domesticated sheep were brought to Southwest Idaho in the 1860's and helped support the state's economy as mining began to drop off in the late 19th century. The industry attracted herders from all over the globe and helped develop the fabric of Idaho's diverse population. In 1997, an event was created to celebrate the legacy of sheepherding in Idaho and from October 10 through 14, the Trailing of the Sheep Festival will take place in Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley.

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  The Basque Dragon is Newbery Honor winning author Adam Gidwitz's newest book in his Unicorn Rescue Society series. It is a tale of fantasy that takes the main characters on a cross-Atlantic adventure to Basque Country in search of a missing dragon.

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Meridian Police Officer Ray Ellis and West Ada School District Resource Officer Shannon Garza have put together a program to help teach students the importance of establishing physical boundaries and respecting body autonomy. They will join Idaho Matters to talk about why this is an important topic today and why children should learn about it from a young age.

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Dan and Farris, The Wilks Brothers, are Texas siblings who made their fortune in hydraulic fracking. Around 2008, they began purchasing huge tracts of land around Idaho and closing off  access to traditional hunting, fishing and recreation grounds to the public.

  • Texas billionaire brothers restrict access to Idaho hunting and fishing grounds
  • Meridian school resource officer teaches body autonomy to students
  • Unicorn Rescue Society: The Basque Dragon takes fantasy into Basque Country
  • The Trailing of the Sheep Festival acknowledges their woolly contributions to Idaho's legacy

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Boise will join nearly 60 cities on Monday, October 8, to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day. The observance will acknowledge the presence and contributions of Native American, Indigenous, and First Nations people of Boise. We'll speak with an Idahoan who successfully lobbied Mayor David Bieter to replace Columbus Day with this long-awaited observance.

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The HiRISE - High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment - is orbiting Mars, taking images of the planet's surface. Nicole Baugh, Uplink Planning Lead on the HiRISE project will be discussing her work as part of the 'First Friday' lecture series hosted by Boise State's Department of Physics. Baugh joins Idaho Matters to talk about taking pictures of the Red Planet.

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 Guest host Matt Guilhem leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we are joined by Mike Sharp from KIVI-TV and Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of IdahoPTV's Idaho Reports.

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Boise is anticipating a new main library branch and has hired internationally renowned architect Moshie Safdie to design it. BoiseDev's Don Day has uncovered some questionable expenditures by the city on Safdie and his associates. Day joins Idaho Matters to discuss his findings.

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We check in with the Boise State Public Radio newsroom for profiles of Idaho gubernatorial candidates Paulette Jordan and Brad Little.

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Healthcare professionals are now becoming aware of the health implications of loneliness.  A Bend, Oregon doctor has developed Friendometry, a website to help kids make friends and he'll tell us about the juxtaposition of technology and social interaction.

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Five Treasure Valley mayors met on Wednesday to discuss growth in the region. The forum was organized by the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio and it allowed Nampa's Debbie Kling, Boise's David Bieter, Meridian's Tammy de Weerd, Garden City's John Evans and Eagle's Stan Ridgeway to address the issues of housing, transportation and development. Idaho Matters re-caps the discussion.

  • An app for kids to make friends
  • Profiles of Idaho's gubernatorial candidates
  • BoiseDev's Don Day parses out the expenditures on library architects

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Four early poems and an essay disappeared from poet Anne Sexton's oeuvre of work. They have been recently re-discovered and will be published this month in Fugue magazine. Idaho Matters speaks with the two poetry hunters who found the works.

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