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.

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Private insurance does not cover the costs for most hearing aids for youths. Efforts to change that are afoot in the state legislature and Idaho Matters speaks with a representative spearheading the initiative and the mother of three children who require hearing aids.

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The Ottoman Empire was responsible for the genocide of about 1.5 million Armenians between 1914 and 1923. Because the tragedy often slips under the radar of history books, many Armenian-Americans are committed to memorializing the event, lest it become forgotten in time. We talk with two men behind the dedication of a memorial in Boise to the Armenian Genocide.

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The largest single-day running event in Idaho is scheduled for this Saturday; the St. Luke's FitOne 5K, 10K and half-marathon will allow runners to enjoy the Boise community while bringing awareness to health, fitness and education. Idaho Matters speaks with FitOne's director and race coordinator about the events.

Authors Ron Price and Stacy Ennis deliver a guide for better leadership in the unconventional guise of a novel, Growing Influence. Price and Ennis join Idaho Matters to discuss what constitutes great leadership skills.

  • A monument is unveiled to remember Armenian Genocide.
  • We meet the author of a self-help book for corporate managers.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with Betsy Russell with the Idaho Press, Mike Sharp with KIVI TV and Scott McIntosh with the Idaho Press.

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Author August McLaughlin is unafraid to take a head-on approach to discussing human sexuality and body positivity. Her book Girl Boner advocates for open discussions and full education about the sexual condition. McLaughlin joins us to discuss her book and the importance of a healthy sexual outlook.

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This fall's program at Boise State University's Visual Arts Center examines the juxtaposition of images from printed instructional manuals and their real-life counterparts and the space they share. We speak with the Center's director about the 'Swimming and Diving' and 'Pulped Under Pressure' exhibits showing now through the end of October.

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Boise State's Visual Arts Center presents new exhibitions.

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Many college students find the challenge of eating responsibly while managing classes, extracurriculars and jobs on a tight budget nearly impossible. Ramen, pizza and assorted junk food usually fill the role as "nutritional intake" for prolonged periods of time.

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The Idaho State Museum closed for renovations in 2014. After a multi-million dollar investment, the museum is scheduled to open October 13 with exhibits highlighting the state's legacy and uniqueness, as well as new exhibits accentuating the heritage of Native Americans from the region. Executive Director Janet Gallimore joins Idaho Matters to talk about the upgrades and what visitors can expect to see.

Arik Grant

Arik Grant was serving a tour of duty in the early years of the Iraq War when he started sketching cartoons of life on the base and posting them in the chow hall. A decade later, Arik pulled out his comics and re-inked them in color. Today, he uses this medium to share his and his fellow soldiers' experiences at war and coming home with a wry humor influenced by M*A*S*H. 

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In 1897, the U.S. Army wanted to see if bicycles might serve a practical purpose for soldiers. To test the mettle of both the bike and the rider, a trek was organized from Missoula to St. Louis. Lieutenant James Moss led a platoon of Buffalo Soldiers through the wilderness and today, Idaho filmmaker Eric Westrom captures the journey in the documentary Following the Lieutenant: Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps.

  • College students can improve their eating habits.
  • The long-awaited Idaho State Museum re-opening is scheduled for October.
  • Iraq War vet Arik Grant chronicles his experiences in comics.
  • Following the Lieutenant tells the story of bringing bicycles into the Army.

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Canopy Watch is a guided tree climb at the Idaho Botanical Garden that allows people to learn how to use eco-friendly climbing equipment and get a bird's eye view from the flora of Boise. We meet with the organizers and learn how to swing through the trees.

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