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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The 208 Comedy Fest returns to Boise this week with a massive number of performers scheduled to yuk it up at multiple venues from Thursday through Sunday. We'll meet with festival organizers who will tell us what's so funny about Boise.

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You hear our theme music on Boise State Public Radio several times a day. It's been stuck in our heads since April. On Wednesday's program, we meet Will Hall, the man who composed the Idaho Matters theme.

  • McCall plans a massive library expansion.
  • An Idaho company provides hygiene products for women in developing countries.
  • The 208 Comedy Fest returns to Boise.
  • We look deeper into the Idaho Matters theme music.

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The Land and Water Conservation Fund was established in 1965 by Congress to provide funds and grants to governments at all levels to purchase lands for preservation and conservation.

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The benefits of breastfeeding is well known; UNICEF estimates that better education regarding lactation could save 820,000 lives worldwide. We'll look at efforts to bring awareness to the importance breastfeeding plays in childhood development.

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The Campfire Theatre Festival is a three-day event "created by theatre makers, for theatre makers." Scheduled events include readings, actor, writer and stagecraft workshops and multiple performances. Festival organizers join Idaho Matters in studio to talk about the events.

  • Efforts are underway to halt the expiration of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
  • A lactation consultant answers questions about breastfeeding.
  • A three-day theatre festival comes to Boise.

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This interview was originally broadcast Thursday, May 24, 2018.

Idaho lags behind the nation when it comes to colon cancer screening rates. Idaho Matters discusses the importance of early screenings with Dr. Dan Zuckerman, medical director of the Mountain States Tumor Institute and we hear first-hand about battling colon cancer with a survivor.

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This interview was originally broadcast Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

Social media may no longer be a new frontier for the experienced, but educating children about safe and responsible use is a changing dynamic. We look at ways for kids to stay (occasionally) plugged in while staying safe.

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This interview was originally broadcast Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

The documentary Fattitude debuts in Boise on May 30; the picture celebrates body positivity and points out the societal inequities and stereotypes faced by overweight people. The webpage shares facts like "fat people are paid $1.25 less an hour than their thin counterparts" and "one in three doctors associate fat bodies with hostility, dishonesty and poor hygiene."

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This interview was originally broadcast Monday, June 11, 2018.

As we try to squeeze the last bit of summer out of the season, City Center Wines sommelier Joseph DiGrigoli joins us to talk about the best wines to pair with BBQ or that freshly-caught trout and which Idaho wines make the best party cocktails.

Idaho Matters will return on Tuesday, September 4, with a live broadcast.  Please enjoy this encore presentation:

  • Idaho has one of the lowest rates of colon cancer screenings.

  • St. Luke's discusses kids and responsible social media use.

  • A Boise meet-up promotes positive body imaging.

  • A last chance to enjoy summer wines.

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Idaho Matters reviews the week's headlines with a team of regional journalists. This week we speak with Don Day of BoiseDev, Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

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Meridian Art Week begins this Tuesday and it will draw the community together for a celebration of art, film and theater. Idaho Matters speaks with Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd and City Commissions & Committees Specialist Hillary Blackstone about the week's events.

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The Boise Philharmonic announced the program for the upcoming season, and it is bold.

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