Samantha Wright

News Reporter/Show Producer

Samantha Wright is a news reporter and the host for Boise State Public Radio's new weekly podcast, "Legislative Breakdown".

Her spot reporting, special projects, and audio production have been featured on Voice of America, National Public Radio News, This American Life, National Native News, the Northwest Radio Network and on The New York Times website. Samantha earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Use of Sound for her feature “Co-op Cooks.”  She also earned a first place award for Use of Sound for her feature “Canning Makes a Comeback” from PRNDI - Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. Samantha was a co-producer of the Idaho StoryCorps Project. The project was recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists.

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They're weird and they're hard to find. Boise State University's Physics Department hosts a talk about black holes Friday at 8 p.m. at the Education Building. Michigan State University Mark Peacock joins Idaho Matters to talk about the study of black holes. 

HomeGrown Theatre

HomeGrown Theatre is a Boise-based production company. They write their own scripts and create their own puppets for their signature puppet shows. They are known for their annual Horrific Puppet Affair. They have spent much of their time performing anywhere they could, from garages to bars. Now they’ve found a home and are premiering a new play called “Sing to Me Now.”

  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Studying black holes and binary stars.
  • Homegrown Theatre.

We're taking a look at some of the newest college presidents in Idaho. That includes Idaho State University. Kevin Satterlee took over as the 13th president of ISU in June after time at Boise State University. We get his vision of the future at ISU on Idaho Matters.

Lewis Clark State College

We're taking a look at some of the newest college presidents in Idaho. That includes Lewis Clark State College. Dr. Cynthia Pemberton was named the 16th president of the school and started July 1. The school is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Dr. Pemberton unveils her vision for the future of LCSC.

Friesen Gallery

She marries glass, metal and color to produce unique and unusual paintings full of feeling. Artist Nicole Chesney has a new exhibition of paintings that opens Friday in Sun Valley. She lives and works in Rhode Island but dropped by Idaho Matters to talk about her work.

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A one-of-a-kind house sits on what was once a barren promontory in Idaho’s Hagerman Valley. In the mid-1950s, landscape painter Archie Teater and his wife commissioned arguably the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a studio for them. While in safe hands at the moment, Matt Guilhem reports the future of the studio – and other notable buildings – is far from guaranteed. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

  • We talk to the Presidents of ISU and LCSC.
  • A new art exhibit in Sun Valley.

City of Meridian

The last time a comprehensive plan was created for Meridian was 2011, and 30 percent of Meridian's current population wasn't living there. That's why a new plan is coming together, and city officials want your input. We take a closer look on Idaho Matters.

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Last June, two bail bondsmen were arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in Caldwell. This case raised several issues, about bail agents, and what they can, or can't, do. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joins Idaho Matters to help clarify the issue.

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Idaho Artist James Castle's family home has been turned into a museum, shop and a space for an artist in residence. The first such artist, Keiran Brennan Hinton, moved in in May. We chat with him about observational painting.

"Me Too" has taken the world by storm, toppling movie stars and CEO's. Now an Idaho woman's "Me Too" experience has led her to write a children's book about the movement. We talk to Patty Costello about her book "Catalina and the King's Wall."

  • "Me Too" - now in a children's book.
  • The first artist in residence at the James Castle House.

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

Inciweb

Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

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