Molly Wampler

Idaho Matters Production Assistant

Molly Wampler is a newsroom intern at Boise State Public Radio. Originally from Berkeley, California, she just graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Washington state. There, Molly worked for her university's newspaper but is stoked to try her hand at and learn all there is to learn about radio journalism.

In her free time, Molly loves biking, cooking, and figuring out what she actually likes to do for fun now that weekends aren't monopolized by schoolwork.

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While stress is a part of life, long term stress can cause negative health outcomes, such as digestive and sleep disorders, headaches, and anxiety, depression and other mental illness. 


And with widespread isolation, as well as fear and uncertainty, the coronavirus pandemic is causing long-term stress in many individuals. 

Governor Brad Little’s Stay Home order banned discretionary travel, but as Molly Wampler reports some rural communities are still frustrated with visitors coming into their towns.

Idaho Statesman

Governor Brad Little’s stay home order banned discretionary travel, but some rural communities are still frustrated with visitors coming into their towns. For folks in towns like McCall and Riggins, this influx of visitors is dangerous. 

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Idaho Matters is working on a story about how families are dealing with school closures during the coronavirus outbreak. And we need your help! 

Applications for unemployment insurance in Idaho are up thirteen hundred percent from just last week. Molly Wampler has more on how the Idaho Department of Labor is addressing this growing need.


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Applications for unemployment insurance in Idaho are up 1300% from just last week. 

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The coronavirus is reaching deeper into Idaho as the number of confirmed cases continue to rise. In the midst of all this, Facebook is becoming the meeting space for information and community support.

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There are now cases of coronavirus in all 50 states. With no definitive federal orders but rather recommendations, states and localities have been left to their own to decide how to handle the pandemic in their area. Idaho has made no statewide restrictions but has announced guidelines for folks. 

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Anne Helen Petersen is a senior culture writer at BuzzFeed News, She's based in Montana. Petersen has been covering the culture of the coronavirus, specifically how Americans got to this point in the crisis and why so many of us are having a hard time convincing loved ones to care about this pandemic. 

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What is coronavirus? 

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Idaho Matters considers the economic impacts Idaho is already seeing because of the spread of Coronavirus. 

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Boise city officials told residents they could recycle certain plastics for repurposing as diesel fuel as part of the EnergyBag program. 

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The House That Rob Built


Beginning in 1978, in the wake of Title IX, the notion of young women competing in college basketball at a high level was barely a blip on anyone’s radar. That was when Robin Selvig at the University of Montana took the women’s basketball team and made it his life’s work. 

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Since the 1930s, the Boise Art Museum has been committed to showcasing local Idaho artists. Every three years, the museum selects a couple dozen Idaho artists — not limited by medium —for a special exhibit. 

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With Super Tuesday in the rearview, it's almost Idaho's turn to weigh in on the presidential primaries. Tuesday March 10, Idaho voters will head to the polls to cast their ballot for who will represent the Democratic, Republican and Constitution Parties in the general election later this year.

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Walking her dogs every evening in Meridian, Wanna Know Idaho listener Morgan Keating began to wonder: what’s up with all these seagulls? And suddenly, birds of all kinds were everywhere. (Cue the cliche Hitchcock montage.) 

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In late 2019, President Donald Trump issued an executive order to create a task force – called “Operation Lady Justice” – that would address the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls in the United States. The order was one of the first federal acknowledgements of the epidemic. 

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We’re excited to share the most recent episode of our podcast Wanna Know Idaho. The podcast explores the curious elements of life in Idaho… with you, our listeners!

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Between 1938-1976, the federal government built four dams on the Snake River. The dams are authorized for hydropower, navigation, recreation, fish and wildlife, water quality and irrigation. But damming any major river has serious implications for wildlife – in this case: salmon. 

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Most of us have some piece of art we love but never got around to hanging. It sits in storage, inspiring guilt and is never fully appreciated. 

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The Narrative TV Initiative is a Boise State University program that gives students real world experience in the television production process through the creation from start to finish of a show. 

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Picture books aren’t just for kids, especially not when they’re made by Scott Samuelson. 

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Graduate students spend years researching and writing about one single topic. They leave university with knowledge and information many people will never understand. And that’s a problem — a problem an unusual competition seeks to solve.

Idaho National Laboratory

Before Mark Peters joined the Idaho National Laboratory as Director in 2015, he worked at several other national labs across the U.S. managing projects dealing with nuclear energy and national security.

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Though fishing was long used just for sustenance, it has evolved into a sport celebrated around the world.