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'Wanna Know Idaho' Podcast Explores Jim Crow-Era Housing Discrimination

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Each black dot on this map of the River Street area in Boise from the 1960s designates where Black families lived at the time. Housing discrimination practices successfully concentrated these residents to one part of town.

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

This month, we answer listener Debra Smith's question: “Did Idaho have any housing discrimination laws during the Jim Crow era?”

Smith and podcast producer Molly Wampler and question-asker talk to Boise State history professor Jill Gill to understand the history of housing discrimination in the Gem State. You can find the full story on the Wanna Know Idaho page, where you can also submit a question for us to investigate next time. 

Have a question or comment for the show? Tweet @KBSX915 using #IdahoMatters

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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.