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Idaho's Rural Brain Drain Explored In Book By Author From Emmett

Ted S. Warren
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Freshly cut wheat fields are shown near a farm, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, near Moscow, Idaho. Harvest is in full swing in the region known as the Palouse.


Many young adults have a dream of leaving where they were raised, to find a life outside of the confines of where they grew up. Author Grace Olmstead knows this feeling well. She grew up outside of Emmett, Idaho but left to go to college on the East Coast. Except for visits back home she’s spent the better part of a decade living and working outside of Washington D.C.


In her new book called "Uprooted," she explores a question many young Americans face: how do we square our desire for self-improvement, growth and economic opportunity with the damage and brain drain left in our wake? Idaho Matters spoke with Olmstead to learn more.


Gemma is the host of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show which broadcasts live Monday-Friday at noon. She is an award-winning journalist and has spent the majority of her broadcasting career in Idaho. Gemma was a television news anchor and reporter in Boise for close to 15 years. She came to Boise in 1999 to start Fox 12.