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

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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.

This interview originally aired March 16, 2021.

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.

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!