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The story of Idaho's Babe Hanson

A black and white photo of Arlie Sommer, 2022.
Arlie Sommer
Arlie Sommer
Arlie Sommer, 2022

When storyteller Arlie Sommer was young, her grandmother would regale tales of Harriet “Babe” Hanson, dubbed the “Annie Oakley of Idaho.”

Sommer crafted a short documentary called “Idaho Babe” and it was a minor sensation at this year’s Sun Valley Film Festival. It will be showcased in a free screening at the Idaho State Archives on June 24.

Sommer visited with Morning Edition host George Prentice to talk about Babe Hanson and her next big project – new episodes of Expressive Idaho for Boise State Public Radio.

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