Arts & Culture

Courtesy of Mike Kaplan

In 1968, Mike Kaplan, a long time Canyon County resident, was part of the team working on the groundbreaking film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The science fiction film was visionary and it vaulted its producer and director Stanley Kubrick into the pantheon of great film directors. 

2001 was about a manned space journey to Jupiter, extraterrestrial life, and the artificial intelligence of computer named HAL. The film, at first, received a mixed reaction, then, Academy Award nominations, fame, and 52 years later, it’s a film classic.

Kaplan joins Idaho Matters live to talk about the film.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has meant no going to live plays, musical concerts and even Boise’s storytelling event Story Story Night. Now, instead of coming together monthly in a shared space to tell stories from the stage, Story Story Night has gone virtual. They’ve embraced the change, coming up with a new season based on classic TV game shows. The first virtual event of the season is Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. and is based on “Family Feud.”

Idaho Matters checks in with Jodi Eichelberger, the artistic director of Story Story Night.

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This interview originally aired July 27, 2020.

“The Daily” is a five day a week audio show from the New York Times. It’s heard by more than two million listeners each week and carried by more than 200 public radio stations. It began as a podcast that launched after the 2016 election.

Boise State Public Radio began airing "The Daily" Monday-Thursdays at 6:00 p.m. Idaho Matters talks with host Michael Barbaro to learn more about how the show decides what to cover and how to tell complex human-centered stories in a non-stop news environment.

via Facebook / Saint Alphonsus Hospital

The Saint Alphonsus Festival of Trees has kicked off the holiday season in the Treasure Valley. However, just like so many things this year’s event is going to be experienced virtually

Arlie Sommer / Idaho Commission on the Arts

Idaho’s ranchers and cattle hands need saddles, bridals and chaps that fit. Buckaroos take pride in how they look and want artfully tooled leather pieces that they can appreciate every day.

Cattle rancher Ryan Carpenter and his up and coming apprentice Monte Cummins craft horse gear on the Duck Valley reservation which sits on the Idaho-Nevada border.

Local leather workers are essential in the cattle industry when ranchers are often more than a hundred miles from the nearest tack shop. Carpenter and Cummins work together almost daily to hone and preserve this craft.

Carrie Quinney


Between 1983 and 1997, dozens of women went missing across the Great Basin region. Some of them were found, but their murders to this day remain unsolved. In a tribute to these women whose bodies were found along roadsides, Boise State art professor Lily Lee created the “Great Basin Murders,” a collection of art now on exhibit at the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko.

Lee joins Idaho Matters live along with Carrie Quinney, a photographer and collaborator on the project. 

Boise Bicycle Project / via Facebook


It’s fair to say this has been a difficult year for all of us, perhaps especially for kids. The Boise Bicycle Project wants to make sure that children in need still get a magical holiday season with the annual BBP Holiday Kids Bike Giveaway.

Wish Granters via Facebook


The Wish Granters foundation began in Idaho 2010 as a way to help terminally-ill adults. Similar to the Make a Wish Foundation, Wish Granters helps make end-of-life requests happen, but for those over age 18. This Idaho organization is growing by the year and while their fundraising efforts were thrown off by the pandemic, they have plans to expand into more Idaho counties by next year. 

Courtesy of Crispin Gravatt


My name is Crispin Gravatt. I am from Boise, Idaho, and I also go by the stage name Penelope Windsor.

Alexa Rose Foundation / via Facebook


Every year, the Alexa Rose Foundation awards over $100,000 in small grants to local Treasure Valley artists, many early in their careers. New this year, the nonprofit has created a fellowship to sponsor established local artists. The foundation just announced two recipients who each recieved $25,000 in the inaugural year of the fellowship. 

Ridley Pearson/Facebook

This interview originally aired Oct. 8, 2020. 

Finding books your kids will love can be a difficult task. Thankfully this is where New York Times bestselling author Ridley Pearson comes in. From his series Kingdom Keepers to Peter and the Starcatchers, Pearson takes iconic locations and characters and adds new twists and turns. 



This interview originally aired Oct. 6, 2020.

In 2015, a Ted Talk by podcast host Roman Mars went viral. In the talk, Mars, whose podcast ‘99% Invisible’ looks for good and bad design elements all around us, tackled an issue he’s particularly passionate about: city flags.   

Dana Quinney


Dana Quinney grew up in Ketchum during the 1950s. She became a field biologist and college professor, eventually settling into her lifelong passion of being a writer. Her memoir “Wildflower Girl” was published last year and just won 2019 Book of the Year by the Idaho Library Association. Quinney joins Idaho Matters live to talk more about her book and the award.

via Facebook / Idaho Botanical Garden

The Idaho Botanical Garden's 'Winter Garden a Glow' event has been a staple of holiday activities in the treasure valley for more than two decades. And this winter wonderland will continue this year, just with some new rules in place in order to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Charles Sykes / Invision/AP


This interview originally aired Sept. 17, 2020.

Latino USA is an award-winning public radio show led by journalist Maria Hinojosa, which is celebrating its 25th year as an hour-long program. Boise State Public Radio is proud to announce we've added Latino USA to our lineup. 

Ever Saturday, you’ll be able to hear the show at 6 p.m. right here on Boise State Public Radio. Maria Hinojosa joins Idaho Matters to talk more. 

Guy Hand / via Facebook


Over the last several months, there’s been a movement to return to localism — ironically sparked by a global pandemic. As communities watch their neighbors and friends struggle financially, and as some get sick with the coronavirus, the reaction has been to turn to each other for support and nourishment, both literal and figurative.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

This year, trick-or-treating has been listed as a high risk activity by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That’s broken the hearts of candy-hungry ghouls and goblins across the country. But some people in Idaho have found a way to celebrate this haunted holiday — safely. Boise State Public Radio News contributor Tess Goodwin tells us how some are adapting halloween during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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People experiencing homelessness or who are incarcerated have been disportionately affected by the coronavirus. This week, a Boise collective is highlighting their stories with an outdoor exhibit.

Provided by Michael Polak III

Michael Polak III is an IT entrepreuner running Corporante Design Solutions in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has a tight-knit family with two young kids, a wife and his parents at home. His mom and wife are both Mexican, and that heritage has influenced who he is today. With assistance from American Amplified, the Mountain West News Bureau’s Madelyn Beck talked with him over a month earlier this year. Here's some of what he had to say.