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Last season we explored a handful of vape shops within a few miles of each other. This season, we upped the ante: tattoo shops within less than a mile of each other. How do they differentiate themselves? How do they compete? And let's just say this field trip permanently changed us (well, one of us), if you know what we mean. 

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The Hindu festival of Holi celebrates the defeat of the evil demon Holika. It is a celebration of love, togetherness, food and music, culminating in an explosion of color. Idaho Matters talks with Kavita Patil, Neetu Talreja and Tina Kohli about celebrations in the Treasure Valley.


The Idaho Songwriters Association helps nurture and cultivate songwriting and performance skills for Idaho musicians as well as providing a forum for performance and feedback. Idaho Matters talks with Crazy Love, singer/songwriters Heather Platts and Bruce Michael Miller.

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Ballet Sun Valley is welcoming the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5 and 7. The Sun Valley company is also developing an adaptive dance program for aspiring dancers with Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's and cerebral palsy. Idaho Matters talks with Ballet Sun Valley founder, Bob Smelick.

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The Idaho Shakespeare Festival kicked off its 2019 season last week with the opening of The Taming of the ShrewThis season's program is chock-a-block with drama (Witness for the Prosecution, Julius Caesar) and music (The Music Man, Million Dollar Quartet) and on Friday's Idaho Matters, the festival's marketing director, Hannah Read Newbill, joins us to preview the program. We also meet Eric Damon Smith and Sara Griffin, cast members from The Taming of the Shrew.

College Of Idaho Alumni Earn 2019 James Beard Award

May 30, 2019
Copper & Heat

The Copper & Heat podcast looks at the restaurant industry from the perspective of the culinary worker and the gender and race issues that take place in restaurant kitchens across America. The podcast is hosted and produced by the husband-and-wife team of Katy and Ricardo Osuna. The Coeur d'Alene natives earned the 2019 James Beard Broadcast Media Award for Best Podcast and they join Thursday's Idaho Matters to talk about Copper & Heat.

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We really thought we knew what we were getting ourselves into on this one, but boy were we wrong—in a good way! Sure, you can buy condoms here, but what you'll really get is a lesson in intimate wellness. And we could all use more of that.

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Ranger Doug, Too Slim, Woody Paul and Joey are Riders in the Sky, a quartet of cowboys who channel the traditions of cowpokes like Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. The group is performing at the Egyptian Theatre on May 30 and on Wednesday's edition, Idaho Matters meets Ranger Doug.

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This Saturday night, Surel's Place combines physical exertion with art with the artBike Tour in Garden City. The tour will visit Surel's Place resident Laura PelligrinelliHeather Wright's installation at the "Green Box," Julia BallengerKaren Woods, Linda Williams, Sue Latta and more. Idaho Matters talks with Jodi Eichelberger, director of programming at Surel's Place and May/June Artist-in-Residence, Laura Pellegrinelli, about her work collecting words and creating installations that convey messages of growth.

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Crystal King's first book, Feast of Sorrow, is a historically fictional take on the reign of Augustus Caesar through the perspective of the court chef. Her follow-up, The Chef's Secret, fast-forwards to Renaissance Italy to the Vatican kitchen where a locked strongbox left behind by a dead chef with a devastating secret leads his nephew on a journey of discovery and betrayal. King will sign copies of The Chef's Secret this evening at Rediscovered Bookshop and she joins Idaho Matters in studio to talk about her works.

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It seems Governor Brad Little has friends in high places. Not a day after telephoning country superstar Garth Brooks, the musician added a second performance in Boise.

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May 23, 2019
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We find our way into a shop that is frequented by bikers and rodeo queens, and specializes in leather work and hat shaping. Vocab terms to know this episode: roughy, bridal, britches, and cooler races down the hill. Oh, and LD leaves with a new pair of shoes.

The Narrative Thread: Stories of Transformation showcases story quilts made by Artisans for Hope and oral presentations from stroytellers Veronique Giwe Tongbi, Wafaa Alwan, Jenefar Paul and others. The event is being sponsored by the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and Idaho Matters speaks with storyteller Malia Collins.

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What do an airport restaurant and a two-story mobile coffee shop have in common? Not much, if you don't count the quality food and original atmosphere. But we do count that kind of stuff around here, so trust us when we say these places are worth a visit.

Two Idaho filmmakers sought to make a film that bridges the divide between the way people with disabilities are portrayed in film and who they are in real life. Gregory Bayne and Doug Cole created Making Sensea film that moves actors with disabilities into starring roles. We talk with Bayne about this film and using the senses to explore the fears and triumphs that go with living with a disability.

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Boise-born Rosalie Sorrels made a name for herself on the folk singer circuit of the late 1950s. Her first major gig was at the 1966 Newport Folk Festival and she has been featured on more than 30 albums. Sorrels passed away in 2017 and today, Rosalie's son, Kevin, is crowdsourcing funds to put on The First Rosalie Sorrels Annual Memorial Festival. Kevin Sorrels joins Idaho Matters to talk about his mother's legacy and how she was influenced by Idaho, the state she called home.

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Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to talk about this summer's fare at the movie theater and how the Disney juggernaut is dominating in both the theater and online.

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A Boise park and part of the city’s foothills will officially be renamed in honor of the region’s original inhabitants.

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Filled to the brim with dragons, goddesses, cauldrons, and incense, Crone's Cupboard is a place for explorers and believers alike. And spoiler alert: a crone is not a small elf that lives in a cupboard.

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If built-in bulk sections get you excited or clamshell plastics give you headaches, we think you're going to like this new kind of grocery store in town.

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Moananuiakea: One Ocean, One People, One Canoe is a feature-length documentary that follows a voyage around the world and an effort to share the cultures and challenges of the peoples of the South Pacific. The film premieres at The Egyptian Theatre on Thursday and Idaho Matters speaks with the film's director, Na'alehu Anthony.

Opera Idaho

As One is a chamber opera featuring two performers, a string quartet, and a penchant for challenging the conventions of opera. The piece is a coming-of-age story about a young transgender woman and it opens May 9 at The Danny Peterson Theatre. We talk with Opera Idaho's general director, Mark Junkert, and performers Blythe Gaissert and Michael Kelly about this thought-provoking performance.


The Boise Boys are Clint Robertson and Luke Caldwell, masters of renovation and real estate with a program on HGTV. The two are total opposites whose traits complement each other perfectly and on Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we meet the pair now entering their second season of real estate reality TV.

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HELiUM is the theme of the newest installment of Story Story Night and storytellers will present material that reflects the three qualities of the noble gas: non-reactive, lighter than air and superfluid. Presenter Ella Weber and Story Story Night artistic director Jodi Eichelberger join Idaho Matters.

The James Castle House in Boise and his studios in New York and Florida have been accepted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation into the Historic Artists' Homes and Studios program. We find out the importance of this designation with Rachel Reichert, Cultural Sites Manager with the James Castle House and Kristen Hill, Cultural Sites Program Coordinator with the City of Boise.