Arts & Culture

S4: Main Auction

Oct 3, 2019
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If you're a fan of garage sales, then you could definitely get down with the action at Main Auction. So come along on a Saturday morning adventure as Joel and LD pick their way through pool ladders & instapots to place their very first bid, all the while debating the following: Are we or are we not in a post-eBay era?

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Dan Ansotegui was raised around Basque music, food and dance. He's been playing the button accordian in different musical groups for decades and was recently awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts. He joins Idaho Matters to discuss his cultural heritage and the thrill of winning his award.

Museum Of Idaho

The Idaho Falls Museum re-opened this Saturday, with a new space nearly double the size of the original venue. Idaho Matters takes an in-depth look at the new remodel of this attraction aimed at educating more people on the history of the Gem State.

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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is known for its devout followers, with many raised within the church remaining actively religious. Comedian Krystal Moore never fully felt like part of this community, but now draws on her experience to connect and bond with other former members of the church.

S4: Death Cafe

Sep 26, 2019
Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Welcome to Season 4, friends! You're probably looking at this episode title, scratching your head and thinking, "A cafe that serves ... huh?" No, it's not a literal cafe (no clinking coffee cups). It's a group of people who meet in intimate settings to have the kinds of conversations we should probably all be having more often.

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Wednesday, Sept. 25 is the third and final night of the 12th annual Idaho Youth Barbershop Festival in Boise. More than 1,000 high school and junior high students from across the state gather over these three days to showcase their a cappella, four-part harmony skills.


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Antsy toddlers and fussy babies are not typically accepted in live theater. Theater-goers expect an attentive, quiet audience. But Company of Fools, a Wood River Valley theater company, is challenging that expectation.


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Idaho Native Cecilia Violetta Lopez has been named one of 25 rising stars by Opera News, and now returns to her home state for a two-night performance of Manon. She joins Idaho Matters live to chat about her career and the impact of growing up in the Gem State.

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What do you do if you want to take your baby or young child to the theater? Oftentimes, there is no opportunity to expose young children to theater without fearing the need to get up and change a diaper or walk around with an antsy toddler. In partnership with St. Luke's, theater group Company of Fools in the Wood River Valley looks to solve this problem with their "Parent and Baby Night." Idaho Matters learns more about the impact of this opportunity.

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Boise has designated the Central Addition neighborhood as the city’s first LIV district, an area “that inspires and engages address sustainability and develop a balanced approach to life, work, and play.” However, this part of Boise has been the location of many historic homes from as early as the 1890s. Idaho Matters talks to preservationists about the impact of these old homes during an upcoming tour of some of the houses. 

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What do storytelling and railroads have in common? Story Story Night is celebrating their annual "Slammer of the Year" competition next week, with the theme of "runaway trains" to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the Transcontinental Railroad. Fittingly, the event will take place in the Boise Depot. Listen to Idaho Matters to hear more about this unique event.

This interview originally aired April 29, 2019. 

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.


This segment aired May 29, 2019.

Indulge Boise leads diners on a culinary tour of Boise, Eagle, Meridian, Sun Valley and McCall. From charcuterie to desserts, wines, beer and cocktails, we look at all the vittles the Treasure and Wood River Valleys have to offer with Indulge Boise owner Angela Taylor.

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TIFF 2019

Every year the Toronto International Film Festival puts a spotlight on movies of all genres and budgets, launching a few films into award front runners. Boise State Public Radio's George Prentice joins Idaho Matters to talk about his experience at this year’s festival.

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Morning Edition host George Prentice reports on the multiple world premieres from the 2019 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival, including the much-anticipated "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks, and "Just Mercy," starring Michael B. Jordan. The two films are among the more than 300 movies being showcased at this year's TIFF, which is expected to attract nearly 500,000 attendees.

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The National Endowment for the Humanities was founded in 1965 by Congress. There are 56 humanities councils around the country, including here in Idaho. We talk with Idaho Humanities Council Executive Director David Pettyjohn about their public event with 2013 inaugural poet Richard Blanco Sept. 19.


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For the last three years, 208 Comedy Fest has brought a diverse array of nationally renowned comics to elevate the quality of comedy in the Treasure Valley. Thursday-Sunday, more than 60 comics will perform at six venues across downtown Boise. Co-founder Dylan Hass and Emma Arnold tell us what makes the festival unique in a small — but growing — comedy scene. 

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Before there were history books documenting our past, there were stories told around a campfire. In Boise, the Campfire Theatre Festival is taking this idea and applying it to playwriting. We talk with organizers of the three-day event, which takes place this Friday-Sunday.

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Earlier this summer, three dozen cyclists huddle together at a ranch between Ketchum and Mackay. They range from newcomers to pros, and they’ve come to Idaho from as far as Singapore, Hawaii and the Netherlands.  

National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was created by Congress in 1965. The organization doles out grants to arts groups across the country, including in Idaho. Over the past five years the NEA has awarded more than two million dollars to schools and organizations in Idaho – groups like Ballet Idaho, Idaho Writers Guild and the Sun Valley Film Festival. The head of the NEA stops by Idaho Matters for a chat.

TIFF 2019

It's been a banner year in film. From the Avengers to the Lion King, the movies have been non-stop. George Prentice takes a look back at the year in film. He'll also look forward, with a preview of the Toronto Film Festival.

Coming Soon: The Nebulous

Aug 27, 2019

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We’ll meet the director of a critically acclaimed documentary telling the story of an inexperienced group of climbers reaching the peak of one of the planet’s highest mountains to honor their fathers.

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Ketchum native A.J. Eaton is the director of "David Crosby: Remember My Name," one of the big hits to emerge from this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film was snapped up by Sony Pictures Classics and is rolling out this week across North America, picking up steam nationally. He's back in Idaho this week to celebrate his success with friends and family.

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On Monday, Boise Contemporary Theater's founding Artistic Director Matthew Cameron Clark sent a scathing letter criticizing the nonprofit's board of trustees. The letter was a reaction to his firing earlier this summer. We speak with Clark to hear more about the controversy, and then get analysis from Boise State Public Radio's George Prentice. Be sure to listen to his interview earlier this week with Will Fowler, the chairman of BCT's  Board of Trustees.