Arts & Culture

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Todd Shallat, a Boise State professor emeritus of history and urban studies, has put together a workshop examining all that is Gothic in the City of Trees. Shallat joins Idaho Matters to discuss Boise's seamy underbelly.

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Comedian Paula Poundstone is one of the panelists on the NPR weekend show, Wait Wait...Don’t Tell Me. She performs in Boise on Thursday, January 17 with her two-hour stand-up routine at the Egyptian Theater. Subin

Author Tayari Jones exploded onto the contemporary literary scene in 2002 with Leaving Atlanta, fiction set against that city in the 70's and 80's. Her subsequent works also drew from her background as a native Atlantan and Jones' books won multiple awards and attracted the attention of Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. Jones is in Boise as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series and she joins Idaho Mattersto talk about her writings.


The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is presenting a bicycle-themed film festival at The Egyptian Theatre on Friday. Idaho Matters speaks with the Alliance about the juxtaposition of film and bikes and we re-visit a filmmaker who documented a groundbreaking military experiment involving commandos on bikes.

You Know The Place Podcast

Jan 15, 2019

Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stoppped at, shopped at or (sometimes) even noticed. That's where we come in. From reptile markets to running groups, bead stores to bodegas, natatoriums to nude retreats, Joel & LD of You Know The Place explore the Idaho stores, shops, clubs and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit.

In this abbreviated episode, tag along as we pop into a family-owned shop on the Boise Bench that specializes in clothing and jewelry from India, Pakistan and Nepal.


Sadie the dog's best friend Penny received an e-tablet as a gift and as soon as she logged on to the internet, their friendship began to suffer. "Sadie Sees Trouble" looks at the balance of screen time and real life in the context of a children's book. Idaho Matters speaks to the book's author, Linda Jarkey, about turning a didactic message into entertaining children's literature.

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What do batik and cowboy boots have in common? Both are works of art and both are featured today on our Expressive Idaho program. We take a trip to a boot shop near Mackay and an art studio in Boise with reporter Olivia Weitz.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho

Big Brothers Big Sisters has been matching volunteers with youths in need of role models and guidance. We meet volunteers from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho and learn about how they help shape the futures of today's youth.

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Join in a New Year journey with host Hal Cannon to an ancient Gaelic ritual of bringing in the year with fiddler Alasdair Frazier. Then join Jean Redpath for the original 'Auld Lang Syne.' From the Isles back to the States we travel to delve into the Native American way of marking time with a heartfelt story from Lakota elder, Leonard Littlefinger telling how ritual can help us transform a brutal history into a new story of hope. We end with the hope of a healthy land from the Grand Canyon. 


This segment originally aired on December 21, 2018.

Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol imagines the author's anxiety while churning out a Christmas book. Silva joins Idaho Matters to talk about bringing the Victorian legend to life.

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A new photography exhibit in Ketchum looks at the power of wind and how it changes a landscape.

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Where does North Idaho start? How about eastern Idaho? Are there cultural and geographical lines that separate our state or is it something else?


Samantha Silva's Mr. Dickens and His Carol imagines the author's anxiety while churning out a Christmas book. Silva joins Idaho Matters to talk about bringing the Victorian legend to life.

Matthew Wordell / Treefort Music Fest

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest announced 155 more musical acts to play the event March 20-24. From thrashing guitars to rising hip hop stars, festival organizers hope the lineup has something for everyone.


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Traveling during the holidays can be stressful for anyone. But, the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra is trying to take the edge off for those heading to the airport on Saturday.

On December 31, a huge potato will drop from the capitol dome in Boise. We learn everything we can about giant, electric potatoes.

City Of Boise Announces ‘Boise Kind’ Initiative

Dec 19, 2018
Mayor David Bieter speaking at the press conference at the Idaho Foodbank
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At a press conference on Tuesday, Boise Mayor David Bieter announced a community-wide initiative with a goal to promote and maintain the city’s values and kindness.



Idaho Botanical Garden

We chat with the executive director of the Idaho Botanical Garden about the history of the Garden, as well as all the events that take place there during the year. And we'll get an update on the annual Winter Garden Aglow.

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We talk about last-minute holiday gift ideas with Tanya Carnahan, the "Style Spy Girl," and Idaho Mountain Touring's Chris Haunold.

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A new historic district on the fringe of downtown Boise goes into effect and it could save some historic homes. Host Gemma Gaudette talks to Dan Everhart, Outreach Historian at the State Historic Preservation Office and Paula Benson with Preservation Idaho.


This interview was originally broadcast October 1, 2018.

Salmon native Lance Pekus attacks the American Ninja Warrior courses with the fury and style of a true Idahoan; in blue jeans and a cowboy hat. Pekus, the "Cowboy Ninja," joins Idaho Matters to talk about representing the Gem State in one of the most difficult physical competitions in the world.

Cristi Dawson

According to a new survey pet ownership is on the rise across the country with around 60 percent of households having some sort of animal at home. And our region is especially pet-friendly.


This interview was originally broadcast September 5, 2018.

You hear our theme music on Boise State Public Radio several times a day. It's been stuck in our heads since April. We meet Will Hall, the man who composed the Idaho Matters theme.

Idaho native Kristen Tracy uses poetry to chronicle her experience growing up Mormon and her later exodus from the church.


The 2019 Golden Globe Awards nominees were released today and Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice goes through the list.