Arts & Culture

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Gas or electric? Moped or ego? And what about a sidecar? We get our questions answered at a local shop with 15 years of scooter sellin' experience. 

Psychic — Spiritual Health

Nov 19, 2019
Courtesy Cathy Kearnes

Chakras, energy, emotion: intangible concepts that are constantly shifting and intervening with life. Could it be that a psychic is what it takes for your spiritual power to maintain or return to normalcy?

Featuring psychic Cathy Kearnes.

Handmade Idaho - Facebook

Jewelry, tableware, clothing and chocolates. What do these things all have in common? You can find all of them at the Handmade Idaho market, all of which are produced by local vendors. Idaho Matters talks with market organizers about their upcoming holiday event.

James Dawson / Boise State Public Radio

Anna Wiese loves politics and history, so it was a shock when the 11-year-old girl found an important exhibit lost in a corner of the Idaho Capital. The showcase on Idaho's women legislators was recently moved into a more acceptable location due to the efforts of the Hailey native. Reporter James Dawson talks to Idaho Matters about his experience meeting the bright and driven young woman.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Okay, so who's shootin' skeet in the hills above south Boise? And when are they doing it? And why? Also: if you had to make a bet — who would hit a target first, LD or Joel?

Journey Of A Medium

Nov 12, 2019
Courtesy Kerry Ryan

In this episode we uncover the story of a medium that first experienced tragedy, then days later a life-changing experience. Listen to hear the obstacles, advantages and reality that come with talking to the deceased.

Featuring medium Kerry Ryan.

Idaho Dance Theater

Idaho Dance Theater has committed themselves to creating, performing and teaching the art of dance for three decades. They talk to Idaho Matters about their latest season and what their ambitions are going into the new decade.


The Broadway hit musical 'Waitress' tells the story of a pie maker who fights to escape her small town and tumultuous marriage. The show is set to head out on tour around North America, making its first stop in Boise. George Prentice sits down with lead actress Bailey McCall to discuss the tour and the Morrison Center performance.

via Susan Madacsi

McCall's Lardo Bridge was recently updated with some new sculptures. These were done by local artist Susan Madacsi, who received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Madacsi joins Idaho Matters to discuss her work amd her inspiration.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

What’s the word, bird? And why are we suddenly hearing so much about this place serving up tacos, burritos, and buckets of drumsticks and thighs? Spoiler alert: it’s the chicken. Also: extra-special-guest-who-actually-knows-something-about-food!

Jeffrey Mosier Photography

Waitress, the smash musical currently playing on Broadway, is about to launch a new North American tour, and its first stop is Boise's Morrison Center. The show, featuring a score penned by pop star Sara Bareilles, stars Bailey McCall who pours her heart into her pies, such as "The Key (Lime) to Happiness Pie" and "My Husband is a Jerk Chicken Pot Pie."

The Backstory Of A Dream

Nov 5, 2019
Courtesy Rubin Naiman

Learn how your everyday actions and routines might be affecting the way you dream. It could be that these dreams are the sense of guidance and truth you've been searching for.

Featuring dream specialist Rubin Naiman.

Idaho Shakespeare Festival - Facebook

The Idaho Shakespeare Festival has become a staple of summer time in the Boise area. But as we get ready for the long dark days of winter, festival planners are already preparing for summer entertainment. We talk with the festival leadership about their upcoming slate of five plays that will run from May through September of 2020.


New York Times bestselling author and Idaho native Cynthia Hand’s ninth book comes out today.


Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio


If you have a teen living in your home, you might be familiar with New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Hand. She has written several bestselling books, including the "Unearthly Trilogy" and "The Last Time We Say Goodbye." Hand also happens to be an Idaho native; she was raised in Idaho Falls and now lives in Boise, where she received her MFA from Boise State University.

Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio

In 1600, a Basque-born nun named Catalina de Erauso escaped the nunnery in Spain where they lived and began to dress as a man. They boarded a ship to South America where they spent 17 years fighting as a male conquistador. De Erauso returned to Spain where both the king and the pope gave them permission to live openly as a transgender man. This unbelievable story is the subject of a 17th Century Spanish play based on real events. Boise State professor Mac Test is translating the play to English, and joins Idaho Matters.

Joel Wayne / Boise State Public Radio

Shipping bees across state lines in semi trucks is a thing. It's actually a very big thing, maybe the biggest in the business of bees. Then of course there's the honey making (and tasting), hive checking, and wax collecting. Bottom line? Bees are pretty darn interesting.

Opera Idaho - Facebook

Opera Idaho has been a Gem State staple for close to 50 years, but they are about to do something they never have before: perform a Frederick Handel production. "Acis & Galatea" will be on stage this November and features Emmy Award Winner Karim Sulayman. Idaho Matters talks with the tenor and conductor Robert Franz about what makes this opera unique.


It’s Saturday night, and I’m in Asylum 49’s basement. It’s actually an old hospital. Heavy metal is blasting from a loudspeaker. The basement’s pitch black except for a single, flickering strobe light. 

The Truth About Hypnosis

Oct 28, 2019
Courtesy John Wylie

In this episode, we not only define hypnosis, but also break down the fears and myths that are commonly associated with the term. You might even find that this ominous practice is actually a part of your everyday life.

Featuring hypnotherapist John Wylie.

Nate Hegyi / Mountain West News Bureau


It’s that time of year when many of us head out to corn mazes, pumpkin patches...or haunted houses. But some people want more than the typical haunted house. How about getting waterboarded, electrocuted or even force-fed maggots? That’s the world of extreme haunted houses. Mountain West News Bureau reporter Nate Hegyi visited one in Utah, and shares his frightening experience on Idaho Matters.


The Latino and Hispanic population is the largest ethnic minority group in the United States. But many of their stories are left out of the historical record.

Across the country, a number of academic institutions are trying to change that, one oral history at a time. One of the latest is in Nevada.

Ian Malepeai / Story Story Night - Facebook

Story Story Night creates events for people to hear stories and share real-life experiences. They are holding a special event where the stories will all feature a united theme: the constellation Orion. The event named “Starry Story Night” will take place October 29, at JUMP in downtown Boise. Event organizers join Idaho Matters to explore the story event.

Ethan Webber / Boise State Public Radio

The holidays are just around the corner, and are usually a time for cheer, giving and family. But this time of year can also give way to overwhelming emotions for those who have lost a loved one. Many people struggle to cope with these feelings, which is why Boise artist Danica Thurber has set up a workshop to help people through the tough times -- using art therapy. She joins Idaho Matters to tell her story about how she became inspired to help others.

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

First thing's first — this is easily 'top five' for best podcast episode name. Now that we've got that out of the way, join us for a trip to the mountain town of Crouch, where we learn what attracts big-city folk to the local watering hole & we attempt the scariest task to date: interuppting a quilting class.