Arts & Culture

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.

Joel Wayne

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.

Joel Wayne

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.

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At one point in history, music by the great composers was at the heart of popular culture. Ageless compositions by Brahms and Beethoven may no longer be on everyone’s lips, but an organization dedicated to sharing the richness of classical music is bringing the melodies to communities throughout Idaho.

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People! Listeners! Friends! We're back at it for another season and can't wait to share our adventures with all of you. Let's kick off Season 3 with a quriky warehouse on Chinden Blvd. in Boise, shall we? Bring on the ammo cans, cammo pants, and MREs!

Lynn Webster

Lynn Webster is Surel's Place resident artist for April. Her works focus on peregrine falcons and other birds of prey. Webster joins Idaho Matters with artist Samuel Paden and Jodi Eichenberger of Surel's Place.

'Dear Folks' Recounts The Horrors And Hopes Of World War I

Apr 23, 2019
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Author Steven Davis penned Dear Folks, a book that collects letters, photographs and other memorabilia from the service of a doughboy during World War I. Davis joins us to discuss the book and the horrors faced by soldiers serving in the trenches during WWI.

Boise Contemporary Theater's Matthew Cameron Clark and Dwayne Blackaller penned 'Rabbit/Moon,' a play that tells the story of two astronauts, abandoned in outer space. The piece articulates the solitude and distance we create in our own lives and Clark and Blackaller join Monday's Idaho Matters to talk about BCT's latest production.

Remi McManus and Justin Balog chronicled their bicycle journey across Iceland in the film 'Shared Territory.' The film premiers at The Egyptian Theatre on May 14 and McManus joins Idaho Matters to talk about Iceland as well as Boise's dining scene.


This segment originally aired on March 5, 2019.

Alisha Donahue and Jynx Jenkins are Lady Bizness - a comedy duo that pokes fun at both the most routine and ridiculous aspects of everyday life. They perform at Liquid Lounge in May and they join Idaho Matters in studio to talk about what is so damn funny about Boise.


This segment originally aired on January 9, 2019.

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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Late last year, Morrison Center executive director James Patrick announced he would retire in 2019. He joins Idaho Matters to talk about the theater's growth over the past 35 years, what's next for him, and a big announcement for the 2020/21 season.


 This segment originally aired on January 8, 2019.

Sun Valley Center for the Arts has a new arts education program. Classroom Enrichment is impacting the process students go through to learn core curriculum (math, science, humanities, language arts) by integrating the arts into lessons. Idaho Matters talks with the Center about the importance of arts education.

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Idaho Dance Theatre has brought movement to stage for 30 years and on Thursday they celebrate with a performance titled Moving Forward featuring choreography from Jenn Freeman, Marla Hansen and more.

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An apartment building dating to the late 1930s in Boise is facing the wrecking ball. As the city’s downtown continues to grow, the old apartment house could become condos.

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Musicians with the Boise Phil voted last week to unionize by joining the American Federation of Musicians. This is a growing trend for regional symphonies and philharmonics. We spoke with violinist Geoffery Hill and assistant concertmaster Kate Jarvis about this decision.

Limberlost Press

The Limberlost Review was a literary journal that was published throughout the 1970s and 80s that collated poetry, prose and essays from writers around the Mountain West. The Review has been published sporadically since for 30 years. Rosemary and Rick Ardinger have brought back the journal with works from Nancy Takacs, Greg Keeler and Mary Clearman Blew. Rick and Rosemary join Idaho Matters to talk about The Linberlost Review and the voices of the Mountain West.