Arts & Culture

Target shooting is a popular activity on public lands across our region. It's also the second leading human cause of wildfires.


There are discussions about creating a new rating system for films with excessive violence. Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice talks about this and why a film about a 30-year-long game of tag might be the movie of the summer.


The funding formula for K-12 education in Idaho is a complicated equation that was established 24 years ago. Idaho Education Association president Kari Overall joins us to discuss the stability of the funding mechanism and how it can be improved.

S1: Parrots 'N' Stuff

Jun 7, 2018
Joel Wayne

Since we started this season at a reptile store, it seems appropriate to end it at a bird shop, right? Shout out to Brian in Boise for the suggestion! Warning: This episode contains some loud squawking and LD's (ugh) bird voice.

The i48 Film Festival is a competition that has filmmakers use only 48 hours to write, pre-produce, cast, shoot and edit an original short film three to six minutes long. The festival, now in its 14th year, will take place at The Flicks this Saturday and we speak with festival co-director Andrew Ellis about what makes a great (quickly shot) short film.

When Treasure Valley kids cry "I'm bored," author Rick Just has the answers. Just will join us to talk about his new book, 'A Kid's Guide To Boise.'

  • Oregon Public Radio tells the story of Bundyville.
  • Living the 100-year lifestyle.
  • A book to rob your kid of boredom.


Everybody is familiar with games like Monopoly, Sorry and Clue - but hundreds of new table top games hit the market every year and while the video game industry commands more than $36 billion in annual revenues, there is still a high demand for the type of table top games that have drawn families to the kitchen table for decades. We talk with Ken Sommerville, owner of the All About Games hobby store and Kevin Gordon, a Boise game developer.

While most are drawn into theaters by movie posters, Caldwell's Mike Kaplan sees the art that exemplifies the period of the film, the emotions elicited by the filmmakers and the high achievement of the artists themselves. Kaplan joins Idaho Matters to discuss his collections and why these posters tell us much more than just a catch phrase and a cast.

Courtesy Idaho Shakespeare Festival

Shakespeare's Macbeth reminds us that "what's done cannot be undone." Indeed, much is done in one of drama's greatest tragedies that returns this summer to the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

The Idaho Transportation Department has been around in some form for more than 100 years. And during that time, employees have taken thousands of pictures, of everything from road projects to historical events in the Gem State. Now those pictures are going online and are free for anyone to use.

S1: Boise Stage Stop

May 31, 2018
Joel Wayne

Say you're on a road trip and just happen to be craving the following: a hot shower, hashbrowns & gravy, a personalized pocket knife, a bucket of popcorn in a movie theater, a bidet. Well, there's a place for all that.


Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stopped 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, You Know The Place explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit. Podcast co-hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about Boise's best kept secrets.

Magnolia Pictures | WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC. | Universal Pictures | Disney / Lucasfilm

The theaters will be filled with action movies this summer - 'Solo,' 'Deadpool 2,' 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' and 'Oceans 8' will keep the lucrative franchises alive for another year and on Friday's Idaho Matters we talk with Boise Weekly film critic George Prentice about which films to pick and which should get a pass.

S1: Stewart's Gem Shop

May 24, 2018
Joel Wayne

We stumbled upon a hidden gem in west downtown Boise that just happens to sell gems. Coincidence? You tell us.