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Every year, Idaho high school students participate in Law Day, an event to help students better understand the law and our legal system. This year’s event had a special project: a podcast contest for high school students. 

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RadioLab explores big ideas every week on WNYC. The nationally-distributed public radio show disrupted both the public radio and podcast space and has inspired many producers in the world of audio storytelling. The show airs on Boise State Public Radio News at noon on Saturdays. 


Host Jad Abumrad has spent years perfecting his craft, and will share some of his experience in storytelling with an audience in Boise. He joined Idaho Matters ahead of his talk as featured speaker at The Cabin on Saturday, Feb. 1. 

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Boise State Public Radio's You Know The Place podcast explores some of the lesser known businesses and locations in Idaho. In the most recent episode, hosts Lacey and Joel visit Steele Apiaries, a bee farm in Eagle. Idaho Matters presents a special broadcast of the podcast, which you can find wherever you find your streaming audio. 

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Welcome To Night Vale is one of the most downloaded podcasts in the world. Set in a desert town where paranormal activity is every day, the podcast takes the form of a community radio station with broadcasts that highlight the strange and mysterious things happening there. With more than 100 episodes, the show’s cult status has been well cemented since starting in 2012. Co-creator and former Boisean Jeffrey Cranor joins Idaho Matters to talk about their upcoming live show in Boise.


A sixth grade class at Washington Elementary has recorded an entry for NPR's Student Podcast Challenge. The title of their podcast is "Basquing in Potatoes" and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we meet budding podcasters Annelise Humphrey and Samy Tipping and their teacher, Angela Troy.

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UPDATE: Mining stories are complicated, and we want to take the time to tell this story right. So be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss our complete Wanna Know Idaho episode on the Stibnite Gold Project coming in November. In the meantime, here's a preview. 

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Some podcasts are just that - digital downloads. While others, strive for something more. "Welcome To Night Vale" is a popular storytelling podcast that also tours as a live show. On Tuesday the podcast returns to the Egyptian Theater in Boise for a stage performance and live taping.

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Lauren Ober has listened to thousands and thousands of podcasts in the last couple years – it’s pretty much in her job description. She’s the host of “The Big Listen,” an NPR show about podcasts. Ober says the booming medium shows no sign of slowing down.

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Boise State Public Radio’s new podcast Some of the Parts just launched. It tells the stories of small groups of people in Idaho. It’s hosted by KBSX’s reporter-turned-podcaster Adam Cotterell. He told Morning Edition host Matt Guilhem that the project was born from a desire to do what Cotterell likes to call, “founding principles reporting.”