Richard Copeland

Senior Producer

Richard Copeland is the senior producer of Boise State Public Radio's daily show, Idaho Matters.

Previously, he was the producer for WITF's Smart Talk in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Prior to that he was a producer with WHYY's NewsWorks Tonight in Philadelphia and a producer and technical director for KNPR's State of Nevada in Las Vegas.

Rich is also a trained sushi cook and loves to ski.

  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Reporter Davia Nelson visits the Basque tradition of the Annual Sheepherder's Ball.

After Medicaid expansion failed to pass the Idaho legislature during the last session, the grassroots organization Reclaim Idaho gathered and submitted 56,192 signatures from Idahoans - enough to get the issue on the ballot as a voter initiative in the Novemeber election.

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BoiseDev.com began as a Twitter feed in 2013 and quickly evolved into one of the top sources of business and development news in the region. Veteran TV newsman Don Day has been managing the site since its inception and he joins Thursday's Idaho Matters to talk business, media and the growing Gem State.

  • A look at this November's vote on Medicaid expansion in Idaho.
  • BoiseDev.com covers Idaho business and Boise development.

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The Annie E. Casey's 'Kids Count' report coallates every metric imaginable regarding children's health, education, economic status, living conditions and so on. It is extremely comprehensive, and this year's data did not reflect well on the status of Idaho's youth. Idaho Matters addresses the results of this year's data.

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A 2017 report from the Public Religion Research Institute indicated the number of Americans who identify as Christians has been in a steady decline, while people who identify as members of the Church of Latter Day Saints has increased steadily. We look at how the Mormon church is bucking the trend of declining religious affiliation.

BOISE NATIONAL FOREST

The West is heating up and the forests are drying out ... we're headed into peak wildfire season in Idaho. We check in with Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill on where the fires are, and what the forecast might tell us about what's to come in the next few weeks. 

  • Annie E. Casey study shows Idaho children behind the national curve.
  • BSPR's Frankie Barnhill updates us on the 2018 wildfire season.
  • LDS population is on the rise as other religions see falling numbers.

Bannock County

We continue our conversation about the state of Idaho's incarcerated population. Late last Wednesday, a riot broke out in the Bannock County jail. The Idaho Department of Corrections has been housing state inamtes in county jails due to overcrowding and on Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen about the stress this is causing in his county's jail.

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Last Wednesday, President Trump issued pardons to Dwight Hammond, Jr. and his son Steven. The pair had been found guilty of arson of federal property after their protest against the federal government over grazing rights.

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The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise closed 45 years ago, and as hard as they tried to keep people in, these days they can't keep people out. Amber Bierle of the Idaho State Historical Society talks about the history of the "Old Pen" and some of the upcoming events.

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Walt Whitman's works have been analyzed by scholars since his passing in 1892 and University of Idaho American literature assistant professor Zachery Turpin is digging through archives and manuscripts in search of Whitman's "lost" works.  Turpin joins us to talk about his quest for literature's "National Treasure."

  • Our conversation about the state of corrections in Idaho continues.
  • A controversial presidential pardon sends a message across the Northwest.
  • The Old Pen used to keep prisoners in, now they can't keep visitors out.
  • We go on a quest for the lost books of Walt Whitman.

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The increased prison population at the Idaho Department of Corrections has forced officials to place some prisoners in county jails for housing. This has led to a stretching of resources for the state's county sheriffs; such overcrowding led to a riot in the Bannock County jail on Wednesday. We talk with Ada County Sheriff Stephen Bartlett and state representatives Lynn Luker (R-15th) and John McCrostie (D-16th) about the impacts they're seeing in Ada jails.

snake river stampede

A $400,000 purse makes the Snake River Stampede one of the top stops on the rodeo circuit. This Tuesday, barrel-riders, bullfighters, bronco-busters and their fans will descend on Nampa for the 103rd running of the Snake River Stampede and on Monday's Idaho Matters we'll talk about the legacy of rodeo in the West and more than a century of stampeding in the Gem State.

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