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.

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As the population swells in the Treasure Valley, so too will the homeless population. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we look at efforts to develop housing options for the valley's homeless.

  • Looking back a week after the attack in Boise.
  • The dangers of leaving kids in cars.
  • Two valley nonprofits look at ways to house the homeless.

Gem County Economic Development

President Trump's trade disputes over tariffs and NAFTA provisions have created headaches for numerous sectors of the American economy. Idaho's number one exports to China are manufactured goods and electronic components and we look at how these trade policies are impacting Idaho exports and how tariffs are affecting raw material prices for manufacturers.

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The State of Idaho is facing a potentially crippling overcrowded prison population and officials are scrambling for ways to alleviate it. A suggestion to house inmates at National Guard barracks was shot down by Governor Otter. A $500 million expansion project is in discussion. In the meantime, many inamtes are being shipped out of state under contracts to house and feed them elsewhere. State representative Melissa Wintrow (D-19) recently visited the Pocatello Women’s Correctional Center and left with some ideas about how to fix the state's corrections system. She joins Idaho Matters to share some of those ideas.

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Idaho Commerce is teaming up with the state's manufacturers of outdoor recreational gear to take advantage of the state's rugged terrain and test consumer equipment. From backpacks to snowshoes, kayaks and camp stoves, Tested in Idaho "shines light on Idaho-based recreation technology companies who take their work to the field." We speak with a representative from Idaho Commerce and a participating manufacturer of climbing gear about the program.

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The Wizard World Comic Con visits Boise this weekend with the Golden Goose of sci-fi guests: William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk (and LAPD patrol officer TJ Hooker, Boston criminal defense attorney Denny Crane and eponymous 911 phone center presenter.) "The Shat"joins Idaho Matters to talk about a career in front of the camera and meeting his fans throughout the country.

  • Tariff wars impacting Idaho manufacturing.
  • A state representative visits a women's prison
  • A Starfleet admiral lands in Boise

  • Idaho Matters revisits a discussion about confronting opioid addiction.
  • A summer camp ... for adults.
  • George Prentice discusses the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical.

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The Boise community gathered outside city hall Monday in a show of unity and defiance against violence. Mayor David Bieter spoke to those gathered, thanking Boiseians for their support and urging all to stand up to hatred and violence. Mayor Bieter joined Gemma Gaudette in studio to talk about the healing process facing the community.

St. Luke's

Traditionally, youth behavioral health services meant either short, outpatient treatment sessions or longer-term inpatient institutionalization. St. Luke's Children's Day Treatment Center provides a program in the middle, a mid-morning through early-evening program to aid youths, 12-17, coping with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD and other non-violent diagnoses. Idaho Matters will talk about the program with St. Luke's Children's.

City of Boise

Plans for a new Boise Public Library were unvieled last week, we talk about architect Moshe Safdie's design and how it will expand the library's services.

Idaho Tourism

Long-time Boiseans remember when downtown was a ghost town by 10 p.m. These days, BoDo after midnight is alive with food and revelry. We take a look at what's going on downtown after the witching hour.

  • Boise Mayor David Bieter discusses Saturday's violent attack.
  • Plans for a new Boise Public Library unveiled.
  • Downtown nightlife after midnight.

JAMES DAWSON / BOISE STATE PUBLIC RADIO

Idaho Matters discusses the horrific attack that took place in Boise Saturday evening. We're joined in studio by Boise Police Chief William Bones, City of Boise spokesperson Mike Journee, Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson, Idaho state senator Grant Burgoyne, International Rescue Committee development manager James Brownson and St. Luke's Hospice Bereavement Coordinator, Jeni Emerizy.

UPDATE: In light of the events of this past weekend in Boise, the content of today's Idaho Matters is changing. At noon today we will be talking with city leaders about the mass stabbing that has affected people in our refugee community.

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