Arts + Culture

History
2:18 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

New Book Reveals Secrets Of Boise's Old Pen Through Photos

The old Idaho Penitentiary housed inmates from 1872 to 1973. This is the old administration building at the Pen, which is still standing today.
Credit Courtesy Idaho State Historical Society

A new collection of vintage photographs is highlighting Idaho's historic old penitentiary which was home to bank robbers, assassins, horse thieves and moonshiners for more than 100 years. The fortress-like Old Pen has long been a staple in east Boise, and it's now a place for tourists instead of criminals.

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Events
8:49 am
Tue August 19, 2014

'Slide The City' Inflates Its Giant Waterslide Aug. 30 In Boise

This promotional photo is from a Slide the City event in another town.
Credit Slide the City

Utah-based Slide the City is bringing its giant waterslide to Boise Aug. 30, that's according to details on its event registration page.

We first told you about the 1,000-foot waterslide here.

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Culture
9:38 am
Tue August 12, 2014

How Do You Say That? 10 Idaho Places Only Idahoans Know How To Pronounce

Credit Craig Cloutier / Flickr Creative Commons

Here's one way to find out if someone is from Idaho: ask them to pronounce Boise, Coeur d'Alene, or Pend Oreille.

If there’s one thing that trips up folks from outside Idaho, it’s our weird and wonderful place names.  Counties, cities, and rivers in Idaho can be hard to pronounce, if you don’t know them well.

These 10 words can be tough for new Idahoans (special thanks to the Idaho Press Club’s Idaho Pronunciation Guide).

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Arts + Culture
11:48 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Geena Davis Tells Idaho Parents To Talk With Kids About Hollywood's Portrayal Of Women

Geena Davis spoke to an invited audience Thurday at an event to honor Idaho women who are leaders in business, politics, nonprofits and the arts.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

You probably know actor Geena Davis from movies like "Thelma and Louise," "A League of Their Own" and "The Accidental Tourist." But you probably don’t know her as a crusader for gender equality in kids movies.

Davis was in Boise Thursday to speak about her work. Her visit was sponsored by Zion’s Bank in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival.

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Culture
2:37 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Are These 10 Stereotypes About Boise Really True? You Decide

Boise is Idaho's largest city, with 214,237 people.
Credit Charles Knowles / Flickr Creative Commons

A blogger at the real estate site Movoto asserts there are 10 stereotypes that accurately describe the people of Boise. The blogger says Boiseans secretly think they're better than other Idahoans, that Boiseans are music snobs, and Boiseans can't complain enough about the summer heat.

Is he right?

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Culture
3:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

What Are The Sounds That Make Your Idaho City Home?

Floaters drift down the Boise River on a July day.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On a hot summer day, the sounds that echo through Boise State Public Radio's windows along the Boise River are the shrieks and squeals of floaters drifting downstream.

A mini-rapid is right in front of the newsroom, and it's at that spot where floaters tend to get a healthy dose of cold river water. Their giggles, shock-induced screams, and mild expletives mixed with the constant churn of fast-moving water, are a lovely reminder of summer in Boise. It's a sound that likely defines Boise.

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Movies
3:22 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Meet The Cast Of Disney’s ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ And Their Real Life Idaho Counterparts

Dusty Crophopper and a SEAT on the tarmac at NIFC in Boise.

As firefighters work to contain wildfires burning in Idaho and the West, an animated Disney movie opens this weekend portraying what those wildland firefighters do in real life. Disney’s "Planes: Fire & Rescue" isn’t exactly an action movie,  it’s a cartoon about anthropomorphic talking airplanes.

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Quiz
8:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Quiz: Do You Know The Difference Between Idaho And Iowa?

Idaho is the top producer of potatoes in the United States.
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Yes, Idaho and Iowa are two very different states.

It seems the great state mix-up has made it back into the spotlight, so we made this quiz to test your knowledge of the Gem State and the Hawkeye State.

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Culture
11:40 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Idahoans And Iowans Join Forces To End State Mix-Up

Both agricultural states, Idaho is known for potato production while Iowa is known for its corn.
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Idaho and Iowa are, in fact, two different states, and entrepreneurs, writers and creative-types want the world to learn the difference. (Take our quiz to see how well you know Idaho and Iowa.)

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Television
9:16 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Boise Native Aaron Paul Nabs 5th Emmy Nomination

Paul grew up in Boise as Aaron Sturtevant, the son of a local minister.
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Boise native Aaron Paul is up for another primetime Emmy this year. Nominations were announced early Thursday in Los Angeles.   

Paul is nominated in the category of 'Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series' for his role as Jesse Pinkman in the AMC series Breaking Bad. Paul won the award in 2010 and 2012. He's now been nominated for five primetime Emmys. 

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Religion
3:12 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Mormon Missionaries To Get iPad Minis As Part Of Social Media Initiative

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The Mormon church is expanding a program that gives missionaries iPad minis and broadens their proselytizing to social media.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints said in a news release this week that a test program that began last fall with 6,500 missionaries serving in the United States and Japan went well. That has prompted the church to expand the initiative.

Church leaders expect to have the specially configured mobile devices in the hands of more than 32,000 missionaries by early 2015. Most missionaries will cover the cost of the $400 device.

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Arts
9:54 am
Fri June 27, 2014

How The Trey McIntyre Project Ended Up $25,000 In Debt

As of July 1, the TMP dancers and staff will be out of a job. Some dancers have already signed with other companies.
Credit Trey McIntyre Project

This weekend, the Trey McIntyre Project will end its six-year run with their final performances at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. The Massachusetts festival is the first place the dance project performed as a group, so there’s some poetry in the fact it will also be the last.

What’s not so poetic is the state of the company’s finances.

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Artist Statement
6:15 am
Fri June 20, 2014

Emerging Artist Jake Fullilove Works To Make Boise A Filmmaker's Hub

Jake Fullilove on set during a commercial shoot this spring. His company, Imperium Cinema, rents out some of the best film equipment around.
Credit Kate Grosswiler / for Boise State Public Radio

At 21-years-old, Boise artist Jake Fullilove has already started his own business. Imperium Cinema opened its doors in Boise earlier this year. It’s a film equipment rental company boasting some of the most advanced stuff in the industry.

Fullilove seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all the lenses, lights, microphones, cameras and cables in his office. The young entrepreneur says he started Imperium to be a resource for Idaho filmmakers.

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Film
11:20 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Documentary Gives Voices To Idaho’s Often Silent ‘Add The Words' Protestors

Credit Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Members of Idaho's “add the words” movement have spent the last eight years asking state lawmakers to make it illegal to fire or deny housing to people because of sexual orientation or gender identity. Now a new documentary called "Add The Words" explores the events of the 2014 legislative session when that protest movement turned into large-scale civil disobedience.

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Artist Statement
6:30 am
Fri June 13, 2014

How Boise Artist Danny Kerr Creates Music Amid Noise

Musician Danny Kerr performing at Treefort Music Fest this year.
Credit Frankie Barnhill / for Boise State Public Radio

Boise musician Danny Kerr is pretty much always on the hunt.

Recently, Kerr was hunting for the right cable to hook up to a bass guitar. After scavenging for about 10 minutes, he found what he was looking for. Then, he started searching for the perfect sound to come out of that bass.

The 25-year-old musician rents studio space in a warehouse in Garden City, wedged behind a junkyard filled with old road signs for chain restaurants and cheap motels. He shares the space with a bunch of other musicians, and the place is filled with drums, guitars -- even a disfigured piano.

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Religion
9:41 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Mormon Women's Group Founder Faces Excommunication

The founder of a Mormon women's group pushing for gender equality says the church is trying to excommunicate her.

Kate Kelly says she was shocked and dismayed when she received a letter this week from her bishop in Virginia informing her of a disciplinary hearing June 22. Two months ago Kelly led hundreds in a demonstration to shed light on gender inequality in the religion, defying church orders to stay off Temple Square.

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Artist Statement
7:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

How Anne McDonald Makes Art Accessible With Boise Burlesque Show

Anne McDonald (stagename Frankly Frankie) during a trapeze number at the Red Light Variety Show. McDonald studied theater at Boise State, where her interest in burlesque took off.
Credit Kate Grosswiler / for Boise State Public Radio

Like a lot of people, Anne McDonald’s basement is a bit cluttered. But it’s safe to say the things strewn about are a little more interesting than your average basement clutter.

“This is Prudence, the rhinestoned and feathered rubber chicken who has a removable head," says McDonald. "And it’s kind of bloody because she’s been used a couple of times on stage.”

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History
6:00 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Idaho Military Museum Re-Opens After Renovation

The Idaho Military Museum is back open for business after being closed since October 2013.  

The museum started at Gowen Field in the late 1980s and eventually moved off base into a nearby warehouse. 

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Artist Statement
9:44 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Boise Playwright Heidi Kraay Is Ready For Her Next Challenge

Playwright Heidi Kraay at work in her home office.
Credit Kate Grosswiler / for Boise State Public Radio

Boise playwright Heidi Kraay has a lot to celebrate these days.

This weekend marks the end of the two-week run of “DIRT,” her most recent production. Without giving too much away, it’s the story of a flashy new medical company that makes a product promising health and longevity for its Boise clients.

The avant-garde show is smart, funny and dark -- and is the culmination of an idea Kraay’s been working on for years.

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Television
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Boise Veteran Featured In NOVA D-Day Special On PBS

Robert Haga joined up after Pearl Harbor and had a "front row seat" at D-Day off the coast of Normandy.
Credit Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

In June 1944, Robert Haga was on board the USS Chickadee in the waters off of Normandy. Now, a Boise resident, Haga is one of the D-Day veterans featured in a new NOVA special on PBS, "D-Day’s Sunken Secrets."

In the program, a team of experts explores the sea beds along the coastline of Normandy from above and below the water, inviting veterans like Haga along for the journey.

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