Arts & Culture

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In the 1930s and 40s, hundreds of Basque people were brought to the western United States to do the desolate work that no one else would do—herding sheep. Alone for months at a time with hundreds of sheep, the Basque improvised songs, baked bread in underground ovens, carved poetry and drawings into the Aspen trees, listened to The Basque Radio hour traditional music and messages between the herders out in the isolated countryside—looking forward to The Annual Sheepherder’s Ball.

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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.

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One Idaho professor is on the hunt for two lost novels written by one of America's seminal poets, which may have been hidden for more than 100 years.

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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."

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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.

Ballet Sun Valley

The two-day Ballet Sun Valley Festival begins Tuesday. The festival will feature classical ballet and modern dance performances from Misty Copeland, Aran Bell and other all-star dancers. Idaho Matters discusses the festival with its artistic director, Isabella Boylston.

IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL

Jillian Kates, Jodi Dominick and Laura Welsh Berg play the leads in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production of Mamma Mia! and they join Gemma Gaudette to talk about the enduring appeal of ABBA.

Camas County Picnic Association

Sharon Kohler was raised in a farmhouse near Fairfield, Idaho. She remembers the annual pioneer picnic which would take place every summer in Camas County, and how they sometimes held it in the Pioneer Mountains north of Fairfield. But for the last couple of decades, organizers have held it in town.


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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.

On Saturday, July 7, two stage and TV actors, Sutton Foster and Brian Stokes Mitchell, sing patriotic songs at the Sun Valley Pavilion, with the American Festival Orchestra.

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.

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Jillian Kates, Jodi Dominick and Laura Welsh Berg are the three ladies, "dancing, jiving and having the time of their lives," in the Idaho Shakespeare Festival's production of Mamma Mia!, the all-ABBA musical running in repertory this summer at the festival's amphitheater.

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A musical called The Band’s Visit is the biggest hit on Broadway right now. It’s based on an Israeli film of the same name. At the Tony Awards this month, the play was nominated 11 times and took home 10 awards. One of the biggest sweeps in recent memory.

City of Boise

The design of the new main library for downtown Boise is out. Renderings of the proposed building show a curving glass structure that will act not only as a library but a community hub.

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John Cuevas left a high-paced career as a fine dining chef in Los Angeles to open a taco restaurant in Boise.  He joins Idaho Matters to talk about the valley's growing restaurant industry.

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