Arts + Culture

Film
5:38 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

PBS Show Explores Coeur d'Alene, One Of The Whitest Towns In America

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It’s estimated that by 2043, white Americans will no longer be a majority of the U.S. population. But in Coeur d'Alene, Caucasians already make up a whopping 92 percent of the population. Nationally, whites total 63 percent of the population.

Coeur d'Alene has been homogeneous for the last 20 years as nearly 90 percent of new residents were white.

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History
6:30 am
Mon October 6, 2014

New Book Explores How The Railroad Built Nampa

The Oregon Short Line depot circa 1908. Railroads were the lifeblood of Nampa in the city's early history.
Credit Canyon County Historical Society

In 1885, southwestern Idaho's Nampa was just a water tower and a few shacks, but that quickly changed when the railroad came to town. A new book by historian Larry Cain examines the railroad's impact on Nampa, and how the city has changed.

Cain says the trains, and their cargo, are a big reason why Nampa thrived in the early part of the last century.

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History
6:30 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Saved From Demolition, Boise’s Historic Bishop’s House Celebrates 125th Birthday

Historic photo of the Bishop's House at its original location on Front Street.
Credit Friends of the Bishop's House

A house that was once home to Episcopal Bishops and nurses, and was saved from demolition is celebrating its 125th year.

The Bishop’s House was built in 1889 and is one of Boise's oldest continuously-used buildings. It was remodeled 10 years later by well-known Idaho architect John Tourtellotte. He added several rooms, a three-story tower and a wrap-around porch which helped create the unique silhouette of the home.  

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Theater
10:57 am
Fri September 19, 2014

How Growing Up In Idaho Has Shaped 'Genius' Playwright's Work

Hunter was born and raised in Moscow, Idaho. He now lives in New York.
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

The Idaho playwright who was awarded a MacArthur 'genius' grant this week has traveled far from his hometown of Moscow, but continues to revisit the state in much of his work.

Samuel Hunter now lives in New York, and has a play opening this weekend in Chicago.

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Culture
3:36 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Event Offers A Rare Glimpse Into Life For Boise Refugees

International Rescue Committtee (IRC) Executive Director Julianne Donnelly Tzul (far right) pictured with some IRC staff.
Credit Jodie Martinson / Boise State Public Radio

If you've wondered what life is like for Boise refugees, a local organization has put together a unique event offering a rare chance to walk in the shoes of a new Idaho refugee.

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Arts + Culture
11:58 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Idaho Playwright Wins $625,000 MacArthur 'Genius' Grant

Samuel D. Hunter
Credit Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Idaho native Samuel Hunter is one of 21 recipients of this year’s MacArthur Fellowship, commonly known as genius grants. Just in his early 30s, the Moscow native has already made a mark on the nation’s theater scene. He’s won numerous awards for his work including the prestigious Obie Award in 2011 for his play “A Bright New Boise.”

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Treefort Music Fest
10:08 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Treefort Music Fest Releases Ticketing Details For 2015, Debuts New Website

Music fans at the RJD2 show during the 2014 festival.
Credit Francis Delapena / Treefort Music Fest

The crew at Treefort Music Fest is already in planning mode for the fourth annual extravaganza.

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Arts + Culture
1:41 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Boise State Scientist Using High Tech Tools To Solve An Ancient Mystery

Mummy portrait of a bearded man. A.D. 170-180. From the collection of the Walters Museum.
Credit art.thewalters.org

A Boise State University professor is trying to solve a historical mystery.

Darryl Butt is trying to figure out who was buried in an Egyptian sarcophagus.  Butt, however, is not an archeologist or historian. He’s a materials scientist and associate director of Idaho’s Center for Advanced Energy Studies. He mostly works with nuclear fuels. Butt says his involvement started with a chance meeting with someone from the Walters Museum in Maryland.

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Arts + Culture
11:00 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Artist Workshop In Historic Atlanta, Idaho Is All About Self Expression

Credit Kris Hargis / Froelick Gallery

In a 'selfie' dominated world, a group of people are headed to the historic town of Atlanta, Idaho this weekend to immerse themselves in the art of self-portraiture. Painter Kris Hargis is leading a workshop at the Atlanta School, a new arts organization that accepts artists of all ages and levels.

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History
10:03 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Missing Section Of Nez Perce Trail Holds Little-Known Part Of History

Ruth Wapato of Spokane is the granddaughter of one of the members of the Nez Perce Tribe who fought alongside Chief Joseph in 1877.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The story most people learn about the Nez Perce Tribe and the capture of Chief Joseph doesn't tell the whole history, and now the federal government and Northwest Tribes are trying to fix that with a new historic site.

You may have heard about the Nez Perce’s epic 1,200-mile flight through Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming and Montana in 1877. The U.S. Army caught up with them before they could reach Canada. And in history books and documentaries, this is how the story usually ends:

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Culture
2:58 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

How Do You Say That? 9 (More) Idaho Place Names Only Idahoans Can Pronounce

The Kamiah flower shop can be found in downtown Kamiah, that's kam-ee-eye.
Credit Kara Oehler / Flickr Creative Commons

Idahoans are passionate about how to say the places in which they live. We learned that earlier this month with a post about the 10 places only Idahoans know how to pronounce.

You sent us dozens of suggestions, comments and explanations about Idaho's unique place names. Commentors also disagreed about the correct pronunciation of some words, which is to be expected, says Boise State University Assistant Professor of Linguistics Tim Thornes.

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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.
Credit 4435Russet / Flickr Creative Commons

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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