Arts & Culture

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

This summer’s blockbuster line-up is teeming with highly anticipated names -- like Batman, Spiderman, and the Avengers. That’s good news for the people who run cinemas. But for many small theaters across the Northwest, opening weekend is becoming a struggle.

Boise Native Symmonds Headed Back To Olympics

Jun 26, 2012
Angela Kellner

In the men’s 800 meter race Monday, Boise-native Nick Symmonds clocked the fastest time by an American at Hayward Field in Eugene, OR. The performance earned him a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team.

The 28-year-old Symmonds was at the back of the pack early in the race, but began to methodically picked off his competition. It was a flashback to the 2008 Olympic trials when he also made the U.S. team.

Listen In: Wilco Brings Eclectic Sound To Boise

Jun 25, 2012
Zoran Orlic

It's that time of year for road trips, barbecues and outdoor concerts. To celebrate summer, Boise State Public Radio brings you a series called Listen In. It's focused on musicians who will perform this summer in Idaho.  We start with the indie rock band Wilco

Mark Cornelison / Lexington Herald-Leader

The colt that was a threat to win this year’s Triple Crown will not run in tomorrow’s Belmont Stakes.  An injury has ended I’ll Have Another’s racing career.  The news is also unfortunate for the Boise-area horse “Rousing Sermon”. 

UI Scholar Consults On New HBO Hemingway Film

May 29, 2012
HBO

HBO premiered a new film Monday on the love affair between Ernest Hemingway and his third wife, journalist Martha Gellhorn. A University of Idaho Hemingway scholar served as a consultant to the filmmakers.

Exergy Tour Brings Big Time Cycling To Boise

May 24, 2012
Adam Cotterell, KBSX

What’s being billed as the biggest ladies cycling race of the year in North America…gets underway today in Boise.  The Exergy Tour kicks off with an evening time trial in the city’s downtown.  More than 100 cyclists from all over the world will then compete in four more stage races in several Southwest Idaho locations, before finishing Monday in Boise’s Hyde Park.   To learn more, Scott Graf spoke with Heather Hill, a publicist for the Tour. 

Longshot Rousing Sermon Off The Derby Radar

May 4, 2012
Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader

For the first time in nine years, a horse from Idaho will run in the Kentucky Derby Saturday.  Rousing Sermon is considered an underdog. 

Scott Jagow is the editor of the horse racing website PaulickReport.com.  He says the horse from Parma has generated almost no buzz in Louisville.  But Jagow is one of those who observed the horse this week.   He says Rousing Sermon looks good, seems to like the Churchill Downs surface, and fits well in the Derby format.

Samantha Wright/BSPR / Boise State Public Radio

He's been a lawyer, a political mover and shaker, and a former Idaho Supreme Court Justice.  But at heart, Byron Johnson has always been a poet.  Now that he's retired, Johnson has devoted much of his time to writing poetry and his memoir. That book "Poetic Justice" is now out. It's pages are filled with his early childhood, court cases and yes, poems. Byron Johnson - who has battled Parkinson’s disease and cancer - told Samantha Wright that poetry has always had a place in his life:

Oregon State University

Rare, once-lost historic records about pioneer Chinese immigrants to the Northwest have found a new life online. The digital archive is hosted by Oregon State University. A Chinese-American civic group hopes the document trove can help families locate ancestors gone missing early in the last century.

Boise's 'Record Exchange' Still Alive at 35

Apr 22, 2012
Record Exchange Music
Scott Graf

In the old days, when music fans wanted to buy an album, they’d simply visit their local record store.  But digital downloads have changed that.  As people have traded in their CDs for MP3s, record stores all over the country have closed.   That hasn’t been the case in Boise.  And on Saturday, music lovers turned out at The Record Exchange as it celebrated an annual national event known as Record Store Day.  For those fans, it was a chance to support a business many say they couldn’t imagine Boise not having. 

Glenn Mosley / Northwest News Network

The actor Bill Fagerbakke is perhaps best known for his comedic roles on the television series Coach and Spongebob Squarepants. But in Moscow, Idaho, last week, he was also talking about serious issues, like the role of the arts in our culture.

Boise Contemporary Theater

It’s a news story that, in Idaho, has become a legend. A conservative senator arrested for soliciting sex with another man in an airport bathroom. In video from C-SPAN from 2007 Idaho Senator Larry Craig apologizes just after the story broke.

“While I was not involved in any inappropriate conduct at the Minneapolis airport or anywhere else, I chose to plead guilty to a lesser charge in hopes of making it go away," he said. "That was a mistake and I deeply regret it.”

Basque Mus: More Than A Card Game

Mar 30, 2012
Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

This Saturday in downtown Boise people gather around tables at Leku Ona to play mus. That’s said like moose.  It’s a Basque card game, think poker meets chess. The winner will go on to compete in a national tournament in Chino, California in late April.

Joan Marcus/Girlfriendsboyfriend.com

Comedian Mike Birbiglia knows how to tell good stories. He says that’s never made him the life of the party but it has given him repeat appearances on This American Life and The Moth Radio Hour. His stories are funny, but sometimes they’re painful to hear.

It’s hard to imagine the U.S. with just a few dozen doctors to help everyone. But in the country of South Sudan that is the reality. There are 50 licensed doctors to help more than eight million people. Thomas Burke knows this situation well. He’s the chief of the Division of Global Health and Human Rights. That’s part of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. He’s helped create a medical program for 400 students.

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