Arts & Culture

Author John Gerassi has reportedly died.  Gerassi wrote the book “The Boys of Boise,” about the city's 1955 scandal involving homosexual men. 

The scandal began in late October that year. “On Halloween night, the police in Boise arrested several men on charges of having sex with teenage boys," says Alan Virta, a retired archivist from Boise State University.

Hot Air Balloons Don't Take To The Sky This Summer

Aug 3, 2012
Scott Spencer / Lighter Than Air America, Inc

Many mornings throughout the summer, Boisians can look up and see the skyline scattered with brightly colored hot air balloons. But this summer, they have been absent.

Scott Spencer, owner of Lighter Than Air America, grew up in Boise and has been flying hot air balloons for 40 years. He says even in the early mornings, it’s too hot to fly.

Sadie Babits

It’s a Wednesday night… game night for Ysabel Bilbao. She’s part of a women’s league that plays the Basque racket sport of pelota.

“As we go downstairs, this is what I describe as the fight club because it’s just this big concrete hole. We come downstairs to the fronton and there’s girls playing now,” she says.

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 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  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.”