StoryCorps, the national oral history project, opens its mobile recording booth in Boise Monday.  For the next month, Idahoans will step into the Airstream trailer parked at Boise City Hall and record their stories.

What it's like to travel the country with StoryCorps...

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The wife of a Christian Boise pastor imprisoned in Iran spoke in front of the United Nations Human Rights Council Tuesday. Naghmeh Abedini traveled to Geneva to make her case for her husband’s release.

Saeed Abedini has been in prison since last September, and was sentenced for attempting to convert Iranians to Christianity.

Mrs. Abedini addressed the international governing body for the first time.

Volkan Alkanoglu Design

Boise is looking for artists to create the city’s first sculpture on a traffic roundabout. The Department of Arts and History is accepting proposals for a project at the new 30th Street extension.

If selected, the artist will be paid $30,000 through a neighborhood reinvestment grant.  

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After years of running the grueling half marathon at Robie Creek, Bart Davis had an idea. Instead of just running the 13.1 miles up and down the steep Aldape Peak summit, why not turn around and do it all over again?

Davis’ company, Rivertown Racing, came up with its own brand new race: the Double Robie on September 28. The race will be a full marathon – beginning and ending at Fort Boise. Runners will climb 3,800 feet over 26.2 miles.

City officials in Boise are considering tougher ordinances on panhandling following complaints.

The Boise City Council on Tuesday is scheduled to review three ordinances.

One ordinance would outlaw aggressive panhandling.

Panhandling where solicitation can't be avoided would also be banned. That includes asking for money from drivers on roadways, people in line, or people dining at a sidewalk cafe.

Another ordinance would require panhandlers to have permits to put up tents, chairs or tables on public property.


StoryCorps has recorded and archived more than 45,000 personal stories since the oral history project launched in 2003. Now, you'll have an opportunity to add your voice.

StoryCorps has partnered with Boise State Public Radio to bring the mobile recording studio to Boise from June 10 through July 6.

Federal authorities say a "spice" smuggling operation has been taken down in Boise.

A federal grand jury in Boise has indicted five Boise and Meridian residents on a laundry list of charges. They include conspiracy to smuggle goods into the U.S., conspiracy to sell and transport drug paraphernalia, and conspiracy to launder money.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Today, groups around the world are celebrating the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia (I.D.A.H.O). Started in 2005 in Paris, the annual May 17 celebration has the acronym “IDAHO”. But this is the first year that the day is being celebrated in Idaho.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

About 30-40 percent of garbage collected at the Ada County landfill in the spring and summer is yard waste. That’s according to Catherine Chertudi, Boise’s solid waste programs manger. But come July 1, that percentage could change.

Efforts to pass more local gay rights laws are moving ahead in Idaho. A city councilor in Coeur d'Alene plans to introduce an ordinance later this month. And in Pocatello, a failed ban on discrimination against gay, lesbian and transgender people is getting a second chance.

Lucas Swope

Summer is right around the corner, now that Boise's Alive After Five Concert Series has been announced.

The concerts are in their 27th year, and will once again be held every Wednesday at the downtown's Grove Center beginning June 5.

Idaho Statesman

The Boise Department of Arts and History recently received some good news. Harvard University’s Ash Center has selected the department as one of the most innovative government entities in the country. 

Sadie Babits / Boise State Public Radio

More than 60 artists will take part in Modern Art tonight in downtown Boise.  This year artists, who do everything from fine art to performance, will take over more than 30 rooms at the Modern Hotel.

Amy O’Brien is one of the curators for this event. She has some advice for people who’ve never been to Modern Art before. “I would say be prepared to be completely entertained and expect the unexpected.”

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

Boise’s Treefort Music Fest made some big strides in its second year. A month after the festival wrapped up, organizers say the festival grew more than was previously thought.

Steve Smith Photography

Ballet Idaho premieres Swan Lake tonight. Here’s what you need to know about this classic ballet. There’s Prince Siegfried. He falls in love with a beautiful woman named Odette, who’s actually trapped in the body of a swan.

Phyllis Rothwell Affrunti dances the part of Odette. The lead dancer calls her character “fragile,” a beautiful creature that has been imprisoned as a swan by the evil wizard Von Rothbart. “She’s waiting for true love to come to save her,” explains Affrunti. “It’s the only thing that can.”