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A voice heard regularly on NPR is headed to Boise this week.

Mara Liasson, a political correspondent at NPR, will headline Wednesday night’s annual gala for the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce. Liasson has made a career of covering national politics. This year’s presidential campaign is her seventh.


You hear Paula Poundstone most weekends on NPR’s "Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me" on KBSX 91.5 FM.

Throughout her nearly 40 year career, she’s been an author, late night TV personality, and actress. Ahead of her appearance in Boise Saturday night, Matt Guilhem spoke to Poundstone about her lengthy career, getting her start and Idaho. 


After 12 years as host of Morning EditionRenee Montagne is stepping back from hosting to focus on more long-form reporting – reporting that is essential to the future of NPR across platforms. She'll be trading her very early mornings at NPR West for an expanded role as Special Correspondent this November, after the presidential elections.


All eyes are on Iowa. Voters in the Hawkeye State will choose between 12 GOP presidential candidates and three Democrats. Be sure to tune in for NPR's live coverage on KBSX 91.5 FM Monday evening, or stream it online.

But should Iowa really be the first state to select a presidential nominee?

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NPR Music announced the winners of their inaugural Tiny Desk Contest Feb. 12. Nearly 7,000 bands from across the country sent in their videos for the music gurus to judge, including some Idaho groups.

In the end, the winner was Fantastic Negrito, an Oakland act with a soulful performance filmed in a freight elevator.


This was was updated April 24, 2015 to include audio from David Greene's Boise talk.

NPR Morning Edition host and reporter David Greene will be in Boise March 19 to give you an insider's look at what it's like to interview some of the world's most interesting people, cover American presidents, and report inside Russia.

What: David Greene speaking at Boise State Public Radio

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 7-8:30 p.m.

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NPR social sciences correspondent Shankar Vedantam is speaking Thursday in Ketchum at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.

Vedantam regularly connects public radio listeners to scientific studies that show how unconscious factors can influence people without their awareness. Vedantam has written a book on the topic and calls these subconscious drivers the “hidden brain.”

The race between Rep. Mike Simpson, R-ID, and Bryan Smith has NPR's  attention.  Morning Edition co-host David Greene will be in Idaho this week to report on the story for a national audience.

Threadless, tshirt design contest

NPR, with the help of, is hosting a T-shirt design challenge. From now until Aug. 26, NPR wants to see your designs based on the theme "My Sound World".

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo says U-S security is being threatened by the ongoing attacks on American embassies in the Middle East and around the world. 

The Republican condemned the violence during a conference call with reporters this morning. “The attacks heighten and give emphasis to the fact that the United States must continue to maintain its defense posture and its intelligence system in a way that will help us to defend our national security interests abroad.”