Community Conversations

Boise State Public Radio's newsroom hosts public forums focused on a variety of topics.

Each community conversation is recorded for broadcast and archived here.

Listen back to previous conversations about mental health care, public lands, and politics.

Ways to Connect

Lacey Daley / Boise State Public Radio

On September 16, 2015 KBSX hosted four panelists and a room full of community members for a discussion on the possible Endangered Species Listing of the greater sage grouse. Experts shared their favorite facts about the bird, reasons for the population decline in the last century and the methods and strategies behind the collaborative efforts of state groups and agencies to protect the species. 

The greater sage grouse is under threat. Its population has shrunk by more than 90 percent in the last century. Scientists say wildfire, invasive species, energy development and other human activities are to blame. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide if the bird will be added to the Endangered Species List.

Adam Cotterell / Boise State Public Radio

Housing development on Garden City’s riverfront has picked up as the economy has improved.  The momentum is good for local tax rolls, but it also threatens adjacent areas that are home to low-cost housing. Experts say simply replacing that housing stock won't be easy, and that many residents could be displaced with few other housing options.  

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

On February 11, 2015, KBSX hosted four panelists and members of the public for a discussion on the state of police and community relationships in Idaho.

Police-involved controversies in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City last year served as the impetus for the discussion.

Katherine Jones / Idaho Statesman

Last year's events in Ferguson, Mo. and New York City showed just how poor the relationship can be between police and the communities they serve.

Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, nearly a quarter of Idahoans are living with a mental illness. Idaho has one of the highest suicide rates in the country. Nearly 22,500 Idahoans receive mental health treatment through Idaho’s Medicaid program. 

It’s the access to services, and a web of service providers, that have proven difficult for folks in need of care.

Betty Richardson, Jim Weatherby, Ben Ysursa
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

The Republican Party has dominated Idaho politics for most of its history. In fact, it's one of the reddest states in the country. But it hasn't always been that way. Twenty years ago, Idaho had a Democratic governor.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Everyone knows Idaho is a red state.  In fact, it's one of the reddest in the country. But it hasn't always been that way. Twenty years ago, Idaho had a Democratic governor. More recently, Idaho had a Democrat in Congress.

Meet The KBSX News Team

Oct 3, 2013
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Meet the people who bring you the news every day on KBSX 91.5. Join us on Oct. 16 for a casual hour of all things news.

Boise 150, Community Conversation
Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

This year, Boise turns 150-years-old. When it comes to national top 10 lists, the town has been competitive with much bigger cities like San Francisco, Seattle, and even New York City. But what exactly is it about Idaho’s capital city that makes it a place people love to call “home”?

During a community conversation hosted by the KBSX newsroom, Boiseans dug in to what makes the city tick.

Boise Dept. of Arts & History

Boise celebrates its sesquicentennial this month and we want to hear your stories about living in Idaho's capital city. Come share your stories at our July 11 community conversation. You'll hear perspectives on the city from our guests who will include a historian and a city councilor.

Our guests will include Barbara Perry Bauer, a local historian who co-owns TAG Historical Research and Consulting in Boise. She has a special interest in neighborhood history and urban development and has managed historic site surveys throughout the Treasure Valley.

Community Conversation: Idaho's Public Lands

Apr 26, 2013
Courtesy of the Idaho Statesman

More than half of Idaho’s land is considered public. These are lands that are managed by federal agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service.  We ride horses, hike, camp and play on these lands. It’s part of what makes Idaho a great place to live.