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Welcome to Reader's Corner, a weekly radio show hosted by Boise State University president emeritus Bob Kustra that features lively conversations with some of the nation's leading authors about issues and ideas that matter today.
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Idaho Matters

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Idaho Matters is a wonderful way to stay up to date, meet people and understand there's much more to this great state. Hosted by Gemma Gaudette on Boise State Public Radio News, it features arts and politics, growth and education, and the interesting stories that make Idaho unique. Send us your questions, comments or story ideas by emailing idahomatters@boisestate.edu or sending us a voicemail using the "Talk To Us" feature on the free Boise State Public Radio app.
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Grouse

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Grouse is a show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.Hosted by Ashley Ahearn, Grouse is an eight-part podcast series produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio.
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Extremely American

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This podcast takes you inside the world of the ascendant Patriot Movement. Meet the militia members and far-right activists who are simultaneously preparing to fight the government and become part of it. Nearly a year after the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, this once-shadowy movement has never been more relevant.Extremely American on Boise State Public Radio is presented in partnership with Postindustrial Media LLC.
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Wanna Know Idaho

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Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-generated podcast from Boise State Public Radio that is driven by YOU! No matter how quirky or serious your question might be, we want to know: What sparks your curiosity about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Click here to join this curious collective by sharing your question.
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Women's Work

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Join Ashley Ahearn as she visits working ranches across the West to meet the women who are reimagining the way we raise meat. There are a lot of problems with the industrial meat system in this country. Ahearn saddles up, microphone in hand, to bring us a series of sound-rich portraits of women ranchers – their big dreams and daily challenges – as they work to change the ways we manage land and livestock in the West.Projects like these are made possible by Boise State Public Radio members. G ...
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LOCKED

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A disturbing crime, a desperate act, and how one case could change the way prisons treat some transgender inmates. This podcast follows the case of Adree Edmo, a transgender inmate in Idaho who sued the state for gender confirmation surgery. The state appealed, and now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals must rule.
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Mustang

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For $125 you can get a wild horse from the Bureau of Land Management and try and train it. That’s what I did this spring. Bua’a (“friend” in Paiute) is a three-year-old mustang from the Beatys Butte wild herd of southeastern Oregon. Boo, as I call him, has a kind, curious eye but he doesn’t trust humans – so far, we’ve brought him mostly pain. No matter how you feel about them, mustangs are a powerful symbol of what it means to be American – and Western. To be “of” the open spaces and big sk ...
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Speaking of Serial

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Listen along with us as This American Life's Serial podcast revisits the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho. Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured, marking five birthdays in captivity before his release. Now, he faces a full military court-martial. Reporters with the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio discuss Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.
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Squirrel Girl has taken down Thanos and Doctor Doom – but now she faces something far more terrifying… living authentically. Empire State University college student, Doreen Green, has recently been outed as a Super Hero – The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl! Hoping to unify her personas in the public eye, Squirrel Girl has created a new student radio show on ESU’s own college station. With the help of her best girl-friend, Nancy Whitehead as producer, and her best squirrel-friend, Tippy-Toe in the ...
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A string of wolf attacks on livestock in Colorado's high country has become a flashpoint in the effort to restore the animal to its native range. Ranchers want the state to kill the wolves, which were reintroduced in that state just a few months ago. KUNC's Scott Franz reports for the Mountain West News Bureau that conservationists are urging patie…
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Linda Chase lived in Clark County, Nevada, during the time of active nuclear testing in the 1950s and 1960s. She contracted an autoimmune disease after being exposed to radiation. Many "downwinders" such as herself were not covered under the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. She spoke at an event at the National Atomic Testing Museum in Las Vega…
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(Veit Irtenkauf / Flickr) You've seen them zipping over irrigation canals, diving down, and skimming the water in search of bugs with their very distinctive wings. There are 86 species of swallows, and many of them spend their summers in Idaho. These amazing birds were featured in the May issue of Wildlife Express, the Idaho Fish and Game newslette…
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(Illustration by Luisa Uribe / Random House Studio) It was nine years ago when we first brought you the story of Idaho Fish and Game parachuting beavers into what is now the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area. The story spread around the world and went viral again a few months later when video of the transplanting experiment surfaced f…
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( G.P. Putnam's Sons) Jessie Rosen's newest novel, "The Heirloom," takes us on a globe-trotting adventure as the main character Shea tries to track down who first owned her heirloom ring in order to discover what kind of energy it holds. Will it be good or bad, and what will it mean for her upcoming marriage? Jessie joined Idaho Matters to talk mor…
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(Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio) Avian influenza outbreaks have continued to spread, a new group of people now have the option to get the RSV vaccine and another COVID-19 variant has surged. Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System, joined Idaho Matters to talk more about these issues and the Midnight Jazz Cats jazz…
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From left to right: Dr. Lloyd Blake, Dr. Mark Stolpe, Bill Shepherd, Bob Phillips and Blake Olson.( The Midnight Jazz Cats) Almost two years ago, five retirees got together to have a little fun and make a little music. They became The Midnight Jazz Cats and started playing in senior living facilities around the Treasure Valley each month to bring a…
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Rachel Huchmala The Idaho night sky will soon have many new observers thanks to a grant from NASA's Science Activation Program, which will put telescopes in classrooms across the state. An effort which Boise State University's Telescopes for Teachers Program has been working hard on. Dr. Rachel Huchmala joined Idaho Matters to talk more about this …
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Current estimates suggest more than 70,000 wild horses and burros roam the American west. That's more than three times the number land managers say can safely co-exist with other animals on the open range. In recent years, the Federal Bureau of Land Management has stepped up efforts to move most of those animals off public land, but where do those …
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Elk on the feedground in Alpine.(Caitlin Tan / Wyoming Public Media ) Some Western states choose to feed elk occasionally, but Wyoming has the nations largest feeding program. It started about 100 years ago - when winters were harsh and ranchers were upset that elk were getting into their hay yards. Now there are 22 feedgrounds statewide. But that …
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The Old Crow Medicine Show performs on stage. Left to Right: Mike Harris, Critter Fuqua, Dante’ Pope, Ketch Secor, Morgan Jahning, Cory Younts. Not Pictured: PJ George.(Old Crow Medicine Show / Brendan McLean) The American dream has been shaped by many different voices, a countless number of which come from Americana music. From folk to country to …
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( Berkley) This episode of Idaho Matters originally aired on April 29, 2024. Readers fell in love with author Nikki Payne's debut novel, "Pride and Protest," a retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." It got all kinds of buzz, from Ebony Magazine to Oprah Daily. Now Payne is back with her latest novel, "Sex, Lies and Sensibility," a modern…
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(The Spokesman Review) This episode of Idaho Matters originally aired on November 13, 2023. Last November Idaho Matters got the chance to sit down with two FBI agents who were on the ground during the Ruby Ridge Standoff in North Idaho back in 1992. They were about to appear on the CBS TV show "FBI True" and agreed to come on Idaho Matters to talk …
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This episode of Idaho Matters originally aired on April 1, 2024. Recently, we learned that the popular Braun Brothers Reunion Festival would celebrate its 40th anniversary in Idaho in August. It was back in 1984 when Muzzie Braun and his wife launched the popular music festival, and it's been going strong for four decades. The festival started in S…
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(M.G. Smith / Flickr) Primary election results are in, the Ada County Highway District has rebranded, speed limits could be changing in Meridian, we’re running behind on surplus money and we take a look at water rights in Eastern Idaho. It’s Friday, which means it's time for our Reporter Roundtable when Idaho Matters gets you up to date on all the …
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Wind energy is a big part of the transition from fossil fuels. But that comes with consequences, including the potential for more deadly collisions between birds and turbines. Researchers in our region art trying to solve that problem. Wyoming Public Radio's Will Walkey reports for the Mountain West News Bureau.…
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Internal Body II, 2023, cotton rope and low-fire terracotta, aluminium armature courtesy of Tanya Aguiñiga and Volume Gallery, Chicago.(Tanya Aguiñiga / Sun Valley Museum of Art) As one of the oldest art forms, weaving has a place in many cultures. The skill is not only a practical one but also one of creative expression, tradition and activism, al…
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(Robin Grant / Flickr) Idaho is seeing what many say is a youth mental health crisis. Teens face depression and anxiety, and parents are struggling without the tools they need to help their kids. That’s the premise of the Navigating Teen Mental Health panel Thursday night, June 6, at the Boise Centre Boise, sponsored by Boise State Public Radio and…
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Leslie Hagenstein indicates where the New Fork River flows through her property on Mar. 27, 2024. She signed up for a program that pays her to pause irrigation on her land in order to save Colorado River water. Some experts say the System Conservation Pilot Program, or SCPP, is costly and may not be the most effective way to save Colorado River wat…
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The cover of "Sadness Happens: A Celebration of Tears," by Brandon Stosuy.( Simon & Schuster) Have you ever seen someone crying in public? Maybe in their car or on a run or perhaps in the bathroom? It turns out sadness happens all the time, and author Brandon Stosuy has been watching people cry everywhere he goes in New York, and he started twe…
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(Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health ) The city of Weiser is hoping to transform its park land to create a space that brings more people together, and they're doing it thanks to The Community Project, which is the brainchild of the Blue Cross of Idaho Foundation for Health. Mayor Randy Hibberd and Courtney Frost, senior program officer at the…
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(Natalie Behring / KHOL) The sun had yet to rise and over a hundred cars, trucks and trailers sat idling in the county fairgrounds parking lot and down the neighboring street. Hunters were drinking coffee, reaching for their toes to limber up and some — saddling horses. Then, 20 minutes before the 6 a.m. start of Wyoming’s annual shed hunt, flashin…
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After quagga mussels were detected in the Snake River, ISDA set up boat decontamination stations in Twin Falls. It asked everyone who had been in the water during a month-long stretch to get their boats, kayaks and fishing gear cleaned.(Rachel Cohen / Boise State Public Radio ) Invasive quagga mussels were found in Idaho for the first time last fal…
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(iStockphoto) About half of all Americans will go through menopause, but it's still something people don't like to talk about, and that often leaves the women going through it freighted and unsure about what's happening to them as they go through this change. Last year, we dedicated an entire show to this topic, talking to experts about the differe…
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Chad Daybell sits at the defense table after the jury's verdict in his murder trial was read at the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho, on Thursday, May 30, 2024. Daybell was convicted of killing his wife and his new girlfriend's two youngest kids in a strange triple murder case that included claims of apocalyptic prophesies, zombie children and…
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You can help catch and band songbirds with the scientists at the Intermountain Bird Observatory!(Dave Crawforth / Intermountain Bird Observatory) Ever wanted to hold a wild songbird in your hands? That’s something Heidi Ware Carlisle does a lot. She’s the education and outreach director with the Intermountain Bird Observatory which catches and band…
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Dr. Yvette Running Horse Collin is a Lakota scientist who studies the history of Native Americans and horses. Through her research, she is challenging the dominant narrative that horses went extinct on this continent in the last ice age and did not reappear until European explorers came to the New World. Ashley joins Dr. Running Horse Collin on her…
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