Wanna Know Idaho

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Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-generated podcast from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom 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? Join this curious collective by subscribing, sharing and reviewing this podcast.

Episode Date
How Can I Help Out During Coronavirus?
Michael Kramer-Duffield had just moved to Idaho and was looking for work in the restaurant industry when COVID-19 swept through. He's out of work, but like many of us, getting antsy and knows he could be putting his free time to use. "Public health officials tell us that the biggest thing we can do to help our community is to just stay at home," he said. But there had to be ways for him to help safely right now, which led him to ask Wanna Know Idaho : We called up Amy Little, CEO of the Idaho Nonprofit Center , to find out what she's been hearing from nonprofits across the state. What support do they need? And, how can prospective volunteers find an organization that fits their skills and passions best? We want you to hear what she had to say: Here's a longer list of ways to help right now: Offer to read books via video call to the kids of friends or relatives to give their parents some time off. Deliver food for Meals on Wheels . Check in with neighbors by writing notes or calling
Apr 28, 2020
Has The Treasure Valley Gone To The Birds?
Walking her dogs every evening in Meridian, Wanna Know Idaho listener Morgan Keating began to wonder: what’s up with all these seagulls? And s uddenly, birds of all kinds were everywhere. ( Cue the cliche Hitchcock montage.)
Mar 03, 2020
Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?
Yesterday would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday.
Feb 13, 2020
Why Are There Counties And Cities With The Same Name But The City Is Not In The County?
When Robin Fehlau was planning her move to Boise eight years ago, something peculiar kept throwing off her housing search: homes in Boise County kept on showing up, all of which were miles and miles away from her office.
Aug 02, 2019
What's 'Wanna Know Idaho' Been Up To?!
You may have been wondering what Wanna Know Idaho has been up to lately. Rest assured: We'll be back in June! You can always submit a new question here. In the meantime, subscribe to LOCKED, a new podcast coming this summer from Boise State Public Radio and the Mountain West News Bureau. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts. Audio warning: The following includes graphic descriptions and a reference to self harm.
May 20, 2019
What Was The Treasure Valley Like When There Was Volcanic Activity?
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted. The volcano 50 miles north of Portland sent out a lateral blast first, killing David Johnston, one of the scientists who had been monitoring the mountain months leading up to the blast. There was a 5.1 earthquake and a landslide, and every tree, animal and person within miles died.
Mar 01, 2019
Place Names And Volcanic Activity: Which Question Should We Answer Next?
Wanna Know Idaho is your crowd-sourced podcast. We're looking for your votes to determine which story we should report next. Each of these questions were submitted by curious folks in the community just like you: _ _ So which one will it be? Rally your friends to vote too; share this link on social media to garner as many votes as possible! Voting closes Monday, February 18. For more 'Wanna Know Idaho' content, follow host Frankie Barnhill on Twitter Copyright 2019 Boise State Public Radio
Feb 12, 2019
What Happens To All The Poop From The Animals At Zoo Boise?
When you search "zoo poo" on the internet, one of the first things that comes up is a link to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. You quickly learn that the facility sells composted animal waste to people in the Pacific Northwest, and at least one person says it makes amazing garden fertilzer.
Feb 01, 2019
Zoo Poop, Famous Potatoes And Boise's 'Bench': Which Story Should We Report?
Update! This voting round is closed. Here is the winning question: "I ride my bike past Zoo Boise often and I always wonder: where does all the poop from the animals go?" - Colby Spath We'll report this story and plan to publish the week of January 28. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss the episode when it goes live! We're kicking off the New Year with a new question voting round. One of these listener-generated stories will be featured on Boise State Public Radio's the Wanna Know Idaho podcast. But it's up to YOU to decide which one!
Jan 14, 2019
Why Is The Demographic In The West Central Mountains Primarily 55+?
Melissa Hamilton lives in McCall, Idaho with her young family. She works at the University of Idaho extension office in Cascade, and she identifies as being a member of the West Central Mountains. When she heard Wanna Know Idaho was featuring the region on the podcast, her first thought was not a question. It was a statement she's heard repeated many times:
Dec 07, 2018
What Are The Potential Impacts From An Open Pit Mine In Idaho's West Central Mountains?
Wanna Know Idaho traveled to Idaho's West Central Mountains to answer this question from McCall resident Fred Coriell: "What impacts will an open-pit mining operation, like the one proposed by Midas Gold, have on our region?" Cascade-based reporter Monica Gokey has the story for this episode of the podcast .
Nov 19, 2018
Here’s What’s Up With Your Question About The Stibnite Mine In Central Idaho
UPDATE: Mining stories are complicated, and we want to take the time to tell this story right. So be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss our complete Wanna Know Idaho episode on the Stibnite Gold Project coming in November. In the meantime, here's a preview.
Oct 30, 2018
Which West Central Mountain Story Should We Tell? Vote Now!
For this round of Wanna Know Idaho – we’re headed to the West Central Mountains. Have you ever wondered… How Cascade Reservoir became Lake Cascade? Or why the average age of people in the region seems to be higher than in other parts of the state? Or maybe you’re wondering about the potential impacts of an open pit mine that's been proposed by the Midas Gold Corp.? Which one of these listener questions should Wanna Know Idaho tackle next? The deadline to have your say is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at midnight. Cast your vote here: _ _
Oct 11, 2018
Why Are Gas Prices So Expensive In Idaho?
Depending on where you live in Idaho, you might find that prices at your local gas station are 30-40 cents higher per gallon than in neighboring Wyoming and Montana. So...what’s up with that? On this episode on Wanna Know Idaho , we’ll take a look behind the pump, to try and figure out some of the market forces at work in the Gem State. (Hint: think distance from oil fields and refineries, Idaho's explosive growth , extreme weather events, state taxes and geopolitics. Yep, it's complicated.) First, let’s drive southwest from Boise to meet this episode’s winning question asker. "As I travel through different states, everytime I came into Idaho I noticed that the gas prices and diesel prices went up," question asker John Lawson says. "Except on the western side of the state; but on the eastern side of the state they went up drastically from Montana or Wyoming into Idaho." "So, I wondered why." John bought his Chevy truck when the price of diesel was less than $3 per gallon. Now he pays
Oct 03, 2018
What Story Should We Tell In September? Voting Round Ends Thursday Night!
Update -- This voting round has closed. The winning question : "What about the prices we pay at the pump: Why does it seem like the price of gas is higher in the Gem State than in surrounding states?" Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here! We've narrowed down some great listener questions for the upcoming September episode, and now we need you to vote. Here's the thing: so far, this voting round is the closest we've ever seen in the history of Wanna Know Idaho! Have you ever wondered… How the Treasure and Magic Valleys got their names? Or, how rural internet connectivity is working in Idaho? What about the prices we pay at the pump: Why does it seem like the price of gas is higher in the Gem State than in surrounding states? Time is running out to get in your vote...and this election is neck and neck! Which one of these listener questions should Wanna Know Idaho tackle next? The deadline to vote for the September podcast topic is midnight Thursday, Sept. 13th! Vote here. For more
Sep 12, 2018
What's In The Fire Retardant That's Dropped On Idaho Wildfires?
August in Idaho means the last month of summer vacation, county fairs, camping and … oh yeah, wildfires. Here's just a few of the wildfire stories Boise State Public Radio covered this month.
Aug 31, 2018
Introducing The Second Season Of The 'Wanna Know Idaho' Podcast
OK, so you know that typically, the decisions about what stories you hear on your podcast feed or on the radio are made by...someone else. Typically: reporters, editors and hosts. But what if instead – YOU got to decide what stories get told? And what if you got to help report the story you’re curious about – and learn a little about how journalism is made while you’re at it? Welcome to Wanna Know Idaho, a podcast from Boise State Public Radio. It's hosted by Frankie Barnhill , with lots of help from the Boise State Public Radio news team . But it’s driven by YOU. Every episode of Wanna Know Idaho starts with a question. YOUR question, in fact. Asking questions is infectious. And we want as many people as possible to join this curious collective. So could you do us a favor? Subscribe to the podcast on iTunes , NPR One or wherever you get your podcasts. And tell your friends about it; we’ll have new episodes every month. P.S. Thanks to Boise music project ‘Up is the Down is The’ for the
Aug 24, 2018
Has The 2017 Flooding Damage To The Boise Greenbelt Been Repaired?
In 2017, Boise's Greenbelt sustained massive damage as a result of a wet winter and subsequent flooding. So as spring settles in this time around, it's no wonder folks are recalling the events of last year.
May 02, 2018
How Did Idaho Get That Name?
Idaho: a lot of us live here, but how many of us know the origin of the word itself?
May 02, 2018
How Do The Bands For Boise's Treefort Music Fest Get Picked?
Treefort Music Fest is taking over downtown Boise. More than 400 bands are scheduled to play over the five day festival. For this installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we take a look at how the selection process works.
Mar 21, 2018
How Did The Bonneville Flood Help Shape The Snake River Canyon?
The Snake River Canyon is an iconic landscape -- especially for people who live in central Idaho. And one of our listeners from Twin Falls was curious to know more about how it was formed.
Feb 20, 2018
What's Up With The Abe Lincoln Statues In Downtown Boise?
Monday, February 12 would have been President Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday, which is a big deal for people like Dave Leroy. Leroy is Idaho’s unofficial Lincoln scholar, and has amassed quite a collection of artifacts connected to our 16th President over several decades.
Feb 12, 2018
How Did Idaho's Capital Move From Lewiston To Boise?
Once you’re old enough to read, it’s hard not to notice the sign: “Welcome to Historic Lewiston, Idaho – Idaho’s First Territorial Capital.”
Jan 02, 2018
What Are Some Of The Social Do's and Don'ts Of The Holiday Season?
The holiday season is replete with parties, get togethers and acts of generosity, but navigating it all can be difficult. For this seasonal installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we asked listeners about holiday etiquette.
Dec 20, 2017
What's The Deal With The Public Art On Traffic Boxes Around Boise?
Artist Pat Kilby is an oil painter. “And I like to work in bright colors and kind of quirky perspective, little bit cartoonish I guess some people say,” says Kilby. And he often would drive home on Fifth Street in downtown Boise and see the plain, white traffic box that controls the streetlight.
Nov 20, 2017