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City Cast Boise is the daily news podcast that connects us to the city we love. With a companion newsletter, it’s the place where curiosity and passion for Boise meet. Host Emma Arnold local comedian and podcaster, and she’s excited to talk about people, places, and problems that matter to you. Every weekday morning, Emma will introduce you to your neighbors — from newcomers to born-and-raised Boiseans. It’s like eavesdropping on a great conversation overheard at your favorite downtown coffee shop, except in this case you’re invited to join in. We’ll engage with you online and on the podcast, with stories that spark passion and delight — but sometimes also frustration and anger. With a clear-eyed vision of the challenges and triumphs of our rapidly changing Boise, the podcast will make you feel more connected to this city we share.

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How To Do Valentine’s Day Right in Boise
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Valentines-fanatic Jocelyn Robertson has you covered. Whether you forgot to make a reservation or just want to celebrate a quiet evening at home, she’s got the hacks to help you make February 14 memorable, romantic and even fun for the whole family. Need more Valentine’s inspo? We’ll have ideas in our Hey Boise newsletter, which hits inboxes every weekday at 6 a.m. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 07, 2023
Pranks, Prisons, and Powder: 36 Years of Idaho Politics
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After thirty years as a journalist in Boise, Betsy Russell is retired and ready to hit the slopes. We talk about obstacles she faced as a woman working at the legislature, her work with Idahoans for Openness in Government, and a memorable story of hers on that changed Idaho prisons for the better. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 06, 2023
Campaign Fund Woes, Middle School Fight Club, and Boise Bagel Wars
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Campaign funds used for steak dinners, a junior high fight club and the bagel wars are heating up! Our Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter and Audio Producer Evelyn Avitia join Emma Arnold to talk through this week’s news— and it turns out they have some strong opinions on whether or not bagels should be used for sandwiches.  Have a favorite bagel shop? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 03, 2023
Eagle High School Hecklers Go Viral
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Last week, students at Eagle High heckled and walked out during a speech made by Scott Yenor, a Boise State University professor known for promoting misogynistic, far-right beliefs. Boise’s political TikTok star SocialistlyAwkward took note of the moment and joins Host Emma Arnold to talk about community’s reaction and why she is proud of the Gen Z students.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 02, 2023
Wait, Are Militias Illegal in Idaho?
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Heath Druzin from the Extremely American podcast gives us a vibe check on the far-right. We get into Ammon Bundy’s most recent court troubles, news that a leader of a far-right lobbying group doesn’t actually LIVE in Idaho, and why far-right activists are more scared of civil litigation than criminal. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Feb 01, 2023
Death Threats Over a Rodeo? It Happened in Kuna
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Sydney Kidd with the Idaho Press is here to give us the lowdown on some major small town drama. She recently reported on how Kuna went from an accidental double booking of rodeo events, to death threats — in what felt like less than eight seconds. Later in the show: the Kuna City Council is considering offering a livestream of city meetings. The only other city in Ada County that doesn’t already stream council meetings is Garden City.  Are you on Instagram? So are we! Follow us for more local news and happenings.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 31, 2023
Boise’s Maker Shop Wants You To Start Making
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We’re talking with Alex Jangard from the Boise Maker Shop about the joys of making your own stuff. From pens, to charcuterie boards, and tables, he’s here to convince us that anyone can build something with the right tools and a strong, supportive community.  Want some more Boise community stories? Subscribe to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get fresh tips on how to get connected every weekday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 30, 2023
Youth Silenced at Statehouse, Lawmakers Grill BSU, and Boise’s Best Chefs
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Are Idaho lawmakers scared of young people? Is Boise State’s budget at risk after a rough presentation at the statehouse? Is voting on a ballot initiative going to get a lot harder? And what’s the best local meal you’ve eaten, and was it cooked by one of these James Beard nominated chefs? We’ve got some questions after a big week in news. Boise State Public Radio Reporter Jimmy Dawson and Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter chat through the local stories you need to know. Have a comment or question about today’s episode? Chat us up over text, or leave us a a voicemail: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 27, 2023
Meridian’s Man of the Year Goes Viral Defending Libraries
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We’re talking with Meridian Library Director Nick Grove about going viral for pushing back against censorship and harassment at a recent Meridian Library Meeting. We get into the safety precautions Nick’s family has had to take, the compassion he has for people in his community living in fear and hate, and why he told the crowd that day that he would not be bullied, period. Plus, Boise Mayor Lauren McLean’s accepting applications for the two vacant seats on city council. The roles opened up after Lisa Sánchez lost her seat because she moved out of the district she represents, and Elaine Clegg took on a new role as CEO of Valley Transit. The mayor’s taking applications now through February 14, and she plans to decide upon finalists to suggest to city council in early March.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 26, 2023
This Renter’s Story Could Save You Pain
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It can be a real struggle to rent in the Treasure Valley, even though home prices have started to go down. For Nicolette Clark, finding her $850 unit in Nampa two years ago was a lucky break — until her landlord turned off the heat during a winter cold snap. Now, she’s sharing her story with some red flags to look for before signing your next lease.  Plus, Clark tells us why she thinks “informal evictions” should be tracked. And we spotlight how Idahoans mostly agree on two key tax issues lawmakers has yet to work on at the statehouse.  We want to hear your moment of joy this week! Have a Boise story that brought a smile to your face? Text or leave us a voicemail and we may share it on an upcoming episode: 208-546-9485. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 25, 2023
These Are Boise's Best Coffee Shops
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It’s a new year and a new you, but are you still drinking the same old coffee? Host Emma Arnold is talking Boise coffee shops with Producer Evelyn Avitia and Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter. They talk best communities, best specialty coffees, and which shops left us considering a switch to water.  So what are you drinking? Want to rant or rave about our hot coffee takes? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 24, 2023
What’s It Like to Be From Caldwell?
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Today, our producer Evelyn Avitia gives us a tour of Caldwell while sharing her favorite local eats and go-to spots, and talks about her experience growing up in the Caldwell School District. Recently, students at Caldwell High School led a ‘Brown Pride’ rally. In a viral TikTok, the students stated it is a display of pride in their heritage. Want more community news and events? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 23, 2023
Idaho Targets Boise, Abortion Bills Surface, City Council Loses A Voice
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It’s been a busy week in Boise, so we’re chatting about the local stories that mattered most. Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill is catching you up with help from Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice and our Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter.  We break down the two abortion bills introduced at the legislature this week, the abrupt and unintentional departure of Lisa Sánchez from Boise City Council, and trust breakdowns with the Boise Police Department. Plus, we share a little about why we love Boise so damn much.  Here’s the TikTok referenced in our conversation.  Have a local moment of joy to share? Send us an email to boise@citycast.fm! Or, leave us a voicemail: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a debrief every morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 20, 2023
What a Boise Drag Performer Wants Lawmakers To Know
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Drag shows are the new target of conservative politicians in Idaho. There’s a good chance that a ban on all public drag performances will surface at the legislature soon, after the Idaho Family Policy Center made it a priority after Boise’s Pride Festival in September 2022. So today, we’re chatting with drag performer Maliha Gemini, who has a message for Republican lawmakers.  What do you think about the debate over drag today? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want to stay updated on what’s going on at the legislature? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 19, 2023
How To Finish Dry January Strong In Boise
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If you’re ditching the hangover and trying Dry January, you should know about Sober 'N Boise. The sober movement is organized by Veronica Schmidt with the goal of building and supporting a sober curious community. So today, she helps us navigate the city without the pressures of drinking, with tips for planning a night out and finding the best mocktails around. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 18, 2023
Fall in Love With Idaho’s Winter Sports
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Clark Corbin from the Idaho Capital Sun is here to tell us about how getting into Idaho’s winter sports is a great way to keep the legislative session blues away. We talk getting started with a low-key yurt adventure, staying safe, and why you shouldn’t wait until summer to enjoy the mountains. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 17, 2023
Moscow Says “FU” to Nancy Grace, and Caldwell’s Chaotic School Board Meeting
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Emma’s with the Idaho Statesman’s Mia Maldanado and our audio producer Evelyn Avitia to talk through this week’s news. They get into chaos at the Caldwell School Board Meeting, Mia’s story about Idaho inmates training rescue dogs, and why Moscow recently said “FU” to Nancy Grace. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 13, 2023
Why Boise Comedians Are Trying to Keep This Man Out
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Our lead producer Frankie Barnhill talks to host Emma Arnold about why she and other Boise comedians are calling for Idaho Central Arena to cancel the upcoming Chris D’Elia show. She talks about the multiple allegations of sexual misconduct and predatory behavior against the Los Angeles-based comedian, the health of the Boise comedy scene, and why Emma thinks this booking is especially hypocritical.  This episode does contain references to sexual assault and harassment, including of minors. Want Idaho Central Arena to cancel this performance? Here’s their contact form and Facebook page, or give their box office a call to let them know your thoughts: 208-424-2200. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 12, 2023
Is Boise’s Isolation A Good Thing?
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Did you know that Boise is the most geographically isolated urban area of the Lower 48? Today, we’re chatting with Greg Hahn from Surel’s Place about why he thinks that isolation has led to a unique and DIY-inspired arts and culture scene.  Want some more Boise arts and culture content? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get inspired with ways to connect to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 11, 2023
How to (Properly) Do Brunch In Boise
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Boise’s food scene is evolving, so we’re talking with brunch experts JJ Saldaña and Antonio Hernandez about the best spots to eat, drink, and catch up with friends. The Latino Card hosts teach us the ins and outs of their favorite meal, and remind us that what happens at brunch — stays at brunch.  Places mentioned in this episode: Western Proper Red Feather Lounge Fork Restaurant Amano Brunchette Goldy’s Bardenay You can listen to The Latino Card podcast on Soundcloud, or wherever you get your podcasts. Let us know your favorite brunch spot by leaving us a voicemail or sending a text: 208-546-9485 Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 10, 2023
Wait, There’s an Ostrich Farm in Kuna?
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We’re talking with Alex McCoy from American Ostrich Farms about sustainability and building their own processing plant during COVID. Also, are ostriches jerks? Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 09, 2023
Abortion and Drag Bans, and the Moscow Murder Suspect Is in Jail
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It’s our first weekly news chatter episode of 2023, and there’s plenty to cover. Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson and our Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter share their predictions for the 2023 Idaho Legislative Session, and share updates on the arrest of a suspect in the Moscow murders. Plus: the Idaho Supreme Court has upheld the state’s abortion bans, dismissing a challenge from Planned Parenthood.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 06, 2023
Winter Blues? Cozy Up, Boise!
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The January blues are here but the Boise Weekly’s Minerva Jayne is here to shoo the inversion right out of your soul. She’s got great tips on how to get cozy in Boise, including the best places to eat, hang, and treat yourself like a queen.  Got a favorite cozy spot? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want to cozy up to us off-air too? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 05, 2023
Boise’s Late Night Food Leaves Us Hungry
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We’re chatting with Margaret Carmel about her beef with Boise’s late night dining desert. We dig into third spaces, Western isolationism, and no hate to Los Betos but what the heck does a gal have to do to get Waffle House in town? Be sure to check out Margaret’s awesome local reporting at BoiseDev.  What’s your favorite late night dining locale in the Treasure Valley? Shoot us a text: 208-546-9485. Hungry for more? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 04, 2023
Boise’s 2023 Resolutions and Predictions
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We’re ringing in 2023 with your New Year’s resolutions and predictions for 2023. Debates over public education, wild card candidates in city elections, new and better bike lanes and more fun stuff to do than ever? Sounds like it’s going to be an interesting year! What did we miss? Share your resolution or prediction by voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jan 03, 2023
Is Our Love of Standing Ovations A Problem?
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Have you ever been to a play or concert in Boise and at the end of the performance, you realize everyone around is standing, clapping enthusiastically, even if the show was…not Boise’s best? In this edition of our 2022 yearbook superlatives, Host Emma Arnold chats with Story Story Night’s Jodi Eichelberger about whether our love of giving everything a standing ovation is corny, or our “Sweetest Local Gesture.”  Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 30, 2022
Meet The Boise TikTok Creator With 6M Likes
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We’re awarding a few of our favorite episodes of the year with some classic yearbook superlatives. In this episode, Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill talks with the Boise woman behind the wildly popular “socialistly awkward” account on TikTok. For not letting small, local stories fall through the cracks and calling out far-right politicians, six million likes and counting, we’re calling this one the most “Extremely Online Local.”  Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 29, 2022
Trailside Coffee Is So Very Boise
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It’s our winter break and we’re awarding a few of our favorite episodes with some classic yearbook superlatives. A while back we got to talk to Café Mulé’s Matt Bishop about serving free coffee in the foothills with his trusty mule, Richard. For caffeinating the community one hiker at a time, we’ve named this peppy episode, the “Most Boise Thing Ever.” Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 28, 2022
Dipping Into Boise’s Fry Sauce Obsession
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Fry sauce is Boise’s favorite condiment. But, is it actually from Idaho? Turns out City Cast Salt Lake Host Ali Vallarta bursts our bubble in this episode with a salacious origin story, which is why we’re dubbing it the “Sauciest Debate of 2022” in our list of yearbook superlatives. Hey, at least we can still claim the best french fries, Boise! Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 27, 2022
Boise Needs To See These Two Films This Winter
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Emma’s movie bestie George Prentice from Boise State Public Radio is here to chat about two films he thinks are a must-watch for Boise this winter. We talk Idaho vibes, a screenplay with Moscow roots, and George shares a few of his top movies for 2022.  Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 22, 2022
How Boise Stole the Capital
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Boise was declared the capital of the Territory of Idaho 158 years ago. But take a trip to Lewiston and you’ll find a sign welcoming you to the state’s first capital. So today, Jimmy Dawson from Boise State Public Radio gives us a history lesson on how Boise stole the capital city crown from his hometown Lewiston. We dive into messy politics, presidential favoritism and salty feelings that have lasted over a century.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 21, 2022
De-stress Your Holidays, Boise!
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This time of year can be stressful, but we’ve got your back! Local therapist Ayako Otani is here to talk us through building up our holiday mental health toolbox. We talk anxiety, boundaries, and why it’s OK to get a little hibernate-y this time of year. Just a heads up, this episode discusses suicide. If you or someone you know is contemplating suicide or in crisis, the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline offers 24/7 call, text and chat access to trained crisis counselors who can help.  Got a great self-care tip for the holidays? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 20, 2022
Your Guide to Boise’s Best Christmas Lights
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We’re getting extra festive with the creator of the Boise Christmas Lights Map. Host Emma Arnold finds out what inspired William Higginson to first build the map in 2015, and what it takes to keep it twinkling every year. Plus, we learn about the cross-state community of holiday display map builders.  Want to get your home on the map? Fill out this form.  Let us know your fave holiday lights neighborhood by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 19, 2022
Best And Worst Of Boise’s 2022, Plus OPA Drama Continues
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City Cast Boise’s Frankie Barnhill is catching up with producer Evelyn Avitia and Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter for this edition of weekly news chatter. The crew is breaking down the latest drama at city hall surrounding Boise Police and the Office of Police Accountability, and sharing some perspective on Moscow homicide coverage and tipline.  Plus, we’re sharing our picks for the best and worst moments of the year. Speaking of the end of the year: we’re looking ahead to 2023 and would love to hear your resolutions and predictions! What do you think we’ll see in Boise next year? Have a resolution — either for yourself or for your community? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 16, 2022
Meet Boise’s Backyard Artists
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We’re talking with Ryan Marsh, co-founder of the Backyard Artists, about Boise’s DIY arts scene. The new grassroots nonprofit is giving out several $350 grants to local emerging artists (application deadline is Tuesday Dec. 20). Ryan tells us about the importance of building a community for young artists in Boise, and why a recent live tattoo event was a big hit. For more arts and culture happenings, subscribe to our Hey Boise newsletter and follow us on Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 15, 2022
What’s Next For Boise State Football?
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This season of Boise State football has been a wild ride. Changes in leadership, depressed fans, and a freshman quarterback stepping up to bring the team back from the brink. Longtime Bronco football reporter Dave Southorn is here to give us his predictions for Saturday’s bowl game against North Texas. Plus, could Head Coach Andy Avalos be the next Coach Pete? Speaking of predictions: Do you have a prediction for our city in 2023? Or maybe you have a resolution you want to share! We’re collecting your ideas for an upcoming episode. Send a text or leave us a voicemail: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 14, 2022
What National Media Got Wrong About The Moscow Murders
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We're talking with Abigail Spencer from The Argonaut about what it’s like being a student reporter in Moscow right now. She tells us about frustrations with the national media, community efforts made to help students feel safe, and the emotional breakthrough she felt while covering the U of I vigil.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 13, 2022
Downtown Is The Place To Be This Holiday Season
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Today on the show, we’re talking with Jennifer Hensley from the Downtown Boise Association. She shares why downtown is best enjoyed during the holiday season, and why Garden City still doesn’t hold a candle to downtown.  Have a favorite thing to do in Downtown Boise? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. If you’re looking for more local stories, sign up for our free Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a dose of news and events every weekday. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 12, 2022
Remembering A Former Boise Lawmaker, And A ‘Tripledemic’ Update
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Happy Friday! Host Emma Arnold is chatting about the news of the week with freelance reporter Heath Druzin and lead producer Frankie Barnhill. We remember Boise’s Hy Kloc, a beloved former Democratic lawmaker and the son of Holocaust survivors, and share a public health PSA about COVID and flu. And Heath updates us on Idaho Republicans’ response to Donald Trump’s call to terminate the U.S. Constitution. Plus: Heath *almost* gives away his fave secret hot springs.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2022
'You Know The Place' Visits Stan's Golf Cars
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Hey City Cast Boise fam! We have a special treat for you: we’re proud to feature an episode from our friends at You Know The Place, a local podcast where hosts Lacey and Joel guide you through Boise’s weirdest, quirkiest places. Today, they’re exploring Stan’s Golf Cars on State Street, where they get to test drive the merch, obviously. Hope you like it, and be sure to follow them on Instagram too. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2022
Your Guide To Winter Cycling
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The roads might be slick and the air might be cold, but getting around town on two wheels is still possible. So today on the show, we’re talking with local bike commuter Joe Jaszewski about winter cycling. We pedal into staying warm, safety precautions, and who’s allowed on sidewalks. Plus, what does the recent change in ACHD leadership mean for cyclists? Got a favorite winter biking spot? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 08, 2022
What Non-Boiseans Want To Know About Boise
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Today on the podcast, we’re playing 20 questions with our boss David Plotz. As the CEO of City Cast, he is super curious about Boise — and he’s not afraid to ask some pretty basic and hilarious questions. Host Emma Arnold and Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill field his questions about the Blue Turf, potatoes, militia membership (kidding!) and much more.  What’s the funniest or strangest question you’ve been asked about Boise? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 07, 2022
Idaho’s Only Alt-Weekly Keeps On Printing
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Did you know the Boise Weekly is the only alt-weekly paper in the state? We’re talking with the paper’s editor-in-chief Jeanne Huff about providing a voice for marginalized groups, supporting artists, and a “best of” controversy that had Boise bartenders feeling catty.  Speaking of the best of Boise: What do you hope 2023 brings for our community? Share your citywide resolution with us by sending us a voicemail or text, we’re putting resolutions together for an upcoming episode: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 06, 2022
A Boise Cold Case Turns 40
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On Dec. 5, 1982, a man was found dead in a local church of cyanide poisoning with $1900 and a note signed with a false name in his pocket. We talk with KTVB’s Alexandra Duggan about the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of William L. Toomey, the scandal that took down the priest who found his body, and how likely cold cases like this are to be solved. Got a Boise cold case that interests you? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 05, 2022
BPD Lawsuits, A New Investigation, And December Joy
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It’s been a busy week of news in Boise, so host Emma Arnold’s chatting about the stories behind the headlines with the Idaho Capital Sun’s Kelcie Moseley-Morris and our Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter. From recent tort claims filed by two abortion rights protesters against the City of Boise and Boise Police to an independent investigation into a recently retired police captain with white supremacist views, there’s a lot to talk through. Plus, we share what we’re looking forward to in the final month of 2022! Speaking of: we want to hear from you! We’re collecting New Years resolutions and predictions. What do you want Boise to become next year? Have a prediction for the City of Trees in 2023? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2022
Is Garden City the New Downtown?
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We’re talking with Jodi Eichelberger from Surel’s Place about why Garden City is becoming the hottest neighborhood in town. Amazing galleries, great hangs, and fabulous First Fridays. One has to ask, is GC the new downtown? Check out this map with all the First Friday happenings, going down Friday Dec. 2 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.  Want some more local events? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 01, 2022
Boise's Best Holiday Traditions
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We’re getting into the holiday spirit with Emma’s festive friend Jocelyn Robertson. We talk about the best light displays, the cheeriest trees, bathrobes in nativity scenes, and why we’d rather be in bed than at the Potato Drop.  A few unique ideas:  Eat at Yen Ching and watch downtown shoppers as the snow falls. Skate on Caldwell’s ice ribbon in Indian Creek Plaza with the Winter Wonderland lights twinkling. Use the boisechristmaslights.org website to find the best twinkly lights in your (or other) neighborhoods.  Cut down your own tree from the Boise National Forest.  Dress up and go to Ballet Idaho’s Nutcracker at the Morrison.  Attend a public high school choir concert.  Check out St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral nativity service.  Got a holiday tradition you’d love to share? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want more Boise festivities? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a list of events this holiday season.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 30, 2022
'Cabaret' Is Bringing Pre-War Berlin to Boise
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We’re talking with Alley Repertory Theater’s Buffie Main about their upcoming production of “Cabaret.” We jazz hand into the similarities between Boise and pre-war Berlin, the rise of fascism, and how VAC is being transformed into the Kit Kat Club for the show. Want some more Boise news? Check out Hey Boise, our newsletter that gives you a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Want to be besties? Us too! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 29, 2022
Boise's Most Popular Airbnb? A Potato!
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We talked with travel blogger Lydia Weigel about her recent stay in the Big Idaho Potato Hotel. Just south of downtown Boise, this fun and unique stay features some unusual amenities (spoiler: it’s a cow, you get to hang out with a cow!).  Know of other fun and unique places to stay in Boise? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 28, 2022
Are We In for Another ‘Snowmageddon’?
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We’re talking to KTVB’s Jim Duthie about folklore winter weather predictions. How accurate is the Farmer’s Almanac and are Wooly Worm Caterpillars actually miniature meteorologists? Plus, how likely are we to have another Snowmageddon? And later in the show, we share an article from the Idaho Statesman about how climate change may affect home values in the future.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 23, 2022
Your Guide To Shopping Local For the Holidays
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Black Friday at the mall? Pshh never heard of her. This holiday season, we’re giving you plenty of awesome reasons to shop local. Have a cook or a gardener in your life? What about that loved one who has everything, so really a unique is the best gift they can get? We have you covered! Plus, there’s still time to check out some local holiday markets.  Guests today: Marissa Lovell with the From Boise newsletter and our own newsletter writer Blake Hunter.  Want some more Boise holiday cheer? Head over to our newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 22, 2022
How To Get Cozy in Boise
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It might technically be fall still but winter weather is certainly here. So we’re talking how to get cozy in Boise with the Boise Weekly’s Minerva Jayne. We burrow into the best cozy eats, shopping, treat-yourselfs, and coziest places to just hangout.  Got a favorite cozy spot? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want to cozy up to us off-air too? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 21, 2022
What We Know (And Don’t Know) About the Moscow Murders
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It’s been a tough news week in Idaho so we’re here to sort through what you need to know. Host Emma Arnold gets the latest on the murder of four University of Idaho students from Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson and our audio producer Evelyn Avitia. Plus, Jimmy explains why the state of Idaho has just settled a lawsuit based on a law that for decades was used to discriminate against LGBTQ+ folks. Moscow Police have set up a tip line and are asking the public to call if they have any information: 208-883-7180. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2022
We Settle The Boy-SEE vs. Boy-ZEE Debate
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We know the holidays can bring fraught debates with family and friends. But this Thanksgiving, there’s at least one argument you can win once-and-for-all: how to pronounce our beloved “Boise.” Lead producer Frankie Barnhill digs into this longstanding (and often heated) linguistic debate with Boise State University Linguistics Department Chair Michal Temkin Martinez. Apparently there’s been confusion about the ZEE vs. SEE since the mid 19th century.  So tell us: Are you Team See or Team Zee? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 17, 2022
How to (Properly) Enjoy Boise's Hot Springs
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Today, Host Emma Arnold is talking hot springs with our Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill. We dive into gatekeeping, etiquette, and the best from-Boise hot spots! Plus, is it still okay to skinny-dip?  Have a favorite place to soak? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 16, 2022
Helping Our Unhoused Neighbors in the Cold
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The abrupt change to winter weather is hitting our unhoused neighbors hardest. So today, we’re learning how to help make the cold months a little warmer for folks experiencing homelessness in our community with Interfaith Sanctuary’s Jodi Peterson-Stigers.  Want to help out? You can donate to Interfaith here, and volunteer to help with emergency shelter this winter.  Want to learn more about? Check out this BoiseDev article from reporter Margaret Carmel on our elderly unhoused community members.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 15, 2022
What It’s Like To Be the Dr. Fauci of Idaho
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The holiday season is here, with lots of parties and dinners to enjoy with friends and family. But before you throw away those masks, Dr. David Pate (aka the Dr. Fauci of Idaho) is here with some practical tips to make sure COVID-19 doesn’t ruin your holiday plans. Pate is the former CEO of St. Luke’s Health System and became a voice for public health since his retirement in early 2020, just before Idaho’s first coronavirus case. From where to find your COVID booster shot, to updated info on high quality masks, and home testing (his pick is the BinaxNOW kind), we’ve got you covered!  Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 14, 2022
What Our State Election Results Mean for Boise, And How To Zen TF Out Post-Election
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Election night is in the rearview, so we’re talking about what the legislative results could mean for the future of Boise with state politics reporter James (Jimmy) Dawson of Boise State Public Radio. Incumbent Republicans in statewide races had a big night, starting at the executive level with Gov. Brad Little winning a second term. But how did far-right candidates do down ballot? And were the Democrats able to make headway anywhere? We’ll get into it.  Plus: Jimmy tells us how he zens out after elections.  Want more local politics coverage? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter, where we share what you need to know about — along with events and fun things to do in town.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2022
Boise’s Fave Barista Is a Mule
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If you’ve been hiking in the foothills these last few years, chances are you’ve come across this very unusual, very Boise trail amenity: free coffee, served by a mule. We talk to Café Mulé’s Matt Bishop about building community through hospitality and a shared love of the outdoors, and why Richard The Mule is Boise’s favorite barista.  Have your own Boise trail service story? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Looking for a morning pick me up? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a guide to the city every weekday. Thirsty for more? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 10, 2022
Your Guide to Election Results — So Far
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Plenty of 2022 General Election results are in from Idaho and there’s lots to chew on this morning! Emma Arnold and lead producer Frankie Barnhill are here to update you on the most important local and state election results — so far.  How are you feeling about the results? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Check out this piece we mentioned from the Idaho Capital Sun on legislative races and more background on the College of Western Idaho board from Idaho EdNews. Plus, the Idaho Statesman has a great breakdown of Ada County results.  And as results continue to roll in through the days and weeks to come, we’ll be here in this podcast and in the Hey Boise newsletter for more election coverage.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 09, 2022
This Human Rights Org Finally Gets a Permanent Home
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Today, host Emma Arnold talks with the Wassmuth Center’s Dan Prinzing. The center recently dedicated the new Phillip E. Batt Building in honor of the former Republican governor, and it’s going to really level up the nonprofit’s education and outreach mission. Plus, Dan shares how he stays positive in the face of increasing hate in Idaho.  Thoughts on today’s episode? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 08, 2022
We Love Caldwell and So Should You!
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We’re having a day in Caldwell with our audio producer, Evelyn Avitia! She shares her favorite C-town eats, hangs, and why racism and classism are behind Boise’s tendency to look down its nose at this unique and fun sister city.  If you’re new to Boise, Caldwell or anywhere else in the Treasure Valley — what brought you here? Or if you’re a local through-and-through, why do you stay? Let us know what you love about Caldwell/Boise/the Treasure Valley by leaving us a voicemail. We might share it on an upcoming episode: 208-546-9485. Want more community news and events? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 07, 2022
Local Elections, A Rascal Cat, and Why This Politico Is Leaving Town
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The countdown to Tuesday’s midterm election is on. So in this week’s weekly news chatter episode, host Emma Arnold is talking about local races to watch with The Idaho97 Project’s Emily Walton and our lead producer Frankie Barnhill. Plus, we chat about Emily’s lost rascal cat Jack and the community effort to find him. And Emily tells us why this Election Day will be her last one in Boise for a while. Got a lead on Jack (or anything else)? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Have an absentee ballot to return? Here’s where you can safely drop off your ballot in Ada County. Live in Canyon County? We have you covered. You can also double check your polling place for in-person voting in Ada County and Canyon County, and learn how to register to vote at the polls on Tuesday.  Be sure to subscribe to our Hey Boise newsletter for more election coverage.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2022
Meet the Siblings Feeding Our Boise Neighbors
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Soups on and we’re talking mutual aid and feeding our unhoused neighbors with the wonderful folks at Boise Kitchen Collective. BKC hands out over fifty hot meals a week plus snacks, water, coffee, and baked goods. We learn how easy (and fun!) it is to get involved and why you can’t overstate the importance of a home cooked meal.  Let us know about your favorite mutual aid orgs by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Looking for more ways to get connected to your community? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter for ideas.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 03, 2022
Boise’s Best Coffee Shops
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Today, Host Emma Arnold is talking Boise coffee shops with City Cast Boise’s very own Evelyn Avitia and Blake Hunter. Who has the best beans? The best vibes? The best workspaces vs. the coziest hangs? Get the drip on which Boise coffee shops we think are tops, and where we wouldn’t go even at our most caffeine deprived.  So what are you drinking? Want to rant or rave about our hot coffee takes? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Thirsty for more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a fully caffeinated guide to the city every weekday morning. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 02, 2022
How Boise’s Lisa Sánchez Celebrates Día De Los Muertos
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We’re celebrating Dia de los Muertos by chatting with Lisa Sánchez about how she celebrates the Mexican holiday. The Boise City Councilperson talks about her favorite Day of the Dead altars and spoiling her ancestors with treats they couldn’t have while they were living. Plus, Lisa tells us her plans this year to honor the gentleness and grace of her grandfather and helps us understand the difference between appropriation and participation. Looking for a Día de los Muertos event in Boise? Check out this community event at JUMP on Wednesday Nov. 2 at 5:00-8:00 p.m. And read up on Jesús Urquides, a Mexican-American Boise pioneer whose story isn’t talked about enough in Idaho history class.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 01, 2022
Boise in the ‘90s Did Halloween Right
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Happy Halloween, Boise! Lead producer Frankie Barnhill takes the wheel today to grill host Emma Arnold about Boise Halloween memories. We talk Harrison Blvd. vs. Warm Springs candy hauls, haunted houses, corn mazes, and why Emma got arrested at the Crazy Horse in 1994.  Looking for some adult Halloween fun tonight? Emma recommends the Macabre Mass burlesque show at Neurolux tonight, hosted by the talented Leta Harris Neustaedter.  Check out this Idaho Statesman story about the city’s geothermal energy goals, and be sure to use our Hey Boise early voting guide to make your voice heard this election cycle.  Wishing we’d haunt you off-air too? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 31, 2022
Far-Right Plea Deal, Early Voting, and Boise’s Lackluster BBQ
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Happy Friday! Emma’s chatting about the stories of the week with KTVB’s Brian Holmes and City Cast Boise’s very own Blake Hunter. We cover the news about white nationalist leader Kyle Chapman’s plea deal, early and absentee voting so far, and the one year anniversary of Zachary Snow’s killing by Boise Police. Plus, we get into what’s pissing us off — and what’s making us happy — about Boise this week. Want to get nerdy about Ada County voting stats? Check this out.  And get informed about the candidates running for Attorney General, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, check out the debates IPTV has put on. The Lieutenant Governor debate is set for Friday, Oct. 28 on IPTV at 8:00 p.m.  Think you got a good BBQ spot? Let Emma know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Couldn’t get enough of Blake on today’s weekly chatter? Subscribe to our Hey Boise newsletter! Can’t get enough City Cast Boise? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2022
‘U DAHO’: The DMV’s Problem With Raunchy Plates
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8008IES, UDAHO and DZNUTZ? Carolyn Komatsoulis from the Idaho Press is in the passenger seat to talk about all the weird, crude and admittedly funny vanity plates people try to slip by the DMV, and how long-suffering Idaho DMV employees use a variety of tools — including Urban dictionary and mirrors — to crack down on Idaho’s raunchiest submissions.   What would your personalized vanity plat say? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Need more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. BZCTYCST LVR 4 LYFE? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 27, 2022
WTF Is Up With These Ballot Questions?
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Power struggles, note-passing, special sessions, oh my! Today on the podcast, host Emma Arnold gets the scoop on the two important — but confusing — questions at the bottom of your ballot this election. Why does the Idaho Legislature want to have the option to work more and what the hell is going on with that advisory question? Idaho Capital Sun reporter Clark Corbin is here to break it down for us. And later in the episode, Emma shares a chili recipe that Clark made recently and raves about.  What else do you want to know about before casting your vote this election? Shoot us a text or leave us a voicemail: 208-546-9485.  For more election coverage, be sure to subscribe to our Hey Boise newsletter!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 26, 2022
The Best Breweries in Boise
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One thing about Boise: we love our local craft beer. But with more than 20 breweries and counting in the Treasure Valley, the options can be kind of overwhelming. What’s the best place to grab a pint and watch a game? How about the most delicious meal and IPA combo? And where can you get snobby and enjoy the subtleties of your next barrel-aged stout? Today, lead producer Frankie Barnhill is getting the scoop from contributor Heath Druzin, who — when he’s not covering extremist politics — can be found at Barbarian Brewing.  Other breweries we shoutout:  Western Collective/Western Proper Lost Grove Brewing Highlands Hollow Brewhouse Payette Brewing Company Woodland Empire Can’t get enough of us? We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 25, 2022
A Very Haunted Tour of Boise
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Host Emma Arnold talks with local supernatural enthusiast Julie Hahn about Boise’s haunted history. Late-night phenomena at Boise State’s Communications Building, creepy elevators at the Idanha, and the documented disturbances of the Old Idaho Penitentiary. Boise’s full of ghosts! Or at least great ghost stories.  And a quick note: this episode does include some violent imagery and a mention of suicide. Share your own Boise ghost stories by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Rattling your chains because you’re dying for more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Missing us already? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 24, 2022
City Council Gatekeeping, an Anti-Drag Bill, and Halloween is Coming!
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Host Emma Arnold sits down with Boise State Public Radio Morning Edition host George Prentice and our own Frankie Barnhill for this week’s news chatter. We talk about George’s recent interview with City Councilperson Lisa Sanchez about gatekeeping at City Hall, and the anti-drag legislation that’s being floated ahead of the midterms. Plus, learn what Emma might be for Halloween! Go deeper with this feature about Erma Hayman and Boise’s redlining history, and Idaho Capital Sun’s coverage of the Idaho Family Policy Center. And if you missed it over the summer, make sure to check out our conversation with Boise drag artist Frida Nightz. Have thoughts on the latest goings-on in Boise or on the pod? Let us know via voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want some more local news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Missing us already?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2022
Boise’s Standing Ovation Problem
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In Boise we give everything a standing ovation, which feels great for performers, but what does it do for the quality of our art? In this episode, host Emma Arnold chats with Jodi Eichelberger (Story Story Night, Alley Rep, BCT) about the pros and cons of Boise’s generous crowds. And, Jodi shares his favorite Story Story Night standing O and (maybe?) changes Emma’s mind about wanting to sit things out. Find out more about the production of "Cabaret" that's coming to the Alley Repertory Theater in December, co-directed by Jodi. Let us know if you’re standing or sitting after this episode by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Want more Statler and Waldorf in your inbox? Subscribe to our newsletter where you’ll get a balcony view every morning. At your desk yelling encore encore?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 20, 2022
There’s No Place Like WinCo
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Everyone’s talking about the possible merger between Albertsons and Kroger, which would be a big deal for Boise. But today, City Cast Boise Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill is here to gush about her favorite local grocery chain: WinCo! This place is a gem, even if it’s not as polished as other stores. Contributor Jimmy Dawson joins to share tips for incorporating the WinCo experience into your shopping routine.  For more on the questions surrounding the possible Kroger/Albertsons merger, check out this in-depth piece from BoiseDev.  Know a grocery fanatic who might like this podcast? Please share it with them! And check us out on Twitter and Instagram for more local content. Want to let us know your hot take on WinCo? Send us a voicemail or a text! The number is 208-546-9485. And make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter, Hey Boise, to stay up-to-date on what’s going on around town! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 19, 2022
Where Are All Our Starter Homes?
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When you think of the American Dream — the house with the picket fence and a yard — you’re probably imagining a nice but modest 2-bedroom starter home that's affordable for a young family. But today on the show, Idaho Statesman reporter Paul Schwedelson joins Frankie Barnhill to talk about why you’re not seeing enough of these kinds of homes on your Zillow search. We also talk about how the recent dip in home prices is affecting the market, and why new construction is slowing down.  Also, meet our new City Cast Boise Host, Emma Arnold! You’ll start to hear her voice more and more in the coming days.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 18, 2022
Who Has the Better Fans, Broncos or Vandals?
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Fall in Boise means one thing to lots of people: Bronco Football is back on the blue turf. But for University of Idaho grads in our city, all this blue and orange swagger can get annoying. So today on the show, two fans will hash it out behind the mic with host Frankie Barnhill. Adam Bridges is a sophomore at Boise State and helps edit The Arbiter student newspaper, and Zach Kellogg is a recent U of I grad and the Director of Broadcast and Creative Content at the school.  Who has the better mascot? The rowdiest student section? The stronger team spirit? We’ll find out.  Who has your heart, Buster Bronco or Joe the Vandal? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485 Get more Boise hot takes and news you can use in our morning newsletter!  Want to keep up with us in real time? Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 17, 2022
Home Prices, Standing Up to Hate, and OMG This Weather
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Home prices continue to fall but rent’s still so damn high, the North End stands up to anti-LGBTQIA+ hate, and October weather is…still kind of hot? It’s our first-ever weekly chatter episode, and we’re rounding up the stories that stuck with us this week! Host Frankie Barnhill chats with our Hey Boise newsletter writer Blake Hunter and producer Jennifer Jerrett.  And remember: today is the last day to register online to vote! UPDATE: After recording this podcast, KTVB reporter Alexandra Duggan tweeted Friday that a man in Boise Police custody was charged with arson in connection with the North End flag burning we mentioned. If you’re looking for ways to support the LGBTQIA+ community in Boise, check out the Boise Mutual Aid Collective and The Community Center. Want some more Boise stories? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 14, 2022
Meet Your Neighbor, Author Anthony Doerr
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Anthony Doerr is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. But he’s also one of us, Boise! And we are so excited to be talking with one of our all-time favorite authors today. He weighs in on our libraries, shouts out other local writers (looking at you, Alan Heathcock and Kerri Webster), and talks about what it’s like to call Boise home. If you haven’t read Anthony Doerr’s latest novel in which Idaho features prominently, you really should: we can’t recommend Cloud Cuckoo Land enough! Speaking of writing, you can register right here for The Cabin’s free online writing workshop that we mention in this episode.  If you like today’s show, please let us know! Leave us a review, shout us out on Twitter or Instagram, or send a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. And for more local news from around our city, be sure to subscribe to our “Hey Boise” morning newsletter. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 13, 2022
Inside Boise’s Fashion Identity Crisis
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We’re not afraid to admit it—Boise’s shopping scene needs a serious revamp. Our closets are hurting! Local thrift stores are filling up with fast fashion items and the best pieces are often being re-sold online. And when it comes to local stores, they don’t always have what we’re looking for.  Today on the podcast, host Frankie Barnhill rants with local fashion-obsessives Kymm Cornelison and Evelyn Avitia about our lack of shopping options in the city. Pssst…hey Nordstrom. Are you listening? We need you.  Interested in checking out some of our local boutiques? We’ve got some suggestions: Bill’s No New Vintage Piece Unique Clothing Co. & Shoez Serendipity Boutique Consignment Clothing SHIFT Boutique Boise Flea (returning next season!)  What are your shopping hacks? Let us know, or tell us what we forgot! Text or leave us as voicemail: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 12, 2022
Voting 101 in Boise
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Election Day is exactly one month away, on November 8. And there’s a lot at stake in this election: voters will choose our next governor and attorney general among other statewide spots, and local legislative and county seats are also up for grabs.  But there’s also some confusion about voting this year — so today — we’re setting the record straight with Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson. You’ll want to hear Jimmy’s advice on how to exercise your rights this election.  Important deadlines and dates:  Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 is the last day to register online. Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 is the last day to register by mail.  Oct. 28, 2022 is the last day to request an absentee ballot (completed absentee ballots must be received by county clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. Nov. 8). Early voting runs Oct. 24-Nov. 4.  Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 is the last day to register in-person (yes, you can register and vote on Election Day!) and polls close at 8:00 p.m. If you’re in line by 8:00 p.m., the polling place must let you vote even if there’s a line! Voting info:  Check your voter registration status here.  If you aren’t registered by Election Day, you can register at your precinct and vote that day.  Here’s how to see who will be on your ballot if you live in Ada County.  Here’s how to vote early in-person before Election Day if you live in Ada County.  If you live in Canyon County, consider absentee voting to avoid long lines.  Find your precinct here; because of redistricting your polling location may have changed!  Here’s a list of accepted forms of ID, including student ID cards.  If you don’t have an accepted ID, you can sign an affidavit to vote.  If you need assistance to vote, this Ada County website has helpful info. The big thing is: you can choose someone to help you vote in-person or ask for help from a poll worker, or use a voter assistance terminal for privacy. If you make a mistake you can request a new ballot.  Have a question about voting we missed? Text us and we’ll get the answer: 208-546-9485. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more Treasure Valley intel.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 11, 2022
Unfiltered with Boise’s Political TikTok Star
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We’re getting real with Boise’s political TikTok star @socialistlyawkward. Lindsay is the creator of snarky videos that call out Idaho Republicans and break down Boise politics for users to stay informed. Through this video-sharing platform, she’s gained 115,000 followers, with 6 million likes and counting.  But it turns out that for a long time, Lindsay held the same political beliefs as the people she’s critiquing. So today, Host Frankie Barnhill chats with Lindsay (@socialistylawkward) about her big shift and how it’s changed her life forever. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 06, 2022
Are Our Teachers OK?
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Public school teachers in the Treasure Valley are going through it right now. Take the wild growth in schools of the last few years and overlay that with the turmoil of COVID and the messy stew of books bans, politics and bond failures — there’s a lot on their plates. How are they doing? And who is supporting them?  Host Frankie Barnhill is doing a vibe check with Nic Darlinton. He’s an English teacher at Ridgeview High School in the Vallivue School District, and what he says about truth and choice will stick with you.  Later in the podcast, we share info on the City of Boise’s zoning code rewrite and good news about our COVID-19 transmission rate.  Have a question or comment about our podcast? Hit us up! You can leave us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 04, 2022
Why October Is the Best Month in Boise
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Calling all ghouls and pumpkin spice latte lovers! October is finally at our doorstep. After the hellishly hot summer and early fall we’ve had, we’re beyond ready for real fall to kick in. Today on the podcast, October’s #1 fan Frankie Barnhill chats with Marissa Lovell with the From Boise newsletter. They have delicious seasonal food and drink picks, plus the best way to get haunted this Halloween.  And hey: we’re looking for your ghost stories! Have you had a spooky experience in the Treasure Valley? Share your hauntings with us over text or leave us a voicemail. Here’s our number, which you should totally save in your phone: 208-546-9485 Marissa’s October picks:  Hoptober Freshtival at Boise Brewing, Oct. 15 Idaho City for fall hikes; stop by the Old Pioneer Cemetery for a spook Desert Oracle live podcast recording at Neurolux, Oct. 30  Frankie’s October picks: Williams Fruit Ranch in Emmett (fresh cider will be available Oct. 7) Military Reserve hike on Cottonwood Trail for leaf peeping *Sleepless in Stripes at the Old Idaho Penitentiary, Oct. 8-9 (*sadly this event sold out after publication, but keep an eye on other events at the Pen) Honorable mention: Boise Bench Haunted Zombie Babyland Want some more Boise deets? Head over to our newsletter for even more October activities.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 29, 2022
The Missing Voices in Boise Newsrooms
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We have a lot of options for where to get our news in town, but diversity in local journalism is an issue. In particular, there aren’t enough Latinos in the Boise news scene. But former Idaho journalist and co-founder of Voces Internship of Idaho Nicole Foy is working to change that.  Today on the show, she talks with Frankie Barnhill about why representation in our newsrooms matters and how this internship program is carving out a path for the next generation of reporters.  Find out more about the Voces Internship and how to apply. The deadline is October 21! Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city ever weekday morning.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 27, 2022
Bike Bars: Obnoxious or Entertaining?
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Are bike bars the most obnoxious or entertaining Boise experience? We’re sure you’ve seen those loud spectacles cruising downtown, usually playing top hits while people dress up in their favorite party theme and whoop it up, pedaling from bar to bar!  Even though bike bars may look a little different than they did a year ago, with no open containers or late night rides, Pedals and Pints driver Camden Gallagher wants to make it known that bike bars actually serve a greater purpose in the community. So today, he takes on the challenge of convincing Host Frankie Barnhill to join in on the fun. Will Host Frankie Barnhill book her own bike bar experience? Or will she come down hard on boycotting this downtown menace?  Love or hate bike bars? Let us know your thoughts by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Or tell us about your experience on Twitter and Instagram!  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 22, 2022
Flipside Fest is Treefort’s Kid Sister
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Boise’s music scene has evolved a lot in a decade. When Treefort Music Fest started in 2012, it was this very homegrown thing from a newly formed company called Duck Club, with mostly local music fans checking out mostly local and regional bands. Today, Treefort is still homegrown — but it has matured a lot while helping to put our music scene on the map. Every March, the festival brings thousands of people to downtown Boise — many from out of state — to see indie bands from around the world. But there's a new festival from Duck Club Entertainment that's truly made for us locals. Host Frankie Barnhill chats with Duck Club CEO Eric Gilbert all about the new Flipside Fest, which is going down this weekend (Sept. 23-25) in Garden City. They also chat about what makes this moment better than ever for Boise’s music scene.  Want some more Boise intel? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 20, 2022
Lose Your Lawn, Save Our Water!
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We may call ourselves The City of Trees, but let’s face it, we live in a desert! Isn’t it time to start landscaping like it? Today, producer Jennifer Jerrett is talking with Anni Jack, the Adult Education Coordinator at the Idaho Botanical Garden, about why we should be thinking about low-water landscapes. But this conversation isn’t just about plants. It’s about who we are. And Anni says something about Boise’s identity that we can’t get out of our heads.  Looking for resources and inspo for your own low-water xeriscape project? Check out Anni’s “100 Plants” from the Idaho Botanical Garden, “Water Wise: Native Plants for Intermountain Landscapes,” or the BLM’s comprehensive “Native Garden Guide for SW Idaho.” Plants are available at several local nurseries including xeriscaping specialists Draggin’ Wing Farm or online through High Country Gardens.  We love your feedback! Chime in by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. And stay in touch on Twitter and Instagram. For more Boise news, head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 15, 2022
Student Wins Seat on Boise School Board
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18-year-old Boise High senior Shiva Rajbhandari loves to ski and runs track and cross country. And as of last week’s Boise school board election, he’s going to have a new project for his free time — helping to shape the future of our public schools. That’s right: a current student is about to be on the school board — a first for our city.  Journalist Heath Druzin chats with host Frankie Barnhill about this and other results from our last election. Plus: how far-right groups continue to target school boards and libraries in the Treasure Valley.  And later in the podcast: have you gotten your bivalent COVID-19 booster yet? After a slight delay the shots can be found at a bunch of places around the valley, with appointments-a-plenty. If your last booster or original series of shots was more than two months ago, it’s a good idea to get the jab now to beat a likely surge of cases. Here’s a handy vaccine finder: https://bit.ly/3BzuKkx. You can even get the jab without leaving your car: https://bit.ly/3QEViVA.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 13, 2022
Long Live Boise Dance Punk!
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Boise has a long history of punk music, from DIY basement house shows to unforgettable sets at Neurolux. And the genre is alive and well in 2022 — thanks in part to The French Tips. Angela Heileson, Rachel Couch and Ivy Merrell formed the band a few years ago and released their latest album “All the Rage” this spring. But the album almost never saw the light of day; it was delayed for a long time because of COVID-19.  As the band joins Built to Spill on tour this month and prepares to play the first Flipside Fest in Garden City, host Frankie Barnhill chats with Ivy Merrell about this moment in Boise’s music scene.  (Here’s the songs we featured from The French Tips: Halo, Rearview and Patient.) Want some more Boise music news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get regular music and event listings.  Don’t forget! We’re looking for a full time Podcast Host to join our growing team. As the voice of this local daily news and culture podcast, you’ll inspire local listeners’ passion for their place, and you’ll help your neighbors understand what matters locally and why. Apply here through Sept. 12: bit.ly/3CKryU3  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 08, 2022
Finding Post-Roe Hope With A Gen Z Activist
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We’re two weeks into our state’s abortion ban. But you know what? We’re tired of hearing soundbites from politicians. We want to hear from the people this actually affects: young folks. So today, host Frankie Barnhill is having a heart to heart with Julissa Melendez, a Gen Z abortion-rights activist. In a time of very bad news for reproductive rights in Boise, she made us feel hopeful. You’ll see.  More information on reproductive health services in our region: Northwest Abortion Access Fund Planned Parenthood Patient Navigator: 1-800-230-7526 AbortionFinder.org If you love what we’re doing at City Cast Boise, why not join our team? Applications for our full-time Podcast Host position are open through September 12.  And don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for all the beta on events, opportunities, and ways to connect around our city.  Comments? Questions? Ideas for a show? Reach out through Twitter, Instagram, voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 06, 2022
It’s Time You Met Boise’s River Robin Hood
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We all know the story of Robin Hood. You know — stealing from the rich to help the poor and all that. Well in our city, we have Rocky Detwiler — aka the Boise River Robin Hood. Rocky has made it his business to find items claimed by the snags and twists of the Boise River, and does his best to return them to their owners using Facebook. Fancy phones, expensive sunglasses, lost car keys: the River Robin Hood has found (and often returned) it all.  Today on City Cast Boise, we learn how he earned his nickname, and find out the strangest thing he’s found underwater. Love this podcast? Why not join our team! We’re accepting applications to be our Podcast Host through Sept. 12.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Sep 01, 2022
How Protected Are the Sawtooths?
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When was the first time you visited the Sawtooths? Maybe it was a relaxing camping trip with friends along a cold mountain creek or the most challenging solo hike you’ve ever done — rewarded with a stop at a clear blue alpine lake — the place holds so many memories for people in Boise. Now 50 year after the Sawtooth National Recreation Area was created by Congress, is the area too popular for its own good? How do we protect a place we all love so much?  Boise State Public Radio reporter Rachel Cohen has been digging into the past, present and potential future of the recreation area and has lots to share on the topic.  New to this podcast feed? Thanks for being here! Be sure to subscribe or follow us on your favorite app. We put out fresh content every week.  Stoked about what you’re hearing and want to join the fun? Apply to be our Podcast Host! We’re accepting applications through Sept. 12 and would love to hear from you.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 30, 2022
Fry Sauce Wars: Boise vs. SLC
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What’s one thing that unites the people of Boise and Salt Lake City? We’ll give you a hint – we dip our famous Idaho potatoes in it. Yep, it’s fry sauce! This mayo and ketchup based sauce comes in a variety of flavors and we can’t seem to get enough. But where did fry sauce originate and why are we so obsessed with it? We have the answers. Ali Vallarta joins us to challenge our self-proclaimed title as the state with the best fry sauce. She’s the host of City Cast Salt Lake and makes it clear we have some serious competition. But not so fast, SLC! Producer Evelyn Avitia and host Frankie Barnhill remain unfazed because they know we have perfected the recipe.  What’s your favorite fry sauce spot? Let us know on Twitter or Instagram! Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 25, 2022
Will the New Vall-eBikes Stick Around?
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2020 was the final nail in the coffin for the Boise GreenBike program. The bike share — run by Valley Regional Transit — was popular at first but didn’t have enough support to survive COVID-19.  Now, VRT has a new pedal assisted program: Vall-eBike. A fleet of 50 e-bikes are on the streets now, locked up at pre-existing GreenBike stations in between rides. So what lessons did we learn from the previous bike share closure, and could e-bikes get more people out of their cars longterm? We’re chatting with VRT’s Dave Fotsch to learn more.  Did you know we have a free daily newsletter? Think of it as a guide to Boise from your in-the-know neighbor. Sign up here. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 23, 2022
Try the Best Vegan Food in Boise
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Boise is playing catch-up when it comes to vegan options, with only one vegan restaurant and another in the works. In a town that loves meat and potatoes, we know finding plant-based options can be tough. That’s why host Frankie Barnhill is talking with food writer Lex Nelson, who wrote about where you can get vegan food in Boise. Lex shares her tried and tested recommendations of the best vegan pizza and burgers, and makes a claim for Boise’s best breakfast burrito.  What’s your go-to Boise vegan restaurant? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. Be sure to head over to our newsletter to know more about what’s going on around town! And check out the new album from local band “Up is The Down Is The,” who wrote our theme music.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 18, 2022
Is Our Housing Market Finally Cooling?
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Boise housing market has been out of control (and out of reach) for several years now, with the median home price hitting an all-time high in May of over $600K. But as Idaho Statesman reporter Paul Schwedelson tells us, things are starting to shift. Houses have been sitting on the market longer, prices have been dropping and at least one major homebuilder forecasts $400K as a reasonable price for new homes in the near future. So can wannabe buyers who were shut out in 2020 and 2021 finally afford to buy a roof over their head?  Open your Zillow app and dive in with him and City Cast Boise host Frankie Barnhill to learn what’s up with our wild world of home buying. And, tell us your story! Are you in the market to buy? How’s it’s going? Leave us a voicemail and we may share your story in a future episode: 208-546-9485. Want to know more about what’s going on around town? Subscribe to our newsletter where you’ll get our recommendations for what to do in the Treasure Valley. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 16, 2022
Boise’s Soul Food Festival Comes Home
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The Boise Soul Food Festival is coming home this Saturday. After a nearly 5-year hiatus — and a forced break because of COVID-19 — organizers are bringing the event back to Julia Davis Park where it happened for about 20 years.  But as festival founder Shari Baber tells us, this event is about so much more than delicious gumbo, catfish, mac n’ cheese, and sweet potato pie. It’s about celebrating Black culture and supporting Black-owned businesses in our mostly white city.  Boise Soul Food Festival is open to the public Saturday at Julia Davis Park from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and organizers expect about 7,000 people to trickle in and out of the park throughout the day.  Want to know more about what’s going on around town? Subscribe to our newsletter where you’ll get our recommendations for what to do in the Treasure Valley.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 11, 2022
How To Avoid Burnout and Care for Your Community
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With reproductive rights up for debate in the Idaho Supreme Court and a Department of Justice lawsuit against the state’s abortion trigger ban pending — there’s a lot on the line, especially for activists in our community. Are they OK?  Today, we’re talking with local activist Leta Harris Neustaedter. She’s a therapist, a musician and an experienced community organizer (among many other titles). What Leta has to say is going to shift how you think about being an activist — or anyone devoted to creating change in Boise — while not burning out. Have thoughts to share about this episode? Email us: boise@citycast.fm. And for the latest on Idaho’s battle over abortion access, subscribe to our newsletter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 09, 2022
Painting an Inclusive Boise
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We’re used to seeing public art around the Treasure Valley. Unique and colorful murals in particular help create a sense of place, turning everyday buildings into eye-catching attractions. And we can’t get enough – we want more!  Today on the podcast, we’re talking with Miguel Almeida, painter, digital artist, and muralist. He reflects on his experience as a first generation Mexican American artist living in Idaho, and why representation in art matters.  You can see Miguel’s murals, “Un Mundo Mejor y Más Verde es Posible” and “Raíces” at Zion Warne Studios and Visionkit Studio in Garden City on Chinden and 33rd St. Also, check out his Instagram!  Do you have a favorite Boise mural? Tag us on socials, we’d love to see it! Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 04, 2022
Abortion Bans Have Their Day in Court
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Idaho’s abortion bans are having their day in court, with Planned Parenthood challenging two laws — a trigger ban passed in 2020, and a Texas-style ban passed in 2022. Abortion rights advocates are bracing for the Idaho Supreme Court’s decision to come soon after Wednesday’s hearing in downtown.  It’s been a complicated story to follow, with lots of legal twists and turns along the way. That’s why we’re talking with Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson. He helps clear up confusion about the legal process, explains the arguments at play in the lawsuits, and covers what might come after the court makes its decision.  Also on the show, we cover how to watch the 10:00 a.m. Wednesday hearing online, and give a heads-up about a rally for reproductive rights at the statehouse later that day.  Want more info on further abortion ban legal proceedings? Read up on a third lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, challenging an abortion ban from 2021.  Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for the latest news on the Idaho Supreme Court proceedings.  Can’t get enough of us?! We get it. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 02, 2022
Made in the Shade: 100K More Trees in Boise?
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We know Boise is nicknamed the City of Trees. But how deep do those roots go?  Today on the podcast, our producer Jennifer Jerrett tells us about the City of Trees Challenge which aims to get 100,000 urban trees planted by 2030. We chat about the city’s climate goals and how homeowners can contribute to our tree canopy with some drought tolerant options. And, we learn what to do (and what not to do) after Jennifer’s own backyard beautifying with some new trees this year.  Later on the show, we talk about a map that shows where our canopy cools things the most and the clean air and water effects our urban forest has on the community.  Interested in participating in the challenge or getting a free tree? Start here, and learn more from the Treasure Valley Canopy Network. Oh, and be sure to check here before you start digging!  Head over to our newsletter for our regular urban almanac feature, plus daily news and events.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 28, 2022
Heat, Homelessness, and Climate Change
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Folks, Boise is sweltering. The National Weather Service is forecasting triple digit heat for the next week and we may break some record highs, in yet another indication that climate change is here. Most of us can retreat to our air conditioned homes and shady backyards to cool down. But for our unhoused neighbors, escaping the heat is a daily struggle that can have deadly outcomes. So Interfaith Sanctuary Executive Director Jodi Peterson-Stigers is here to tell us how we can help. Plus, we talk about the six cooling shelters established by the City of Boise this summer, and why climate change is a topic that comes up all the time for guests at her shelter.  Interfaith Sanctuary needs donations from this list delivered to their location at 1620 W River St, Boise, ID 83702 between 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.:  Sunscreen Popsicles Water bottles Sun hats Flip flops Want more ways to get connected to your community? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get news and intel sent directly to your inbox every weekday.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 26, 2022
Our Fave Boise River Floating Hacks
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One of the things on everyone’s summer bucket list is floating the Boise River. And we all have a story about it. That time you lost your brand new iPhone. Or the day your friend popped the pool floaty. Or when you watched your flip flops go sailing downstream without you. Even though tubing the river is pretty straightforward, it’s not without its complications. That’s why we’re talking with Robbie Sosin from Ada County Parks and Waterways. Robbie’s got lots of pro tips on how to float the river with style: what to wear…where to park…even where you can pick up some great river gear in town.  And speaking of pro tips, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter, where you’ll get the scoop on the city delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. You should stay in touch with us on Twitter and Instagram, too. And for more great summertime survival tips, listen to our “How To Beat the Boise Heat” episode from earlier this month.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 21, 2022
The Gun Control Elephant in the Room
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For the first time in almost 30 years, Congress has done something to try to address gun violence and mass shootings. But our guest today has a wake-up call when it comes to the legislation that passed earlier this summer. Journalist and podcaster Heath Druzin follows the gun rights movement in Idaho and around the country. He says before any meaningful debate or change can occur, we need to face the fact that there are 400 million firearms already in circulation in America. Our obsession with guns has backed us into a corner, but there are some measures conservatives and liberals can agree on (even in Idaho). Have a perspective to share on gun control — or the lack thereof — in Idaho? Email boise@citycast.fm.  Also: follow us on Twitter and Instagram for more Boise-centric content.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 19, 2022
5 Festivals to Finish Out Your Summer
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We’re starting to turn the corner to the second half of summer (wild!) but there’s still so much more on our community events calendar. When it comes to festivals, Marissa Lovell has the download on what to check out before the season wraps up. She’s the writer and editor of the From Boise newsletter, which is a great source for concerts listings and other rad events going on around the community. (Plus, we’re partnering with From Boise so you’ll see us talking eachother up on the regular!)  From an annual Basque Block party to a new music and mural festival in Garden City (plus a soul food-inspired weekend, a local film festival at the old Idaho State Pen and a bike-powered party in downtown) — our weekends are looking pretty booked through September.  Oh, and please mask up and try to stick with mostly outdoor, distanced events! COVID-19 is still a problem in Boise ya’ll. With a new and sneakier variant going around, we’re officially in “yikes” territory with community spread. If it feels like everyone around you is getting sick, it’s because they probably are. Please stay home if you’re feeling sick!  Want some more Boise intel? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning, and check us out on Instagram. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 14, 2022
How Do We Fix Our Affordable Housing Shortage?
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We all know a lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the Treasure Valley. For folks with low incomes, it’s especially challenging. So what’s Boise doing to solve this problem?  In the first of many conversations about our housing crisis to come, we’re talking with Idaho Statesman reporter Paul Schwedelson, who covers growth and development. Have thoughts on how the City of Boise should fix our housing woes? The city is holding three open houses this month to get feedback on their zoning rewrite, which is super important in how our community responds to this issue. The first open house is Thursday at 5:30-7 p.m. at Library! at Hillcrest. Click here for more info.  Have a question or comment about Boise’s housing crisis? Leave us a voicemail, and we may share it in a future episode! Call 208-546-9485. Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 12, 2022
How to Beat the Boise Heat
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The heat has officially arrived and if you’re like City Cast Boise host Frankie Barnhill, you’re strategizing about how to stay cool while also enjoying the sun. That’s why our producer Evelyn Avitia joins Frankie to share her favorite places to swim and chill out when it’s just plain HOT. From a popular-yet-divisive pond to bars that know how to keep things frosty, we have insider tips to share.  So how are you staying cool? Let us know on Twitter and Instagram, or send us a text: 208-546-9485.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 07, 2022
What Happens to Farmworkers When the Heat Comes?
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Last year, two farmworkers died from extreme heat — one in Oregon, and one in Washington. The tragedies prompted organizers with the non-profit Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance to spotlight unsafe conditions Idaho farmworkers deal with regularly. They created a fund and gathered donations of basic protection items to protect Idaho farmworkers from the dangers of extreme heat and wildfire smoke.  Today, we’re talking with the organizers behind that fund. Irene Ruiz and Samantha Guerrero are once again raising awareness and money to support farmworkers who drive the state’s critical agriculture industry. Here’s how you can donate to the Idaho Immigrant Resource Alliance’s second annual Heat and Smoke Relief for Farmworkers. IIRA is accepting donations for bottled water, bottled sports drinks, coolers, athletic coolers with spout, reusable ice packs, cooling scarves, straw hats, baseball caps, bandanas, N95 masks, sunscreen and funds. Donation drop off locations can be found in the Treasure Valley, Magic Valley and South East Idaho. Monetary donations can be mailed to 910 W. Main St. Ste. 316 Boise, ID 83704 Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a guide to our community every weekday morning. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jul 05, 2022
The Top 3 Boise Foods Trends
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Following which new restaurants have opened and which ones are closing is kind of a cottage industry in Boise media. And as much as we like clicking on those headlines (because we all want to know!), it’s good to step back and see what wider trends are going on in our food scene — and what it means for our community.  That’s why we’re talking with local writer Lex Nelson, who covers food and drink in the Boise Weekly and other outlets. She’s breaking down the top 3 trends going on in our food culture right now. (Spoiler: Yes, we talk about Idaho’s first In N’ Out!) Be sure to read her story on The Warehouse, which is slated to open July 12.  We love putting this podcast together, and we love hearing from you! Have an idea for the show? Give us a call: 208-546-9485.  Be sure to follow us on Instagram where we share our favorite food picks. And, sign up for our daily newsletter where we shout out summer food festivals and much more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 30, 2022
Abortion Access and Advocacy In a Post-Roe Idaho
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Thousands of people in Boise rallied and marched over the weekend to protest the Supreme Court’s Friday ruling against abortion. There was an impromptu gathering on the statehouse steps Friday and an organized rally at Cherie Buckner Webb Park on Saturday. Donations to local and regional abortion funds flooded websites as people faced the reality of losing access to this healthcare statewide. Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood lawyers worked long hours to find a way to stop our state’s so called “trigger law” from going into effect later this summer, a law that would ban abortion in almost every instance.  Right now, we don’t know the fate of our trigger law or our 6-week abortion ban. Both are being challenged in state court.What we do know is the fight for reproductive rights is very active, and there’s lot of info to share about accessing abortion care now, and if the bans go into effect.  That’s why we’re talking with Mistie DelliCarpini-Tolman, the Idaho State Director Planned Parenthood Alliance Advocates. She shares her thoughts on how to care for our neighbors in this moment, and why we need to take an inclusive approach to fighting for reproductive rights in Idaho.  Click here for info about the Ontario, Ore. health center, which Planned Parenthood hopes to open soon.  Want to donate to an abortion fund helping Boise folks? Here’s a regional and local option.  Need help getting an abortion? Call a Planned Parenthood patient navigator at 1-800-230-7526 or click here for more info.  Looking for more ways to get connected to your community? Subscribe to our newsletter where you’ll find events and volunteer opportunities to make a difference. And check us out on Twitter and Instagram for more news and stories that matter to you.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 28, 2022
Why Drag Matters, with Boise’s Frida Nightz
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Technically, Boise Pride is in September this year, but we’re holding space for conversations about Boise’s queer and trans communities this month too. On today’s episode of City Cast Boise, newsletter writer Blake Hunter is talking to the recent winner of Boise’s Next Drag Superstar, Frida Nightz, about their journey into drag, the competition, and what inspires them.  In a space as white, conservative, and straight as Idaho — even Boise — drag artists are important purveyors of culture. And as a Mexican and non-binary artist, Frida is here to create community — but if you’re unfamiliar with the lived experiences of trans and queer Idahoans, she’s here to teach you some things, too.  Want some more Boise news and Pride event listings? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter.  Let us know what you think of the podcast! We love your emails: boise@citycast.fm.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 23, 2022
Hate Groups Still Love North Idaho
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It’s been more than a week since 31 men from the white supremacist group Patriot Front were arrested and charged with conspiring to riot in Coeur d’Alene. Most of them travelled from other states to potentially violently attack locals celebrating Pride — in broad daylight. Police stopped the U-Haul truck carrying them just blocks away from the public park where LGBTQ families and allies were gathered to celebrate community.  To try and understand why this happened — and why it could happen again — host Frankie Barnhill talks with journalist and Extremely American podcast host Heath Druzin. We know today’s episode is a downer and we’re looking for ways to stand up for our gay and trans neighbors in particular. But we’re not starting from scratch here — Idaho has defeated bigotry before. The Idaho Press put out a great feature that reminds us how we kicked out the Aryan Nations about 20 years ago, when political leaders crossed the aisle to stand against hate in our home. Our own history can teach us a lot right now.  Want some more Boise and Idaho news? Be sure make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter. And: follow us on Instagram! Find us at @city_cast_boise.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 21, 2022
Why Boise Is Awesome (And Awful) For Biking
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Summer and bicycling in Boise go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cruising along the Greenbelt is a delight, and grabbing a group of friends to ride around downtown can make even the most cynical Boisean feel like a kid again. But so many of us still use our cars as our primary way of getting around, which is a problem if we ever want to meet our city’s climate change goals. What gives?  Today, we’re talking with Garden City resident and Boise biking enthusiast Joe Jaszewski. He (mostly) ditched his car 8 years ago, and has plenty to say about what could make it easier for folks to hop on their bikes more often.  Want to get involved in making Treasure Valley streets safer for cyclists? Check out the Ada County Highway District’s upcoming public meeting schedule so show up to testify. Or, let the commissioners know how you feel from the comfort of your laptop. You can also email them directly.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 16, 2022
Post-Primary Politics Palooza
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Idaho is pretty used to getting embarrassed in national media for cranking out far-right extremist figures. But in last month’s Republican primary, extremists who were hoping to win statewide elections lost big-time — for the most part. That doesn’t mean the legislature won’t drive Boise liberals nuts next year though. To find out whose having a moment and whose been kicked to the curb in Idaho’s GOP, we talk with two local reporters who keep a close eye on the statehouse. Heath Druzin hosts the Extremely American podcast and James Dawson — also known as Jimmy — covers politics for Boise State Public Radio. Also: If you’ve moved recently, remember to update your voter registration info. Here’s how to make sure you’re ready to make your voice heard in November. Craving more local political takes? Sign up for our morning newsletter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 14, 2022
What To Do (And What To Skip) This Summer
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We haven’t officially switched to summer yet, but the heat is supposed to flirt with us this weekend. City Cast Boise audio producer Evelyn Avitia and newsletter writer Blake Hunter share their hard-won local tips and secret spots to help us make the most of the season (including what to do when it’s 100+ and smoky, and why floating the Boise River is kinda over-rated – but still worth trying!).  What are your favorite things to do each summer, and what are you going to try in 2022 for the first time? Let us know by sending us a voicemail or text: 208-546-9485. And later in the show, we’ll learn why it’s best to hold onto those floaties and inner tubes until Ada County officials open the Boise River for floating season. With the recent rain storms (not enough to kill the drought, but every drop helps) the water level in the river will be unpredictable for a while, better to wait until things are safer.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city every weekday morning.  Can’t get enough of us? We get it! Follow up on Twitter and Instagram.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 09, 2022
We Love Boise. But How The Heck Do We Pronounce It?!
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For this debut episode of City Cast Boise, we’re starting with the basics: what’s the correct pronunciation of our city’s name? Is it “boy-SEE” or “boy-ZEE,” and who gets to decide? To get to the bottom of it we talk with Boise State University Linguistics Department Chair Michal Temkin Martinez. Turns out there’s been confusion about how Boise should be pronounced since our founding in the 1860s. More recently, the longstanding linguistic debate even prompted a local company to make t-shirts celebrating the way locals say it. So, how do you say “Boise”? Leave us a voicemail: 208-546-9485 or tweet us!  And later in the show: civil disobedience through donated banned books in Nampa. Kudos to Rediscovered Books! Want some more Boise stories? Then make sure to sign up for our morning newsletter.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Jun 07, 2022
Launching June 7
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City Cast Boise is here! Whether you’re a born-and-raised Boisean or just moved here, connect to the city you love with our daily podcast. It’s the smart new way to stay informed, engaged, and inspired. Get fresh conversations about all-things-Boise (from the awesome to the problematic) each weekday at 6 a.m. beginning June 7th.  Subscribe to the newsletter at boise.citycast.fm Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 25, 2022