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Grouse is a show about the most controversial bird in the West and what it can teach us about hope, compromise and life in rural America.Hosted by Ashley Ahearn, Grouse is an eight-part podcast series produced in partnership with BirdNote Presents and distributed in collaboration with Boise State Public Radio.
 
Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-generated podcast from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom that is driven by YOU! No matter how quirky or serious your question might be, we want to know: What sparks your curiosity about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Join this curious collective by subscribing, sharing and reviewing this podcast.
 
Every day, you drive by hundreds of businesses you've never stopped at, shopped at or (sometimes) even noticed. That's where we come in. From crematories to coffee buses, bee farms to bodegas, shooting ranges to scuba lessons, You Know The Place explores the Idaho stores, shops, clubs, and pubs you always pass by, but never seem to visit.
 
Listen along with us as This American Life's Serial podcast revisits the case of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho. Bergdahl walked away from his unit in Afghanistan in 2009 and was captured, marking five birthdays in captivity before his release. Now, he faces a full military court-martial. Reporters with the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio discuss Bergdahl's case, Serial's reporting and what happens when an Idahoan becomes the center of international news.
 
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Boise State Public Radio and Idaho Matters are visiting Valley County, specifically McCall. It's our first big reporting trip after COVID-19 sent us all indoors to do interviews remotely, and we want to know how the lake town is recovering from the pandemic.By George Prentice, Frankie Barnhill
 
Besides being a place boaters enjoy in the summer, Payette Lake is also the source of water for everyone who lives in and visits McCall. With increased boat use and exponential growth, city officials and scientists are closely monitoring 300-foot deep lake for changes.By Frankie Barnhill, George Prentice
 
The Biden administration is offering to send "surge response teams" to help stamp out COVID-19 hotspots across the country and the Mountain West. They’ve already sent a team to Colorado, and recently the governor of Nevada requested one for the Las Vegas area. Infections and hospitalizations there are rising, as the number of people getting vaccina…
 
The Idaho Traveler explores the often ignored treasures of small-town Idaho, from historic buildings and sites to the mom-and-pop restaurants that offer the best pie and breakfast in the Gem State. Interviews with long-time residents and newcomers alike illustrate this paean to Idaho and capture the essence of what defines Idaho's unique character.…
 
Lydia Millet’s newest novel, A Children’s Bible, was nominated for the National Book Award, and called a masterly allegory for the climate crisis. The book follows a group of twelve eerily mature children on a forced vacation with their families at a sprawling lakeside mansion. Contemptuous of their parents, the children decide to run away when a d…
 
In his latest book, Tuesday Night Massacre: Four Senate Elections and the Radicalization of the Republican Party, Marc J. Johnson reexamines the defeat of four political incumbents in 1980. The turnover of these seats not only allowed Republicans to gain control of the Senate for the first time since 1954 but set the stage for the divisive partisan…
 
In "This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant's Manifesto," an NPR Best Book of the Year, renowned author Suketu Mehta draws on his own experience as an Indian-born teenager growing up in New York City and on years of reporting around the world, Mehta subjects the worldwide anti-immigrant backlash to withering scrutiny and explains that the West is being…
 
When did America give up on fairness? Kurt Andersen's Book Evil Geniuses: The Unmaking of America, A Recent History tells the epic history of how America decided that big business gets whatever it wants, only the rich get richer, and nothing should ever change—and charts a way back to the future. Why and how did America take such a wrong turn?…
 
Idaho is rich with geothermal activity. The state boasts dozens of natural hot springs for soaking, some close to city centers and others a hike away. But when Wanna Know Idaho listener Ted Eisele moved to Idaho in 1980, it wasn’t the natural hot springs that caught his attention about geothermal. What really blew him away was the fact that Idaho’s…
 
In the final episode of Grouse, Ashley returns to a lek in Washington with biologist Michael Schroeder and finds it scorched by recent wildfire. Michael cries as he looks out over an area that was once home to one of the largest remaining pockets of sage-grouse in the state. But he says he’s not ready to retire yet — there’s more work to be done.…
 
Back in 2016, Wanna Know Idaho listener Marshall Simmonds was out on a summer bike ride with some friends on the Boise Greenbelt. Suddenly, a bike tire popped. Then, another. Soon, Marshall and his friends found themselves walking their bikes back home with 18 popped tires, thanks to a patch of goatheads, or puncture vine, that had made its way ont…
 
Join Ashley on a frigid trek through the snow in search of sage grouse with a scientist who has been studying the bird for decades. Michael Schroeder takes us on a journey through the frozen sagebrush and back in time to learn some scientific and cultural lore surrounding this bird. Will we find any birds today? Why are they in so much trouble? Sho…
 
A few years ago, Ashley Ahearn burned out on the urban rat race, quit her job at a top NPR member station in Seattle, and moved to 20 acres of big sky and sagebrush in rural Washington state to try to better understand this country, and do better journalism in the process. And, along the way, she got curious about a weird, troubled bird known as th…
 
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