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 Frankie Barnhill is a longtime local journalist and podcaster, and she’s excited to talk about people, places, and problems that matter to you.
Every weekday morning, Frankie Barnhill 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.
How to Beat the Boise Heat
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.
What Happens to Farmworkers When the Heat Comes?
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
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The Top 3 Boise Foods Trends
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.
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Abortion Access and Advocacy In a Post-Roe Idaho
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.
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Why Drag Matters, with Boise’s Frida Nightz
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.
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Hate Groups Still Love North Idaho
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.
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Very thankful for this podcast
So thankful to have a local focused podcast in Boise that confronts challenging topics instead of dancing around then. Host and guests are relatable and the production is really high quality. Keep up the great work!
I really wanted to like this
When a friend shared this podcast with me I was super excited about this. The idea of the podcast seemed super exciting. The problem is that through the first 7 episodes the show isn’t what I thought it would be. The show does have voices from the Treasure Valley, but it kind of feels like the focus of the show so far has not really been on Boise history. Maybe I’ll come back again later and give it another try when more episodes are created, but for now I’m taking a break because the show isn’t yet what the creators have described it to be. Maybe my expectations were incorrect, but the show description is what created those expectations.
Learning so much about Boise!
I feel like I’ve been hearing for years that Boise is the next coolest city in the West to move to. But it’s so refreshing to hear from locals about what makes that city great, how they’re grappling with that rapid growth, and what needs to change in the city. This is a team of pros and I love listening to the stories they dig up and bring to the show every morning!