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

Wanna Know Idah‪o‬ Boise State Public Radio

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

    What's The Deal With Geothermal Energy In Idaho?

    What's The Deal With Geothermal Energy In Idaho?

    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 state buildings — like the Capitol and the state Supreme Court — were heated using geothermal systems. Ted had a lot of questions: In this latest

    • 9 min
    How Did Goatheads Come To Idaho?

    How Did Goatheads Come To Idaho?

    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 onto the trail.

    • 6 min
    Did Idaho Have Any Housing Discrimination Laws During The Jim Crow Era?

    Did Idaho Have Any Housing Discrimination Laws During The Jim Crow Era?

    Up until her retirement a few months ago, Debra Smith taught high school English in Meridian. Every year, she had her 11th graders read "A Raisin in the Sun" by Lorraine Hansberry.

    • 8 min
    How Can I Help Out During Coronavirus?

    How Can I Help Out During Coronavirus?

    Michael Kramer-Duffield had just moved to Idaho and was looking for work in the restaurant industry when COVID-19 swept through. He's out of work, but like many of us, getting antsy and knows he could be putting his free time to use. "Public health officials tell us that the biggest thing we can do to help our community is to just stay at home," he said. But there had to be ways for him to help safely right now, which led him to ask Wanna Know Idaho : We called up Amy Little, CEO of the Idaho

    • 10 min
    Has The Treasure Valley Gone To The Birds?

    Has The Treasure Valley Gone To The Birds?

    Walking her dogs every evening in Meridian, Wanna Know Idaho listener Morgan Keating began to wonder: what’s up with all these seagulls? And s uddenly, birds of all kinds were everywhere. ( Cue the cliche Hitchcock montage.)

    • 11 min
    Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?

    Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?

    Yesterday would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday.

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

word2mother ,

Good listen!

From Montana, and love my neighbors to the west! Great show!

rabbitty-lambit ,

Great concept and execution!

I love how interactive this program is. It feeds listener curiosity while also building a limitless sense of community. Frankie’s reporting is succinct, thorough and exciting, as always.

Harrison Berry ,

Necessary

BSPR has become indispensable with its slate of local programming and podcasts, and Wanna Know Idaho is a first-rate addition to the lineup.

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