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?
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.
18/12/2020 • 9 minutes 7 seconds
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.
23/10/2020 • 6 minutes 41 seconds
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.
01/09/2020 • 8 minutes 42 seconds
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.
28/04/2020 • 10 minutes 34 seconds
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 suddenly, birds of all kinds were everywhere. (Cue the cliche Hitchcock montage.)
03/03/2020 • 11 minutes 49 seconds
Abraham Lincoln Never Visited Idaho... So Why Are There Statues In His Honor In Boise?
Yesterday would have been Abraham Lincoln’s 211th birthday.
13/02/2020 • 8 minutes 47 seconds
Why Are There Counties And Cities With The Same Name But The City Is Not In The County?
When Robin Fehlau was planning her move to Boise eight years ago, something peculiar kept throwing off her housing search: homes in Boise County kept on showing up, all of which were miles and miles away from her office.
02/08/2019 • 8 minutes 39 seconds
What's 'Wanna Know Idaho' Been Up To?!
You may have been wondering what Wanna Know Idaho has been up to lately. Rest assured: We'll be back in June! You can always submit a new question here.
20/05/2019 • 3 minutes 44 seconds
'Wanna Know Idaho' Looks At Prehistoric Volcanoes
The region's volcanoes represent the northeastern portion of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and 12 million years ago, Idaho saw much more volcanic activity than it does today. The latest installment of Wanna Know Idaho imagines a Gem State covered in lava-spewing volcanoes.
18/03/2019 • 11 minutes 14 seconds
What Was The Treasure Valley Like When There Was Volcanic Activity?
On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens erupted.
01/03/2019 • 10 minutes 41 seconds
Place Names And Volcanic Activity: Which Question Should We Answer Next?
Wanna Know Idaho is your crowd-sourced podcast. We're looking for your votes to determine which story we should report next. Each of these questions were submitted by curious folks in the community just like you:
12/02/2019 • 28 seconds
'Wanna Know Idaho' Finds Out Where Zoo Animal Waste Goes
Wanna Know Idaho asked Idahoans to submit questions they want answered about our state. In the latest edition, host Frankie Barnhill seeks to answer the question on everybody's mind - "what happens to the poop at Zoo Boise?" Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to flush out the answer.
04/02/2019 • 9 minutes 44 seconds
What Happens To All The Poop From The Animals At Zoo Boise?
When you search "zoo poo" on the internet, one of the first things that comes up is a link to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle. You quickly learn that the facility sells composted animal waste to people in the Pacific Northwest, and at least one person says it makes amazing garden fertilzer.
01/02/2019 • 8 minutes 35 seconds
Zoo Poop, Famous Potatoes And Boise's 'Bench': Which Story Should We Report?
14/01/2019 • 38 seconds
Why Is The Demographic In The West Central Mountains Primarily 55+?
Melissa Hamilton lives in McCall, Idaho with her young family. She works at the University of Idaho extension office in Cascade, and she identifies as being a member of the West Central Mountains. When she heard Wanna Know Idaho was featuring the region on the podcast, her first thought was not a question. It was a statement she's heard repeated many times:
07/12/2018 • 13 minutes 42 seconds
What Are The Potential Impacts From An Open Pit Mine In Idaho's West Central Mountains?
Wanna Know Idaho traveled to Idaho's West Central Mountains to answer this question from McCall resident Fred Coriell: "What impacts will an open-pit mining operation, like the one proposed by Midas Gold, have on our region?" Cascade-based reporter Monica Gokey has the story for this episode of the podcast.
19/11/2018 • 14 minutes 58 seconds
Here’s What’s Up With Your Question About The Stibnite Mine In Central Idaho
UPDATE: Mining stories are complicated, and we want to take the time to tell this story right. So be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss our complete Wanna Know Idaho episode on the Stibnite Gold Project coming in November. In the meantime, here's a preview.
30/10/2018 • 11 minutes 38 seconds
Which West Central Mountain Story Should We Tell? Vote Now!
For this round of Wanna Know Idaho – we’re headed to the West Central Mountains. Have you ever wondered…
11/10/2018 • 30 seconds
Why Are Gas Prices So Expensive In Idaho?
Depending on where you live in Idaho, you might find that prices at your local gas station are 30-40 cents higher per gallon than in neighboring Wyoming and Montana. So...what’s up with that?
03/10/2018 • 7 minutes 50 seconds
What Story Should We Tell In September? Voting Round Ends Thursday Night!
Update -- This voting round has closed. The winning question: "What about the prices we pay at the pump: Why does it seem like the price of gas is higher in the Gem State than in surrounding states?" Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here!