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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... more

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Is Boise Finally Fashionable?

The joke goes that Boise’s about 15 years behind every trend. But with our love of outdoorsy gear, did we... more

01 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Your Guide to Boise’s Best Donuts

Friday is National Donut Day, so we’re asking the big maple-frosted question: Who has the best donuts in the Treasure... more

31 May 2023 · 16 minutes
How Boise’s Isolation Shaped Our Culture

Summer concerts are just around the corner, and lots of touring bands are stopping in Boise. But it wasn’t always... more

30 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Kohberger Trial Update, Mayoral Race Heats Up, And Memorial Weekend Plans

KTVB’s Alex Duggan and City Cast Boise lead producer Frankie Barnhill are with host Emma Arnold to break down the... more

26 May 2023 · 20 minutes
The New Rules of Tipping

The pandemic was the breaking point for a lot of Boise service industry workers. But are things any better for... more

25 May 2023 · 12 minutes
We Answer Your Boise Gardening Questions

Want to start a veggie garden but not sure where to start? Master gardener and author Gretchen Anderson is here... more

24 May 2023 · 22 minutes
Is the Idaho GOP Scared of Gen Z?

High school graduation is this week, so Boise school board member Shiva Rajbhandari is  with us to talk about serving as... more

23 May 2023 · 18 minutes
This Boise Suburb's Rapid Growth Is Freaking Out Locals

Star, Idaho, used to be a one-street farm town that bragged about having more cows than people, but that’s changing... more

22 May 2023 · 18 minutes
BPD Investigation Results, Book Bans Lose, And FBI Investigates Comedian Visiting Boise

It’s finally Friday! Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter and lead producer Frankie Barnhill are with Emma to dig into the... more

19 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Fall In Love With Boise (All Over Again)

The Greenbelt is packed with the weather being so beautiful this week, and it’s a good reminder that there are... more

18 May 2023 · 29 minutes
What’s Happening to 11th Street?

Downtown Boise is a construction mess right now — especially 11th Street — and it feels like the street has... more

17 May 2023 · 11 minutes
BOI Airport Love (And Hate)

Summer travel is almost here and just in time, the Boise airport says that they’re hoping to expand their flight... more

16 May 2023 · 18 minutes
Lori Vallow Found Guilty. Here’s What Happens Next

Lori Vallow has been found guilty on all counts, but what happens now? KTVB’s “Inside the Courtroom” host Andrea Dearden... more

15 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Home Prices Jump, Idaho Republicans Are Fighting, And Library Elections

Happy Friday, Boise! Emma’s joined by lead producer Frankie Barnhill and Boise State public Radio’s James Dawson to sort through... more

12 May 2023 · 25 minutes
10 Essential Rules for Surviving Boise

Boise’s a pretty chill place to live but it can be tricky to navigate if you’re new. Luckily, Frankie Barnhill... more

11 May 2023 · 23 minutes
Street Taco Wars: Boise vs. Canyon County

One of the Treasure Valley’s most popular taco trucks — Birrieria Garnacha Que Apapacha — is moving from Nampa to... more

10 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re stressing because all the brunch reservations are taken — we’re got your... more

09 May 2023 · 16 minutes
Sorry Boise, Your Utility Bills Are Going Up

It’s not just the price of eggs and the total it costs to fill up your tank: inflation is also... more

08 May 2023 · 13 minutes
Evictions Lawsuit, BSU Grads, and a Political Revolution?

A ‘mass eviction’ leads to a lawsuit, Boise State University grads get ready take on the world, and is a... more

05 May 2023 · 25 minutes
How To Make Friends in Boise

Whether you just moved here or have been here your whole life, Boise isn’t always the easiest to make new... more

04 May 2023 · 19 minutes
Let’s Do Brunch, Boise

We love brunch all year, but it’s definitely better now that it’s finally warm enough to lounge the day away... more

03 May 2023 · 17 minutes
A Hater’s Guide to Boise: Crowds, Fries, and ‘Mom Bait’

Loving a city deeply means you’re allowed to dislike some things about it, so we’re back with a Mother’s Day... more

02 May 2023 · 17 minutes
Idaho Schools Are Literally Falling Apart

There’s an elementary school in North Idaho where kids wear coats in class because the heat doesn’t work well. Teachers... more

01 May 2023 · 14 minutes
Airport Wishlists, Library Board Mistake, and What We’re Watching

Before you soak up the sun this weekend, catch up on the local stories of the week! Boise State Public... more

28 Apr 2023 · 29 minutes
What You Get Wrong About Meridian

With over 45,000 Instagram followers, Natalie Plummer from Hello Meridian has a lot of influence, but she’s not super stoked... more

27 Apr 2023 · 23 minutes
Is Kuna the Next Meridian?

It wasn’t that long ago that Kuna was a quiet one street farm town. But these days, it’s one of... more

26 Apr 2023 · 18 minutes
Tips for Staying Safe in Coyote Country

Boiseans love to hike the foothills with our dogs this time of year. But with some recent stories about pets... more

25 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
More Affordable Housing Could Be Coming

Boise’s vibe could change significantly if the city’s new zoning code proposal goes through. Some say it will bring more... more

24 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Vallow Trial, Interfaith Sanctuary Breaks Ground, and Let’s Hunt Morels!

April snow wasn’t the only news of the week, so host Emma Arnold and lead producer Frankie Barnhill are digging... more

21 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
Ontario Is Boise’s Favorite Weed Dealer

Cannabis dispensaries in Ontario, Ore. generated more than $100 million sales last year, and it’s no secret that most of... more

20 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
This Boise Business Wants To End Marijuana Stigma

In the second episode of our “weed week” coverage, Host Emma Arnold is chatting with Alicia Miller, the co-owner of... more

19 Apr 2023 · 14 minutes
Boise Needs More Late Night Diners

Diners Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri has been giving Boise some major love in his latest Food Network season.... more

18 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
Meet the Boise Libertarian Pushing for Medical Marijuana

Idaho has the strictest anti-weed laws in the country, and is one of just twelve states where medical marijuana is... more

17 Apr 2023 · 15 minutes
Righteous Rage Tweeting, City Hall Drama, and Let’s Party!

Our Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter is with host Emma Arnold digging into the week’s news. They’re talking “righteous... more

14 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Your Guide to Boise’s Farmers Markets

The Boise Farmers Market just started back up and if you’re like us, you’ve been craving a nice sunny Saturday... more

13 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
A Plant Influencer’s Tips For An Indoor Jungle

Boise plant mom LalasJungle has created a thriving community around her love for indoor plants with over 20,000 followers on... more

12 Apr 2023 · 16 minutes
What Do the Parents of Trans Kids Do Now?

Michael Devitt is pretty cynical about Idaho these days. He’s the father of a transgender teen in Boise who’s stood... more

11 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
Vallow Trial: Inside Boise’s Biggest Case in Decades

Today’s the first day after jury selection in the case of Lori Vallow. She’s charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy, and... more

10 Apr 2023 · 21 minutes
Robocalls, Lawmakers Pack Up, and Don't Miss Boise on 'Antiques Roadshow'

It’s been a jam-packed week of news, so we’re breaking down the stories that stuck with us. Host Emma Arnold... more

07 Apr 2023 · 27 minutes
Against the Odds, This Boise Dance Studio Reopens

Ballet Folklorico Mexico Lindo Idaho has been sharing the art of Mexican folk dancing in Idaho for 20 years. But... more

06 Apr 2023 · 20 minutes
How To Not Get Beat Up By A Goose This Spring

If you’ve ever had a close encounter of the goose kind, you know they can be real jerks. Our Hey... more

05 Apr 2023 · 17 minutes
A Boise Novelist’s Take On Book Bans

Idaho politicians are targeting libraries and considering book bans, but plenty of Boiseans have rallied to support free access to... more

04 Apr 2023 · 22 minutes
Our Favorite Things About Boise Spring

It’s been a long, snowy and cold winter in Boise, so we’re ready to make the most of spring! Host... more

03 Apr 2023 · 19 minutes
Meridian Loves Libraries, ‘Abortion Trafficking’ Bill, and Boise Chefs Shine

All eyes are on the statehouse, as Idaho lawmakers hustle to wrap up the 2023 session. Things sped up quickly... more

31 Mar 2023 · 28 minutes
Is Boise’s Drought Finally Over?

It’s been a cold and snowy March. But what does that really mean for Boise’s water supply? Our Hey Boise... more

30 Mar 2023 · 13 minutes
We Tried the ‘Idaho Potato Fry Ice Cream’ so You Don’t Have To

Everyone’s talking about it, so we had to know: is that Idaho Potato Malted Milkshake & Fries ice cream actually... more

29 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Lewiston Is Still Mad That Boise Stole the Capital

All eyes are on the statehouse in downtown Boise as lawmakers aim to wrap up the legislative session this week.... more

28 Mar 2023 · 16 minutes
What Boise Gardeners Need To Know

The crocuses are coming out and the robins are back, so we’re ready to get serious about spring gardening! Master... more

27 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Boise Mayor’s Race Heats Up, and Meridian Shows Up for Libraries

The race for the next Boise mayor is officially on, the Meridian Library District gets a major boost from the... more

24 Mar 2023 · 27 minutes
What’s Up With Idaho’s UFO Sightings?

They say that the truth is out there. Could it be in Idaho? If it is, Jim Millard could be... more

23 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Why This Superfan Made Treefort Her Wedding Venue

Treefort Music Fest starts today in downtown, and organizers are expecting a record number of attendees over the five-day event.... more

22 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
What Search Warrants Could Mean for Kohberger Case

It’s been a few months since Bryan Kohberger was arrested in Pennsylvania for the alleged murder of four University of... more

21 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Your Boise Nightlife Guide

Just in time for spring break, we’re talking Boise nightlife! The scene has changed a lot in recent years, and... more

20 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Amtrak Love, Boise Mayor Cries ‘Portland,’ and Free Press Intimidation

Attacks on a local reporter, Ada County says “nope” to homelessness relief funds, a bill that could cause problems for... more

17 Mar 2023 · 29 minutes
Everything You Were Too Afraid To Ask About Boise

What’s Boise’s reputation to outsiders? What stereotypes are totally bogus, and which are actually true? We’re finding out with City... more

16 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Will the Legislative Session Ever End?

This legislative session has been a lot, but at least it’s just about done. Or is it? Boise State Public... more

15 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
Where To Party On St. Patrick’s Day

Looking for the best corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day? Minerva Jayne is here with her picks for... more

14 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
Boise’s Best Urban Legends

Creepy clowns, Chinese tunnels, and the Boise curse. Citizen historian Graham McBride is here to walk us through our city’s... more

13 Mar 2023 · 23 minutes
Oscar Picks, Does Boise Need More Cops, and We Hate Daylight Saving

We’re talking about the stories that stuck with us this week. From Boise’s embattled police department wanting to grow, to... more

10 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Does Salt Lake Want A Train To Boise?

Boise is stoked about the potential of Amtrak’s Pioneer Route coming back. The old train ran until 1997 from Salt... more

09 Mar 2023 · 22 minutes
Why The Meridian Library District Is Fighting For Its Life

The Meridian Library has been under fire from Christian Nationalists for months, and it’s about to get even uglier. Director... more

08 Mar 2023 · 20 minutes
A Hater’s Guide to Boise

We’re the first to say how much we love Boise, but it’s not perfect. So today, Host Emma Arnold’s favorite... more

07 Mar 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Landlords Support Limiting Rental Fees

If you’re a renter in Idaho, you’re less protected from fees than if you leased a storage unit. In some... more

06 Mar 2023 · 15 minutes
Fringe Politics, Restricted Driver’s Licenses, and March Is In Like a Lion

We made it to another Friday, Boise! Scott McIntosh with the Idaho Statesman is chatting with host Emma Arnold and... more

03 Mar 2023 · 19 minutes
Meet 2023’s National Miss Voice for Autism

It’s our first time having royalty on the show! Caldwell teen Kylie Welch was recently crowned the 2023 National Miss... more

02 Mar 2023 · 14 minutes
Insider’s Guide to Boise Recycling

Recycling in Boise can be confusing, but we’ve got your back! From “wishcycling,” to what to do with those crinkly... more

01 Mar 2023 · 18 minutes
‘Dante’s Peak’ Is Terrible (but We Kinda Love It)

James Bond, acid lakes, scalded skinnydippers, and coffee coffee coffee. Filmed right here in Wallace Idaho, “Dante’s Peak” is an... more

28 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
Has Boise’s Music Scene Changed Forever?

Boise’s music scene has long been our city’s pride and joy but it hasn’t been an easy few years. Andrew... more

27 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
Firing Squads, Dog Shelters Need Help, and Guy Fieri Ate Here!

We’re chatting about the local stories of the week, featuring Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill’s with Host Emma Arnold. We look... more

24 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
‘Greater Idaho’ Is a Joke, Right?

The Greater Idaho movement seems to be picking up steam with Idaho lawmakers. But how likely is it that our... more

23 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Should You Get Backyard Chickens?

Egg prices are through the roof, and that’s got a lot of us asking: should we get inflation chickens? Backyard... more

22 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
How Boise’s Biggest Book Club Picks Their Titles

Molly Nota from Treasure Valley Reads is with us to talk about celebrating more than 20 years of being Boise’s... more

21 Feb 2023 · 15 minutes
Amtrak Eyes Boise, Elderly Evictions, and Religion in Politics

We’re chatting about the local stories that caught our eye this week. First up, Host Emma Arnold asks Boise State... more

17 Feb 2023 · 32 minutes
What One Teen Thinks About Idaho’s Anti-Trans Bills

We caught up with Boise trans rights advocate Eve Devitt to get her thoughts on a bill that seeks to... more

16 Feb 2023 · 13 minutes
This Boise Suburb Has One Of the Worst City Flags

Caldwell’s flag is one of the worst in the country, at least according to the North American Vexillological Association. But... more

15 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Undocumented Boiseans Want to Drive Without Fear

Getting a driver’s license should be a fun rite of passage, but undocumented Idahoans are unable to apply for one.... more

14 Feb 2023 · 16 minutes
Is It OK To Skinnydip at Hot Springs?

Winter weather is here to stay for the next couple weeks at least. But on the bright side, this is... more

13 Feb 2023 · 25 minutes
Moscow Murder Gag Order, Trans Youth Testimony, and New Boise Housing

Lead producer Frankie Barnhill is with Emma to dig into this week’s news. They chat about the chaotic hearing for... more

10 Feb 2023 · 24 minutes
What’s It Like To Be Single in Boise?

Being single on Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to mean being alone! The Boise Weekly’s Minerva Jayne is here to share... more

09 Feb 2023 · 22 minutes
How To Fall in Love With Boise

Whether you’re new to the city or feeling jaded and looking to rekindle the spark, City Cast Boise Lead Producer... more

08 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
How To Do Valentine’s Day Right in Boise

Valentines-fanatic Jocelyn Robertson has you covered. Whether you forgot to make a reservation or just want to celebrate a quiet... more

07 Feb 2023 · 17 minutes
Pranks, Prisons, and Powder: 36 Years of Idaho Politics

After thirty years as a journalist in Boise, Betsy Russell is retired and ready to hit the slopes. We talk... more

06 Feb 2023 · 19 minutes
Campaign Fund Woes, Middle School Fight Club, and Boise Bagel Wars

Campaign funds used for steak dinners, a junior high fight club and the bagel wars are heating up! Our Newsletter... more

03 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Eagle High School Hecklers Go Viral

Last week, students at Eagle High heckled and walked out during a speech made by Scott Yenor, a Boise State... more

02 Feb 2023 · 18 minutes
Wait, Are Militias Illegal in Idaho?

Heath Druzin from the Extremely American podcast gives us a vibe check on the far-right. We get into Ammon Bundy’s... more

01 Feb 2023 · 20 minutes
Death Threats Over a Rodeo? It Happened in Kuna

Sydney Kidd with the Idaho Press is here to give us the lowdown on some major small town drama. She... more

31 Jan 2023 · 13 minutes
Boise’s Maker Shop Wants You To Start Making

We’re talking with Alex Jangard from the Boise Maker Shop about the joys of making your own stuff. From pens,... more

30 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Youth Silenced at Statehouse, Lawmakers Grill BSU, and Boise’s Best Chefs

Are Idaho lawmakers scared of young people? Is Boise State’s budget at risk after a rough presentation at the statehouse?... more

27 Jan 2023 · 26 minutes
Meridian’s Man of the Year Goes Viral Defending Libraries

We’re talking with Meridian Library Director Nick Grove about going viral for pushing back against censorship and harassment at a... more

26 Jan 2023 · 21 minutes
This Renter’s Story Could Save You Pain

It can be a real struggle to rent in the Treasure Valley, even though home prices have started to go... more

25 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
These Are Boise's Best Coffee Shops

It’s a new year and a new you, but are you still drinking the same old coffee? Host Emma Arnold... more

24 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
What’s It Like to Be From Caldwell?

Today, our producer Evelyn Avitia gives us a tour of Caldwell while sharing her favorite local eats and go-to spots,... more

23 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Idaho Targets Boise, Abortion Bills Surface, City Council Loses A Voice

It’s been a busy week in Boise, so we’re chatting about the local stories that mattered most. Lead Producer Frankie... more

20 Jan 2023 · 32 minutes
What a Boise Drag Performer Wants Lawmakers To Know

Drag shows are the new target of conservative politicians in Idaho. There’s a good chance that a ban on all... more

19 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
How To Finish Dry January Strong In Boise

If you’re ditching the hangover and trying Dry January, you should know about Sober 'N Boise. The sober movement is organized... more

18 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Fall in Love With Idaho’s Winter Sports

Clark Corbin from the Idaho Capital Sun is here to tell us about how getting into Idaho’s winter sports is... more

17 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
Moscow Says “FU” to Nancy Grace, and Caldwell’s Chaotic School Board Meeting

Emma’s with the Idaho Statesman’s Mia Maldanado and our audio producer Evelyn Avitia to talk through this week’s news. They... more

13 Jan 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Boise Comedians Are Trying to Keep This Man Out

Our lead producer Frankie Barnhill talks to host Emma Arnold about why she and other Boise comedians are calling for... more

12 Jan 2023 · 22 minutes
Is Boise’s Isolation A Good Thing?

Did you know that Boise is the most geographically isolated urban area of the Lower 48? Today, we’re chatting with... more

11 Jan 2023 · 15 minutes
How to (Properly) Do Brunch In Boise

Boise’s food scene is evolving, so we’re talking with brunch experts JJ Saldaña and Antonio Hernandez about the best spots... more

10 Jan 2023 · 19 minutes
Wait, There’s an Ostrich Farm in Kuna?

We’re talking with Alex McCoy from American Ostrich Farms about sustainability and building their own processing plant during COVID. Also,... more

09 Jan 2023 · 14 minutes
Abortion and Drag Bans, and the Moscow Murder Suspect Is in Jail

It’s our first weekly news chatter episode of 2023, and there’s plenty to cover. Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson... more

06 Jan 2023 · 16 minutes
Winter Blues? Cozy Up, Boise!

The January blues are here but the Boise Weekly’s Minerva Jayne is here to shoo the inversion right out of... more

05 Jan 2023 · 23 minutes
Boise’s Late Night Food Leaves Us Hungry

We’re chatting with Margaret Carmel about her beef with Boise’s late night dining desert. We dig into third spaces, Western... more

04 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Boise’s 2023 Resolutions and Predictions

We’re ringing in 2023 with your New Year’s resolutions and predictions for 2023. Debates over public education, wild card candidates... more

03 Jan 2023 · 17 minutes
Is Our Love of Standing Ovations A Problem?

Have you ever been to a play or concert in Boise and at the end of the performance, you realize... more

30 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Meet The Boise TikTok Creator With 6M Likes

We’re awarding a few of our favorite episodes of the year with some classic yearbook superlatives. In this episode, Lead... more

29 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Trailside Coffee Is So Very Boise

It’s our winter break and we’re awarding a few of our favorite episodes with some classic yearbook superlatives. A while... more

28 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Dipping Into Boise’s Fry Sauce Obsession

Fry sauce is Boise’s favorite condiment. But, is it actually from Idaho? Turns out City Cast Salt Lake Host Ali... more

27 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Boise Needs To See These Two Films This Winter

Emma’s movie bestie George Prentice from Boise State Public Radio is here to chat about two films he thinks are... more

22 Dec 2022 · 22 minutes
How Boise Stole the Capital

Boise was declared the capital of the Territory of Idaho 158 years ago. But take a trip to Lewiston and... more

21 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
De-stress Your Holidays, Boise!

This time of year can be stressful, but we’ve got your back! Local therapist Ayako Otani is here to talk... more

20 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Your Guide to Boise’s Best Christmas Lights

We’re getting extra festive with the creator of the Boise Christmas Lights Map. Host Emma Arnold finds out what inspired... more

19 Dec 2022 · 13 minutes
Best And Worst Of Boise’s 2022, Plus OPA Drama Continues

City Cast Boise’s Frankie Barnhill is catching up with producer Evelyn Avitia and Hey Boise Newsletter Editor Blake Hunter for... more

16 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Meet Boise’s Backyard Artists

We’re talking with Ryan Marsh, co-founder of the Backyard Artists, about Boise’s DIY arts scene. The new grassroots nonprofit is... more

15 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
What’s Next For Boise State Football?

This season of Boise State football has been a wild ride. Changes in leadership, depressed fans, and a freshman quarterback... more

14 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
What National Media Got Wrong About The Moscow Murders

We're talking with Abigail Spencer from The Argonaut about what it’s like being a student reporter in Moscow right now.... more

13 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Downtown Is The Place To Be This Holiday Season

Today on the show, we’re talking with Jennifer Hensley from the Downtown Boise Association. She shares why downtown is best... more

12 Dec 2022 · 15 minutes
Remembering A Former Boise Lawmaker And A ‘Tripledemic’ Update

Happy Friday! Host Emma Arnold is chatting about the news of the week with freelance reporter Heath Druzin and lead... more

09 Dec 2022 · 21 minutes
'You Know The Place' Visits Stan's Golf Cars

Hey City Cast Boise fam! We have a special treat for you: we’re proud to feature an episode from our... more

08 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Your Guide To Winter Cycling

The roads might be slick and the air might be cold, but getting around town on two wheels is still... more

08 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
What Non-Boiseans Want To Know About Boise

Today on the podcast, we’re playing 20 questions with our boss David Plotz. As the CEO of City Cast, he... more

07 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Idaho’s Only Alt-Weekly Keeps On Printing

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... more

06 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
A Boise Cold Case Turns 40

On Dec. 5, 1982, a man was found dead in a local church of cyanide poisoning with $1900 and a... more

05 Dec 2022 · 12 minutes
BPD Lawsuits, A New Investigation, And December Joy

It’s been a busy week of news in Boise, so host Emma Arnold’s chatting about the stories behind the headlines... more

02 Dec 2022 · 20 minutes
Is Garden City the New Downtown?

We’re talking with Jodi Eichelberger from Surel’s Place about why Garden City is becoming the hottest neighborhood in town. Amazing... more

01 Dec 2022 · 16 minutes
Boise's Best Holiday Traditions

We’re getting into the holiday spirit with Emma’s festive friend Jocelyn Robertson. We talk about the best light displays, the... more

30 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
'Cabaret' Is Bringing Pre-War Berlin to Boise

We’re talking with Alley Repertory Theater’s Buffie Main about their upcoming production of “Cabaret.” We jazz hand into the similarities... more

29 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
Boise's Most Popular Airbnb? A Potato!

We talked with travel blogger Lydia Weigel about her recent stay in the Big Idaho Potato Hotel. Just south of... more

28 Nov 2022 · 9 minutes
Are We In for Another ‘Snowmageddon’?

We’re talking to KTVB’s Jim Duthie about folklore winter weather predictions. How accurate is the Farmer’s Almanac and are Wooly... more

23 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
Your Guide To Shopping Local For the Holidays

Black Friday at the mall? Pshh never heard of her. This holiday season, we’re giving you plenty of awesome reasons... more

22 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
How to Get Cozy in Boise

It might technically be fall still but winter weather is certainly here. So we’re talking how to get cozy in... more

21 Nov 2022 · 20 minutes
What We Know (And Don’t Know) About The Moscow Murders

It’s been a tough news week in Idaho so we’re here to sort through what you need to know. Host... more

18 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
We Settle The Boy-SEE vs. Boy-ZEE Debate

We know the holidays can bring fraught debates with family and friends. But this Thanksgiving, there’s at least one argument... more

17 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
How to (Properly) Enjoy Boise's Hot Springs

Today, Host Emma Arnold is talking hot springs with our Lead Producer Frankie Barnhill. We dive into gatekeeping, etiquette, and the... more

16 Nov 2022 · 23 minutes
Helping Our Unhoused Neighbors in the Cold

The abrupt change to winter weather is hitting our unhoused neighbors hardest. So today, we’re learning how to help make... more

15 Nov 2022 · 12 minutes
What It’s Like To Be the Dr. Fauci of Idaho

The holiday season is here, with lots of parties and dinners to enjoy with friends and family. But before you... more

14 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
What Our State Election Results Mean for Boise, And How To Zen TF Out Post-Election

Election night is in the rearview, so we’re talking about what the legislative results could mean for the future of... more

11 Nov 2022 · 19 minutes
Boise’s Fave Barista Is a Mule

If you’ve been hiking in the foothills these last few years, chances are you’ve come across this very unusual, very... more

10 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
Your Guide to Election Results — So Far

Plenty of 2022 General Election results are in from Idaho and there’s lots to chew on this morning! Emma Arnold... more

09 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
This Human Rights Org Finally Gets a Permanent Home

Today, host Emma Arnold talks with the Wassmuth Center’s Dan Prinzing. The center recently dedicated the new Phillip E. Batt... more

08 Nov 2022 · 14 minutes
We Love Caldwell and So Should You!

We’re having a day in Caldwell with our audio producer, Evelyn Avitia! She shares her favorite C-town eats, hangs, and... more

07 Nov 2022 · 15 minutes
Local Elections, A Rascal Cat, and Why This Politico Is Leaving Town

The countdown to Tuesday’s midterm election is on. So in this week’s weekly news chatter episode, host Emma Arnold is... more

04 Nov 2022 · 17 minutes
Meet the Siblings Feeding Our Boise Neighbors

Soups on and we’re talking mutual aid and feeding our unhoused neighbors with the wonderful folks at Boise Kitchen Collective.... more

03 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
Boise’s Best Coffee Shops

Today, Host Emma Arnold is talking Boise coffee shops with City Cast Boise’s very own Evelyn Avitia and Blake Hunter.... more

02 Nov 2022 · 16 minutes
How Boise’s Lisa Sánchez Celebrates Día De Los Muertos

We’re celebrating Dia de los Muertos by chatting with Lisa Sánchez about how she celebrates the Mexican holiday. The Boise... more

01 Nov 2022 · 13 minutes
Boise in the ‘90s Did Halloween Right

Happy Halloween, Boise! Lead producer Frankie Barnhill takes the wheel today to grill host Emma Arnold about Boise Halloween memories.... more

31 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Far-Right Plea Deal, Early Voting, and Boise’s Lackluster BBQ

Happy Friday! Emma’s chatting about the stories of the week with KTVB’s Brian Holmes and City Cast Boise’s very own... more

28 Oct 2022 · 24 minutes
‘U DAHO’: The DMV’s Problem With Raunchy Plates

8008IES, UDAHO and DZNUTZ? Carolyn Komatsoulis from the Idaho Press is in the passenger seat to talk about all the... more

27 Oct 2022 · 12 minutes
WTF Is Up With These Ballot Questions?

Power struggles, note-passing, special sessions, oh my! Today on the podcast, host Emma Arnold gets the scoop on the two... more

26 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
The Best Breweries in Boise

One thing about Boise: we love our local craft beer. But with more than 20 breweries and counting in the... more

25 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
A Very Haunted Tour of Boise

Host Emma Arnold talks with local supernatural enthusiast Julie Hahn about Boise’s haunted history. Late-night phenomena at Boise State’s Communications... more

24 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
City Council Gatekeeping, an Anti-Drag Bill, and Halloween is Coming!

Host Emma Arnold sits down with Boise State Public Radio Morning Edition host George Prentice and our own Frankie Barnhill... more

21 Oct 2022 · 27 minutes
Boise’s Standing Ovation Problem

In Boise we give everything a standing ovation, which feels great for performers, but what does it do for the... more

20 Oct 2022 · 18 minutes
There’s No Place Like WinCo

Everyone’s talking about the possible merger between Albertsons and Kroger, which would be a big deal for Boise. But today,... more

19 Oct 2022 · 19 minutes
Where Are All Our Starter Homes?

When you think of the American Dream — the house with the picket fence and a yard — you’re probably... more

18 Oct 2022 · 14 minutes
Who Has the Better Fans, Broncos or Vandals?

Fall in Boise means one thing to lots of people: Bronco Football is back on the blue turf. But for... more

17 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Home Prices, Standing Up to Hate, and OMG This Weather

Home prices continue to fall but rent’s still so damn high, the North End stands up to anti-LGBTQIA+ hate, and... more

14 Oct 2022 · 26 minutes
Meet Your Neighbor, Author Anthony Doerr

Anthony Doerr is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist. But he’s also one of us, Boise! And we are so excited to... more

13 Oct 2022 · 21 minutes
Inside Boise’s Fashion Identity Crisis

We’re not afraid to admit it—Boise’s shopping scene needs a serious revamp. Our closets are hurting! Local thrift stores are... more

12 Oct 2022 · 16 minutes
Voting 101 in Boise

Election Day is exactly one month away, on November 8. And there’s a lot at stake in this election: voters... more

11 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Unfiltered with Boise’s Political TikTok Star

We’re getting real with Boise’s political TikTok star @socialistlyawkward. Lindsay is the creator of snarky videos that call out Idaho... more

06 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Are Our Teachers OK?

Public school teachers in the Treasure Valley are going through it right now. Take the wild growth in schools of... more

04 Oct 2022 · 17 minutes
Why October Is the Best Month in Boise

Calling all ghouls and pumpkin spice latte lovers! October is finally at our doorstep. After the hellishly hot summer and... more

29 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
The Missing Voices in Boise Newsrooms

We have a lot of options for where to get our news in town, but diversity in local journalism is... more

27 Sep 2022 · 17 minutes
Bike Bars: Obnoxious or Entertaining?

Are bike bars the most obnoxious or entertaining Boise experience? We’re sure you’ve seen those loud spectacles cruising downtown, usually... more

22 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Flipside Fest is Treefort’s Kid Sister

Boise’s music scene has evolved a lot in a decade. When Treefort Music Fest started in 2012, it was this... more

20 Sep 2022 · 14 minutes
Lose Your Lawn, Save Our Water!

We may call ourselves The City of Trees, but let’s face it, we live in a desert! Isn’t it time... more

15 Sep 2022 · 15 minutes
Student Wins Seat on Boise School Board

18-year-old Boise High senior Shiva Rajbhandari loves to ski and runs track and cross country. And as of last week’s... more

13 Sep 2022 · 16 minutes
Long Live Boise Dance Punk!

Boise has a long history of punk music, from DIY basement house shows to unforgettable sets at Neurolux. And the... more

08 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
Finding Post-Roe Hope With A Gen Z Activist

We’re two weeks into our state’s abortion ban. But you know what? We’re tired of hearing soundbites from politicians. We... more

06 Sep 2022 · 11 minutes
It’s Time You Met Boise’s River Robin Hood

We all know the story of Robin Hood. You know — stealing from the rich to help the poor and... more

01 Sep 2022 · 19 minutes
How Protected Are the Sawtooths?

When was the first time you visited the Sawtooths? Maybe it was a relaxing camping trip with friends along a... more

30 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Fry Sauce Wars: Boise vs. SLC

What’s one thing that unites the people of Boise and Salt Lake City? We’ll give you a hint – we... more

25 Aug 2022 · 18 minutes
Will the New Vall-eBikes Stick Around?

2020 was the final nail in the coffin for the Boise GreenBike program. The bike share — run by Valley... more

23 Aug 2022 · 16 minutes
Try the Best Vegan Food in Boise

Boise is playing catch-up when it comes to vegan options, with only one vegan restaurant and another in the works.... more

18 Aug 2022 · 14 minutes
Is Our Housing Market Finally Cooling?

Boise housing market has been out of control (and out of reach) for several years now, with the median home... more

16 Aug 2022 · 11 minutes
Boise’s Soul Food Festival Comes Home

The Boise Soul Food Festival is coming home this Saturday. After a nearly 5-year hiatus — and a forced break... more

11 Aug 2022 · 17 minutes
How To Avoid Burnout and Care for Your Community

With reproductive rights up for debate in the Idaho Supreme Court and a Department of Justice lawsuit against the state’s... more

09 Aug 2022 · 24 minutes
Painting an Inclusive Boise

We’re used to seeing public art around the Treasure Valley. Unique and colorful murals in particular help create a sense... more

04 Aug 2022 · 19 minutes
Abortion Bans Have Their Day in Court

Idaho’s abortion bans are having their day in court, with Planned Parenthood challenging two laws — a trigger ban passed in... more

02 Aug 2022 · 15 minutes
Made in the Shade: 100K More Trees in Boise?

We know Boise is nicknamed the City of Trees. But how deep do those roots go?  Today on the podcast, our... more

28 Jul 2022 · 21 minutes
Heat, Homelessness and Climate Change

Folks, Boise is sweltering. The National Weather Service is forecasting triple digit heat for the next week and we may... more

26 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
Our Fave Boise River Floating Hacks

One of the things on everyone’s summer bucket list is floating the Boise River. And we all have a story... more

21 Jul 2022 · 20 minutes
The Gun Control Elephant in the Room

For the first time in almost 30 years, Congress has done something to try to address gun violence and mass... more

19 Jul 2022 · 23 minutes
5 Festivals to Finish out Your Summer

We’re starting to turn the corner to the second half of summer (wild!) but there’s still so much more on... more

14 Jul 2022 · 19 minutes
How Do We Fix Our Affordable Housing Shortage?

We all know a lack of affordable housing is one of the biggest issues facing the Treasure Valley. For folks... more

12 Jul 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

07 Jul 2022 · 10 minutes
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... more

05 Jul 2022 · 14 minutes
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.... more

30 Jun 2022 · 20 minutes
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.... more

28 Jun 2022 · 31 minutes
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... more

23 Jun 2022 · 18 minutes
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... more

21 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Why Boise Is Awesome (And Awful) For Biking

Summer and bicycling in Boise go together like peanut butter and jelly. Cruising along the Greenbelt is a delight, and... more

16 Jun 2022 · 14 minutes
Post-Primary Politics Palooza

Idaho is pretty used to getting embarrassed in national media for cranking out far-right extremist figures. But in last month’s... more

14 Jun 2022 · 19 minutes
What To Do (And What To Skip) This Summer

We haven’t officially switched to summer yet, but the heat is supposed to flirt with us this weekend. City Cast... more

09 Jun 2022 · 24 minutes
We Love Boise. But How The Heck Do We Pronounce It?!

For this debut episode of City Cast Boise, we’re starting with the basics: what’s the correct pronunciation of our city’s... more

07 Jun 2022 · 15 minutes
Launching June 7

City Cast Boise is here! Whether you’re a born-and-raised Boisean or just moved here, connect to the city you love... more

25 May 2022 · 1 minute
City Cast Boise
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... more