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City Cast Boise
City Cast

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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Episodes

Ranking Boise’s Best Parks for Kids (and Adults)

Boise likes to brag (with good reason) about our parks, with plenty of amenities for kids — and grownups who... more

23 Apr 2024 · 27 minutes
How Idaho's Abortion Case Could Change Federal Law

Idaho is at the center of a landmark case that the U.S. Supreme Court will hear on Wednesday. Depending on... more

22 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
Controversial New Billboards, a Win for Activists, and SCOTUS Rules Against Trans Kids

Injunction is the word of the week in Idaho. Today on City Cast Boise, we explain the U.S. Supreme Court’s... more

19 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
Boise’s Best Potato Dishes

If you’ve lived in Idaho for any amount of time, you’ve been subjected to the never ending potato jokes, quips,... more

18 Apr 2024 · 15 minutes
What the New Anti-Trans Laws Mean for Boise

Republican lawmakers spent a lot of time and energy targeting LGBTQ Idahoans this past session. Host Lindsay Van Allen is... more

17 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
How Lawmakers Screwed Boise Renters and Helped Landlords

Boise found itself in the crosshairs of the Idaho legislature this past session. Lawmakers came for our renter protection laws... more

16 Apr 2024 · 22 minutes
Meet the Woman Saving Food From the Dump

Earth Day is coming up, and we’re celebrating early by revisiting a chat with a community member who is helping... more

15 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Book Ban Outrage, Money for Crumbling Schools, and Spicy Restaurant News

Sine Die, finally! Host Lindsay Van Allen and executive producer Frankie Barnhill are looking back on the 94 days it... more

12 Apr 2024 · 32 minutes
Idaho vs. Oregon: Who Gets To Claim the Tater Tot?

We all know Idaho is the potato state. But who gets to own the tater tot origin story? Turns out,... more

11 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
‘Zombies’ and a Doomsday Cult: Chad Daybell Faces the Death Penalty

All eyes are on the Ada County Courthouse today, as Chad Daybell’s murder trial begins almost one year after his... more

10 Apr 2024 · 20 minutes
Boise’s Funniest 1-Star Reviews

Online one-star reviews are a wild ride of insightful anecdotes, ridiculous rants, and chaotic haters. But that single star is... more

09 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Why Luxury Real Estate Is Taking Off Around Boise

There’s no denying the Treasure Valley is growing, and so is the demand for luxury homes. These over the top... more

08 Apr 2024 · 14 minutes
Boise Police and Scott Yenor Test First Amendment Rights, plus the Week’s Worst Bills

Boise is clearly in retrograde this week. Our Hey Boise newsletter editor, Blake Hunter, joins host Lindsay Van Allen to... more

05 Apr 2024 · 38 minutes
How to Garden in Boise’s Changing Climate

Record high temperatures have been testing Treasure Valley gardens, resulting in the U.S. Department of Agriculture recommending changes to what... more

04 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
What a TikTok Ban Could Mean for Boise

For most people, TikTok is a fun way to waste a little time — but this wildly popular app has... more

03 Apr 2024 · 15 minutes
How Makers Are Surviving Boise’s Weird Economy

The economy is really weird right now. What’s that mean for local makers and artists? Executive producer Frankie Barnhill is... more

02 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Your Guide to April in Boise

Happy April! Farmers markets in Boise (both the one on the Grove Plaza and the one on Shoreline Drive) and... more

01 Apr 2024 · 19 minutes
Racists Target NCAA Players in CDA, Saltzer Clinics Close, and Salaries for Idaho Homes

It’s Friday, and we’re rounding up the news of the week. City Cast Boise host Lindsay Van Allen is talking... more

29 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
How Idaho Liquor Laws Screw Over Boise Bars

The legislature recently changed the state’s liquor laws, claiming the changes would help small businesses. But Will Hay, co-owner of... more

28 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Mayor McLean on Luxury Housing, Electric Vehicles, and Tiny Parks

Boise Mayor Lauren McLean is on the show today, sharing her thoughts on some new, high-profile luxury apartments going up... more

27 Mar 2024 · 26 minutes
An Aryan Knight Escaped From Prison. What We Know.

A Boise hospital shooting, an inmate escape, a cross-state fugitive chase, and two tragic, possibly linked homicides in North Idaho.... more

26 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
This Secret Supper Club is Changing Boise Dining

What does inviting 14 strangers into your home every weekend look like? Under The Table’s Adan David joins executive producer... more

25 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Greenbelt Condos, Open Primaries Update, and Happy Treefort!

It’s Friday! City Cast Boise host Lindsay Van Allen is talking with Hey Boise’s newsletter editor Blake Hunter about the... more

22 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Tiny Homes Are Illegal, but They’re Being Built Anyway

Tiny homes are a viral sensation on social media. But, did you know that they are actually illegal in Boise?... more

21 Mar 2024 · 31 minutes
Librarians Defend Against Latest ‘Harmful Materials’ Bill

For the third time this legislative session, Idaho lawmakers are advancing a bill that targets libraries. Molly Nota and Erin... more

20 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Is Child Care the Biggest Threat to Boise’s Economy?

Accessing childcare in Boise has always been difficult, but it’s gotten much worse since the pandemic. Host Lindsay Van Allen... more

19 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
Your Last Minute Guide to Treefort

It’s Treefort Music Fest week and the party starts Wednesday! Whether it’s your first time attending or you’re curious about... more

18 Mar 2024 · 21 minutes
Far-Right Secret Boy’s Club, Hormones at the Capitol, and Our Top Picks

It’s Friday, so time to round up the news of the week. City Cast Boise host Lindsay Van Allen is... more

15 Mar 2024 · 25 minutes
12 More Essential Rules for Surviving Boise

Boise is a unique and changing city, and we definitely play by our own set of unwritten rules. Whether you’re... more

14 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
Yes, Doctors Are Fleeing Boise. Here’s Why.

The Treasure Valley used to be a popular place for OBGYN doctors to practice. Now? According to a recent study,... more

13 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
Boise’s Skyline Will Never Be the Same

When you drive on the connector into downtown, you can’t miss the giant construction cranes — a visible symbol of... more

12 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
Do You Pronounce Boise Correctly?

One of the oldest debates in Boise isn’t about politics. It’s about how to pronounce our city’s name! Are you... more

11 Mar 2024 · 14 minutes
Candidate Rundown, GOP Targets Ballot Initiatives, and More Food Trucks?

It’s an election year, and it’s Friday! Who’s running to represent you at the statehouse? Guest host Nick Quah is... more

08 Mar 2024 · 27 minutes
The Best New and Classic Local Coffee Shops

Whether you’re meeting with a friend, taking a break, or trying to get some work done — a good coffee... more

07 Mar 2024 · 19 minutes
The Flicks Is a Boise Icon

The Oscars are this weekend, and there’s one theater in Boise that’s shown every single movie nominated for Best Picture:... more

06 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
The Most Inclusive Bar in Boise

We’re marking Women’s History Month by talking with local business owner Kylie North, owner of the Water Bear Bar. She... more

05 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
Your Guide to March in Boise

Boise really comes to life in March, helped along by the official start to spring and later sunsets once Daylight... more

04 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
Idaho’s Failed Execution, BSU Funding, and Celeb Sightings in Sun Valley

Executive producer Frankie Barnhill’s rounding up the news of the week with Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice. Republicans are... more

01 Mar 2024 · 28 minutes
What You Need to Know About Idaho’s Anti-LGBTQ Bills

When Nikson Mathews testified against House Bill 421 a few weeks ago, he introduced himself to lawmakers as “your happy... more

29 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
How Duck Club Reshaped Boise’s Music Scene

How do you grow a local music scene? That’s the question Eric Gilbert with Duck Club Entertainment has been trying... more

28 Feb 2024 · 27 minutes
Boise’s Thrifting Scene Needs a Revamp

Thrift store shopping in the Treasure Valley isn’t what it once was — but if you know where to look... more

27 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
How To Find Cheap Flights out of Boise

Budget airline Avelo just announced a new direct flight to California’s wine country from Boise. So are tickets out of... more

26 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
New Flight Added, GOP Targets Renters, and ‘Arthur’ the Skyscraper

Guest host Nick Quah is rounding up the week’s news with Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter. They’re discussing how... more

23 Feb 2024 · 23 minutes
Margarita Showdown: Where’s the Best Sip?

It’s national margarita day, and City Cast Boise producer Evelyn Avitia is taking it very seriously. She has your new... more

22 Feb 2024 · 18 minutes
Is Pickleball Boise’s Favorite Sport?

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in the country, and Boise Parks & Recreation have been busy building outdoor courts in... more

21 Feb 2024 · 17 minutes
How To Shop at WinCo Like a Pro

Inflation has cooled, but food prices are still on the rise nationally. So we’re re-sharing executive producer Frankie Barnhill’s conversation... more

20 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
GOP Shakeup, Birth Control Access, and a Cannibalism Bill?

A Boise lawmaker wants to improve birth control access, the GOP ousts one of their leaders, and a board to... more

16 Feb 2024 · 22 minutes
Is Boise a Millennial or Gen Z City?

In recent years, millennials have been flocking to Boise and Idaho, drawn in by breweries and coffee shops and less... more

15 Feb 2024 · 19 minutes
Insider’s Guide to Boise's Best Soups

We’re staying warm this winter with the help of delicious soups. From broths to stews, executive producer Frankie Barnhill and... more

14 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Will Boise Libraries Be Under Attack Next?

Republican lawmakers at the statehouse are once again considering a bill aimed at books. But in more liberal Boise, are... more

13 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling in Boise

Just because you throw that pizza box or coffee cup into the blue bin, doesn’t mean it will actually be... more

12 Feb 2024 · 16 minutes
Amtrak Mistake, Anti-Library Bill Returns, and Super Bowl in Boise

Happy Friday! Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice joins our guest host Nick Quah to break down the big stories... more

09 Feb 2024 · 29 minutes
The Best Pizza in Boise

We’re celebrating National Pizza Day! Guest host Nick Quah, Hey Boise’s Blake Hunter and producer Evelyn Avitia dive into a... more

08 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Date Nights for Valentine’s Day and Beyond

Boise is a long way from Rome, but you can still find plenty of romance — if you know where... more

07 Feb 2024 · 26 minutes
Your Kid-Friendly Guide to February

February can be cabin fever month, especially for families. But Becca Bailey from Boise With Kids is here to help!... more

06 Feb 2024 · 21 minutes
Is Recycled Water Coming to Your Tap?

The city’s rapid growth and increasingly drier years has us wondering: could recycled water be in Boise’s future? Executive producer... more

05 Feb 2024 · 20 minutes
Downtown Building Condemned, Mayor Chat Debrief, and Saving Our Music History

Happy Friday! Guest host Nick Quah and executive producer Frankie Barnhill have your weekly news recap. We’re revisiting our interview... more

02 Feb 2024 · 25 minutes
Your Guide to February in Boise

The days are getting longer but if cabin fever is setting in, City Cast Boise has you covered with your... more

01 Feb 2024 · 24 minutes
The Unwritten Rules of Hot Springs

It’s hot springs season in southern Idaho. But there’s a good reason people gatekeep their fave pools: we’ve gotten really... more

31 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Boise's Biggest Obstacles Right Now, According to Mayor McLean

Mayor Lauren McLean is now officially in her second term, after getting a big thumbs up from voters. But with... more

30 Jan 2024 · 41 minutes
Mythbusting ‘Food Waste’ in Boise

A lot of perfectly edible food from Treasure Valley restaurants ends up in the landfill. But one local woman is... more

29 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Boise Chef Nominated, Trusted Librarians, and a Pro-Pesticide Bill?

Happy Friday! Executive producer Frankie Barnhill is with Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice to dive into the week’s trending... more

26 Jan 2024 · 26 minutes
Bigger Planes, Different Flights: BOI Trends To Watch

Boise Airport director Rebecca Hupp joins guest host Nick Quah to explain how our city’s airport is growing. From the... more

25 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
Who Actually Invented Fry Sauce?

It’s that time of year where comfort food really hits the spot, perhaps especially: fries dipped in fry sauce. But... more

24 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
The Hottest Thing in Boise Is Our Geothermal Heat

The City of Boise’s geothermal system is the oldest and largest in the country, heating 85 downtown buildings and a... more

23 Jan 2024 · 23 minutes
This Boise Woman Fights Cancer With Community

Last year, about 1,500 Idaho women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Boise entrepreneur Janessa White was one of them. Today,... more

22 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Republicans Backpedal, Library Bill Shelved, and Women’s Basketball

Happy Friday! Guest host Nick Quah and Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter are dissecting the big stories of the... more

19 Jan 2024 · 27 minutes
Boise Isn’t Interested in This Homelessness Solution

More Boiseans are forced to live on the streets these days. But could the solution to this crisis be closer... more

18 Jan 2024 · 22 minutes
What Makes a Local Coffee Shop Great?

What makes a coffee shop essential? Our City Cast Boise team breaks down the key elements of these community spaces.... more

17 Jan 2024 · 19 minutes
Why Some Psychiatric Patients Are Kept in Prison

About a half-dozen patients who need mental health treatment are placed in Idaho prisons every year. And while they haven’t... more

16 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Libraries Targeted, ‘Fetus’ is Debated, and Snowmaggedon Returns?

Republicans wasted no time in restarting the culture wars during this first week of the legislative session. Boise State Public... more

12 Jan 2024 · 24 minutes
Bogus Has Fresh Pow. Here’s What To Know.

Winter storms finally made it to Bogus Basin after an extra dry start to the season. Director of Marketing and... more

11 Jan 2024 · 18 minutes
Boise’s Bagel Scene Is Stale No More

Boise’s food scene seems to be having a bagel moment. Goldstein’s Bagels is one of a couple new shops that’s... more

10 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
Boise Author’s Iconic Book Is Now on Netflix

January is TV season. Our #1 pick right now is Netflix’s “All the Light We Cannot See." The show’s based... more

09 Jan 2024 · 15 minutes
Big Ticket Items to Follow at the Capitol

Lawmakers are back in town for the first day of the legislative session. Will they get the people’s business done,... more

08 Jan 2024 · 17 minutes
Power Prices Are Up, ‘Vibecession’ Remains, Good News for Trans Kids

From falling home prices to some good news for trans children, we’re chatting through the stories we can’t stop thinking... more

05 Jan 2024 · 25 minutes
Your Guide to January in Boise

Happy New Year! January isn’t always everyone’s favorite month — so whether you’re outside shredding the slopes or lighting every... more

02 Jan 2024 · 20 minutes
The Secret to Making Friends in Boise

If making new friends or connecting more with fellow Bosieans is one of your goals for 2024, we have you... more

29 Dec 2023 · 19 minutes
Is ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Idaho’s Cringiest Movie?

Napoleon Dynamite is one of the most famous movies made in Idaho, but how does this iconic and wacky comedy... more

26 Dec 2023 · 31 minutes
2023’s Biggest Stories and Our Predictions for Next Year

Happy holidays! Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter is joined by Morning Edition’s George Prentice to talk about the year’s... more

22 Dec 2023 · 24 minutes
Boise’s Best of 2023

From music festivals to rodeos, we’re sharing our favorite things of 2023. Producer Evelyn Avitia and our new guest host... more

19 Dec 2023 · 22 minutes
In-N-Out Mania, Boise vs. Graffiti, and BBP Holiday Giveaway

In-N-Out opening in Meridian was unsurprisingly the biggest news of the week, but Morning Edition’s George Prentice and Hey Boise... more

15 Dec 2023 · 25 minutes
How Water Bear Bar Made Boise Home

Kylie North and her wife opened Water Bear Bar just a few months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. But true... more

12 Dec 2023 · 27 minutes
Mayor McLean’s Visit to Dubai, Boise’s New Zoning Codes, and Our December Movie Picks

City officials keep warning us that while Boise’s new zoning code is exciting, we won’t see its full impacts for... more

08 Dec 2023 · 33 minutes
Your Boise Holiday Gift Guide

With Christmas around the corner, producer Evelyn Avitia and local wine expert Sonnay Alvarez are here to give you plenty... more

05 Dec 2023 · 18 minutes
Republicans Moving to Idaho, Affordable Housing Initiatives, and BPD Lawsuits

Californians have been flocking to the Gem State for years, but does anyone still believe that they’re making Idaho more... more

01 Dec 2023 · 20 minutes
Your Guide to December in Boise

It’s nearly December and we want to help you find all the coolest things to do and places to go... more

28 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Are Boise Artists Being Priced Out of Town?

Have you seen the mural on the side of the Oliver Russel building in Downtown Boise? It’s of a strong... more

22 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Boise Is the Perfect City for Millennials

Boise has grown a lot over the past years, but has that growth made us a more youthful city? In a... more

21 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
Bundy’s Latest Charges, a Somber Anniversary in Moscow and Thanksgiving Menus

Monday marked one year since the killing of four University of Idaho students. Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter checks... more

17 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
Cozy Tips To Get You Through the Winter

Even though it’s dark before 6 p.m. and you need to defrost your car in the morning, this time of... more

14 Nov 2023 · 18 minutes
What Boise’s Election Could Mean for 2024, and Picks for Movie Season

In our final send off to this week’s election, Morning Edition’s George Prentice joins Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter... more

10 Nov 2023 · 23 minutes
Boise’s Most Surprising Election Results

Lauren McLean fended off challenger Mike Masterson to win her second term in office as Boise’s mayor. But what did... more

09 Nov 2023 · 21 minutes
Your Guide to Eating Basque Food in Boise

Boise’s Basque community is vibrant and thriving, but how’s the food? City Cast Boise producer Evelyn Avitia went out to... more

08 Nov 2023 · 16 minutes
How To Tuck In Your Garden for Winter

As we head into these chilly months, the spring season may feel out of sight. But now is the perfect... more

07 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Warm and Cozy Boise Date Nights

Is Fall Boise’s most romantic season? As the weather gets colder you may want to cozy up with a snuggle... more

06 Nov 2023 · 14 minutes
Eye-Catching Elections, Meridian’s Housing Crisis, and a Win for Salmon

Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter takes a break from electoral politics to break down a couple stories you might’ve... more

03 Nov 2023 · 17 minutes
Can Masterson Unseat Mayor McLean?

Who will be Boise’s next mayor? What does Lauren McLean have to do to win a second term as mayor,... more

02 Nov 2023 · 22 minutes
A Spicy Breakfast Burrito Debate

Boise’s best breakfast burrito. They share their go-to spots, dive into the right hot sauce ratios, and they decide what... more

01 Nov 2023 · 19 minutes
The 1-Star Review Game: Boise’s Most Iconic Places

Like a morgue full of zombies, reviews can make or break a local business. So today we’re diving into one-star... more

31 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Hocus or Pocus, How Haunted is Boise Really?

Host Emma Arnold is getting creepy-crawly with local supernatural enthusiast Julie Hahn. They dive into Boise’s haunted history—from late night... more

30 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
An Emotional Mayoral Candidate Forum, KTVB’s Debate, and It’s Halloweekend

Host Emma Arnold is joined by Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter and Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice to... more

27 Oct 2023 · 31 minutes
How to Spend a Romantic Weekend in Boise

More and more people seem to be tourist-ing in our city, but is it a romantic destination? City Cast Salt... more

26 Oct 2023 · 19 minutes
The “Can’t Look Away” Messiness Of Idaho’s GOP Infighting

The recent resignation of six Ada County Central Committee officials is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes... more

25 Oct 2023 · 24 minutes
Do More Apartments In Boise Mean More Crime?

With local elections coming up and a new zoning code in place, you may be hearing a lot more of... more

24 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Boise’s New Police Accountability Director Has A Mission

After a long wait, the City of Boise finally has a new director of the Office of Police Accountability. Nicole... more

23 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
Mayoral Campaign Ads, Martin v. Boise, and BDP’s Burglary Suspect Search

Host Emma Arnold and Morning Edition’s George Prentice dig into the week’s news. They’re talking about where mayoral candidates stand... more

20 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Boise’s Best Donuts

Donuts are always a good idea, but where can you find the best ones? Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter... more

19 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
Transgender Bathroom Bill, Cop Lawsuits, and West Valley Humane Society’s Furball Gala

An Idaho bathroom law for transgender students is set to go into effect, but can it even be enforced? Hey... more

18 Oct 2023 · 25 minutes
Are We Sleeping on Boise’s Fashion Scene?

Boise Fashion Week organizers are hosting a fashion event to highlight designers, models, and our city’s unique style this weekend.... more

17 Oct 2023 · 18 minutes
What the Valley Transit Redesign Means for Boise

Valley Regional Transit is about to go through some pretty big changes—but what does that mean for people who use... more

16 Oct 2023 · 15 minutes
An Unlikely Mayoral Candidate, October’s Eclipse, and Snapping Turtles

Host Emma Arnold is joined by Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice to dive into the week’s news. They talk... more

13 Oct 2023 · 36 minutes
Playing ‘True or False’ With Boise’s Urban Legends

It’s spooky season, so what better time to talk about our city’s most infamous urban legends and myths? From notorious... more

12 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
How The Kroger-Albertsons Merger Could Affect Boise

Albertsons is Idaho’s largest company with more than 5,000 employees and 39 stores across the state. So what would a... more

11 Oct 2023 · 12 minutes
Why Republicans Are Endorsing The Open Primary Initiative

Dozens of Republicans have endorsed Idaho’s open primary ballot initiative, but far-right critics say the method may favor Democrats. Host... more

10 Oct 2023 · 14 minutes
City Council Races Get Heated, Polly Klaas Kidnapping, and Movie Picks

Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice joins Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter to break down the latest back-and forth... more

06 Oct 2023 · 32 minutes
Survive Boise With 10 Essential Rules

Knowing how to navigate Boise if you’re new to our quirky city can be tricky! Luckily, host Emma Arnold, Frankie... more

05 Oct 2023 · 23 minutes
Mayoral Debates, Fundraising Goals, and Unsolicited Campaign Emails

We’re five weeks out from the election and the mayoral race seems to be heating up. Host Emma Arnold is... more

04 Oct 2023 · 17 minutes
The Best Wineries To Visit This Fall

Idaho’s wine scene is surprisingly large and a little under appreciated. So wine lover Sonnay Alvarez joins host Emma Arnold... more

03 Oct 2023 · 13 minutes
Boise’s Child Care Crisis Is About To Get Worse

For many parents and guardians, finding child care in Boise has been a challenge — and it’s about to get... more

02 Oct 2023 · 21 minutes
Canceled Elections, Winter Weather, and Farewell to a Boise Gem

Host Emma Arnold is with Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter to sort through this week’s news. They break down... more

29 Sep 2023 · 30 minutes
12 Things You Didn’t Know Your Library Card Could Do

From legal advice to helping start your garden, Boise’s public libraries are so much more than a place to borrow... more

28 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Celebrate Fall at These Nearby Farms

Grab your favorite local PSL: We’re driving to the farm for the third and final installment of our fall getaway... more

27 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
Idaho's Best Haunted Roadtrip

For the second installment of our 3-part fall getaway series, Graham McBribe joins host Emma Arnold for a haunted Idaho... more

26 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Where To Check Out Idaho’s Fall Colors

The scent of fall is in the air, and that makes us crave anything pumpkin-themed. It also makes us want... more

25 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
$5 Huskies, Quagga Mussels, and Portland Loo Pushback

Host Emma Arnold’s got Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter with her to dig into the week’s news. They’re talking... more

22 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
The Best Mexican Bakeries in the 2C

Finding real Mexican sweet bread in Boise can be a challenge, so Evelyn Avitia and Mia Maldonado are here to... more

21 Sep 2023 · 16 minutes
Why We (Mostly) Love BOI Airport

Our airport used to be pretty sleepy, but like most of town, things are changing. There’s a new parking garage,... more

20 Sep 2023 · 18 minutes
Why the Kuna Caves Are Worth a Visit

The City Cast Boise crew loves a little day trip adventure but we have to admit, the entrance to the... more

19 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Is Boise a Good City for Young People?

About a decade ago, Boise was the place for young people, especially artists. But rising housing costs and low wages... more

18 Sep 2023 · 13 minutes
Candidates on Police Shootings, Bus Survey, and a Jail Expansion?

Host Emma Arnold’s chatting with Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter about the week’s news. They’re talking a possible expansion... more

15 Sep 2023 · 25 minutes
Where To Party In Boise

Whether it’s sipping on fancy cocktails, enjoying live music, or dancing til the wee hours, Boise’s nightlife offers plenty of... more

14 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Dating In Boise Is A Nightmare

Swiping through Boise’s dating apps can feel like a never-ending nightmare, so Natalie DeWitt joins host Emma Arnold to set... more

13 Sep 2023 · 15 minutes
Is Boise in the PNW, or the Mountain West?

Today we’re getting out the map to decide once and for all: are we in the Mountain West, the Pacific... more

12 Sep 2023 · 19 minutes
These Landlords Are Most Likely To Evict You

Rent is up, and so are evictions. So which landlords are most likely to try to kick out renters, and... more

11 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Idaho’s Labor History, OB-GYN Exodus, and It’s Pride Weekend!

Host Emma Arnold’s rounding up the news of the week with lead producer Frankie Barnhill. They’re talking Idaho’s surprising history... more

08 Sep 2023 · 24 minutes
Is It Safe To Be Queer in Boise?

Since the first Pride in the Treasure Valley, there’s always been the same thread of hope: That life was steadily... more

07 Sep 2023 · 31 minutes
Boise Burgers To Eat Instead of In-N-Out

In-N-Out is finally coming to the Treasure Valley. But can the California chain compete with Boise’s beloved local drive-thrus? Burger... more

06 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Is Boise the Most Dog-Friendly City?

We’ve covered some big hairy topics about our four-legged friends recently. In the final episode of our Dog Days of... more

05 Sep 2023 · 20 minutes
Wetlands Lose Protection, Dogs Setting Fires, and That Moon!

Host Emma Arnold’s got Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter with her to help wade through the week’s news. They’re... more

01 Sep 2023 · 28 minutes
Your Dog-Approved Guide to Boise

As part of our Dog Days of Boise series, we’re rounding up some of the best dog-friendly restaurants, coffee shops,... more

31 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Why Does Boise Thrifting Suck Now?

Being blessed by the thrift gods is starting to feel rare, which leads us to wonder: Has the Treasure Valley’s... more

30 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Lost Stuff in the River? This Guy Probably Has It

The official end of floating season on the Boise River is next Monday. So to mark the close of summer,... more

29 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Does Boise Care About Cars More Than Pedestrians?

This has been one of the deadliest years on roads in Ada County for cyclists and pedestrians. So, are Boise’s... more

28 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Water Recycling, BIPOC Playwrights Fest, and Summer Bucketlists

It’s Friday! And our Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter is with host Emma Arnold to float through the week’s... more

25 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
The Most Surprisingly Fun Things To Do at the Fair

The iconic Western Idaho Fair runs through Aug. 27. But we wanted to know, is it actually a good time?... more

24 Aug 2023 · 23 minutes
Genius Tips for Late Summer Gardening

It’s that time of year when home gardeners have so much squash, they’re sneaking zucchini into cakes, breads, and their... more

23 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
What You Need To Know About Our Vet Shortage

Continuing in our Dog Days of Boise series, you may have heard there’s a national vet shortage. But how’s it... more

22 Aug 2023 · 18 minutes
Boise Republicans Could Be Screwed In 2024

The Idaho Legislature accidentally eliminated the state’s presidential primary election, so what happens now? Clark Corbin from the Idaho Capital... more

21 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Back To School, Climate Change Rage, and Hurricane Forecast?

It’s finally Friday! Emma’s got our Hey Boise newsletter editor, Blake Hunter, with her today to talk back to school... more

18 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Is This Rodeo Worth the Hype?

Often voted as one of the top five outdoor rodeos in the nation, the Caldwell Night Rodeo is a big... more

17 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Your Dog Training Questions, Answered

Training your dog doesn’t have to be a challenge. As part of our Dog Days of Boise series, we asked... more

16 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Where To Find the Best Tacos

One of Nampa’s most beloved taco trucks is celebrating their new storefront location in Boise this week. But not everyone... more

15 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Why Goatheads Are Really an Equity Issue

This time of year, it feels like goatheads are everywhere. In your bike tires, your shoes, even your pet’s paws!... more

14 Aug 2023 · 13 minutes
Vibe Check, Heat’s Returning, and Dog Adoption Joy

Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter is here to break down the stories of the week with lead producer Frankie... more

11 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
Essential Rules for WinCo Shopping

The potential merger of Albertsons and Kroger is still making headlines. But there’s another Boise-based grocery giant that has City... more

10 Aug 2023 · 20 minutes
Why Young Boiseans Are Having Fur Babies

Younger generations in the Treasure Valley are putting off or choosing not to have kids, and let’s be honest: They... more

09 Aug 2023 · 25 minutes
How Skate Friendly Is Boise, Really?

Boise has a long history of churning out skateboarding stars, but are our show pony days behind us? Push and... more

08 Aug 2023 · 16 minutes
Our Biggest Peeves About Boise Pet Parents

We’ve been glowing all month about Boise for being the best, most dog-friendly city, but what’s the downside? Boise State... more

07 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Another City Council Appointment, Police Love Masterson, and Supermoons

It’s Friday! Host Emma Arnold’s debriefing on the news with Boise State Public Radio host George Prentice. We’re talking August... more

04 Aug 2023 · 26 minutes
Why Other States Send Their Dogs to Our Shelters

In today’s episode of our Dog Days of Boise series, Jennifer Adkins with the West Valley Humane Society is here... more

03 Aug 2023 · 21 minutes
Are Boise Renters About To Get a Break?

Boise renters can’t seem to get a break, but change could be coming. The Idaho Statesman’s Ian Max Stevenson is... more

02 Aug 2023 · 11 minutes
Your Boise Farmers Market Etiquette Guide

We love the vendors and volunteers at the Boise Farmers Market, but how’s the vibe? Contributor and ag-kid Jocelyn Robertson... more

01 Aug 2023 · 22 minutes
Boise Loves Dogs, But...Do They Love Us Back?

Here in the Treasure Valley, we love our dogs, but do we love them a little too much? Today, we’re... more

31 Jul 2023 · 23 minutes
Boise at the World Cup, Planned Parenthood Billboards, and How Heat Kills

Host Emma Arnold’s rounding out the news with lead producer Frankie Barnhill and Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice. They’re... more

28 Jul 2023 · 28 minutes
What To Pack in Your Boise Go-Bag

Do you have a go-bag ready in case of emergency? With climate change and an ever-extending wildfire season, it’s best... more

27 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Does Boise’s Basque Food Live Up to the Hype?

Boise’s Basque community is vibrant and thriving, but how’s the food? We sent City Cast Boise producer and self-professed “not... more

26 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Why Does Boise Give Everything a Standing Ovation?

Summer is primetime for live performance in Boise, but are we a little too eager to show our love? We’re... more

25 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
What To Do if You Meet a Rattlesnake

It’s rattlesnake season again and chances are, you’re going to come across one eventually around Boise. Luckily, snake wrangler and... more

24 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
Triple Digit Heat, City Council Shakeup, and Retro KTVB Was a Vibe

Idaho’s unofficial #1 news dad Justin Corr from KTVB is here to sift through the week’s headlines with lead producer... more

21 Jul 2023 · 27 minutes
These Ice Cream Shops Will Keep You Chill, Boise

Summer heat is officially here. To add to your keep-cool toolkit, we’re ranking the best ice cream joints in Boise.... more

20 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
Beat the Heat in Boise’s Public Pools

Boise is feeling the summer heat as we hit triple-digit temperatures, so Graham McBribe joins host Emma Arnold to help... more

19 Jul 2023 · 18 minutes
Meet the Michelin Star Chef Reviving a Boise Gem

Chef Cal Elliott grew up here, but moved to New York City to learn how to cook. Thirty years and... more

18 Jul 2023 · 20 minutes
A Stargazer’s Guide to Boise

If you missed the northern lights over Idaho last week, have no fear. Our Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter... more

17 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
Abortion Trafficking Lawsuit, New Dress Code, and Coyotes on the Bench

It’s Friday! Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter and lead producer Frankie Barnhill are digging into the week’s news with... more

14 Jul 2023 · 22 minutes
This 1987 Cold Case Killing Was Just Solved

Thirty six years after Joyce Casper was found murdered in Boise, her case has finally been solved. KTVB’s Alex Duggan... more

13 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
Could This Housing Program Help First Time Homebuyers?

Housing keeps getting more expensive, and our once-more-affordable sister cities are now out of reach for many. But a new... more

12 Jul 2023 · 13 minutes
Surprisingly Sweet Boise Date Nights

Whether you’re going on a first date or have been with your partner for years, planning the perfect date can... more

11 Jul 2023 · 14 minutes
What We Know About the Abrupt End to the BPD Probe

An investigation of systemic racism within the Boise Police Department was ended early by the city, leaving a lot of... more

10 Jul 2023 · 17 minutes
No More Emission Tests, Bundy’s Latest Standoff, and Twilight Criterium

Emission testing is dead, crazy landlord fees are no more, and Ammon Bundy’s “barbecue standoff” was a bust. Host Emma... more

07 Jul 2023 · 25 minutes
What Not to Do in Boise This Summer

Boise is great, but we all have our gripes. As the temps in the city heat up, we’re revisiting a... more

06 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
The Unwritten Rules of Attending a Hawks Baseball Game

Are Boise Hawks games a snooze, or the best thing to do in the summer? Baseball megafan and contributor Jocelyn... more

05 Jul 2023 · 21 minutes
The Disputed History of Fry Sauce

A July Fourth burger and fries combo would not be the same without fry sauce. You can find the dip... more

03 Jul 2023 · 19 minutes
Boise Cops Shooting Sparks Protest, and Why Kohberger Could Face Death Penalty

Host Emma Arnold’s going behind the week’s headlines with Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter and KTVB’s Alex Duggan. They’re... more

30 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
Yes, Boise Has a Zodiac Sign. Can You Guess It?

Astrology is having a moment! So as cancer season kicks off, we’re curious: Could astrology help us understand Boise better?... more

29 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Don’t Sleep on Mountain Home

Mountain Home gets snubbed when we’re talking about why we love the Treasure Valley, but Idaho State Sen. Geoff Schroeder... more

28 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
What Food Is Boise Known for, Really?

Lots of cities have a food that defines them: Chicago has deep dish pizza, Cincinnati has their weird spaghetti chili,... more

27 Jun 2023 · 23 minutes
Coming Soon? Weekend Train To Salt Lake

Travel in and out of Boise can be tough in the summer. Flights are often pricey, and driving long distances... more

26 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Remote Worker Influx, ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Policy, and Life After Roe

Host Emma Arnold is digging through the week’s news with lead producer Frankie Barnhill and Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake... more

23 Jun 2023 · 27 minutes
Genius Tips for Staying Cool This Summer

Boise’s been spoiled with cooler June weather recently, but the forecast is heating up this weekend. In the final episode... more

22 Jun 2023 · 22 minutes
Dandelion Beer? Try It at This New Festival

If you feel like you’ve noticed more dandelions around town this season, you aren’t wrong! Sara Arkle from Boise Parks... more

21 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
What Big Changes to Zoning Could Mean for Your Neighborhood

Boise City Council unanimously approved the big shiny new zoning code rewrite last week. But what’s in it, and what... more

20 Jun 2023 · 16 minutes
Zoning Code Fight, Water Recycling Ick Factor, and Boise Parking Anxiety

Happy Friday! It’s been a gorgeous week and host Emma Arnold’s got lead producer Frankie Barnhill and Morning Edition host... more

16 Jun 2023 · 37 minutes
How To Plan the Perfect Summer Day

We’re back with the second installment of our Summer Entertainment Guide, where we help you make the most of one... more

15 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Why Boise Celebrates Pride Twice a Year

Pride Month is in full swing, but here in Boise — we get to celebrate twice this summer. Donald Williamson... more

14 Jun 2023 · 19 minutes
8 Boise Breweries You Need to Try

Boise’s obsession with breweries isn’t going anywhere, with local spots like Lost Grove opening second locations just in time for... more

13 Jun 2023 · 15 minutes
Are Boise’s Wildland Firefighters At Risk?

Murphy Woodhouse knows how tough wildland firefighting can be. Before he became a reporter for the Mountain West News Bureau,... more

12 Jun 2023 · 18 minutes
Bankrolling the Bus, Wildfire Predictions, and Tubing the Co-op Parking Lot

It’s been a busy, windy week but it’s finally Friday! Emma’s got lead producer Frankie Barnhill and the Idaho Statesman’s... more

09 Jun 2023 · 26 minutes
How ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ Captures Idaho Cringe

Nineteen years ago, the iconic and seemingly inescapable film “Napoleon Dynamite” came out. Constantly quoted — with a soundtrack that... more

08 Jun 2023 · 32 minutes
Insider’s Guide To Boise’s Best Patios

In the first installment of our Summer Entertainment Guide, we’re coming in hot with a fan favorite: patio season. We’re... more

07 Jun 2023 · 17 minutes
Boise’s Hidden Queer History Still Has Echoes Today

We like to think of Boise as a place where all are welcome, but our history has some dark secrets... more

06 Jun 2023 · 21 minutes
Will an Idaho Chef Win a James Beard Award Tonight?

The James Beard Foundation awards ceremony for restaurants is tonight in Chicago, and for the first time, two Idaho chefs... more

05 Jun 2023 · 20 minutes
Housing Crisis Updates, Greenbelt Envy, and Boise’s Moment of Zen

It’s your Friday news download! Rachel Spacek with the Idaho Statesman is here to give us the latest on the... more

02 Jun 2023 · 28 minutes
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
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Mother’s Day is this Sunday, and if you’re stressing because all the brunch reservations are taken — we’re got your back. Marissa... more