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