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What questions do you have about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-focused series from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom that hinges on YOUR curiosity. We want to know what you want to know! Here's how it works: You submit your questions to Wanna Know Idaho. After we collect questions, we'll let the public vote on the one they want us to answer most. Then, a KBSX reporter will investigate the winning question and we'll share what we find on air, online and in a podcast.

What questions do you have about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-focused series from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom that hinges on YOUR curiosity. We want to know what you want to know! Here's how it works: You submit your questions to Wanna Know Idaho. After we collect questions, we'll let the public vote on the one they want us to answer most. Then, a KBSX reporter will investigate the winning question and we'll share what we find on air, online and in a podcast.
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What questions do you have about the Gem State, Idaho culture or the people who call it home? Wanna Know Idaho is a listener-focused series from Boise State Public Radio's newsroom that hinges on YOUR curiosity. We want to know what you want to know! Here's how it works: You submit your questions to Wanna Know Idaho. After we collect questions, we'll let the public vote on the one they want us to answer most. Then, a KBSX reporter will investigate the winning question and we'll share what we find on air, online and in a podcast.

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Episodes

What Story Should We Tell In September? Voting Round Ends Thursday Night!

9/12/2018
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We've narrowed down some great listener questions for the upcoming September episode, and now we need you to vote. Here's the thing: so far, this voting round is the closest we've ever seen in the history of Wanna Know Idaho! Have you ever wondered… How the Treasure and Magic Valleys got their names? Or, how rural internet connectivity is working in Idaho? What about the prices we pay at the pump: Why does it seem like the price of gas is higher in the Gem State than in surrounding states?...

Duration:00:01:05

Frankie Barnhill Previews Second Season Of 'Wanna Know Idaho'

9/10/2018
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Wanna Know Idaho begins its second season, answering the un-Google-able questions you have about the Gem State. What's that red stuff planes drop on wildfires? Why are there so many Abe Lincoln statues in Boise? What would happen if the F-35 program came to Boise? Listeners are encouraged to submit questions and the Wanna Know Idaho team will get answers from the experts.

Duration:00:11:37

What's In The Fire Retardant That's Dropped On Idaho Wildfires?

8/31/2018
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August in Idaho means the last month of summer vacation, county fairs, camping and … oh yeah, wildfires. Here's just a few of the wildfire stories Boise State Public Radio covered this month.

Duration:00:09:43

Introducing The Second Season Of The 'Wanna Know Idaho' Podcast

8/24/2018
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OK, so you know that typically, the decisions about what stories you hear on your podcast feed or on the radio are made by...someone else. Typically: reporters, editors and hosts. But what if instead – YOU got to decide what stories get told? And what if you got to help report the story you’re curious about – and learn a little about how journalism is made while you’re at it? Welcome to Wanna Know Idaho, a podcast from Boise State Public Radio. It's hosted by Frankie Barnhill , with lots of...

Duration:00:02:17

Has The 2017 Flooding Damage To The Boise Greenbelt Been Repaired?

5/2/2018
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In 2017, Boise's Greenbelt sustained massive damage as a result of a wet winter and subsequent flooding. So as spring settles in this time around, it's no wonder folks are recalling the events of last year.

Duration:00:12:51

How Did Idaho Get That Name?

5/2/2018
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Idaho: a lot of us live here, but how many of us know the origin of the word itself?

Duration:00:02:21

How Do The Bands For Boise's Treefort Music Fest Get Picked?

3/21/2018
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Treefort Music Fest is taking over downtown Boise. More than 400 bands are scheduled to play over the five day festival. For this installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we take a look at how the selection process works.

Duration:00:01:41

How Did The Bonneville Flood Help Shape The Snake River Canyon?

2/20/2018
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The Snake River Canyon is an iconic landscape -- especially for people who live in central Idaho. And one of our listeners from Twin Falls was curious to know more about how it was formed.

Duration:00:04:07

What's Up With The Abe Lincoln Statues In Downtown Boise?

2/12/2018
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Monday, February 12 would have been President Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday, which is a big deal for people like Dave Leroy. Leroy is Idaho’s unofficial Lincoln scholar, and has amassed quite a collection of artifacts connected to our 16th President over several decades.

Duration:00:03:56

How Did Idaho's Capital Move From Lewiston To Boise?

1/2/2018
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Once you’re old enough to read, it’s hard not to notice the sign: “Welcome to Historic Lewiston, Idaho – Idaho’s First Territorial Capital.”

Duration:00:04:05

What Are Some Of The Social Do's and Don'ts Of The Holiday Season?

12/20/2017
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The holiday season is replete with parties, get togethers and acts of generosity, but navigating it all can be difficult. For this seasonal installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we asked listeners about holiday etiquette.

Duration:00:03:46

What's The Deal With The Public Art On Traffic Boxes Around Boise?

11/20/2017
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Artist Pat Kilby is an oil painter. “And I like to work in bright colors and kind of quirky perspective, little bit cartoonish I guess some people say,” says Kilby. And he often would drive home on Fifth Street in downtown Boise and see the plain, white traffic box that controls the streetlight.

Duration:00:03:40

What Are The Pros And Cons Of Bringing The F-35 To Boise?

11/9/2017
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Marilyn Frazier pours freshly steeped tea at her kitchen table. Amid the cookies and bright tangerines she’s laid out, the retiree has a notebook full of concerns about a new military plane that could soon be based in Boise.

Duration:00:04:32

Guns Galore: 20 Firearms Found At Boise Airport So Far This Year

8/31/2017
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With four more months to go until the end of the year, the number of firearms found by TSA officials at the Boise Airport this year has already eclipsed the number found in all of 2016.

Duration:00:01:42

What Do You Want To Know About The Solar Eclipse In Idaho? Your Questions Answered.

8/10/2017
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In the latest installment of Wanna Know Idaho, we asked what you've been wondering about the August 21 solar eclipse in Idaho. We got a lot of great questions, and because this is a once-in-a-lifetime event, Samantha Wright decided to answer all 17 of them.

Duration:00:05:44

Why Doesn't The Treasure Valley Have A North/South Freeway?

8/4/2017
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We’ve been asking you for questions and you’ve been sending them our way. In the latest installment of our news experiment, we meet Jordan Harris. He works for one of the big hospitals in Boise managing a team of couriers. The roads are a major facet of his job, so it’s no surprise Jordan’s question has to do the freeways.

Duration:00:04:05

Who's Making Sure Idaho's Public Swimming Areas Are Clean?

7/19/2017
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Summer means barbecues, baseball and of course, bathing suits. When temperatures push a hundred degrees, there’s no better way to cool off than by jumping in a pool or pond. But this season, some of the ponds around Boise have dealt with outbreaks of E.coli. As part of our news experiment where we answer questions submitted by you , we went with a summer theme and explored this question from listener Alexi Balmuth: Who monitors harmful bacteria in public swimming areas and how is it done?...

Duration:00:04:54

What Will It Take For Train Travel To Return To Southern Idaho?

6/8/2017
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The Boise Depot is one of those places Boiseans take visitors to show off their town. The early 20th Century Spanish architecture stands out and is a great backdrop for weddings and parties. But the one thing you haven’t found at the depot for 20 years? Passenger trains. Colin Falconer has long wondered why that is. Falconer is originally from Seattle and used to take the Amtrak to northern Idaho to swim in lakes with friends when he was a kid. He loved being able to watch the scenery go...

Duration:00:05:10