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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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What Are The Potential Impacts From An Open Pit Mine In Idaho's West Central Mountains?

11/18/2018
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Wanna Know Idaho traveled to Idaho's West Central Mountains to answer this question from McCall resident Fred Coriell: "What impacts will an open-pit mining operation, like the one proposed by Midas Gold, have on our region?" Cascade-based reporter Monica Gokey has the story for this episode of the podcast .

Duration:00:14:58

Here’s What’s Up With Your Question About The Stibnite Mine In Central Idaho

10/30/2018
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UPDATE: Mining stories are complicated, and we want to take the time to tell this story right. So be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you don't miss our complete Wanna Know Idaho episode on the Stibnite Gold Project coming in November. In the meantime, here's a preview.

Duration:00:11:32

Which West Central Mountain Story Should We Tell? Vote Now!

10/11/2018
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For this round of Wanna Know Idaho – we’re headed to the West Central Mountains. Have you ever wondered… How Cascade Reservoir became Lake Cascade? Or why the average age of people in the region seems to be higher than in other parts of the state? Or maybe you’re wondering about the potential impacts of an open pit mine that's been proposed by the Midas Gold Corp.? Which one of these listener questions should Wanna Know Idaho tackle next? The deadline to have your say is Tuesday, Oct. 16 at...

Duration:00:00:29

'Wanna Know Idaho' Looks At Gem State Gas Prices

10/3/2018
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Boise State Public Radio's Wanna Know Idaho answers the questions you have about our state. Host Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to explain Idaho's high gas prices.

Duration:00:10:55

Why Are Gas Prices So Expensive In Idaho?

10/3/2018
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Depending on where you live in Idaho, you might find that prices at your local gas station are 30-40 cents higher per gallon than in neighboring Wyoming and Montana. So...what’s up with that? On this episode on Wanna Know Idaho , we’ll take a look behind the pump, to try and figure out some of the market forces at work in the Gem State. (Hint: think distance from oil fields and refineries, Idaho's explosive growth , extreme weather events, state taxes and geopolitics. Yep, it's complicated.)...

Duration:00:07:49

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

9/12/2018
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Update -- This voting round has closed. The winning question : "What about the prices we pay at the pump: Why does it seem like the price of gas is higher in the Gem State than in surrounding states?" Be sure to subscribe to the podcast here! 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...

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