City Cast Boise

City Cast Boise

City Cast Boise is the daily news podcast that connects us to the city we love. With a companion newsletter, it’s the place where curiosity and passion for Boise meet. Every weekday morning, our hosts will introduce you to your neighbors — from newcomers to born-and-raised Boiseans. It’s like eavesdropping on a great conversation overheard at your favorite downtown coffee shop, except in this case you’re invited to join in. We’ll engage with you online and on the podcast, with stories that spark passion and delight — but sometimes also frustration and anger. With a clear-eyed vision of the challenges and triumphs of our rapidly changing Boise, the podcast will make you feel more connected to this city we share.

Episodes

July 12, 2024 27 mins
The news this week is almost as hot as the weather, so Boise State Public Radio’s George Prentice is here to break down the stories you need to know. We’re talking about the three finalists for Boise Police Chief, a sharp increase in Idahoans traveling to Montana for abortions, plus host Lindsay Van Allen shares her delicious tip to stay cool through this brutal heatwave.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsl...
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It’s a scorching hot thirsty Thursday, so what better way to beat the heat than with some ice cold ‘dirty sodas’? Salt Lake City-based Deseret News features writer Meg Walter joins us to break down the history and culture of this sugary Utah phenomena, which has taken hold in the Treasure Valley. From the best syrup combos to cream and even candy, host Lindsay Van Allen is exploring this growing Boise trend imported from our neighb...
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July 10, 2024 18 mins
It’s likely going to be another record-breaking day as the heat wave that’s gripped the West continues it’s hold on the Treasure Valley. We could see temperatures as high as 111 degrees — which puts us in league with Phoenix. National Weather Service meteorologist Jay Breidenbach is here to tell us when the excessive heat warning will end and how you can keep cool and safe while it’s here.  Here’s info on free cooling centers aroun...
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What are the essential rules to surviving — and even thriving — in Boise? From fashion choices, to how to talk about politics, it can feel like there’s a secret recipe to success here. So we’re re-sharing the cheat code. Host Lindsay Van Allen builds your local survival guide with contributor Nick Quah and our own Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter.  Want some more Boise insider tips? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter whe...
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The Harris Ranch development has been in progress for nearly two decades. Why does this area keep making the news? As Idaho Statesman reporter Nick Rosenberger explains to host Lindsay Van Allen, part of it has to do with a “let growth pay for growth” strategy that has some residents feeling over-taxed. Nick gets us up to speed on a lawsuit over those taxes. Plus, we chat about some high price tags on new homes there.  Want some mo...
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We’re hitting triple digit heat this weekend — so instead of our normal Friday news roundup, we’re resharing our picks for the best ice cream in town. Executive producer Frankie Barnhill and contributor Jimmy Dawson will be our guides to some iconic cones and sundaes to help you cap off some hot summer days.  Want some more Boise food and drink intel? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city e...
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City Cast CEO David Plotz sits down with hosts from all 13 City Cast daily local podcast hubs to talk about what stories they’re watching in their hometowns that are likely to impact yours too. Listen in for how City Cast Boise host Lindsay Van Allen’s story stacks up against the rest. Want even more Boise news? Make sure you sign up for daily our Hey Boise Newsletter. Learn more about the sponsor of this July 3rd episode: Babbel I...
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Christian nationalism used to be viewed as an extremist, fringe ideology tucked into dark corners of the country. But over the past few years, it’s become part of mainstream politics — especially in Idaho. And one of the most popular leaders of the movement lives in the Gem State. Heath Druzin, host of the “Extremely American” podcast, is sharing how this movement is changing our democracy — both in Boise and around the country. Wa...
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July 1, 2024 27 mins
If you're new here, welcome! We’ve put together a starter pack for you with episodes and articles to welcome you to the City Cast Boise community.  Happy July, Boise! The temperatures are high, and the calendar is packed. So we’ve put together your must-do local guide to make your life easier — and this time, we have insider tips on enjoying the best fireworks show, things to know before attending a can’t-miss festival, and genius ...
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It was a big week in local news, and host Lindsay Van Allen and our executive producer Frankie Barnhill are breaking it down. We’re talking through the news of a much-anticipated U.S. Supreme Court ruling against Idaho — which immediately reinstated emergency abortion care in Boise hospitals. Then, an update on the ongoing targeting of Pride flags in the city’s liberal North End neighborhood, and some tips on how to spot signs of h...
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The U.S. Supreme Court accidentally released a draft opinion of Idaho’s emergency abortion ban case Wednesday ahead of an official ruling, according to bombshell reporting by Bloomberg News. The unofficial draft appears to show the high court is poised to rule in favor of allowing abortions in the case of medical emergencies in our state. While we’re still waiting for the official ruling, host Lindsay Van Allen and executive produc...
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We’re hitting that part of the summer where fresh local food is abundant. But there’s some things that you won’t find so easily, like this one wild berry that only grows in a tiny part of our state that’s so unique it’s actually considered endangered by some people. Today, we’re talking about rare foods with food writer and City Cast Las Vegas host Sarah Lohman. She’s sharing insight from her book “Endangered Eating: America’s Vani...
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Plans for a casino near Boise have been in the works for years. But the project is fueling tensions between the Shoshone-Bannock and Shoshone-Paiute tribes, who both want control of the casino and have ancestral ties to the land. So what’s at stake for each group? Host Lindsay Van Allen finds out with Idaho Statesman reporter Angela Palermo.  Want some more Boise news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheats...
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June 24, 2024 18 mins
Summer fashion in the City of Trees usually means river sandals and hiking shorts you’ve had for at least a decade. But that granola attire might not just be a trend, it’s a lifestyle! As summer heats up, we’re re-sharing our producer Evelyn Avitia’s hot takes on Boise fits — which might be more fashionable than we think.   Want some more local tips? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a cheatsheet to the city ev...
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Happy Friday! Host Lindsay Van Allen and Hey Boise newsletter editor Blake Hunter are breaking down the newly proposed city budget, and chatting through changes to come at the Boise Airport. We’re still waiting on the U.S. Supreme Court to weigh in on one of Idaho’s abortion ban. Plus, we gush about one of the newest downtown cafes and look forward to the first official summer weekend.  Want to weigh in on how the City of Boise bud...
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At the same time that we’ve lost budget movie theaters, fancy newer ones are still pretty popular around town. What’s going on? Vulture critic and friend of the show Nick Quah spoke with our executive producer Frankie Barnhill about the local movie theater trends he’s seeing. Plus, he has the scoop on where you can find the best snacks, the most interesting films, and the comfiest seats.  Want some more Boise insider info? Head ove...
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Summer travel is here, but finding cheap flights out of the Boise Airport can be tough. We aren’t an airline hub, which makes international trips feel daunting — and expensive! But according to Scott Keyes of the travel website Going, there’s killer flight deals happening here all the time — if you just know how to look. We’re resharing a conversation Scott had with our executive producer Frankie Barnhill, featuring his can’t-miss ...
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June 17, 2024 25 mins
Boise’s food scene continues to grow as extravagant seafood and rustic Italian spots open around the Treasure Valley. That’s why host Lindsay Van Allen and Hello Meridian’s Natalie Plummer put together your guide to the hottest restaurants in town. They break down both the area’s classic and newest eateries you need to check out this summer.  Want some more Boise food news? Head over to our Hey Boise newsletter where you’ll get a c...
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Today, host Lindsay Van Allen and executive producer Frankie Barnhill break down why this Friday packs a punch, with a Supreme Court decision that has major implications for abortion pills and healthcare access in Idaho. Also, the City of Boise has taken the reins on historic Union Block repairs. Plus, we’re celebrating cooler temperatures ahead and the two-year anniversary of City Cast Boise!  Want some more Boise news? Head over ...
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Over the last few months, Meridian has been overrun with chicken restaurants. Some roads have three or four poultry eateries just blocks from each other, and it seems like every other week there’s a new restaurant announcement in the suburb. And with all these new options, how are you supposed to know where to get the best chicken sandwich in town? Our host Lindsay Van Allen decided the only thing to do was try them — all of them —...
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