Arts & Issues Programming

Our primary goal as a community station is to serve underrepresented voices in the Treasure Valley by providing programming the community can hear nowhere else on the radio. We strive to serve as a bulletin board for issues-oriented organizations, initiatives and events as well as act as a platform for local musicians, authors, artists, journalists and youth.

Here is our current crop of public affairs-centered Arts & Issues programs:

The Latino Card

Hosted by Rebecca De León, J.J. Saldaña and producer Ashley Miller
Tuesdays 3 – 3:30 PM – airs bi-weekly
Breakdown of headlines from the Latino perspective while deep-diving into subjects that matter most to Idaho’s Latino community. Presented by the Idaho Press, The Latino Card also drops a weekly podcast.

The Dr. Jim Show

Hosted by Dr. Jim Saccomando and producer Jason Saccomando
Tuesdays 4 – 4:30 PM
A show focusing on mental health, the latest in diagnostic breakthroughs and answering questions from listeners.

The Lovely Afro

Hosted by Leta Neustaedter
Wednesday 3 – 4 PM
The Lovely Afro is a variety show focusing on celebrating and elevating the melanated with interviews, music, poetry and more. It is an antidote to the loneliness and reality of being BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) in Idaho.
Listen to show archives.

Vital Idaho

Hosted by Beth Markley
Thursdays 3 – 3:30 PM
Arguably our most well-rounded host, Beth Markley examines many of the issues – scientific, economic, cultural, etc. – that make Idaho what it is by way of discussion with a wide array of fascinating guests.

The Big Tent

Hosted by Luke Fowler, Charlie Hunt, Jaci Kettler, Jen Schneider and producer Valerie Hayes
Thursdays 3:30 – 4 PM
Hosted by Boise State School of Public Service professors, this political round table engages in fresh, potent and sometimes hilarious discussions with its guests surrounding the policy of today’s pressing topics.
Listen to show archives.

The Poetry Show!

Hosted by Daphne Stanford
Sundays 5 – 5:30 PM
Celebrating our poetic best, local and national poets and authors guide us through the magical realm of the written word with interviews and readings of their works.
Listen to show archives.

Stray Theatre

Sundays 5:30 – 6 PM
Our home for anything literary, performative and dramatic. Stray Theatre takes you into the world of Writer to Writer (with Rebecca Evans and Ken Rodgers on the first Sunday of the month), Story Story Night (fourth Sunday of the month), Campfire Stories and other interesting events with interesting people telling their tales.

Democracy Now!

Hosted by Amy Goodman
Monday – Friday 8 – 9 AM
National, daily, independent, award-winning news program [syndicated]

Le Show

Hosted by Harry Shearer
No longer on-air, but accessible on-demand
A hodgepodge of satirical political commentary, talk, music and sketch comedy [syndicated]

Boise Biophilia

Hosted by Daniel Murphy, Casey O’Leary and Sierra
Weekly segment – airs Mon 7:20 AM during Daybreak Syndicate, Tues 5:20 AM during The AM Breakdown, Fri 9:00 AM during V3, Fri 7:00 PM during For Good or For Awesome, Sat 9:40 AM during The Black Sheep Farm and Sun 9:00 AM during Greasy Greens
A weekly and informative romp through the Treasure Valley’s flora and fauna with a humorous spin

Idaho Skies

Hosted by Paul Verhage along with Stephen, Benjamin and Dan
Weekly segment – airs Sun 8:30 PM during Drift Correction, Tues 2:40 PM during The Rapture, Wed 2:20 PM during The Chowdah, Thurs 6:40 PM during Tennis Court Disco, Fri 10:20 AM during V3 and Fri 10:20 PM during High, Wild & Free
Your bi-weekly guide to the cosmos over Idaho

Net Positive

Hosted by Charlie Woodruff, Amber Bieg and Sharon Patterson
Occasional broadcast Tuesday 3 PM
Podcast supported by Radio Boise on perspectives and insights regarding the challenges of sustainability

Voices Project

Radio Boise podcast education and production initiative
Supported by Idaho Humanities Council
See separate page for full details.