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The Nature of Idaho
Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00am

Archived The Nature of Idaho Episodes

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The half-hour program features Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent, and Dr. Leif Tapanila, Director of the Idaho Museum of Natural History, highlighting how the Gem State’s wild places have shaped Idaho’s past, present and future. The show features segments on nature news and a fun fact.

“Idaho has so much to offer in terms of varied landscapes, habitats, geology, and people,” said Peter Pruett. “ ‘The Nature of Idaho’ is about sharing our excitement for all that is wild Idaho - the places and the faces.”

"We hope our listeners will take a little time with us to reconnect with nature, whether we're talking about digging up dinosaurs or listening to crickets in the backyard,” said Dr. Leif Tapanila. “There's always something amazing going on outside."

Those who are unable to catch the airing of The Nature of Idaho can download a podcast of previous episodes at kisu.org/programs/TheNatureOfIdaho.

The Nature of Idaho Season 1 Audio

The Nature of Idaho Season 2 Audio

Latest Episodes
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about restarting the tradition of making dugout canoes with Julian Matthews. Julian Matthews is the coordinator for the NiMEpoo Protecting the Environment.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about the exciting discovery of human footprints [they’re 23,000 years old] from White Sands National Park with archeologist Clare Connelly.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they talk about using chemistry to track the source and movement of obsidian in Idaho with Pam Pascali and John Dudgeon from Idaho State University. Pam Pascali and John Dudgeon are in the Anthropology department at Idaho State University and use the chemistry of archeological artifacts to understand Idaho’s past.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they discuss beaver dams and their importance in Idaho with Mike Settell. Mike is the executive director of the Watershed Guardians, a non-profit based in Pocatello. His group is monitoring beaver habitats in Idaho.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they discuss art and nature with Stacey Barker. He’s a Pocatello based artist and owner of Barking Goat Studios. He's known for his art on stickers, t-shirts, and buildings in east Idaho.
  • On this episode join Dr. Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett as they discuss prairies in Idaho with Lovina Englund. She’s the executive director of the Palouse Land Trust.
  • In this episode, Justin Hayes the executive director of the Idaho Conservation League talks about caring for Idaho’s public lands.
  • On this episode, Dr. Timothy Prayther from the University of Idaho helps stop these invaders (plants) cold. He’s a professor of invasive plant biology and senior associate director of the rangeland center at the University of Idaho
  • Raising cattle is big business in Idaho. This episode of The Nature of Idaho features a conversation with Dr. John Hall about new research from the University of Idaho.
  • Grab your camera, and join us for that perfect shot! This episode of The Nature of Idaho features a conversation with wildlife photographer Devin Hillam.