Every other Thursday from 8:30am to 9:00am
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The Nature of Idaho: Zoo Idaho, Idaho Museum of Natural History to Debut Radio Show


Zoo Idaho and the Idaho Museum of Natural History will be bringing the wonders of Idaho’s natural world to the airwaves.

Audio Archive-  Listed by Most Recent KISU Broadcast

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Original Air Date  -   Show Title

7/4/2019 - River Ecology

6/20/2019 - Fossil Leaf Bonanza

6/6/2019 - Rock Climbing in Idaho

5/23/2019 - Kootenai River

5/9/2019 - Craters of the Moon

4/25/2019 - Geology Underfoot

4/11/2019 - Rafting Idaho

3/28/2019 - Alpine Trees

3/14/2019 - Evolving Rivers

2/28/2019 - BATS


1/31/2019 - SHARKS OF IDAHO

Thursday, January 31 at 8:30 a.m. marks the launch of “The Nature of Idaho” on KISU. 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 regular 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

The Nature of Idaho - Urban Rivers

Aug 5, 2019

Our hosts for The Nature of Idaho, Leif Tapanila and Peter Pruett, welcome Hanna Sanger, Science and Environment Administrator for the city of Pocatello to discuss the complex relationship between Idaho residents and waterways in an urban setting and how we view our rivers as both a resource and recreation opportunity.  

The Nature of Idaho - Craters of the Moon

May 9, 2019

Listen to expert volcanologist Dr. Shannon Kobs-Nawotniak discuss the historical, national, and geological significance of Craters of the Moon National Monument.