‘Idaho Reports’ Special Coverage of Inauguration and State of the State

On Friday, Jan. 4, Idaho Reports provides live coverage of the inauguration of Governor Brad Little and other government officials. Idaho Reports Special: Inauguration 2019 airs live from the steps of the Idaho Capitol at noon Mountain/11 AM Pacific.

On Monday, Jan. 7, Governor Little shares his vision for Idaho, along with his proposed budget for the new year, with the Legislature and the state’s citizens. Idaho Reports Special: Governor Little’s State of the State and Budget Address 2019 airs live at 1 PM Mountain/noon Pacific and repeats at 8 PM.

The State of the State and Budget address will also air as an unmoderated live feed on our CREATE channel and stream live online at the Idaho in Session website, where it will be archived for viewing on demand.

See ‘Victoria’ on the Big Screen Before Season 3 Begins!

We’re excited to bring our viewers another season of the acclaimed Masterpiece historical drama Victoria!

Before the third season begins airing on January 13, we invite you to join us for a free preview of the Season 3 premiere episode at one of these screening events in theaters around Idaho:

This is your chance to see the first episode of Victoria Season 3 on the big screen before it airs on Idaho Public Television! The preview screenings are FREE but seating is limited, so please register in advance. We hope to see you there!

About Victoria Season 3

The year is 1848, and revolution is breaking out across Europe. In Britain, one woman stands between order and chaos: Queen Victoria. Jenna Coleman returns as the young but fearless monarch facing a crisis that threatens to end her reign.

As Season 3 gets underway, Victoria is pregnant with her sixth child. But she has much else on her mind, chiefly the Revolutions of 1848, when the downtrodden throughout Europe begin agitating for the overthrow of aristocratic rule.

In England, this discontent leads to Chartism, a set of demands for universal male suffrage, the secret ballot, equal representation for voters and other reforms that were considered radical by leading political figures during Victoria’s reign. As with many crusades, passions are aroused on both sides — sometimes violently.

Passion is also an issue in the bedroom at Buckingham Palace, where Victoria is reluctant to risk more pregnancies. Parents now of six, Victoria and Albert find themselves at odds about their offspring, especially the troubled Bertie, the role of the monarchy, and increasingly with each other.

Music, Arts and Adventure During DecemberFest!

Tune in to Idaho Public Television for a weekend filled with arts and entertainment, musical performances, scenic outdoor adventure, and Idaho history programming during DecemberFest, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2.

Click here to show your support for IdahoPTV, and to pledge for tickets to see Sesame Street Live, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live and Shen Yun when they perform in Idaho.

Here are some prime-time highlights of shows airing on our IDAHO, PLUS and CREATE channels during DecemberFest (all times are Mountain/Pacific):

FRIDAY, NOV. 30

7:30 PM [IDAHO]: Dialogue host Marcia Franklin talks with architect Jeanne Gang, a MacArthur Fellow who was a speaker at the 2018 Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. The two discuss some of Gang’s designs, as well as her architectural philosophy.

8/7 PM [PLUS]: The Everly Brothers – Harmonies From Heaven tells the story of Phil and Don Everly, two of the most important and influential early rock ‘n’ roll stars of the 1950s and ’60s.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho on Idaho Experience brings to life the Idaho writer Annie Pike Greenwood, who was heralded during her time but ended up in relative obscurity.

9 PM [IDAHO]: Mister Rogers: It’s You I Like celebrates the pioneering children’s series that premiered nationally more than 50 years ago. (Pledge your support for tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: King for a Day! when it comes to Boise!)

10:30 PM [IDAHO]: The Carpenter: Christmas Memories presents the Christmas music offerings of beloved brother-sister recording duo Richard and Karen Carpenter, the most successful American act of the 1970s.

SATURDAY, DEC. 1

4 PM [IDAHO]: Betty White: First Lady of Television takes a definitive look at the life and career of the actress and comedienne, featuring her co-stars and friends.

5/4 PM [CREATE]: The Rick Steves Special European Christmas follows the travel host as he visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season.

5:30 PM [IDAHO]: Snow Bears on Nature travels to the Arctic to follow the journey of two newborn polar bear cubs as they leave their den for the first time on a perilous voyage to the sea in search of food.

7/6 PM [PLUS]: The Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre celebrates the legendary rock band with the only live performance of their entire Sticky Fingers album.

9/8 PM [PLUS]: Emin: Live From Russia With David Foster captures international recording star Emin and special guests including composer David Foster for a concert taped at the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia.

9 PM [IDAHO]: The Wrecking Crew documents the backing band that wielded influence over rock and pop music in the 1960s and early ’70s. These unsung instrumentalists were the sound behind hits by The Beach Boys, Frank Sinatra, Sonny & Cher, Elvis, The Monkees and others.

SUNDAY, DEC. 2

4:30 PM [IDAHO]: Ken Burns: America’s Storyteller pays tribute to the acclaimed documentary filmmaker with guests Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, George Lucas and others.

6 PM [IDAHO]: Shen Yun – Music and Dance features the world’s premier classical Chinese dance and music company performing with original orchestral arrangements, handmade costumes and painted backgrounds. (Pledge your support for tickets to see Shen Yun when they perform in Idaho!)

7/6 PM [PLUS]: The Chris Botti Band in Concert on Great Performances features the Grammy-winning trumpeter and his band performing with vocalists Sy Smith and Victoria Swift, violinist Caroline Campbell and others.

7 PM [IDAHO]: Land of the Lost River Range on Outdoor Idaho explores the area that geologists call Basin and Range, and meets the hardy individuals live, ranch and play among Idaho’s tallest mountains.

8:30/7:30 PM [CREATE]: Lang Lang’s New York Rhapsody, a special Live From Lincoln Center, features acclaimed pianist Lang performing music from Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Danny Elfman, Alicia Keys and more.

8:30 PM [IDAHO]: Pioneers of the Air: Idaho and the Birth of Commercial Aviation on Idaho Experience looks at the first commercial airmail deliveries in the U.S., which took flight from an airfield along the Boise River.

9:30 PM [IDAHO]: Neil Diamond: Hot August Night III chronicles Diamond’s return to the legendary Greek Theatre in Los Angeles where he recorded the original Hot August Night album in 1972.

Reflections on Annie Pike Greenwood

by Marcia Franklin, producer of “We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho

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It’s hard for me to imagine that Annie Pike Greenwood was born 139 years ago today. I’ve spent so much time reading her writing and looking at photos of her that I often feel as if she were still alive.

I first encountered Greenwood’s book, “We Sagebrush Folks,” in the 1990s. I still remember how startled I was reading a particular passage. In it, Greenwood described how desperately sick she became after the birth of her daughter Rhoda in 1914, an illness she surmised was caused by a catheter inserted by the “sheep doctor” who delivered her baby.

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Annie Pike Greenwood after 15 years of living on the farm. Image: Annie Pike Greenwood Collection, courtesy of Special Collections, Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University.

When she lost consciousness, her husband rushed her by car to a train, which took her to a hospital in Twin Falls. He did so despite the fact the sheep doctor had told him it was “foolish.”

“If she’s going to get well, she’ll get well right here,” the man told Mr. Greenwood. “If she’s going to die, you’ll have all that useless expense.”

By that time, wrote Annie, “I was insane. I was living in a land of unreality with whose difficulties I had no power to cope.”

The hospital doctor, wrote Greenwood, “experimented on me.” When nothing seemed to work, he told her husband that she would likely die, but that he could try one more thing.

“I’ll turn down the covers and spank her, and she’ll come to,” he said.

Annie would recover, so the doctor’s method was never used. But if he had hit her, she wrote sardonically, “I should have bitten him until his glacial blood ran in streams.”

I was astonished to read those pages. Here was a woman in 1934 writing about issues I didn’t think were openly discussed at the time – the abuse of women by doctors, as well as mental illness. (In the same chapter, Greenwood would mention that four times in her life her health “diverged widely from true sanity.”)

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Cover of original edition of “We Sagebrush Folks.” Image: Annie Pike Greenwood Collection, courtesy of Special Collections, Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University.

Greenwood would apply that same direct writing style to other taboo topics affecting the women of her community, including incest, abortion and suicide. This was “MeToo” before there was a “too.” Women weren’t talking openly about harassment and abuse. So she did it for them.

She would also spend many pages railing against the federal government and churches for their lack of compassion towards farmers, and bemoaning the state of education in Idaho. Greenwood seemed truly ahead of her time in her observations, with a spark to her writing I found unusual.

I thought the book would make a great one-woman play, and still do. And I thought her story had promise as a documentary. But there was no venue at the station to do that. Idaho Public Television had already aired its capstone series on Idaho history, “Proceeding on Through a Beautiful Country,” and there were no plans to continue it.

Fast forward more than 20 years to 2017, when the station decided to launch “Idaho Experience,” a series that would once again be rooted in Idaho history. Perhaps now there was a possibility of bringing Greenwood to the fore again.

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The old Greenwood School near Hazelton, ID.

I discovered it would be much harder than I had thought. There were no photos of Annie anywhere – not at the Idaho Historical Society or at local historical societies. There was an aging school named after her on the highway near Hazelton (a location still called “Greenwood” on Google Maps). But no one who had known her was still alive. And the woman who had done the most research on her, Professor Jo Ann Ruckman of Idaho State University, had passed away.

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Kingsley Thurber, Annie Pike Greenwood’s grandson, goes through new archival material he found about his grandmother.

I knew that Professor Ruckman had spoken with Annie’s daughter Rhoda in her final years. So I tried to track down Rhoda’s children, if there were any. Through a combination of old-fashioned research and luck, I located her one son, Kingsley. And lo and behold, he had the proverbial boxes in the basement full of memorabilia about his grandmother, material I had been told was most likely gone.

As it turns out, not only had Kingsley saved it, but just a few months before I contacted him, he had delivered a trunkful of it to Idaho State University. He had decided that was the best place for the material, because Professor Ruckman had done so much to help republish “We Sagebrush Folks” in 1988.

When I reached him, he mentioned that he had found even more material. So director Bill Krumm and I headed as soon as possible to Ogden, where Kingsley lives, to film him going through it. And as you can see in the documentary, there were some more gems.

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The trunk in which Kingsley brought his material to Idaho State University, where the Annie Pike Greenwood collection now resides.

Without that material and Kingsley’s story, the documentary wouldn’t have been possible. All the way through the producing process, there were synchronicities like that, coincidences that made me feel, as Kingsley said, that his grandmother “wanted to be found.”

When I first went through the archive, I became emotional at one point, because it seemed so amazing that I was seeing her actual handwriting and unpublished manuscripts, and that I was one of the first to do so.

In the archive, I found an essay in which she expressed her frustration that “We Sagebrush Folks” hadn’t sold better. “Oh, skip it!” she writes after a long rant. “It’s all

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A childhood newspaper edited by Annie Pike Greenwood. Image: Annie Pike Greenwood Collection, courtesy of Special Collections, Eli M. Oboler Library, Idaho State University.

over but this article, which I write for the preservation of some other author’s future prosperity.” As the first writer to likely have come across that sentence, it certainly made my eyes widen.

I think Annie knew that in the future, scholars and others would find her again. I’m happy if I’ve had a small part in doing that by producing this documentary. I spoke last week at the conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers and encouraged the professors there to visit the archive and write about Greenwood. I plan to do so as well. There’s so much more about her than we were able to put in the documentary.

One person who provided critical information about Annie was her oldest surviving grandson, John Greenwood. Annie lived with him and his parents in her final years, so he remembers her

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John Greenwood, Annie Pike Greenwood’s oldest surviving grandson, holds an original edition of “We Sagebrush Folks.”

voice and her personality quite distinctly. Meeting John and seeing aspects of Annie in his face and demeanor was one of the times I felt closest to her, and I’m grateful he let us interview him.

I also have to thank Donald Morrill, the owner of the old Greenwood School, who graciously opened the building several times for us. Mr. Morrill could have demolished the school long ago, but he holds fast to the hope that one day it can be restored. That would be another goal of mine for the documentary, to help inspire that restoration.

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Donald Morrill, the owner of the Greenwood School, stands near it in the evening light with his grandson.

A third goal would be that “We Sagebrush Folks” could be republished. It is currently out of print, but I have had some promising discussions with an Idaho publisher about reprinting the book.

In Greenwood’s papers, there’s a letter from her to Rhoda, in which she encourages her daughter to keep pages of the manuscript of “We Sagebrush Folks” for Kingsley. “They may be very valuable some day,” she writes. “In scholastic circles, my book will never die. I think it may experience a revival.”

I think that may just happen. Happy birthday, Annie.

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Marcia Franklin at the triennial conference of the Society for the Study of American Women Writers, November, 2018.

You can stream “We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho” here.

 

New Seasons of ‘Dialogue’ and ‘Idaho Reports’ Begin November 2

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Dialogue Returns to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference

Host Marcia Franklin and the Dialogue team return to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference for their 12th year of interviews at the renowned event.

The programs air Fridays at 7:30 PM and repeat Sundays at 6:30 PM (the Dec. 2 encore airs at 10:30 AM due to DecemberFest programming).

November’s interviews feature conversations with three Pulitzer Prize winners — author Adam Johnson (Nov. 2 & 4) and journalist Steve Coll (Nov. 16 & 18), who were at the conference, and former columnist Anna Quindlen (Nov. 23 & 25), who was the keynote speaker at the Idaho Humanities Council’s Distinguished Humanities Lecture in Boise. Franklin also talks with award-winning journalist Eliza Griswold (Nov. 9 & 11) and architect Jeanne Gang (Nov. 30 & Dec. 2), who both spoke in Sun Valley.

Idaho Reports Begins Its 47th Season

Idaho Reports, the longest-running public policy show in the Northwest, begins its 47th season on Nov. 2 with half-hour shows most Fridays at 8 PM leading up to the 2019 legislative session.

Beginning in January, the program expands to hourlong shows.

Host Melissa Davlin and producer Seth Ogilvie interview lawmakers, stakeholders and lobbyists to bridge the gap between Boise policy discussions and the everyday lives of Idahoans across the state.

 

Join Us for a Showing of ‘We Sagebrush Folks’ in Rupert!

Please register to join us for a free showing of the new Idaho Experience documentary, We Sagebrush Folks: Annie Pike Greenwood’s Idaho, on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the Historic Wilson Theatre in Rupert.

The documentary takes an in-depth look at the Idaho writer and teacher Annie Pike Greenwood, who penned We Sagebrush Folks. Published in 1934, the memoir chronicles the often grueling lives of farmers and their families in the Hazelton area during the turn of the 20th century, when Greenwood lived there. The book was hailed by the New York Times as “one of the most poignant portrayals yet made of the thankless lives of toil, the hard fates and heroic spirits of the farm women of the West.”

The film also takes viewers into the aging and mysterious Greenwood School, named for the author.

Following the showing, producer Marcia Franklin will lead a Q & A session.

Register to Attend

The Historic Wilson Theatre

610 Fremont Street, Rupert

Tuesday, October 30

6:30 to 8 PM

 

IdahoPTV Honors Its Volunteers, Names ‘Volunteer of the Year’

On Oct. 1, Idaho Public Television held its annual volunteer appreciation event at its studios in Boise. Volunteers were treated to dinner, thanked for their service, and shown previews of upcoming local and national programs that their volunteer work makes possible.

Volunteer dinner

According to Shane Chariton, IdahoPTV major giving director, volunteers worked a combined 5,509 hours this past year. Using a $24.69 value of a volunteer hour (calculated annually by Independent Sector), that’s the equivalent of $136,017 donated as volunteer work — funds that were able to be put toward programs and activities that support IdahoPTV’s mission: to encourage lifelong learning, connect Idaho communities, and enrich the lives of all Idahoans.

Terry the Mule Lee

Terry “The Mule” Lee (pictured) was named Idaho Public Television’s volunteer of the year. “It’s not often that volunteers can keep up with our award-winning production crew — but Terry worked 204 hours this year alone, carrying equipment and assisting the crew on Outdoor Idaho shoots for many of the shows you’ll enjoy this year. His hard work in the field year after year is much appreciated!” Chariton says.

“The staff of Idaho Public Television wishes to thank all of our wonderful volunteers,” Chariton says. “We are incredibly grateful for each and every one of you and your volunteer support throughout the year!”