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    Idaho doctors answer your COVID-19 questions for this Thanksgiving

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 44:30

    With Thanksgiving upon us, Idaho Matters learns how we can stay safe and protect our families this holiday season.

    Idaho's struggle to save wild salmon is the focus of a BBC documentary

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 37:36

    Idaho Matters talks with Idaho-based journalist Heath Druzin who partnered with the BBC on a new documentary about the fight to save wild salmon.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: Nov. 19, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 42:07

    The Idaho Legislature shortly reconvened (without passing any new bills) this week, ending a legislative session that began in January.

    Biking, walking safety spotlighted after Boise kid recovers from near-deadly accident

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 22:31

    Pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increased by almost 51% between 2009 and 2018, according to the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

    How great is that pumpkin, really? Idaho Matters has ideas for Thanksgiving film and TV

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021 11:24

    For many the holiday season is about to officially begin, with the arrival of Thanksgiving.

    Idaho doctors talk masks in schools after child vaccines roll out

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 43:38

    Children ages 5-11 are able to get vaccinated, prompting questions about masking in Idaho schools. Meanwhile, COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations are still high in Idaho, but state health officials say they are declining.

    What you need to know about the Idaho legislature's new anti-COVID vaccine bills

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 13:58

    The legislature reconvened Monday to debate a long list of bills. The common theme among these bills? Challenging federal and employer COVID-19 vaccine requirements.

    Boise author Anthony Doerr talks new book "Cloud Cuckoo Land"

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 17:33

    Boise is home to one of the most accomplished living novelists in the U.S. Anthony Doerr's new book “Cloud Cuckoo Land” comes after he won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel “All the Light We Cannot See” in 2015.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: Nov. 12, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 43:49

    Catching up on the news of the week? Idaho Matters has your back. Listen to the Reporter Roundtable to find out what you might have missed.

    Bestselling author discusses fate, grief, and "the one" in new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 11:33

    If you believe in fate or serendipity, a new book by New York Times bestselling author Sophie Cousens's new book "Just Haven't Met You Yet" could be up your alley.

    Idaho ranks second in the nation for accidental drowning. This group wants to change that

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 9:19

    Idaho has the second highest rate of accidental child drownings in the nation, ranking only behind Florida according to the CDC.

    Idaho doctors react to news of first child death from COVID-19

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 43:58

    The state Department of Health and Welfare announced the first death of an Idaho child due to COVID-19. Idaho Matters talks with two doctors about the news of the infant's death, which comes after kids aged 5-11 are able to get the vaccine.

    Idaho Indigenous women over-represented in report on missing and murdered people

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 13:54

    Group aims to bring Idaho's civilian and veteran workforce together

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 10:08

    The Idaho Veterans Chamber of Commerce is a nonprofit that connects folks with resources for career development, education, entrepreneurship and more.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: Nov. 5, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 44:37

    Election results, higher education enrollment details, continuing affordable housing issues, and much more are on tap for this Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable.

    Idaho wildfire smoke event aims to tackle public health effects in region

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 13:09

    Wildfire smoke and community health are the topics on tap at a virtual symposium set for Nov. 12.

    Downtown Boise Association wants people to return to shops this holiday season

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 6:15

    After COVID-19 shuttered shops and pushed shoppers online to national chains, the Downtown Boise Association hopes you'll think local this holiday shopping season.

    From "Belfast" to "Storm Lake," late fall films provide insight and escape

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 14:58

    It's getting colder, and just in time for the temperatures to begin to drop some blockbusters are on the horizon. Idaho Matters speaks with resident film critic and Boise State Public Radio host George Prentice about some new movies to keep on your radar.

    Here's who won — and who lost — in Idaho's 2021 election

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 14:55

    Election night is behind us and the results are in. In Boise and the Wood River Valley, incumbents had a big night. How about in other parts of the state?

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: Nov. 3, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 3, 2021 30:22

    After federal regulators approved the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for kids ages 5-11, Idaho prepares to begin administering shots to this age group. Meanwhile, the state's hospitals remain in crisis standards of care as case rates show some encouraging signs.

    A look at increased fundraising for Idaho school board races

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 13:16

    Idaho Matters learns about some unusually expensive school board races in the state.

    The story of the competition to find COVID-19 vaccine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 14:07

    "A Shot to Save the World: the Inside Story of the Life or Death Race for a COVID-19 Vaccine" is a new book by Wall Street Journal reporter Gregory Zuckerman. It follows scientists' once in a lifetime race to create a COVID-19 vaccine.

    Boise author's new kids book sparkles as it travels through time

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 9:17

    Boise author Mindy Thompson's “The Bookshop of Dust and Dreams” is set in New York in 1944, a time when war shaped so much of American family life.

    Boise mall mass shooting prompts conversations about gun violence

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 13:18

    Boise is still mourning the loss of two community members who were killed from a shooting Monday at the Towne Square Mall. How did we get here — and how do we prevent more shootings in the future?

    Got innovation? New Idaho center could change the food and dairy industry

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 10:22

    Boise State University was recently awarded over $2 million to create a Food and Dairy Innovation Center over the next five years to meet the growing needs of the industry in Idaho.

    Idaho Dance Theatre leaps back into live performances

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 7:26

    The mission of the Idaho Dance Theatre is simple: create, perform and teach dance so that Idaho communities can experience dance. Next week, they will be performing live once again.

    ENCORE: Delve into the darker side of Boise's formative years with 'macabre' tour

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2021 14:53

    Whether you're into true crime, history, or both — one tour of downtown Boise might be right up your dimly lit alley.

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: October 27, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 29:31

    A smaller dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine cleared its first regulatory hurdle Tuesday for use in children ages 5 to 11-years-old, after a Food and Drug Administration advisory committee voted to recommend it for emergency use authorization.So what will this mean for getting covid under control and to a manageable level?

    What you need to know about the Boise Towne Square Mall shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 14:18

    Yesterday was a dark day in Boise. Two people were killed during a shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall, and four injured victims were sent to the hospital.

    How to talk with your children when tragedy hits Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 11:46

    Monday's shooting at the Boise Towne Square Mall has left so many of us reeling and asking ourselves how — and why — this happened. Your kids are likely feeling the same way you are — so how do we talk to them about this?

    "We're seeing things we've never seen before": the colliding crises of COVID-19 and affordable housing

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 13:50

    According to housing experts there is a perfect storm happening right now — increased demand for housing and an historically low supply of housing that's available.

    Boise State professor explains how supply chain crunches affect Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 7:57

    Supply chain issues — typically a rather dry topic — have been getting a lot of attention lately. that's because of a backlog at ports around the world that's making it a lot harder for businesses, both big and small, to stock their planned inventory. Which links in the supply chain are broken — and when will they be fixed?

    Author takes on the criminalization of Black youth in new book

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 15:22

    The Rage of Innocence is a new book that confronts our country's irrational manufactured fears of Black youth and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children.

    Boise nonprofit partners with restaurants to battle child food insecurity

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 8:04

    City of Good is a Boise-based nonprofit that was founded at the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020. In fact, the pandemic was the driving force behind its mission to help feed people who found themselves in a tough place do to the COVID-19 crisis.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: October 22, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 34:08

    The Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable gets you up-to-date on the news that made headlines this week including: Boise City Council elections, impacts of COVID-19 on children, higher education enrollment increases and more.

    Boise Library! book club gets readers outside their comfort zone

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 11:32

    During the pandemic, some things have endured while some things have been reinvented. Book clubs are one thing that has flourished in the last year or so — with some changes due COVID.

    How Idaho businesses are diving into diversity, equity and inclusion

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 13:03

    As Idaho's population grows, people of different cultures, experiences and backgrounds are calling the Gem State home. An annual summit this week looks at how businesses can productively address differences in the workplace through diversity, equity and inclusion.

    As climate change comes to Idaho, this cute mountain dwelling mammal is dying

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 13:10

    If you've ever hiked some of Idaho's tallest peaks, you may have been lucky enough to glimpse a pika scurrying around underfoot. But as climate change affect the Northern Rockies in ways humans can notice, the pika is one species that is beginning to die out.

    How COVID-19 is pressurizing the medical school experience in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 10:15

    The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on health care workers across the country as they struggle with another onslaught of patients. How has this affected the future doctors of our state?

    New feature length drama filmed in Sun Valley will soon hit theaters

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 21, 2021 9:28

    Idaho is once again on the big screen — this time in a feature length drama filmed in Sun Valley.

    Doctors Roundtable: October 20, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 45:56

    Idaho's COVID-19 test positivity rate and hospitalization rate have been declining over the last few weeks, making some health officials more confident that we might be past the peak of the COVID-19 delta surge. But they say it's still too early to tell.

    As wildfire season winds down, prescribed burns can fend off future blazes in Mountain West

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 14:07

    Wildfire season is winding down across much of the Mountain West as cold weather moves in. But it's the perfect time to set controlled, or prescribed, fires to burn unwanted dead trees and underbrush that fuel larger wildfires.

    Idaho child care shortage straining not only families, but businesses

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 16:48

    Child care resources across our state have been shrinking—which has led to fewer options for working families. And many childhood experts say we are now at a point of crisis in Idaho.

    Exploring the history and traditions of Dia de los Muertos in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 8:42

    Dia De Los Muertos—or the Day of the Dead—is a holiday that acknowledges and celebrates loves ones who've passed away. Over two days, people throughout Latin America and the U.S. celebrate through parades, song and dance, food and more.

    LED to light up the Morrison Center stage in Boise Saturday

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 6:21

    Live performances are back at the Morrison Center in Boise this fall. After a long break due to the pandemic, group's like LED Boise are back in front of audiences. This Saturday, LED will showcase their new show called Silver City at the Morrison Center.

    Reporter Roundtable: October 15, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 44:00

    With COVID-19 coverage, local election reporting and business updates—you won't want to miss this week's Reporter Roundtable.

    Idaho's new wolf hunting law digs up old wounds as feds review listing status

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 8:47

    As the sun was setting on last year's legislative session, Idaho passed a law that could shrink the number of wolves in the state by 90%. Now, wolf conservation groups are fighting back.

    Author shares perspectives on finding hope in a difficult world

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2021 12:24

    On March 11, 2020 while on the train home from work, Todd Doughty had an idea—put a list on Instagram of “happy-making things in a difficult world." Little did he know on that same day the World Health Organization would declare a global pandemic.

    Doctors Roundtable: October 13, 2021

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 43:58

    As of Tuesday, 53.3% of Idaho's eligible population is vaccinated against COVID-19. That's lower than the nationwide average of 66%. In a news briefing yesterday, Dr. Steven Nemerson, Chief Clinical Officer at Saint Alphonsus Health System, said, "today i'm here to tell you that we've lost the war."

    How far-right extremism has affected Idaho's pandemic response

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 13:53

    Since the beginning of the pandemic, many public health officials in Idaho have called on people to put political differences aside to safeguard the community from COVID-19. Despite this, it seems as though political division has grown even more intense.

    Staffing shortages due to 'stressful environment' leads to closure of Boise youth shelter

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 11:55

    The Hays House, a Boise shelter operated by the Idaho Youth Ranch for runaways and at-risk youth has cared for children ages 8-18 for 50 years. But when 10 employees quit over a stressful work environment, the decision was made to close the shelter for now.

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