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    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 20, 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 20, 2023 43:56


    Idaho Matters takes a look at the news that made headlines this week, including a bill that would change the legal definition of abortion, the impact of location on teachers' pay and why one Idaho lawmaker is saying he doesn't want to hear from anyone under the age of 18.

    Trying to solve the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 9:22


    The crisis has been a focus for the Biden Administration but the rollout of federal solutions has been slow.

    Keep your dog on a leash to save deer in the Boise Foothills

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 12:30


    Dogs running off leash in the Boise Foothills can mean the death of deer and elk who winter there. Matt O'Connell with Idaho Fish and Game and he joins Idaho Matters to explain why keeping your dog on their leash is so important to big game.

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho needs you

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 6:43


    There aren't enough Big Brothers to go around and BBBS is asking for volunteers. CEO Hillary Xoumanivong joins Idaho Matters to tell us more.

    How do you nominate a film for an Oscar?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 19, 2023 15:47


    We delve into the Oscar nomination process, plus what has Avatar director James Cameron been up to? Our resident movie critic and Morning Edition host George Prentice returns to Idaho Matters.

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: January 18, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 23:10


    Dr. David Pate, former CEO of St. Luke's Health System and current member of the Idaho Coronavirus Task Force, joins Idaho Matters to discuss the flurry of news reports after the CDC said Friday they were investigating whether the bivalent Pfizer vaccine could be linked to a higher risk of stroke in people 65 and older.

    FARE Idaho introduces first-ever 'Field to Fork' Festival

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 6:57


    FARE Idaho is celebrating local food and drink with a unique event connecting Idaho producers and retailers. FARE Idaho's executive director Katie Baker joins tells us more.

    A conversation with author Leah Konen

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 18, 2023 15:18


    Idaho Matters sits down with the author of "You Should Have Told Me" to talk about her new page-turning thriller.

    A new congressional committee upsets those protecting the Frank Church legacy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 11:35


    A new house subcommittee is investigating what they call the weaponization of the federal government and speaker of the house Kevin McCarthy and other republicans insist on comparing their subcommittee to the "Church Committee," the highly regarded bipartisan inquiry of the 1970s.

    Preventing human trafficking in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 22:20


    January is National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month and a group of folks have gotten together to offer training on how to spot and prevent this crime from occurring.

    Largest dam removal in history set to take place later this year

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2023 10:34


    After nearly five decades of advocacy four dams are about to be demolished to help salmon, but they're not the dams we're usually talking about.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 13, 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 13, 2023 44:02


    Idaho Matters takes a look at the news that made headlines this week, including new information on the University of Idaho murder investigation and how a Caldwell School Board meeting fell apart.

    A look ahead at Idaho's 2023 economic trends

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 15:57


    Last year the economy saw a steep decline in consumer sentiment, an increase in inflation and added pressure to the cost of living crisis. This year economists, like Robert Spendlove, are visiting with Idaho lawmakers to discuss these trends and provide insight into how they may change or stay the same in the coming months.

    Will the College of Western Idaho ever get a Boise campus?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 14:29


    There may be new hope for the College of Western Idaho as it looks to build a campus on the Boise River.

    Sharing the history of indigenous communities in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 7:01


    A new exhibit at the Idaho State Museum combines indigenous knowledge with Western scientific knowledge.

    Bridging the healthcare gap in southwestern Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 12, 2023 9:17


    A new year means new clinics in Homedale and Meridian for Terry Reilly Health Services.

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: January 11, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 23:57


    The latest on COVID-19 including variants, testing, and vaccines.

    Uniting against hate in Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 11, 2023 12:26


    Federal and state officials try to build trust and better combat hate crimes in Idaho.

    Idaho Matters breaks down the 2023 State of the State address

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 10, 2023 42:43


    Idaho Matters breaks down the 2023 State of the State address, looking at the Governors proposed budgets and policies.

    Idaho Matters takes a look at the upcoming legislative session

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 18:28


    The Idaho Legislature kicks off its 2023 session today and unlike in past years no one is quite sure what's going to happen inside the walls of the Idaho Statehouse.

    Idaho Attorney General Labrador moves to dismiss charges against Sara Brady

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 12:46


    On January 5, Idaho's new Attorney General, Raúl Labrador announced that he was moving to dismiss charges against Sara Brady.

    Mexico starts new program to help reunite families

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 5:22


    Our region has a large number of Mexican immigrants – and many have been unable to see their relatives for years.

    Idaho Matters debuts on KISU FM

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2023 9:20


    Idaho Matters is branching further out into Eastern Idaho as we debut the show on KISU FM.

    Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: January 6, 2023

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 6, 2023 41:52


    Idaho Matters takes a look at the news that made headlines this week, including new information on the University of Idaho murder investigation and a ruling from the Idaho Supreme Court on abortion laws. Our journalist panel today includes Audrey Dutton with the Idaho Capital Sun, Kevin Richert with Idaho Ed News, Kelcie Moseley-Morris with the Idaho Capital Sun and Don Day of BoiseDev.com.

    A preview of the 2023 Idaho Legislative Session

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 18:55


    Thursday morning, the Idaho Press Club hosted its legislative preview with Governor Brad Little and a panel of lawmakers, who took questions on the record about their priorities for the 2023 Idaho Legislative Session, which starts Monday.

    Corpus Christi House helps fill important need for homeless

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 11:34


    During the daytime it can be difficult for those experiencing homelessness to find a place to get out of the cold or heat. However, one organization in Boise is helping to fill this need.

    An update on the water crisis in the west

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 5, 2023 13:42


    This was a bad year for the Colorado River. The long drought in the southwest grew worse, and demand for the river's water continued to outstrip supply. States are scrambling to find some compromise and cut back on demand before 2026, when the current guidelines for the river expire, but climate change is only making that job harder, shrinking supplies with no end in sight.

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: January 4, 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 29:50


    Along with COVID, RSV, and the flu - the Centers for Disease Control is now worried about an outbreak of strep throat.

    National Park Service acquires new land near City of Rocks

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 8:47


    Near the end of 2022, the National Park Service purchased 105 acres of land neighboring the City of Rocks National Reserve.

    Toys are flying off the shelf - and you may be surprised who they're being bought for

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 4, 2023 4:38


    When the pandemic started, many items flew off the shelves – including toys. Now, years later, toy stores are still seeing their sales grow, and consumer bases expand.

    Suspect arrested in University of Idaho murders

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 9:39


    On Friday police in Pennsylvania arrested a suspect in the murder of four University of Idaho students.

    School vouchers, school choice and the 2023 Idaho legislative session

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 9:29


    The Idaho Legislature starts next week and the topic of school vouchers will likely take up a large chunk of time and effort.

    New program helps support mental health of Idaho students

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 16:43


    Here in Idaho, and around the country, students are struggling with their mental health and schools are in short supply of professionals that are equipped to handle their needs. That's why resources like The Student and Family Assistance Program are so important.

    Nampa School District helps conserve water with Smart Rain program

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2023 10:12


    When we think about water conservation we don't often think about schools, but that's exactly where one charity organization is focusing. Smart Rain for Smart Kids is a program committed to saving water and here in Idaho the Nampa School District has partnered with them to help in that conservation.

    Idaho Matters 2022 Reporter Roundtable: A year in review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 30, 2022 43:52


    Idaho Matters is looking back at the big stories from 2022 in Idaho politics, culture, education and more.

    5 years later: Life after the Las Vegas shooting

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 14:25


    It's been 5 years since a gunman killed 60 people and injured hundreds more at a Las Vegas music festival. what does life look like now, for the people affected by the shootings? We wanted to share the experiences of survivors, first responders and those who lost someone.

    Preserving the history of Amache

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 14:17


    It's been some 80 years since thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to live in internment camps in places like Minidoka, Idaho. Now the National Park Service is developing plans to restore one of those sites.

    A recent archaeological find sheds new light on the Basque language

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 29, 2022 6:52


    The isolated Basque language has puzzled scholars for centuries. For many years, it was believed to only be spoken, and showed up in writing about 500 years ago. Julie Luchetta reports on a new discovery, announced in November, that has rocked the Basque community in Idaho and across the world.

    Idaho Matters Doctors Roundtable: A year in review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 28, 2022 45:32


    Idaho Matters takes a look back at the last year of the coronavirus pandemic.

    After Dark: A journey into Idaho's night life

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2022 45:13


    In a new series from Boise State Public Radio our reporters are sharing stories that take place at nighttime and that bring you to spaces that are bustling – or undisturbed – after the sun sets.

    Idaho Matters 2022 Reporter Roundtable: A year-in-review

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 23, 2022 43:52


    Idaho Matters is looking back at the big stories from 2022 in Idaho politics, culture, education and more.

    'Private Idaho' host Carl Scheider breaks down his top ten music choices of 2022

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 7:53


    As we start to wrap up the year we wanted to look back at some of the music that made 2022 great.

    Secret Santa gives back to East Idaho

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 6:21


    During the holidays Secret Santa's are everywhere, but over in East Idaho there is one particular Secret Santa who's been serving up some extra holiday cheer to some very deserving folks.

    Idaho Matters: Top 10 favorites in movies and television

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 22, 2022 31:57


    As 2022 comes to a close we wanted to look back at some of the films and television that inspired and entertained us.

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