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  • Idaho Matters breaks down the weekend's political debates
  • Efforts to develop high quality AND affordable pre-school for Idahoans
  • Idaho ghost hunters discuss the Gem State's paranormal hotspots
  • The Mikado, Aida and more on Opera Idaho's 2018-19 schedule

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Guest host Matt Guilhem leads a roundtable discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. We speak with the Idaho Press' Betsy Russell, Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert and KIVI-TV's Mike Sharp.

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Wayne Forrey was being treated for lip cancer in 1983 when he found that after his recovery, he had trouble finding a product to protect his lips from the sun. That's why he and his wife, Karen, created Balm Shot. It's a uniquely-packaged lip treatment designed to appeal to a consumer segment not usually targeted by lip balms - men. The Forreys join us in studio to talk about creating Balm Shot and overcoming the obstacles faced in building a small business.

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Experience Garden City encourages residents and visitors of the community to come out Friday night, stroll the attractions along the Boise River and get to know each other. We meet with members of the event's planning committee to explore the Garden City community.

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Area couple create lip balm to address cancer treatment side effects 
  • Garden City promotes event to bring the community together

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We preview an upcoming panel discussion about Proposition 2 - Idaho's Medicaid expansion proposal. The conversation will take place Thursday, October 11 at 6 p.m. at the Yanke Family Research Building and will include Panelists will include state Rep. Christy Perry, the co-chair of Idahoans for Healthcare; House Majority Caucus Chairman John Vander Woude; community member Donna Scranton; and HuffPost senior reporter Jonathan Cohn. The discussion will be moderated by James Dawson of Boise State Public Radio and is part of Huffpost's 'Listen to America' RV tour.

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Special Olympics Idaho recently broke ground on a new 'Training For Life' facility that would provide state-of-the-art amenities for the Gem State's most special athletes. The construction is being undertaken by participants of Nampa's Community Reentry Center, providing occupational training for people transitioning from incarceration to freedom. We look at both sides of this story with Laurie La Follette of Special Olympics Idaho and Rachael Masaitis of IDOC's Nampa CRC.

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Each year, Boise Startup Week invites top tech entrepreneurs to the Treasure Valley to share ideas, pitch wares and seek startup capital. This year's begins on October 17 and Vynyl's Nick Crabbs and Trailhead's Tiam Rastegar join us to touch on upcoming tech trends and the value of drawing the contributions to the region's growing small business sector.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan could break political paradigms as Idaho's first female governor and the nation's first Native American state executive. She joins Idaho Matters to parse out her platform and share her vision of the Gem State's future.

  • Democratic gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan discusses Idaho's top political race
  • Boise Startup Week connects tech entrepreneurs with capital investors
  • Special Olympics Idaho building a new events center with a unique construction crew
  • Boise State Public Radio addresses Medicaid expansion with the HuffPost

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Boise Rock School is celebrating its 10th anniversary this week with a party featuring performances from their rock star students. Rock professors Ryan Peck and Sergio Gonzales join Idaho Matters to talk about Idaho's coolest academy.

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The Idaho Horror Film Festival is coming to Boise for its fifth year of terrifying attendees and connecting developing filmmakers. In addition to screenings, the four-day festival will feature workshops and presentations to help Idaho filmmakers cultivate industry connections and hone their skills. Idaho Matters speaks with a festival organizer and a filmmaker about what makes horror films so alluring.

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It’s hard to learn how to form silver and engrave it from a YouTube video. Mastering the ins-and-outs of being a silversmith requires learning from someone in person. Expressive Idaho's Olivia Weitz visits an apprentice silversmith in Twin Falls to learn about this Western tradition.

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Patricia Harrison, president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, was a keynote speaker at September's Women and Leadership conference in Boise.  She joined Boise State Public Radio to discuss the evolving role of women in business and what the future holds for public broadcasting.

  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting president and CEO addresses future of NPR and PBS
  • Expressive Idaho looks at the Western tradition of silversmithing
  • A wicked scary film festival visits Boise
  • Boise Rock School celebrates 10th anniversary

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