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  • A documentarian chronicles the followers of faith healing.
  • Preventing physician burnout: caring for the caregivers.
  • A Boise entrepreneur brings businesses together.
  • Story Story Night brings competitive storytelling to the Meridian Speedway.

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Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we are joined by Idaho Public Television's Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie and BoiseDev's Don Day.

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TEDx is searching for speakers in the Boise area and we'll speak with a TED coach about preparing presentations and we'll meet a speaker who can attest to the months of practice that go into delivering a TedX Talk.

The Idaho Women's Charitable Foundation has contributed nearly $4 million to nonprofit organizations in Southwest Idaho and beyond. The IWCF is sponsoring a symposium addressing poverty and homelessness in the region and we speak with organizers and participants with the event.

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • We look behind the scenes of TEDx.

Boise Police Department

This interview was originally broadcast May 30, 2018.

The Boise Police Department offers a free course on how to respond to active shooter scenarios in public. The class fills quickly and we discuss some of those techniques with BPD Officer Kevin Wittmuss.

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Idaho State University professor Jeff Meldrum specializes in studying the bipedal locomotion of humans and he thinks this knowledge can be applied to the search for Bigfoot. We talk with Dr. Meldhrum about his quest to find this elusive creature.

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This interview was originally broadcast July 10, 2018.

As the population swells in the Treasure Valley, so too will the homeless population. We look at efforts to develop housing options for the valley's homeless.

  • Two valley nonprofits look at ways to house the homeless.
  • Bigfoot!

ohio.edu

This interview was originally broadcast August 9, 2018.

For years, Kelly Sundberg endured horrific domestic battery at the hands of her husband.  After being found guilty of assault, her husband's only sentence was to write a letter of apology.

Bethany Mollenkof for NPR

This interview was originally broadcast August 7, 2018.

The United States leads the developed world in the rate of deaths among pregnant, delivering and post-natal women. We'll talk about why Americans are struggling with this statistic.

  • Why does the United States lead the developed world in deaths among pregnant women?
  • A domestic violence survivor shares her story to raise awareness.

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This interview was originally broadcast Wednesday, May 9, 2018.

A recent report from Wallethub found Idaho to be ranked the worst state in the nation to be a working mom. Metrics including quality, cost and availability of child care, school quality, number of pediatricians and gender pay gap found the Gem State dead last; Vermont ranked first.

City of Nampa

This interview was originally broadcast Monday, July 23, 2018.  

The Healthy Impact Nampa Coalition is looking at growth in their region in terms of cultivating the healthiest community it can. The council is looking at housing, transportation, and especially food access that can impact both the well being of the indivdual resident and the health of the community. We speak with the program's manager about new ways to look at growth.

St. Luke's

This interview was originally broadcast Monday, June 11, 2018.

Dr. Dan Zuckerman, executive medical director for St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute, joins us in studio to discuss new advances in breast cancer research.

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