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  • A look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy in Idaho.
  • Teaching the words of MLK to third graders.
  • Climate change is changing the ski industry.


Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week Idaho Matters speaks with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News, Seth Ogilvie of Idaho Public Television and George Prentice of the Boise Weekly.

January is Thyroid Health Awareness Month and Idaho Matters looks at the role this little gland plays in our overall health with St. Luke's internist, Sherwin D'Souza.


Boiseans are gearing up for 2019 TreeFort and this year's line-up reaches back to 90's alternative rockers and forward to budding musicians. We go through the schedules for FoodFort, HackFort, AleFort and all of the other Forts.

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Liz Phair, Built to Spill and the 2019 Treefort preview.

Thursday is 'Union Day' at the Idaho Capitol and we learn about the history and contributions organized labor has made to the state's workforce and economy.

Boise Students Organize Women's March

Jan 17, 2019
Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman

The 2019 Women's March takes place on the Capitol on Saturday. Idaho Matters speaks with the march's organizers.

Library of Congress Historic American Buildings Collection / Boise State University

Todd Shallat, a Boise State professor emeritus of history and urban studies, has put together a workshop examining all that is Gothic in the City of Trees. Shallat joins Idaho Matters to discuss Boise's seamy underbelly.

The moon will take on some unique properties on Sunday night; a lunar eclipse will facilitate a "super wolf blood moon" and we talk with Boise State assistant physics professor Brian Jackson about why this is every bit as awesome as it sounds.

  • Idaho celebrates the contributions of organized labor.
  • Boise students organize "Women's March."
  • Boise State professor uncovers Gothic Boise.
  • The "Super Wolf Blood Moon" is as awesome as it sounds.


Attitudes about education and skills acquisition are changing as the global workforce evolves. Idaho Matters looks at the tools that will be necessary to be competitive in the 21st century workplace with Idaho Business for Education president and CEO Rod Grammer.

Idaho Power

The City of Boise will host three open houses to facilitate discussions with the community to determine the direction of energy generation and usage in Boise. We talk with Idaho Power about efforts to bring the region to 100% renewable energy use. Subin

Author Tayari Jones exploded onto the contemporary literary scene in 2002 with Leaving Atlanta, fiction set against that city in the 70's and 80's. Her subsequent works also drew from her background as a native Atlantan and Jones' books won multiple awards and attracted the attention of Oprah Winfrey and President Obama. Jones is in Boise as part of The Cabin's Readings and Conversations series and she joins Idaho Mattersto talk about her writings.


The Idaho Walk Bike Alliance is presenting a bicycle-themed film festival at The Egyptian Theatre on Friday. Idaho Matters speaks with the Alliance about the juxtaposition of film and bikes and we re-visit a filmmaker who documented a groundbreaking military experiment involving commandos on bikes.

  • Paradigm shifts in employment and education standards.
  • The future of energy in Boise.
  • The Cabin presents author Tayari Jones.
  • The world's best bike movies ride into Boise.