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So you think you understand health care in Idaho? One reporter for the Idaho Statesman thought so, until she had a baby. Audrey Dutton tells her story on Idaho Matters.

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Idaho has the second highest rate of unintentional drownings of children in swimming pools, lakes, rivers and canals.  On Monday's edition of Idaho Matters, we speak with Treasure Valley YMCA CEO David Duro about water safety.

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Social media can be used to inform, connect and entertain.  The Idaho Anti-Trafficking Coalition is using social media to bring awareness to Idahoans of the problem of human trafficking.  The coalition's director, Jennifer Zielinski, joins Idaho Matters to talk about the upcoming "social media blitz."

  • Using social media to fight human trafficking.
  • Keeping kids safe around water.
  • An Idaho health care wake-up story.
  • We kick off our Folk Art series.

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We assemble a panel of Idaho journalists to discuss the week's events in Boise, the Treasure Valley and beyond. This week we're joined by Bill Manny from the Idaho Statesman, and Betsy Russell and Scott McIntosh from the Idaho Press. We cover all the week's topics, even escaping goats!

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They're weird and they're hard to find. Boise State University's Physics Department hosts a talk about black holes Friday at 8 p.m. at the Education Building. Michigan State University Mark Peacock joins Idaho Matters to talk about the study of black holes. 

HomeGrown Theatre

HomeGrown Theatre is a Boise-based production company. They write their own scripts and create their own puppets for their signature puppet shows. They are known for their annual Horrific Puppet Affair. They have spent much of their time performing anywhere they could, from garages to bars. Now they’ve found a home and are premiering a new play called “Sing to Me Now.”

  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • Studying black holes and binary stars.
  • Homegrown Theatre.

We're taking a look at some of the newest college presidents in Idaho. That includes Idaho State University. Kevin Satterlee took over as the 13th president of ISU in June after time at Boise State University. We get his vision of the future at ISU on Idaho Matters.

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We're taking a look at some of the newest college presidents in Idaho. That includes Lewis Clark State College. Dr. Cynthia Pemberton was named the 16th president of the school and started July 1. The school is celebrating its 125th anniversary. Dr. Pemberton unveils her vision for the future of LCSC.

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She marries glass, metal and color to produce unique and unusual paintings full of feeling. Artist Nicole Chesney has a new exhibition of paintings that opens Friday in Sun Valley. She lives and works in Rhode Island but dropped by Idaho Matters to talk about her work.

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A one-of-a-kind house sits on what was once a barren promontory in Idaho’s Hagerman Valley. In the mid-1950s, landscape painter Archie Teater and his wife commissioned arguably the world’s most famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright, to design a studio for them. While in safe hands at the moment, Matt Guilhem reports the future of the studio – and other notable buildings – is far from guaranteed. Idaho Matters takes a closer look.

  • We talk to the Presidents of ISU and LCSC.
  • A new art exhibit in Sun Valley.

City of Meridian

The last time a comprehensive plan was created for Meridian was 2011, and 30 percent of Meridian's current population wasn't living there. That's why a new plan is coming together, and city officials want your input. We take a closer look on Idaho Matters.

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Last June, two bail bondsmen were arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer in Caldwell. This case raised several issues, about bail agents, and what they can, or can't, do. Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue joins Idaho Matters to help clarify the issue.

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