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Idaho Artist James Castle's family home has been turned into a museum, shop and a space for an artist in residence. The first such artist, Keiran Brennan Hinton, moved in in May. We chat with him about observational painting.

"Me Too" has taken the world by storm, toppling movie stars and CEO's. Now an Idaho woman's "Me Too" experience has led her to write a children's book about the movement. We talk to Patty Costello about her book "Catalina and the King's Wall."

  • "Me Too" - now in a children's book.
  • The first artist in residence at the James Castle House.

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Many of our veterans come home from active military service to find a lack of resources to help them get settled back into civilian life. As rental prices soar, many veterans are on the verge of homelessness. We take a look at a new initiative that the City of Boise is putting together to find permanent housing for vets.

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Idaho is hot, smoky and on fire. Over the past two weeks, Idaho's fire season has blown up, with wildfires burning up thousands of acres and threatening towns like Council. We get the wildfire picture, straight from the people who report on it.

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Idaho body image activist Amy Pence-Brown has been part of the movement to get people to accept women's bodies as they are, not as some unreachable ideal. And now she's talking about age in the same way. Pence-Brown was featured in a Time article "Can Gen X Women Love Their Bodies?"

  • Idaho Matters looks at veterans and the need for housing.
  • “Can Gen X Women Love Their Bodies?”

Terrorism is unfortunately a fact of life in the world we live in. But helping your child understand it so they can safe can be a difficult conversation to have. Psychiatrist and award-winning author Dr. Carole Lieberman believes talking to your kids about terrorism and school shootings is as important as the birds and bees talk. We talk to the doctor on Monday's Idaho Matters.

She's a former journalist, who wrote books on the side, until she took the plunge to become a full-time writer in 2015. Now Brenda Stanley is an author with eight books to her credit. When her novel, "The Color of Snow" did well, she decided to quit her job in journalism and focus on writing. Her latest book, "The Treasure of Cedar Creek" is a mystery/thriller, set in the Idaho wilderness.

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Idaho is one of the most accommodating states in the nation for facilitating surrogate pregnancies, so much so that it has becoming something of a destination industry. Idaho Matters looks at why state laws are amenable to surrogacy and how it helps couples looking to start families.

  • Idaho Matters looks at why the Gem State leads the nation in surrogacy.
  • Idaho author Brenda Stanley's fiction reflects the character of the Northwest.

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 Kimberlee Kruesi of the Associated Press, Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News and Sven Berg from the Idaho Statesman.

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The Services, Training, Officers, Prosecutors (STOP) Violence Against Women Grant will help the Idaho State Police expand sexual assault response training and increase evidence collection capabilities. On Friday's Idaho Matters, we speak with state representative Melissa Wintrow about the legislation behind the efforts.

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The world's most recognizable food-shaped motor vehicle rolled into Boise this week and we speak with the "Hot-doggers" who pilot the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile across the country.

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  • Our team of Idaho reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • A quarter-million dollar grant will help Idaho State Police investigate sexual assaults.
  • The world's biggest wiener visits Boise.

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