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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.

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  • A Boise State University program addresses student addiction.

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Earlier this year, Boise State University named provost Martin Schimpf as interim president, replacing outgoing president Bob Kustra.  Schimpf joins us to discuss the upcoming school year.

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  • Boise State University's interim president talks about the upcoming year.
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  • The United States leads the developed world in the rate of deaths among pregnant, delivering and post-natal women.  We'll talk about why the Americans are struggling with this statistic.

- Earlier this year, Boise State University named provost Martin Schimpf as interim president, replacing outgoing president Bob Kust

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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. 

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Researchers are finding a disturbing uptick in poached birds and other wildlife in Southwest Idaho. We speak to one Boise State researcher who sees the dangerous affects this could have on the state's ecosystem.

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Martin Schimpf will serve as interim president of Boise State University for the coming academic year. Idaho’s State Board of Education announced the decision Friday morning.

He joined Boise State in 1990 and has worn several hats, including Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs. Schimpf announced in November 2017 that he planned to step away from his administrative position and go back to the classroom.

“This is someone the board was very familiar with,” says Linda Clark, president of the State Board of Education. “The continuity that he will provide is really the largest and single most important factor.”

In a statement released Friday afternoon, Schimpf says, "I am honored to have been asked to serve as interim president of Boise State University and appreciate the trust our State Board of Education has placed in me."

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University of Idaho president Chuck Staben shocked the educational community when he announced his resignation at the conclusion of the 2018-19 academic year. The presidents of the state's three public universities will all have departed within a year of each other. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss the changing face of leadership in the Idaho secondary education system with Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

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Boise State University's Owen McDougal has been researching how acralymides develop in cooked foods. Acralymides can have carcinogenic effects on the human body and in California, a judge recently ruled coffee growers need to label the acralymide content of their beans. Idaho Matters will talk with McDougal about his work on acralymides and potatoes.

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Boise State University president Bob Kustra is retiring in June and the university has worked its field of 53 applicants down to three finalists. Today the university announced it was extending its search to consider more applicants. Boise State Public Radio's Matt Guilham joined Idaho Matters to discuss the reasons behind the decision and how the search for a new president might proceed.

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The Idaho Board of Education is extending the search to find a new president to lead Boise State University.

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Boise State University assistant political science professor Stephen Utych, Idaho Public Television's Melissa Davlin and College of Idaho professor of political economics Jasper LiCalzi join Gemma Gaudette to break down the results of Tuesday's primary elections and Idaho Education News' Kevin Richert discusses the state superintendent of education race and the various bond measures that went before voters.

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Idaho’s closed Republican primary is having an effect when it comes to voter turnout among state employees. It turns out fewer public workers are voting after the GOP closed their primary in 2012.

 

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This weekend, a Boise State professor is selling off his massive collection of children’s books to help kids go to college. 

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