On The Thursday, April 4, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Apr 3, 2019
  • Boise Philharmonic performers vote to join American Federation of Musicians.
  • The Limberlost Review returns to present words from the Mountain West.
  • Doctors bring robots into surgery.
  • Boise-born Curtis Stigers prepares for global jazz tour.

- Musicians with the Boise Phil voted last week to unionize by joining the American Federation of Musicians. This is a growing trend for regional symphonies and philharmonics and on Thursday's Idaho Matters, we speak with musicians from The Phil about this decision.

- The Limberlost Review was a literary journal that was published throughout the 1970s and 80s that collated poetry, prose and essays from writers around the Mountain West. The Review has been published sporadically since for 30 years. Rosemary and Rick Ardinger have brought back the journal with works from Nancy Takacs, Greg Keeler and Mary Clearman Blew. Rick and Rosemary join Idaho Matters to talk about The Linberlost Review and the voices of the Mountain West.

- Intuitive's da Vinci Robot puts Star Wars technology in the operating room. On Thursday's Idaho Matters, we speak with some Saint Alphonsus surgeons using robots for colorectal, gynecological and thoracic surgeries.

- Boise-raised singer, songwriter and saxophonist Curtis Stigers grew up jamming with Gene Harris in the Idanha Ballroom and found fame charting singles like "I Wonder Why" and "You're All That Matters to Me." He has cut 12 albums and his work has appeared on The Bodyguard, Dawson's Creek and Sons of Anarchy soundtracksStigers is playing The Egyptian April 10 ahead of a global tour and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about barroom blues, ballroom jazz and growing up Boise.