On The Thursday, September 13, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Sep 12, 2018
  • College students can improve their eating habits.
  • The long-awaited Idaho State Museum re-opening is scheduled for October.
  • Iraq War vet Arik Grant chronicles his experiences in comics.
  • Following the Lieutenant tells the story of bringing bicycles into the Army.

- Many college students find the challenge of eating responsibly while managing classes, extracurriculars and jobs on a tight budget nearly impossible. Ramen, pizza and assorted junk food usually fill the role as "nutritional intake" for prolonged periods of time. Idaho Matters speaks with University of Idaho associate professor of nutrition and dietetics SeAnne Waite about finding ways to eat healthy and affordably while still getting to organic chem labs in time.

- The Idaho State Museum closed for renovations in 2014. After a multi-million dollar investment, the museum is scheduled to open October 13 with exhibits highlighting the state's legacy and uniqueness, as well as new exhibits accentuating the heritage of Native Americans from the region. Executive Director Janet Gallimore joins Idaho Matters to talk about the upgrades and what visitors can expect to see.

- Arik Grant was serving a tour of duty in the early years of the Iraq War when he started sketching cartoons of life on the base and posting them in the chow hall. A decade later, Arik pulled out his comics and re-inked them in color. Today, he uses this medium to share his and his fellow soldiers' experiences at war and coming home with a wry humor influenced by M*A*S*H. Arik Grant joins Idaho Matters to talk about becoming a cartoonist in a war zone and using comics to open a conversation for vets.

- In 1897, the U.S. Army wanted to see if bicycles might serve a practical purpose for soldiers. To test the mettle of both the bike and the rider, a trek was organized from Missoula to St. Louis. Lieutenant James Moss led a platoon of Buffalo Soldiers through the wilderness and today, Idaho filmmaker Eric Westrom captures the journey in the documentary Following the Lieutenant: Buffalo Soldiers of the Bicycle Corps. Westrom joins Idaho Matters to talk about the expedition and making the film.