On The Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jul 2, 2019
  • Inmate labor and "convict leasing."
  • Stargazing with Maki Jackson.
  • A “lightbulb moment” for Higher Education.

Here in Idaho prisoners have been used to help fight fires, but did you know they are also helping out on farms? We talk with Stian Rice about farm-labor shortages and the history of “convict leasing.” We also talk with the Division Chief of Idaho Correctional Industries about his organization's use of inmate labor.

On the first Friday of every month, Boise State holds an event for astronomy lovers, inviting the public to stargaze and perhaps learn something new. This month's guest speaker Maki Jackson, from the Japanese-American Citizens League, will host the event discussing the astronomy and legend of Tanabata: The Star Festival.

IDeal, Idaho’s 529 College Savings Program is putting on a month-long social media promotion in an effort to inspire a larger discussion around higher education and the many different reasons people decided to pursue it. Idaho’s leaders are taking part in this conversation and sharing their “light bulb” moment, the moment they decided to pursue higher education.