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  • Community leaders meet to discuss inclusion, tolerance and civil discourse.
  • Idaho AG signs letter with fifty-three state and territorial AG's to curtail robocalling.
  • Talking turkey about Treefort music with BSPR's Frankie Barnhill.

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As Treefort attendees go from venue to venue, watching band after band, it is important to know that three straight days of loud, live music can be detrimental to your hearing. Idaho Matters talks about protecting your ears with Idaho Elks Hearing and Balance Center audiologist Dr. Kate Savage.

We Live In Boise by Elisabeth McKetta and James Stead looks at the City of Trees through the wide-eyed perspective of a child. From Freak Alley to the Smurf Turf, this book is as much a travelogue for children as record of today's Boise. McKetta will be signing copies at Rediscovered Books on Saturday and she stops in studio to talk about developing this vibrant book co-written by her husband, James Stead, and illustrated by April VanDeGrift.

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Kirk Siegler began reporting for Montana Public Radio in 2003 and moved up to NPR's national desk in 2012 to cover the American West. He will discuss his coverage of last year's Camp Fire in California at Storyfort and he talks with Idaho Matters about reporting from the fire lines.

Elizabeth Rodgers

When a friend showed Elizabeth Rodgers pictures of young women at Borah High School preparing for their first swim lessons, the filmmaker was immediately inspired to capture their story on film. The Swimming Lesson tells the story of young Muslim girls who came to Boise as refugees and captures images of contemporary Muslim culture as they enter the pool in their burkinis. The short will show at Filmfort and Elizabeth Rodgers joins Idaho Matters with Samara Alsalim, one of the stars of the film.

  • A Boise filmmaker documents the strength and courage of high school swimmers.
  • NPR's Kirk Siegler talks about reporting from 2018's Camp Fire.
  • A kid's book brings Boise to life.
  • 400+ bands. 2 ears. How to save your hearing at Treefort.


The Fort of Drag joins the plethora of "forts" this year at Treefort and events include performances, panel discussions and a drag queen story hour. We talk with Fort of Drag creator and director Cole Calvin and community liaison Gabrielle Davis about using Treefort to connect with the area's transgender community.


The region's volcanoes represent the northeastern portion of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and 12 million years ago, Idaho saw much more volcanic activity than it does today. The latest installment of Wanna Know Idaho imagines a Gem State covered in lava-spewing volcanoes.


Addiction treatment agencies in Idaho are working together to share resources to help battle the opioid addiction epidemic. We speak with Norma Jaeger, executive director of the statewide Recovery Idaho about these efforts.


About 200 students left classes in the Treasure Valley on Friday to gather at the state capitol to bring attention to climate change. Idaho Matters speaks with organizers Elise Malterre and Liam Neupert about this global demonstration.

  • High school students in Boise and worldwide protest climate change inactivity.
  • Addiction treatment agencies join together to create a support network.
  • Wanna Know Idaho Asks "What was Idaho like when it was volcanic?"
  • The Fort of Drag brings queens and kings to Treefort.

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The Off Center Dance company rolls out their 2019 spring program this week with 'Blur' - featuring new choreography from OCD dancers and a high-tech collaboration from founder Kelli Brown and The Idaho Virtual Reality Council. Idaho Matters talks with OCD's Lisa Whitwell and Katie Ponozzo and Idaho Virtual Reality Council board member (and OCD performer) Jim Bradbury.

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Idaho officials are discussing a multi-year project that would put charging stations throughout the state to accommodate electric vehicle owners. Idaho Matters checks in with Adam Richins of Idaho Power and Courtney White, a Boise State adjunct professor of strategy and innovation.

Matt Guilham sits in for a vacationing Gemma Gaudette to lead a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week, Idaho Matters speaks with Scott McIntosh of the Idaho Press, Don Day of and Seth Ogilvie of IPTV's Idaho Reports.

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • State officials mull placing charging stations for electric vehicles throughout Idaho.
  • Off Center Dance combines movement and virtual reality.