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  • Treasure Valley school districts look to free, full day, five day kindergarten.
  • Boise Co-op hires first CEO.
  • Stinker Stores promote locally sourced products.
  • INL Cyber Security Division keeping an eye on radical bytes.

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The Boise State eSports program began in 2017 and is competing globally on games like League of Legends, Overwatch, Heroes of the Storm, Rocket League, and HearthstoneIdaho Matters meets Dr. Chris Haskell, the founder and head coach of the team and Robert Faricy, one of the team's competitors.

In 1961, President Kennedy declared the third week of March National Poison Prevention Week. On Friday's Idaho Matters, we talk about what not to put in your mouth and what to do once you have with St. Luke's pediatrician, Dr. Seth Branahl and Jean Hammack with the Idaho Poison Control Call Center in Nebraska.


Matt Guilhem 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 Don Day of BoiseDev, Bill Manny of Idaho Public Television and George Prentice of Boise Weekly.

  • Our team of regional reporters breaks down the week's headlines.
  • We'll talk about Poison Prevention Week.
  • Boise State fields a globally competitive eSports team.

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Comedian Tom Papa hosts podcast, satellite radio programs, a Food Network show, he pops up regularly on TV and film and has authored an Amazon top-selling book in 2018. In his spare time, he is the head writer and featured commentator on NPR's Live From Here. Papa will perform at The Egyptian Theatre on March 29 and he joins Idaho Matters to talk about what always draws him back to doing live stand-up.

Mountain West News Bureau

The Mountain West News Bureau , based here at Boise State Public Radio, is a journalistic collaboration that includes reporters covering matters of the region from NPR affiliates in Northern and Southern Colorado, Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. We talk with managing editor Kate Concannon and Idaho correspondent Amanda Peacher about the first year of the bureau's reporting and presenting at Storyfort.

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March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month and Idaho Matters looks at prevention, screening and treatment. We talk about prevention, detection and treatment with St. Luke's colon/rectal surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Karsten and we talk about colon cancer education with Vicky Jekich, director of community outreach for the Mountain States Tumor Institute and Nora Hall, a teacher with the Boise School District.

  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month.
  • Our Mountain West News Bureau celebrates one year with Storyfort event.
  • Live from Here's Tom Papa comes to Boise.

Credits: Treefort

It can be daunting trying to figure out which of the 400+ bands playing Treefort to see and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we makes it easy for you. Boise State Public Radio's Frankie Barnhill joins guest host George Prentice to help you focus on which bands you should see play and which ones might get a pass.


Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden signed a letter with fifty-three other state and territorial attorneys general urging the US Senate to enact the Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act in an effort to curb robocalls, which are on the riseIdaho Matters tackles the issue with Rebecca Barr of the Better Business Bureau and Brett DeLange, chief of Idaho's Consumer Protection Division.

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Leaders from the Treasure Valley's Muslim and Christian communities met last week for a "peace-feast" where they looked to bring together Idahoans of different faiths. Idaho Matters talks with Phillip Thompson of the Islamic Center of Boise and Nick and Laura Armstrong of the Cole Community Church's Glocal Community Partners about improving community relations, encouraging tolerance and celebrating differences.

  • 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.