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 Guest host Matt Guilhem leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week we are joined by Mike Sharp from KIVI-TV and Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of IdahoPTV's Idaho Reports.

On The Friday, October 5, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Oct 4, 2018

  • Our team of journalists breaks down the week's headlines.
  • HiRISE orbits Mars while capturing breath-taking images
  • Boise Mayor Bieter declares Indigenous Peoples' Day


Boise is anticipating a new main library branch and has hired internationally renowned architect Moshie Safdie to design it. BoiseDev's Don Day has uncovered some questionable expenditures by the city on Safdie and his associates. Day joins Idaho Matters to discuss his findings.

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We check in with the Boise State Public Radio newsroom for profiles of Idaho gubernatorial candidates Paulette Jordan and Brad Little.


Healthcare professionals are now becoming aware of the health implications of loneliness.  A Bend, Oregon doctor has developed Friendometry, a website to help kids make friends and he'll tell us about the juxtaposition of technology and social interaction.

Darin Oswald

Five Treasure Valley mayors met on Wednesday to discuss growth in the region. The forum was organized by the Idaho Statesman and Boise State Public Radio and it allowed Nampa's Debbie Kling, Boise's David Bieter, Meridian's Tammy de Weerd, Garden City's John Evans and Eagle's Stan Ridgeway to address the issues of housing, transportation and development. Idaho Matters re-caps the discussion.

  • An app for kids to make friends
  • Profiles of Idaho's gubernatorial candidates
  • BoiseDev's Don Day parses out the expenditures on library architects


Four early poems and an essay disappeared from poet Anne Sexton's oeuvre of work. They have been recently re-discovered and will be published this month in Fugue magazine. Idaho Matters speaks with the two poetry hunters who found the works.


Boise State Public Radio's Wanna Know Idaho answers the questions you have about our state. Host Frankie Barnhill joins Idaho Matters to explain Idaho's high gas prices.

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Congress failed to renew the Land Water Conservation Fund and the federal program that has provided funds to aid land and water conservation since 1965 has expired. Idaho Matters looks at the impact on Idaho's landscape.


 The Northwest Climate Conference and Idaho Public Television are presenting founding director of the Risky Business Project, Kate Gordon, to discuss the impact of climate change in Idaho and the economic benefits of combating global warming.

  • Risks and Opportunities for Idaho in a Changing Climate
  • The Land Water Conservation Fund Expires
  • 'Wanna Know Idaho' Begins Second Season
  • Lost Anne Sexton Poems To Be Published

Olivia Weitz

Salmon resident Jeff Minor loves leather. Specifically, he enjoys crafting rawhide into thin, braid-able strips he uses to make bolo ties, hatbands and all kinds of cowboy gear. Olivia Weitz traveled upstate to meet Minor for Boise State Public Radio's Expressive Idaho series and she joins Idaho Matters to tell us about this Western tradition.

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The second season of Boise State Public Radio's You Know The Place is under way and hosts Lacey Daley and Joel Wayne join Idaho Matters to talk about vaping, nudity and some of the unique locales in the Gem State.

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Using data from NASA's Cassini spacecraft, University of Idaho physics professor Jason Barnes is able to predict the weather on Saturn's moon, Titan. The forecast? Dust storms. Idaho Matters speaks with Professor Barnes about this discovery and what it means for future exploration.