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On The Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • Author Michael Ames discusses his biography of the controversial Idahoan, Bowe Bergdahl.
  • 40,000 babies are born annually in America with congenital heart defects.
  • Hemophilia sufferers can count on treatment, but no cure.

- Michael Ames's book "American Cipher" tells the story of Bowe Bergdahl, the U.S. Army private who spent five years as a captive of the Taliban to later be released in a controversial prisoner swap. Many have called Bergdahl a deserter; others have pointed to mental health issues. Everyone agrees the man is an enigma. Ames joins Idaho Matters to share insight into the life of this Sun Valley native.

- Congenital heart defects result in improper cardiac development during gestation. On Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we talk about spotting the symptoms and treating the diagnosis of heart defects with St. Luke's pediatric cardiologist, Dr. Michael Womack.

- Hemophilia used to plague the royal families of Europe who practiced inbreeding to "secure" family bloodlines. People still suffer from the blood disorder (not because of inbreeding) and Idaho Matters looks at the causes and cures with Barbara Fawcett, executive director of the Idaho chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.