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On The Monday, June 3, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • Protecting the health and rights of Idaho's seasonal agricultural workers.
  • Author Roger McNamee breaks down the myth of Mark Zuckerberg.
  • Summer roadway projects from IDT.
  • Ballet Sun Valley welcomes San Francisco Ballet to the Wood River Valley.

- Twenty farmworkers in Caldwell were taken to the hospital with flu-like symptoms; the workers were clearly exposed to a chemical of some kind and the EPA is currently investigating the contaminations. Many of Idaho's farm workers are migrant seasonal employees - undocumented and frequently exploited. On the Monday edition of Idaho Matters, we look at efforts to provide legal aid, healthcare and educational opportunities for Idaho's seasonal farm workers with Sonnay Alvarez with the Community Council of Idaho and Dunnia Aplicano, the state farmworker advocate with the Idaho Department of Labor.

- Ten years ago, Facebook was a godsend that helped connect families and friends and mitigate some of the loneliness and disconnect that has been plaguing post-war America. Today, critics claim Facebook is being used as a political and ideological weapon as well as tool for hate speech, misogyny and harassment. Many critique Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as being oblivious or uncaring about the effects the social media is having in shaping contemporary culture, for better or worse. Author Roger McNamee captures the impact Zuckerberg's policies have had on our social and political landscape in Zucked: Waking Up to the Facebook Catastrophe and he joins Idaho Matters to explain why Facebook is more than just kitten memes.

- Summertime means roads projects and we check in with Jake Melder from the Idaho Department of Transportation to find out what projects are underway and how these improvements are impacting Treasure Valley commuters.

- Ballet Sun Valley is welcoming the San Francisco Ballet to the Sun Valley Pavilion July 5 and 7. The Sun Valley company is also developing an adaptive dance program for aspiring dancers with Down syndrome, autism, Parkinson's and cerebral palsy. Idaho Matters talks with Ballet Sun Valley founder, Bob Smelick.