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On The Tuesday, June 4, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

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  • Echoes & Reflections trains educators to teach Holocaust and anti-hate programs.
  • The Idaho Conservation League juggles suits with and against the U.S. Forest Service.
  • Idaho mining takes a back seat to recreational activities.
  • INL team is developing the power to travel to Mars and beyond.

- A recent FBI report found that anti-Semitic crimes have increased dramatically in recent years. The Echoes & Reflections program has designed curriculum and training for educators to teach Holocaust history and hate crime recognition and on Tuesday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Echoes & reflections deputy project director Melissa Mott and Wassmuth Center for Human Rights executive director Dan Prinzing about why this type of education is vital.

- The Idaho Conservation League finds itself in a unique position as they have two separate hearings scheduled regarding the Sawtooth National Forest. One has the League siding with the U.S. Forest service and one against. Idaho Matters talks with John Robison and Marie Callaway Kellner from the Idaho Conservation League about this odd confluence of cases.

- A March ruling by a BLM judge prohibited the mining of 35 small claims along the South Fork Payette River. This marks a growing trend favoring preservation of public lands for recreational use over mining operations. Adam Sowards is a professor of environmental sciences at the University of Idaho and he authors a column for High Country News called Reckoning With History. Sowards joins Idaho Matters to discuss addresses this shift and why it may continue into the future.

- NASA will be launching a Mars-bound probe in July of 2020 and Martian rover powered by some good, old-fashioned, Idaho-made radioactive decay. Scientists at INL's Space Nuclear Power and Isotope Technologies Division will assemble a plutonium-238 fueled energy unit to power the next rover to traverse the Red Planet. Idaho Matters speaks with the division's director, Dr. Stephen Johnson, about building a better battery for surviving the Martian landscape.