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 This segment originally aired on March 16, 2019.


Cheeky Boutique founder Jessi Roberts joins Idaho Matters to talk about her book, Backroads Boss Lady.

City of Boise

The City of Boise is ready for a new library but many in the community are concerned with the funding mechanisms needed to build one. Idaho Matters looks at the latest developments in the efforts to update the main branch of the Boise Library with Kevin Booe, director of the Boise Library and Beverly Harad, president of the Boise Library Foundation.

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Bamboo and Barbed Wire documents the stories of Japanese-Americans interned at the Minidoka War Relocation Center in Jerome County, Idaho and looks at parallels to current evetns. The film is premiering at The Egyptian Theatre and Idaho Matters talks with the film's director, Karen Day, and Katie Hirai, president of the Boise Valley Japanese American Citizens League and granddaughter of Katherine Chizuru Hirai, a Minidoka internee.

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The woman formerly known as Rachel Dolezal reached an agreement with authorities after being charged with welfare fraud.


The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints announced on Thursday it is reversing a controversial 2015 policy that labeled church members in same sex marriages as "apostates" and barred children of same sex couples from receiving blessings and baptisms. The church's president, Dallin Oaks, reiterated that the church still considers same sex marriages within the church "a serious transgression." On Friday's Idaho Matters, we speak with Sunny Smart, an inactive member of the LDS Church and an advocate with Affirmation, a nonprofit support group for LGBTQ/SSA Mormons and their families.

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TEDxBoise celebrates its fifth year of sharing ideas and innovation and this year's TEDx event will be held on April 20. Idaho Matters talks with TEDx coach Nancy Buffington and 2019 speaker Gurtej Sandhu.

Sandpoint Resident Shares Story Of Marrying At 13

Apr 2, 2019

Reporter Samantha Wohlfeil shares the story of Angel McGehee of Northern Idaho in the most recent edition of The Inlander. McGehee was married at 13 and she joins Idaho Matters with Wohlfeil on Tuesday to share her story.


Boise residents gathered last week to remember Florence and Bob Goar, who both died after being hit by a car while crossing a downtown street in February. Two days after the vigil, three Boise High students were hit while walking to school. We speak with Cynthia Gibson, executive director of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance, and Don Kostelec, a planner with Vitruvian Planning and a pedestrian advocate.

Idaho Power Sets Goal Of 100% Clean Energy By 2045

Mar 28, 2019
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Idaho Power announced a pledge Tuesday to provide customers 100 percent clean energy by the year 2045. The company that serves over half-a-million customers calls the effort “Clean Today, Cleaner Tomorrow.” Nearly 50 percent of the electricity the company currently generates comes from hydro power. About a fifth comes from coal. Adam Richins, Idaho Power's Vice President of Customer Operations and Business Development, joins Idaho Matters to talk about shifting paradigms in the state's energy generation.


The Boise Airport announced plans for a dramatic expansion program on Wednesday. Idaho Matters discusses new parking garages, new rental car lots and a new concourse with Rebecca Hupp, director of the Boise Airport.

Boise Airport Braces For Big Expansion

Mar 27, 2019

People flying through the Boise Airport can expect to see some big changes to the facility in the coming years. The five-year project to upgrade the facility could get underway as soon as this fall. of Congress

Author and Idaho historian Randy Stapilus has no trouble talking smack about others, assuming they are great big jerks. He is giving a presentation in Moscow on Saturday entitled "Speaking Ill of the Dead: Jerks in Idaho History" and Stapilus joins Idaho Matters to talk about Idaho's biggest "jerks" and what makes their legacy less than rosy.

boise co-op

The Boise Co-op hired its first-ever CEO earlier this month. Michelle Andersen will oversee a staff of more than 200 and she joins Idaho Matters to talk about the future of this Treasure Valley institution.

idaho national laboratory

In addition to being one of the nation's leading nuclear research facilities, Idaho National Laboratory has emerged as the tip of the spear for national and global cyber security. On Monday's Idaho Matters, we talk with the cyber security division's director, Scott Cramer, about the cyber threats faced by Americans today and how we are being protected online.

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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.


The region's volcanoes represent the northeastern portion of the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and 12 million years ago, Idaho saw much more volcanic activity than it does today. The latest installment of Wanna Know Idaho imagines a Gem State covered in lava-spewing volcanoes.

Students Speak Out Against Climate Change Inactivity

Mar 18, 2019

About 200 students left classes in the Treasure Valley on Friday to gather at the state capitol to bring attention to climate change. Idaho Matters speaks with organizers Elise Malterre and Liam Neupert about this global demonstration.

Students Demand Change At Boise’s Youth Climate Strike

Mar 15, 2019
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Liam Neupert is a junior at One Stone school in Boise and helped to coordinate the Idaho Youth Climate Strike Friday morning. For several weeks now, he’s been at the statehouse every Friday, missing school to protest climate change inaction.


Skye Borgman

Netflix debuted a documentary in February that detailed the terror and exploitation one man brought on a Pocatello family more than forty years ago. Abducted in Plain Sight tells the story of the Brobergs and how a family friend manipulated them to sexually assault and kidnap their daughter. Idaho Matters talks with Jan Broberg about her experience and Skye Borgman, director of the film.


The Fundsy charity auction has raised more than $8 million for Treasure Valley organizations and we talk with Carolyn Holly and Meredith Stead about how the non-profit is helping other non-profits.

Efforts are underway to weaken the ability to bring voter initiatives to ballot and on Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we talk with Luke Mayville and Tracy Olson of Reclaim Idaho.

meridian library district

Meridian is growing and so are the demands on the city's library services. Meridian voters will have the opportunity to vote on a levy that would expand the municipality's library. On Wednesday's Idaho Matters, we discuss this growth with Meridian library director Gretchen Caserotti.


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. Ames joins Idaho Matters to share insight into the life of this Idaho native.

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As residents of Nampa deal with thousands of crows turning the town into a scene from a Hitchcock film, a preserve in eastern Idaho is seeing avian visitors of a nobler sort.

With their graceful profiles and snow white feathers, thousands of trumpeter swans have taken up residence at the Deer Parks Wildlife Mitigation Unit.

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The Guns & America series looks at the popularity of the AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. The firearm's name and design are licensed to numerous manufacturers and can be customized with a plethora of attachments, making it one of the top-selling rifles in America. Heath Druzin, Boise State Public Radio's Guns & America reporter, joins Idaho Matters to parse out the popularity of this gun.