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Erin Leach stands outside the home she shares with her sister in Caldwell.
Brooklyn Riepma / Boise State Public Radio

On a cold December evening, about 100 people gathered in downtown Boise to learn more about Add the Words. The group advocates on behalf of LGBTQ folks, and is focused on adding the words “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to the Idaho Human Rights Act.

The Wassmuth Center

International outreach efforts by the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights have resulted in bicycle distribution in Cambodia, development of educational opportunities for young women in Mozambique and other initiatives from Latin America to the Balkans. Idaho Matters talks with the center's director about why it is important for Boiseans to connect with people around the world.

One of former Governor Butch Otter's legacies is the Governor's Cup, an annual tournament that includes golf and skeet shooting. It was established to raise funds for scholarships, but questions are being asked about the cost of the tournament and whether it serves as anything more than a political networking event. The Cup has provided educational funds for some 250 Idahoans, but at what cost?

On The Tuesday, January 8, 2019 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Jan 7, 2019

  • We break down Idaho Governor Brad Little’s State of the State speech.
  • Integrating Art into the classroom.
  • “Total Health” care at St. Luke’s.
  • How did America’s plan for eating right get it so wrong?

Gemma Gaudette sits down with Betsy Russell from the Idaho Press, Bill Manny with Idaho Public Television and Kevin Richert with Idaho Education News to discuss the big news of the day: Governor Otter leaving office, Governor-Elect Little taking office and why Idaho's tax revenues are falling short by millions of dollars.

Study Shows Idaho Is A Top Choice For Inbound Moves

Jan 4, 2019
Idaho Statesman

A study released earlier this week shows Idaho was one of the top states for inbound moves in 2018.


  • Our Reporter’s Roundtable will discuss the news of the day and what stories to look for in 2019.
  • Helpful advice about quitting smoking.
  • Explore the virtues of Reed’s Dairy and discover why it’s been called “Creamy and Dreamy.”

We take the hour to look at the causes, impacts and treatments of childhood trauma and the lifelong effects they cause. Local schools are using exercises in "mindfulness" to teach students how to center themselves and learn effective tools for conflict resolution. We talk with area educators and counselors about how schools are re-evaluating the way they address youth trauma.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners

There’s a new tool helping Idaho residents find old money. An online search can now reveal whether a long-forgotten life insurance policy is waiting to be claimed.

Kimberlee Miller / Idaho Potato Drop

Tonight rings in the New Year ... where New York City has its ball, Mobile, Alabama drops a Moonpie and Eastport, Maine drops a sardine. Not to be outdone, Idaho drops a glowing resin and fiberglass potato.

Jeremy Bishop

When it comes to news content, local coverage and community engagement, 2018 was a monumental year for us here at Boise State Public Radio. Here's a quick rundown of all the new projects and initiatives we kicked off during this trip around the sun.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

Back in August, we had a chance to visit the South Boise Women’s Correctional Center south of Boise. We wanted to take a look at what life was like in a women’s prison and we heard about several very unique programs that the prison offers the women. We also heard some very compelling stories about what brought the women behind bars.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

There were 311 women prisoners at the South Boise Women's Correctional Center on the day we visited in August. It's a minimum security facility. We wanted to find out more about a women's prison, and about the woman who runs it. On a windy day outside the prison, Noel Barlow-Hust opened up about why she became warden and why women are different from men behind bars. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center is a tight cluster of buildings south of Boise. Behind the prison stands a long, covered tent-like structure. Inside are thousands of rows of tiny green plants. Gemma Gaudette walked along the rows of sagebrush with warden Noel Barlow-Hust who says the plants are grown by inmates and help restore the landscape after wildland fires.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Originally broadcast October 25, 2018.

The South Boise Women's Correctional Center has some very unique programs designed to help the women there learn job skills and other qualities like leadership and responsibility. One of those is the Whiskers Program, a collaboration with the Idaho Humane Society where inmates take care of sick and neglected cats and kittens.

We talk with Stephanie Mark, who's been at the prison since May. She's the Cat Coordinator. She starts out talking about the Whiskers Program and then the conversation takes a turn toward some very serious subjects.

Heath Druzin / Boise State Public Radio

The holidays can be a tough time for older veterans, especially those far away from family. But local military and civilian groups come together each year to make sure they know they’re not forgotten.

  • Addiction and the Holidays.
  • Rail Transit.
  • Holiday Gifts.
  • The Idaho Botanical Garden.

Alexodus / Flickr

Host Gemma Gaudette leads a round table discussion of the week's headlines with the region's top journalists. This week Idaho Matters speaks with Bill Manny and Seth Ogilvie from Idaho Public Television and Kevin Richert of Idaho Education News.

John Sonderman / Flickr

Veterans laid to rest in Idaho are getting a special recognition Saturday, December 15. The organization Wreaths Across America is placing holiday wreaths on the graves of fallen men and women who served.

Boise Parks and Recreation

Kathryn Albertson Park will turn 30 in 2019 and the space has been reconditioned and upgraded. We'll visit the park named for the wife of Idaho's supermarket magnate.

Boise Bicycle Project

A local group that gives away refurbished bikes to kids is in desperate need of some help for Christmas.



Kevin Rank / Flickr Creative Commons

It’s been pretty chilly here in Boise for the last few days as well as up north in McCall. It is actually that cold?

Kyle Green / Idaho Statesman

This week, TSA inspectors at the Boise Airport found three guns in three days as luggage was being screened.

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The Federal Communications Commission is re-aligning over-the-air TV signals to make room for more broadband services. Idaho Matters discusses this with an FCC official.