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Remember your childhood dreams of being a rock star? Boise Rock School makes those dreams (almost) come true by teaming up with kids and teaching the art of rock. From beginners to experts, the instructors will teach children to channel their inner-Jagger while instilling teamwork and fostering a passion for music.

Medicaid Expansion Efforts in Idaho . . . Boise Mayor Dave Bieter . . . Greenbelt Recovery . . . Boise Rock School Rocks!

Atlanta-based developers the Greenstone Group are hoping to build a multi-purpose sports stadium in South Boise to host minor league baseball games and other athletic events. The project has the support of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and some other high-caliber boosters.

Idaho And NAFTA

May 1, 2018

President Trump insists the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a terrible deal for American workers, but one-quarter of Idaho’s exports went to Canada and Mexico from 2002 to 2016 and the state's agricultural community is very concerned about what a withdrawal from NAFTA could mean for their bottom line.

More than a year ago, the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights in Boise broke ground on an outdoor community classroom as part of the the Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial. 

University of Idaho physics professor Jason Barnes would like to go to the Saturnian moon, Titan. Not him, personally, rather he'd like to send a giant drone-like rotorcraft to the moon to gather data.

On the Tuesday May 1, 2018 edition of Idaho Matters:

-- Atlanta-based developers the Greenstone Group are hoping to build a multi-purpose sports stadium in South Boise to host minor league baseball games and other athletic events. The project has the support of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce and some other high-caliber boosters.  

Primary Debates

Apr 30, 2018

The 2018 primary elections are weeks away and candidates from all parties are meeting for debates. This weekend will see six major state debates and on Idaho Matters, we speak with Melissa Davlin and Seth Ogilvie of Idaho Reports on Idaho Public Television to get the Monday morning recap. 

Early Voting

Apr 30, 2018
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Early voting for Idaho's 2018 primary elections begins Monday and Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane joins Idaho Matters to tell Idaho voters everything about registration, early voting options and polling locations.

Zoo Boise is undergoing many changes this past year; a new giraffe, the ground breaking of a new African exhibit and a new director.  Gene Peacock will assume his new role as Zoo Boise's director following the resignation of Steve Burns after a twenty-year tenure.  Peacock joins Idaho Matters to discuss the new exhibits and his vision for Zoo Boise.

Idaho native Natalie Perry grew up in a family with two gay, closeted fathers. One was a Chief Judge of the Idaho State Court of Appeals and couldn't campaign as an openly gay man in Idaho, unable to come out until after retirement.

A panel of reporters joins Gemma Gaudette to discuss the week's news affecting the Treasure Valley and Idaho, including education legislation from the 2018 session, Medicaid expansion proposals and the upcoming primary elections.

Student Stress

Apr 27, 2018

Anxiety is the most common mental health ailment, affecting nearly one third of Americans - both adolescent and adult.  Anxiety disorders are being detected in children as young as four.  Christy Porter is a student counselor at St. Joseph's Catholic School in Boise and she sat down with Idaho Matters to discuss the warning signs of stress in school-aged children and ways to alleviate the anxiety.

TED Talks were founded in 1984 as a conference of speakers bringing together new ideas about the melding of technology, entertainment and design in contemporary culture.  Since 1990, TED has produced annual conferences that have featured such speakers as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall and Bono.

The University of Idaho remains in the spotlight for the mishandling of sexual assault complaints placed more than five years ago. In 2013, three different women accused a football of sexual harassment and assault, the university's management of the subsequent investigation has come into question.

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