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Idaho Matters is the place on-air and online where folks with different views can talk with each other, exchange ideas, debate with respect and come away richer out of the experience.

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How is our growing population impacting Idahoan's sense of home?

Large trees in their fall colors create a tunnel over historic Harrison Boulevard in Boise's North End neighborhood.(Talo Pinto / Flickr) For several years now, housing has been listed as a top priority issue in Idaho. And as the state's population continues to grow, the problem isn't getting any smaller. When it comes to addressing the housing crisis, it's not just affordability that people are worried about; it's the solution and how that solution might impact neighborhoods, particularly in Boise. Dr. Krista Paulsen is an Associate Professor of Urban Studies in the School of Public Service at Boise State University, and she'll be talking more about this topic at Boise's Fettuccine Forum on March 7 and she joined Idaho Matters to talk more.

'Sex, Lies and Sensibility:' An author interview with Nikki Payne

( Berkley) Readers fell in love with author Nikki Payne's debut novel, "Pride and Protest," a retelling of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice." It got all kinds of buzz, from Ebony Magazine to Oprah Daily. Now Payne is back with her latest novel, "Sex, Lies and Sensibility," a modern re-working of Austen's "Sense and Sensibility." She joined Idaho Matters to talk more about her new release.

How one student is preserving Idaho's music history

( Cora Lee Oxley) How do you preserve the music history of a city? Or a state? Where do you start such a project? Those were the questions for Cora Lee Oxley, a Boise State University senior studying humanities and cultural studies. She wanted to help preserve Idaho's music history, and decided to use the Record Exchange as a starting point. Oxley used to work at the Boise-based record store and is using it as a focal point to create an archive of Idaho music. Cora Lee, along with Cheryle Oestreicher, the professor and head of Special Collections and Archives at the Albertsons Library at Boise State University, joined Idaho Matters to talk more about this effort.

How one nonprofit is giving single mothers a safe place to call home

(Vladimir Agafonkin / Flickr) Finding affordable housing in today's economy, especially as a single parent, is no easy feat. And when you add going back to school to the equation, things can get hard to balance. Which is why nonprofits like The House Next Door are working to provide support to moms in need, giving their families a safe place to call home. Melinda Romayor, the Executive Director of the nonprofit, joined Idaho Matters to talk more about the organization.

Maintaining urgency two years into the Russia-Ukraine war

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy signs a flag during his visit to the front line city of Kupiansk, Kharkiv region, Ukraine, Monday, Feb. 19, 2024. (AP / Ukrainian Presidential Press Office) International relations can seem really far away from anybody in the United States, including here in Idaho and that's something Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Kristin Kane with the U.S. Department of State wants to change. She came to Boise last week and sat down with Morning Edition host George Prentice to talk about the 2nd anniversary of the attack on Ukraine, sanctions against Russia, and why she came to visit the Gem State.

Why Idaho teachers are using nature as the classroom

Outdoor classrooms can be full of surprises!( Lora Strange) All over Idaho, kids are learning about nature by actually being in nature. From college wilderness programs to a year-round forest preschool, more and more Idaho students are spending time in an outdoor classroom and it turns out those experiences can have a lifetime of positive consequences. Idaho Public Television's Outdoor Idaho went into the wild to explore some of these amazing learning environments for their show Nature as Classroom, which airs March 10. Bill Manny, producer with Idaho Public Television; Maura Goldstein, the school director of the Roots Forest School in McCall and Lora Strange, a master naturalist and the outdoor natural science teacher at Kuna High School, joined Idaho Matters to tell us more.

A peak into the secret life of racoons

( Vicky Runnoe) Birds and squirrels are part of the everyday landscape in Idaho cities, living in our urban areas and doing quite well for themselves for the most part. Other animals also thrive in cities, though you might not always see them. One of those animals, the raccoon, was featured in a recent issue of Wildlife Express the Idaho Fish and Game Newsletter for kids and kids at heart. We wanted to know more about nature's little trash bandits and how they thrive so well in our midst, so we asked Vicky Runnoe back on Idaho Matters. She's a conservation education supervisor with Idaho Fish and Game and Superintendent of the Morrison Knudsen Nature Center.

Idaho Matters Reporter Roundtable: February 23, 2024

( Idaho Transportation Department) This week, reporters dig into why the Boise Police Oversight Director was fired, lawmakers consider building an alternative to Highway 55, a new bill would stop cities from using some rental regulations and funding for crisis pregnancy centers in Idaho is in doubt. It's Friday, which means it's time for our Reporter Roundtable when Idaho Matters gets you up to date on all the news that made headlines this past week. Our journalist panel today: Sydney Kidd with BoiseDev Alex Brizee with the Idaho Statesman Clark Corbin with the Idaho Capital Sun Nicole Blanchard, outdoors reporter for the Idaho Statesman

'Intimate Apparel' comes to Idaho

A staged reading of Intimate Apparel is set for Sunday, Feb. 25 at Boise Contemporary Theater.( Leta Harris Neustaedter) Lynn Nottage is the first and only woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for drama twice and now her play 'Intimate Apparel' is finally coming to Idaho. Producer and writer Leta Harris Neustaedter is bringing a staged reading of the play to Boise Contemporary Theater on February 25. She told Morning Edition host George Prentice the play has been on her radar for 11 years and it was finally time to bring it to the Gem State.

Idaho school boards weigh in on school choice

A student writes on worksheets in class.(Preston Gannaway for NPR) Lawmakers have tried over the past several years to put some kind of program in place that would help parents pay for private school using everything from vouchers to education savings accounts, but none of those past proposals have become law. We want to take a deep dive into school choice, and we're planning a series of conversations about how this would affect kids and parents, public and private schools, charter and religious schools, taxpayers and educators. So we asked Quinn Perry, the Policy and Government Affairs Director for the Idaho School Boards Association, to join Idaho Matters for a conversation about a bill before the Idaho Legislature that would provide $5000 in tax credits to parents who enroll their children in private school.