Journalism on Journalism 

It's a rare opportunity for us to stick our nose into the tent of another news organization, but we were particularly anxious to learn more about Idaho Matters, the ambitious and much-anticipated daily talk show on Boise State Public Radio. Senior Staff Writer Harrison Berry spent some time with the men and women who put on the midday show, which BSPR launched April 23. Read more about what matters to the people who produce Idaho Matters on pages 6 and 7.

We also take a deep dive into the precedent-setting number of political contributions that are fueling campaigns in the Tuesday, May 15, gubernatorial primary. Some very familiar names, businesses and political action committees have been pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into the race. We share our review of campaign disclosure forms on pages 6 and 7.

Next, Ben Schultz introduces us the band awakebutstillinbed, currently on what it calls a "two-and-a-half-monthlong DIY tour" which will bring the band to Boise's High Note Café Thursday, May 10. The title of its debut album is another mouthful: what people call low self-esteem is really just seeing yourself the way that other people see you. Read more on page 14.

This week's citizen is Pastor John Pavlovitz, once a youth minister at a North Carolina megachurch and author of the provocative blog, Stuff That Needs to Be Said. Read our conversation on page 15 prior to his Sunday, May 20, visit to Boise.

In this week's screen section, we sit down with local filmmaker Gregory Bayne, whose 6 Dynamic Laws for Success has garnered rave reviews at film festivals in Florida, Georgia, Oregon, Texas and Washington, and took home the top prize for Best Feature at the Barbados Independent Film Festival. Just before its Thursday, May 10, debut at The Flicks, get a preview on page 16.

Finally, Staff Writer Lex Nelson visited a number of Boise restaurants that are ditching plastic straws. It turns out that plastic straws are contributing to the massive pollution of our planet's oceans—but changing over to paper straws isn't as easy or cheap as you might think. Read more on pages 17 and 18.

George Prentice, News Editor

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