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JPR's live call-in program devoted to current events and news makers from around the region and beyond.

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Medical Marijuana Approaches 20 Years In Oregon


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:50:40 +0000
Summary: Oregon was a pioneer in voting to legalize marijuana for medicinal use. The medical pot law turns 20 next year, and its future grows a bit fuzzier now that marijuana is also legal for recreational use. Why get a prescription for a drug you can buy over-th..


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Nature's Creatures, In Their Hideous Glory


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:47:48 +0000
Summary: Isn't nature wonderful in how it allows creatures to adapt to their surroundings? Well, yeah, unless you're the creature who ends up host to a parasite or something else that wrecks your life. Examples abound, and WIRED science writer Matt Simon serves th..


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Exchange Exemplar: "How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life"


Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:45:03 +0000
Summary: Any effort to improve your life would probably not begin at the doorstep of an economist. But let's keep an open mind about this. Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, is best known for writing about "the invisible hand" of the market. But he also w..


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Spend Saturday Walking The (Protected) Land In Oregon


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:54:25 +0000
Summary: If you follow news about land set aside for preservation, you may occasionally wonder: when can I go visit that land? This Saturday, June 24th, is a good answer. That is officially Oregon Walk the Land Day , sponsored by land trusts all over the state. Th..


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Life After Fame For "The Green Berets" Singer


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:50:48 +0000
Summary: Anybody alive in 1966 probably remembers the line "silver wings... upon their chest." It's a line from Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's number one hit song "The Ballad of the Green Berets." The patriotic ode to the military made Sadler briefly famous and rich. N..


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50 Years (!) Since The Summer Of Love


Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:44:53 +0000
Summary: You'll bum out a lot of older Americans when you point out that the "summer of love" was 50 years ago. It was an exciting and pivotal year in American history, and the year Danny Goldberg graduated from high school. He includes his own experiences and bro..


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Eating For Seven Billion: The World Peace Diet


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:56:00 +0000
Summary: You are what you eat, as the saying goes. So what does your diet say about your attitudes? Plenty, in the eyes of Will Tuttle. Dr. Tuttle--PhD in Education--is a vegan who supports a diet that is sustainable and compassionate, among other things. He calls..


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OEA's Burning Education Issues Get Attention


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:53:00 +0000
Summary: School's out for summer, but educators have a lot yet to talk about. The Oregon Education Association and its counterparts in other states sends members to the massive national Representative Assembly (RA), at the very time the Oregon Legislature is debat..


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Irish Music Makers Seek New Venue In Ashland As Pub Closes


Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:51:00 +0000
Summary: You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the music of the Emerald Isle. And Irish music has been a fixture at Ashland's Black Sheep pub for years now, in a Sunday afternoon jam session that welcomed all musicians. Now the Black Sheep owners are closing th..


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New Flying Squirrel Identified In Northwest


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:01:56 +0000
Summary: Scientists just identified a new species of flying squirrel in North America, and it lives right here near us. Humboldt's flying squirrel is named for the naturalist Alexander Humboldt, but Humboldt County is part of its range. Scientists knew flying squi..


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Rail Trail Takes Shape On Old McCloud Railway


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:48:15 +0000
Summary: Long trains loaded with tree parts and wood products used to rumble through the woods between Burney and McCloud, continuing on to Mount Shasta. The rumbling is gone, because the tracks have been removed. The McCloud Railway's demise marks the rise of the..


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William F. Buckley And His Pals In The White House


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:44:13 +0000
Summary: William F. Buckley was not just the best-known conservative thinker of his time, he was asked for formulate policy based on his conservative views. Several presidents sought Buckley's advice, and he was close friends with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. Alvin Fe..


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Getting Perspective From World Refugee Day


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:49:08 +0000
Summary: June 20th is World Refugee Day , a day to think about the people who left their homes because they HAD to, seldom knowing where they would end up. The world has been hard on refugees from the Syrian civil war, but that's not an isolated example. Kristin Y..


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Redding Seeks Cultural District Status


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:37:22 +0000
Summary: 22 California communities are semi-finalists in the effort to have parts of town identified as "cultural districts." Redding is one of them. A cultural district is an area with a high concentration of cultural resources, and Redding identified several chu..


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Doctors Offer Advice On Living With Cancer


Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:34:11 +0000
Summary: It's some of the worst news a person can get: "you have cancer." But it happens to many of us, and medical science is constantly looking for remedies. Those include attention to the emotional needs of cancer patients, which are considerable. David Ryan, a..


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Eugene Researchers Follow Earhart's Trail


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:05:16 +0000
Summary: So many flights, so many accomplishments for Amelia Earhart. And so little evidence to clearly indicate what happened to her when she disappeared, almost exactly 80 years ago. The Archaeological Legacy Institute based in Eugene wants to observe the 80th a..


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The Allure Of Driving Grandpa's Car


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:02:56 +0000
Summary: Birds and butterflies return with the warm weather. What else? Classic cars, for one. Owners of vintage vehicles are more likely to hit the road when the weather is pleasant and roads aren't likely to be layered with cinders or salt. This is the main week..


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Exchange Exemplar: "I Dare Me"


Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:00:08 +0000
Summary: When was the last time you did something truly new? Lu Ann Cahn considered that question after surviving cancer, and decided to turn it into a challenge. So she did something new every day for a year, a process she lays out in the book I Dare Me: How I Re..


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Changing The Internet To Add Meaning


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:01:48 +0000
Summary: It's probably safe to call Michael Patrick Lynch a critic of the Internet. But you might want to Google him to be sure. Lynch runs the "Humility and Conviction in Public Life" project at the University of Connecticut. He joined us last year to talk about ..


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Never A Dull Moment: Signals & Noise For June


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:58:13 +0000
Summary: The concept of a "slow news day" seems like so long ago. The inauguration of Donald Trump is just one factor in what seems to be an hourly, rather than daily, explosion of news in the world. And it gives us plenty to talk about with Andrew Gay and Preciou..


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The Rise Of The Rich: "Democracy In Chains"


Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:54:48 +0000
Summary: The American right wing is fond of talking about "the deep state" of late. Each side has its boogeymen and suspected conspirators, like the way the left wing feels about the Koch brothers. Nancy MacLean adds a name in her book Democracy in Chains: The Dee..


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Suction Dredge Mining Bill Signed By OR Governor


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:44:00 +0000
Summary: Vacuum action on Oregon streams moves from temporarily banned to permanently prohibited. Both state House and Senate have passed the Suction Dredge Reform Bill (SB 3), and Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on June 14th. Long a project of the late Senato..


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Farm To School Funding Held Up In Oregon


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:42:00 +0000
Summary: It's getting late in the Oregon legislature. A budget is due when the fiscal year begins July 1st, and there's not enough money to pay for all existing programs. So agencies large and small are still unsure about what their funding will be. Large as in: a..


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Storyteller Will Hornyak Goes To Prison (Voluntarily)


Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:39:00 +0000
Summary: The ancient tale of Scheherazade is about a storyteller. She saved her own life, and many more, by telling stories to a tyrannical king for a thousand nights. The story resonates with Portland storyteller Will Hornyak , who tells stories in prisons and ma..


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Senior Companions Seek New Members In Lane County


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:36:00 +0000
Summary: "A home." That short phrase, uttered by senior citizens, is not a pleasant concept. The majority of senior citizens would rather live their later years in their own houses, not "a home." The national Senior Companion program pairs seniors who need some as..


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Rogue Valley Starts Search For Brownfields


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:34:00 +0000
Summary: It's not uncommon for a piece of land to be used for a business, then the business closes and the site is left vacant. But not empty. Hazardous substances or other pollutants can be left behind, with no one responsible for the cleanup. These are designate..


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A Fortune Built On Beer Fizzes Away


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:20:00 +0000
Summary: Frances Stroh had it all growing up. She was a rich kid, the heiress to the Stroh Brewing fortune. Then the economy of urban Detroit collapsed, beer tastes changed, and the family's fortunes went quickly south. It got ugly, a story Stroh tells frankly in ..


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cUriOus: Research Meets Radio


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:28:00 +0000
Summary: The academic year is drawing to a close at the University of Oregon , but the work never stops. This month we visit with Leslie Leve from UO's Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department. She updates us on the University's Phil and Penny Knight Ca..


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Skip The Pharmacy, Visit The Forest


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:25:00 +0000
Summary: There are those who walk in the forest, and those who walk in the forest and recognize what grows there. Scott Kloos is firmly in that second category. He is the founder and managing director of The School of Forest Medicine. So you can probably guess wha..


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SOU Professor Reads The Mail Of J. K. Galbraith


Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:23:00 +0000
Summary: The late John Kenneth Galbraith is generally regarded as a liberal economist, but his story is quite a bit more complicated than that, and more than 97 years long. Galbraith served under four presidents, wrote dozens of books, and worked for half a centur..


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Compass Radio: Navigating Homelessness And Unemployment


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:43:00 +0000
Summary: Few of us are equipped to understand the challenges of mental illness. And that's why we hear the voices of people struggling with mental health in our monthly segment "Compass Radio." It is co-produced by Compass House in Medford, a center that functions..


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Transgender Identical Twin Brings Story To Medford


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:39:00 +0000
Summary: Nicole and Jonas Maines are identical twins; they were born with identical bodies. But their minds viewed those bodies and their lives differently, and Nicole knew from an early age that she was fated to be female, not male. The transition from Wyatt to N..


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Exchange Exemplar: "The Promise Of A Pencil"


Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:33:00 +0000
Summary: It started with a pencil, but it became so much more. Adam Braun came face-to-face with a little boy in India who wanted a pencil. It was really symbolic: what he really wanted was an education. So that incident led to the formation of a group that has no..


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Rabbi Returns With Thoughts On Racism


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:37:12 +0000
Summary: The recent murders of two men defending people from racial harassment in Portland made us think instantly of Rabbi Debra Kolodny at Resolutions Northwest . She teaches workshops on defusing such situations, and lives in the Portland area. We talked to Kol..


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Cities Heart Maker Spaces


Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:28:41 +0000
Summary: Maybe at one time the appropriate term was "community workshop," but "maker space" is the handle now. And several communities in the region are in the process of setting up maker spaces, or at least exploring the possibilities. Anyone with some knowledge ..


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The Function Of CASAs In The Child Welfare System


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:43:51 +0000
Summary: The child foster care system can't seem to stay out of the news for long. The very concept of foster care comes with some issues: removing children from their homes and putting them in the care of strangers. Tweaks and overhauls come about from time to ti..


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Monument Expansion Reactions


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:41:15 +0000
Summary: The news from Washington was expected, but it came with a surprise. President Obama did indeed decide to expand the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Jackson, Klamath, and Siskiyou Counties. But the expansion, 47,000 acres or so, did not double the fo..


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JPR Favorite Gets To The Heart


Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000
Summary: Longtime listeners of Jefferson Public Radio will remember the name of Diana Coogle . She provided commentary for years on an afternoon news magazine program JPR once ran. Her capacity for observing and remarking on the world around her remains undiminish..


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Artist Embraces Palestine In Work


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:49:26 +0000
Summary: Art can be a way to bring people together, even in tough circumstances. Deb Van Poolen found people living in tough circumstances in the Palestinian territories, where she made and taught art. It's part of a body of work devoted to subjects that can be ov..


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"The Meriwethers" Follow Lewis And Clark's Trail


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:45:33 +0000
Summary: The Meriwethers are not just singers and musicians, they are historians, in a sense. Their music tells the story of the Corps of Discovery led by Lewis and Clark, sent to explore the lands of the Louisiana Purchase more than 200 years ago...


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Author Writes Love Story Set In Syria


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:41:00 +0000
Summary: Syria in the past few years has generated enough stories for several lifetimes. Emily Robbins knows the country and wanted to tell a story of her own, one that got beyond the daily recitations of bombings and casualties in the civil war there. So she wrot..


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Local Minister Weighs Church-State Balance


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:38:21 +0000
Summary: We speak of a "wall of separation of church and state" a lot in our country. But that actual phrase does not appear in our founding documents. So there's a constant tug-of-war over just how much faith should be represented in the process of governing the ..


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Compass Radio: Education And Mental Health


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:26 +0000
Summary: Compass Radio is about listening to people in our region as they navigate mental illness, and the mental health system. This month we asked about education, and got some challenging answers...


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Hot Fires Hammer Conifers


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:55:17 +0000
Summary: Ideally, an area burned in a forest fire can be left alone, and the forest will regenerate naturally. But not all fires create ideal situations. In fact, the large, hot fires of California appear to stall the regeneration of conifer forests. That's the fi..


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Ashland Oncologist Relates Rare Story of Remission


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:30 +0000
Summary: The terms "cure" and "cancer" generally do not appear in the same sentence, except to describe what we all hope for the future. Yet Glenn Sabin swears his health regimen allowed him to recover from leukemia. And he's gotten the attention and support of me..


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An Original Speaks Of Ladysmith Black Mambazo


Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:54:03 +0000
Summary: Much of the world first learned of the South African a cappella group Ladysmith Black Mambazo when they performed with Paul Simon in the 1980s. But Mambazo had already been around for a couple of decades by then, and the group continues to sing and tour a..


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Rogue Valley Takes Electric Bus For A Spin


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:47:29 +0000
Summary: Public transportation already gets credit for reducing emissions by getting people out of their cars. Just imagine how much more emissions are reduced by an electric bus. Eugene's Lane Transit already committed to buying electric busses; now Rogue Valley ..


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MLK Day Planning In The Age Of Trump


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:44:05 +0000
Summary: The third week of January will be a very big week. It begins with the Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance and ends with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as U.S. President. We'll focus on MLK first, as several cities plan ceremonies. One of the ..


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Rewind: The Right Words In a Relationship


Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:40:55 +0000
Summary: Any relationship with another human being is bound to have a few sensitive areas, subject matters that are trod upon lightly. And the choices we make in HOW to talk about them can make all the difference. Relationship expert and therapist Carl Alasko poin..


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Dollars Flow To Water Project On North Coast


Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:49:44 +0000
Summary: It's a good time to be a fish on the North Coast. Or at least a good time to be a person who wants fish to thrive on the North Coast. The Martin Slough project is on the verge of receiving funding to reduce flooding and enhance fish habitat along the slou..


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