Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:50:40 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:47:48 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 17:45:03 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:54:25 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:50:48 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 17:44:53 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:56:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:53:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:51:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 18:01:56 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:48:15 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 17:44:13 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:49:08 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:37:22 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 16 Jun 2017 16:34:11 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:05:16 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:02:56 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:00:08 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 18:01:48 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:58:13 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:54:48 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:44:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:42:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:39:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:36:00 +0000Summary: "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..
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:34:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 17:20:00 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:28:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:25:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 09 Jun 2017 17:23:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:43:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:39:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 08 Jun 2017 17:33:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:37:12 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:28:41 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:43:51 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:41:15 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:31:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:49:26 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:45:33 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:41:00 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:38:21 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:00:26 +0000Summary: 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...
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:55:17 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 18:52:30 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:54:03 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:47:29 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:44:05 +0000Summary: 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 ..
Published: Thu, 12 Jan 2017 22:40:55 +0000Summary: 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..
Published: Wed, 11 Jan 2017 18:49:44 +0000Summary: 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..