Checking My Privilege: What Does That Mean?

Recent racially-charged killings of black men and white police officers have highlighted old racial frustrations and recriminations. Ominous comparisons are being made to 1968 -- when widespread riots boiled up after the assassination of Martin Luther King -- and people are nervously wondering how far race relations might unravel this summer. JPR reporter Liam Moriarty offers some personal reflections on how racial identity runs much more than skin-deep.
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JPR Live Session: Sean Watkins

Multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring.
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BLM, Applegate Valley Residents Face Off On Timber Sale

Trees grow slowly, and it sometimes appears as if forest management plans take a similar amount of time to take shape. So it is with the Nedsbar Forest Management Project in the Applegate Valley, a responsibility of the Medford office of the Bureau of Land Management. BLM says the tree stands are overstocked and in need of thinning. Environmental groups say the plans would remove healthy, fire-resistant trees. We hear two sides of the project, beginning with BLM rep Kristi Mastrofini talking about the attributes of the sale. Then Luke Ruediger checks in with the alternative proposed by the Applegate Neighborhood Network and the Klamath Forest Alliance.
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Russian Balloonist Circumnavigates The Globe, Claims World Record

A 65-year-old Russian adventurer has piloted a balloon around the world solo and non-stop in 11 days, claiming a new world record.If the record is confirmed, Fedor Konyukhov has shaved a full two days off the previous record set by American adventurer Steve Fossett in 2002. The World Air Sports Federation, which makes the determination, congratulated Konukhov and said it was waiting for an official claim to ratify the record.As we have reported, this was no easy feat: "[He] has had a...
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A History Lesson: When Math Was Taboo

Math is "contemptible and vile."That's not from a disgruntled student. It's from a textbook.The author, 16th century mathematician Robert Recorde, nestled the line just after his preface, table of contents and a biblical quote citing God's command to measure and number all things.Recorde didn't believe in math's awfulness — quite the opposite. He was simply reflecting popular opinion on his way to a spirited defense of math. Why?Mathematics was associated with banking and trade and so "was...
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Donald Trump accepted the Republican nomination for president Thursday night, delivering a speech that lays out America's struggles with crime, terrorism and immigration and how he plans to address them.

NPR's politics team has annotated Trump's speech below. Portions we commented on are highlighted, followed by analysis, context and fact check in italics.

Thank you, thank you. Thank you very much.

Friends, delegates and fellow Americans: I humbly and gratefully accept your nomination for the presidency of the United States.

Over orchards and vineyards across the Northwest, European starlings are eating fruit to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars per year. And when the traditional methods of keeping the birds away -- like scarecrows, pyrotechnics and netting -- don’t work, it’s time to call Falcon Force.

There may be nothing that excites a performer more than performing on a new stage. 

So excitement is likely rampant at Random People Theater Project in Humboldt County. 

The group, composed of amateurs and old pros, performed for years at the Mateel Center in Redway, but just moved to a new home in Garberville. 

It's not just theater IN the community, it is theater ABOUT the community... Random People encourages stories from the region, written by local people about local people.

People seeking justice--economic, social, environmental--have a place on the compass on the North Coast of California. 

True North Organizing Network brings together people who feel marginalized in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. 

Tribal members, immigrants and more have allies in True North. 

Oregon Unemployment Ticks Up Slightly In June

Jul 21, 2016

Oregon’s unemployment rate went up slightly last month. The state employment department says it was 4.8 % in June. Nick Beleiciks, State Employment Economist, says the summer season is one factor.

The Oregon Health Authority, is advising pregnant women not to travel to Zika-affected countries, and telling others to take precautions.

Crook County leaders unexpectedly decided not to adopt a natural resource plan Wednesday that was designed to give local leaders more say over how federal lands are managed.

To cut down on opioid abuse, patients are being told to try acupuncture, massage and other treatments for pain. But the science behind some of these alternatives is lacking.

A group of scientists is about to spend $21 million dollars to change that.

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute is conducting two main studies.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s new running mate, has a special connection with Oregon Rep. Greg Walden, thanks to their shared background in the radio industry.

Pence and Walden once led a fight to pass legislation that aimed at ensuring the Fairness Doctrine would not be revived. That 1949 law — which might sound quaint in today’s fractured and no-holds-barred media landscape — required broadcasters to air opposing points of view.

Congressman Greg Walden is Oregon's only Republican member of the state congressional delegation, but he's making his voice heard.


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