The Cost Of Death With Dignity

Apr 28, 2016
Courtesy Lyle Rudensey

People who use Oregon and Washington’s Death with Dignity laws have, for years, used a high dose of sleeping pills to peacefully end their lives. But the pharmaceutical company that makes that medication recently doubled the price.

From KLCC in Eugene, Rachael McDonald has this personal perspective of a family member choosing to end their life.

As you might imagine, JPR gets a fair amount of listener feedback. A recent email from one listener criticized JPR for an episode of RadioLab we aired which this listener contended was the final straw that proved JPR supported the proliferation and use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs have been a hot topic in recent years, both regionally and nationally, with bans approved by voters in Jackson and Josephine counties and the narrow defeat of an Oregon statewide GMO food labeling initiative in 2014.


  Light the candles on a birthday cake for the National Park Service if you dare, but there will be more candle than cake. 

NPS turns 100 this year, with a number of celebrations. 

Oregon is not overly endowed with NPS facilities, but Crater Lake and Oregon Caves are part of the system, wowing visitors and helping keep their dollars in the region. 

Steph MacKinnon

  Matt Haimovitz and his cello are on the road a lot. 

One description of his touring pace is "relentless." 

And he's not picky about venues, playing everything from concert halls to coffee houses.  Add radio studios to the list, because Haimovitz drops in to The Exchange for chat and concerto.

  Loud and proud would be one way to describe Gina Barreca. 

And let's add funny to that list, because she is frequently that.  Barreca's syndicated columns and essays frequently take on subjects of interest to today's women, and provide laughs for all. 

Her latest essay collection is If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? 

Trump Spurs Oregon Latinos to Apply for Citizenship

Apr 26, 2016
Jacob Lewin/KLCC

Oregon is seeing a big increase in the number of Latinos applying for citizenship.  The main reason is the presidential candidacy of Donald Trump and his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

It's not just the Internet that encourages anonymous commenting... even The Exchange only requires first names from people who call and email. 

So this VENTSday, let's talk about the effects of anonymous venting. 

Our other topic: what circumstances (example: felony conviction) should cost a person her/his right to vote?  

Listeners take stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. 

No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance.

It's quite the flock running for Oregon governor this year. 

Kate Brown is the incumbent by appointment, which almost makes it an open seat.  15 candidates in all signed up in the Democratic, Republican, and Independent Party of Oregon primaries. 

Stephen Johnson, home care worker and former real estate agent, runs against Brown in the Democratic primary. 

Oregon Regulators Fall Short In Response To Air Pollution Complaints

Apr 25, 2016
Tony Schick/OPB

If you smell an industrial odor in your neighborhood, it can raise a lot of questions: What is it? Where’s it coming from? Is it unsafe? Regulators encourage people to file complaints about such odors because there could be a real problem.

The EarthFix team investigated what happens to these air pollution complaints. The answer, at least in Oregon, is "very little."

Featured Works for May – First Concert
(*Indicates May birthday)

May 2 M Henry Purcell: Suite from"The Fairey Queen"
May 3 T Francis Poulenc: Concert Champêtre
May 4 W Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 104
May 5 T Franz Schubert: Violin Sonata in D major
May 6 F Johannes Brahms*: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

A big city hospital and a small town version will team up to train doctors in Oregon. 

Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland and Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath falls plan a joint venture on the Sky Lakes Campus. 

It will strengthen health care in the Klamath Basin and skills training for physicians planning to go into family practice. 


Did McMansions cause a backlash, or what?  Just a few years after small families bought extra-large houses to fit people and stuff, the real estate market crashed. 

That's not the only reason tiny houses appear to be catching on; they've been out there for a while now. 

And there is something charming about the idea of a small and simple and even portable life. 

Andrew Duncan designs and builds tiny houses at Southern Oregon Tiny Homes and Andrew Morrison does the same at Tiny House Build

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Adam Danforth's books are not for everyone; vegetarians in particular will likely take a pass. 

But he knows animals and how to cut them into meat. 

He studied slaughtering and butchering at college, and is now a James Beard Award winner for his books on the subject

The last time Oregon elected a Republican governor was in 1982. 

Bud Pierce is one of seven Republicans determined to break that streak. 

Pierce is a physician, an oncologist practicing in the Salem area, and he is sharply critical of incumbent governor Kate Brown. 

Chris Phan/Wikimedia Commons

This has been – to put it mildly – an unusual presidential election season. And for the first time in many years, Oregon’s May 17th primary could actually make a difference in the outcome at both major party nominating conventions.

But now that the primary is suddenly relevant, a lot of people find themselves confused about how the process works.

Let’s sort it out, shall we?

Fowl Trouble: Medford Seeks Solution To Wild Turkey Problem

Apr 23, 2016
Bob Pennell/Medford Mail Tribune

At first a single wild turkey showing up in an east Medford yard could be seen as a cute addition to urban life, then someone breaks out the bread crumbs and now you have an entire neighborhood grousing over gobblers.

Rob Manning/OPB

If there’s one lesson Oregonians, and the nation, can learn from the passage of Measure 5, it’s this: you can’t improve school funding with a tax cut.

The Siskiyou

The tribulations of the journalism business are well documented, and affect outlets big and small. 

The student newspaper The Siskiyou at Southern Oregon University already gave up its print version several years ago. 

Now its staffers and faculty guide are trying to save it from extinction as an online-only publication. 

SOU is pulling its official support, but leaving the door open for a student-funded Siskiyou; a gofundme campaign has been set up for stopgap support.

"Reverend Billy" in some people's minds should be followed by "Graham." 

But that's not the Reverend Billy we plan to talk to.  THIS Reverend Billy is known to public radio audiences for his appearances on West Coast Live and other shows. 

He is the leader of the Church of Stop Shopping, a collection of singers and performers who oppose consumerism, militarism, and other isms.

Maybe you thought Oregon's race for governor was a quiet affair, given the presence of an incumbent, and the fact that it's just a two-year term up for a vote. 

But 15 people in three parties signed up to run, including Democrat Kate Brown, who gained the office through the resignation of her predecessor. 

We reached out to all the candidates entered in the May 17th primary. 

Cliff Thomason is one of two candidates running for the nomination of the Independent Party of Oregon.