Thanksgiving is here, and the Exchange crew is grateful for a day off.  We'll fill the hours usually occupied by the Exchange with a few holiday specials. 

At 8: A Sporkful holiday treat, "Thanksgiving is For Eaters."  Mo Rocca and Amy Sedaris present useful tips on how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own.


Thanksgiving weekend continues with more specials parking in the Exchange slots. 

At 8: You know the story of Thanksgiving origins: Pilgrims, Indians, a big feast... annnnd how much of that is true?  BackStory, with The American History Guys, separates fact from legend about our tryptophan-drenched holiday, in "American As Pumpkin Pie." 

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Shows are still a couple of years away at a minimum, but Medford's Holly Theatre is a busy place. 

The interior restoration of the 1930 movie house into a performing arts space has already begun, including modifications to bring the building into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). 

A gift from Asante Health System pays for the ADA compliance; other gifts past and future will address other aspects of the renewal. 

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Capt. Jennifer Peace walks into the room, a tall, thin woman in crisp uniform, with minimal makeup and trim brown hair.

But when soldiers call her ma’am, she has orders to correct them. They must call her sir.

Capt. Peace, an intelligence officer stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord south of Seattle, is transgender. And although it’s been four years since the ban on homosexuality in the ranks was lifted, being trans is still a problem in the military.

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"You go say you're sorry to Bobby."  Phrases like that have been heard for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. 

And what do kids actually learn from the experience?  That's a question being considered in the Phoenix-Talent School District, which wants to move beyond punishment and into "restorative justice." 

That is a concept embraced by Resolve (formerly Mediation Works), which teamed up with the district on a project to introduce restorative justice to Phoenix High School. 

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Some of your friends and neighbors will be walking off the turkey and pie this weekend. 

And some will be doing that while making a statement about climate change. 

The Global March for Climate Solutions is timed to coincide with a major meeting of countries in Paris to discuss climate issues. 

The Paris terrorist attacks and the security situation there wiped out the march in Paris itself, but many communities--Eugene included--will observe the march with local activities. 

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The price of gasoline is certainly low at the moment, a benefit of the world oil glut caused in part by North American oil wells. 

But what are the external costs of cheap oil and natural gas?  For a Canadian woman named Jessica Ernst, they were intolerably high. 

Her home water supply became undrinkable, with the blame falling on gas wells and fracking activity nearby. 

Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk covers the oil and gas industry and tells Ernst's story in the book Slick Water.

Rhythm & News Back On The Air in Grants Pass!

Nov 23, 2015

Upated 11/25/15 | 3:00 pm -- We just received word from our engineer that our Grants Pass Rhythm & News translaor at 97.7 FM is back on the airwaves! We thank all of our listeners for their collective patience throughout the week, and wish you a happy Thanksgiving Holiday. Be sure to tune in to 97.7 for our special programming throughout the day!

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A non-profit that helps homeless people get back on their feet recently bought a historic hotel, right in the middle of downtown Fort Bragg, on California’s north coast. It plans to transform the Old Coast Hotel into a transitional housing facility and clinic. But a lot of locals want to resurrect the historic landmark as a tourist destination. 


People who behave badly are not necessarily bad people.  They might have simply missed opportunities for someone to recognize and deal with their behavior before it got out of hand. 

The new Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon is designed to find and maximize those opportunities. 

CTN aims to train students to recognize and work with people who may be headed for addictions, anxiety, aggressive behavior and overeating. 

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Eugene and Ashland are two of the more desirable places to spend time on the West Coast. 

So they attract many visitors... including some who are creating issues for the rest of the population. 

Both Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Ashland Mayor John Stromberg use the term "travelers" to describe the young, apparently unemployed people who hang around city sidewalks, asking for money and occasionally intimidating passersby. 

Both are working with their communities to find ways to address the perceived problems. 

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More than 2,000 California homeowners have run out of water in the drought, according to the state website that tracks such data.

But many homeowners whose wells have run dry haven’t reported it. They’re relying on water delivery companies instead.


High school students may want safe schools free of bullying and violence, but they're often reluctant to take concerns directly to school authorities. 

But maybe if a smartphone app made the process easier, things would change. 

That's the general approach outlined in Project SOAR, Student Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility, now in development at Eugene-based Iris Educational Media

The project is backed by a federal grant, and includes plans for testing at high schools in Illinois and Springfield, Oregon. 


Oregon has been steadily building ridership on Amtrak's "Cascadia Corridor" from Eugene north to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. 

But the population of the surrounding valley is expected to continue rapid growth for decades, so some decisions need to be made about passenger trains and where they'll travel. 

The preference is to expand capacity on the existing line, but the state is taking input in an online open house until November 22nd.

An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. 

Let's hear your approach to the issue in VENTSday. 

While you're at it, give us your opinion of your state's integrity and effectiveness

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

Warm winter temperatures and Mediterranean beaches... sounds like a tropical paradise. 

But the reality of the Gaza Strip, home to nearly two million Palestinians, is much grimmer. 

Filmmaker Maurice Jacobson documents life there in a multimedia presentation called "We All Live In Gaza." 

Jacobsen, Jewish but no fan of Israeli policies, lived in Gaza for more than a year. 

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A century of putting out wildfires has left many forests in the West much thicker than in the past. That buildup of fire fuel is widely seen as a disaster waiting to happen. 

And an innovative project in Ashland, Oregon is an example of an increasingly popular approach to dealing with that fire risk.

Doug Bevington

Conventional wisdom says forests in the West are overstocked and need to be thinned to prevent “catastrophic” wildfires. But some researchers say focusing on reducing fuels downplays a greater and growing driver of wildfire: climate change.

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The cost of fighting wildfires has skyrocketed over the last 30 years. At the same time, close to two million acres of wildland have been developed each year.

One of the major drivers of that expense is protecting lives and property in fire-prone areas where people didn’t used to live.

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Medford Police Chief Tim George is retiring at the end of November.

His tenure as chief--less than five years--may seem short, but he's been in an MPD uniform for the better part of four decades. 

That time has been marked by changes in Medford's size and economy, and a rise in gang activity, now a major focus of police work.