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JeffX | April 20, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Assessing Tsunami Readiness--And Finding Issues

The tsunami of December 2004, coming ashore in the Maldives.
Credit Wikimedia

When--not if--the Cascadia subduction zone in our region produces an earthquake, it will likely also produce a tsunami. 

And a recent report indicates varying degrees of evacuation readiness in coastal communities. 

Dr. Nathan Wood at the U.S. Geological Survey is the lead author of the report. 

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Environment
6:55 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Klamath National Forest Post-Fire Plans Run Into Opposition

The Happy Camp fire burns in the Klamath National Forest in late September, 2014.
Credit Kari Greer/US Forest Service

Nearly a quarter-million acres of forest burned in last summer’s fires in and around the Klamath National Forest in northern California’s Siskiyou County.

The US Forest Service is proposing a recovery plan that includes salvage logging and other elements critics say will damage wildlife habitat and make future fires more likely. 

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
4:40 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Marco Benevento Live Session Friday, April 25th at Noon

Pianist and composer Marco Benevento

On Friday, April 25th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a live session with pianist Marco Benevento on Open Air.

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Live Session Archive
12:00 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Ruthie Foster Live Session

Dominic Barth

Those who have followed Ruthie Foster's eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas.

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JeffX | April 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Beekeeping For Beginners

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So many people are interested in beekeeping right now, the next beginner class at the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association sold out. 

The word is spreading about just how important bees are to the pollination of many plants, including many we depend upon for food. 

So we'll present something of a mini-class for beginners. 

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“I feel like it was harder than the other tests"
6:01 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Middle Schoolers Review Oregon’s New Standardized Test

Shai India Harris, Syairah Sims, Breann Miller, and Trevor Vernon are in seventh grade at H.B. Lee Middle School in the Reynolds School District Near Portland
Credit Rob Manning/OPB

Oregon is in its first year of a new set of standardized tests. They're longer and more difficult than tests of the past.

Today we get a close-up look at one of the tests, from students who've already taken it. 

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JeffX | April 16, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Twisting The "Short Bus" Into A Positive

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Jonathan Mooney took a derogatory term and turned it on its head.

He rode "the short bus" to school once he was diagnosed with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD).

After his graduation from an Ivy League university, he took a real short bus on the road, meeting people who defied the constraints of "normal."

Mooney is part of a conference on "reframing" LD/ADHD next week in Medford.

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"Smarter Balanced" Tests
5:55 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Oregon Students Facing A Different Kind Of Standardized Test

Oregon students have started taking new standardized tests this spring. They're meant to help rate schools and to test if high schoolers have "essential skills" required for graduation.

The new exams are tough - and different. 

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JeffX | April 15, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Teachers And Technology At Ed Tech Summit

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In theory, the process of learning is usually the same: teachers teach, and students learn. 

But then throw technology into the mix, and all bets are off, especially in a world where so many people carry powerful computers in their hands. 

The Ed Tech Summit this week (Friday, April 17th) at Southern Oregon University brings educators and gadgets together, so the former can get up to speed on the latter. 

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"It absolutely is an illegal party.”
6:04 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Where There’s Smoke: Officials, Activists Tussle Over 4-20 Party In Arcata

A crowd gathers in Arcata's Redwood Park to celebrate 4-20 on April 20th, 2008.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

As April 20th approaches, civil liberty activist and city officials in Arcata, California are at an impasse.

Is the annual gathering of marijuana smokers at 4:20 PM on April 20th -- so-called “4-20” --  a protected first amendment activity? Or is it a pot party run amok?   

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JeffX | April 14, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Assessing Housing Needs In Oregon

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It is one of the simplest wishes for any human: a roof over our heads, a place to call home. 

Simple wish, not always simply fulfilled. 

April is Fair Housing Month across the country, and Oregon Housing and Community Services is taking input on housing needs around the state. 

This is part of a five-year look at housing issues. 

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JeffX | April 13, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 13, 2015

UPlisting The Northern Spotted Owl: The Case FOR

Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife

"Threatened" status may not be enough for the Northern Spotted Owl. 

The old-growth forest dweller continues to decline in number, and that could lead to its reclassification as "endangered." 

EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center based in Arcata, petitioned to reclassify the owl nearly three years ago. 

Now the federal Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review to see if the move is warranted. 

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JeffX | April 13, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Inside The Embattled Forest Service

Credit OSU Press

Did anybody LIKE the U.S. Forest Service around 1990? 

It was constantly in the middle of battles over proper forest management, the timber industry demanding more logs on one hand and conservationists urging more protection on the other. 

Jim Furnish was more than halfway through a long career with the Forest Service then. 

In Toward a Natural Forest, he details the pressures and pleasures of life within one of the most visible and controversial government agencies. 

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JeffX | April 10, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Getting Even Fire Wiser In Ashland

The Oak Knoll fire is still a fresh memory.
Credit Oregon.gov

Ashland, built on forested hills, has always been especially vulnerable to wildfire.

11 homes were lost in the Oak Knoll fire of five years ago, and firefighters are determined to minimize the risk of a future such fire.

So several sections of town have been designated "Firewise" communities.

More than in any other city in the country, we're told.

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JeffX | April 10, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Public Emails, "Revenge Porn," and More: The Work Of Oregon's AG

Credit Megan Mercier/JPR

There are seldom dull moments for Oregon's Attorney General, Ellen Rosenblum.

Her office is always busy with something, from pushing for stronger laws to protect sexual abuse victims, to suing a computer company over the Cover Oregon fiasco.

Then there's the resignation of the governor, shortly after the AG announced a state investigation (later dropped in deference to a federal probe).

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JeffX | April 9, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Missing Out On Quality Preschool

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The federal Department of Education and the White House are big on "high-quality preschool"... pre-kindergarten programs that get kids ready for school.

And a recent DOE report shows that many American students are not enrolled in such programs.

The percentages are even higher in California and Oregon.

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JeffX | April 9, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 9, 2015

Saving Water Without Losing The Lawn

Credit Wikimedia

Drought puts pressure on water users to find ways to use less water.

And in suburban environments, that quickly turns our attention to lawns: green and pleasant, but water-intensive.

Short of ripping out the lawn, there are grasses that require less watering.

The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance teamed up with the City of Ashland on demonstration projects.

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JeffX | April 8, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Mexico And Drug Violence In Focus At AIFF

An image from "Cartel Land."
Credit Sundance Institute

Ashland's annual Independent Film Festival returns to screens in the city this weekend, with nearly 100 films all lengths and subjects.  Today we visit with some of the filmmakers displaying their work.

Matthew Heineman is the director of "Cartel Land," about the drug war and carnage in Mexico. 

And Bill and Turner Ross join us to talk about "Western," dealing with similar themes in the cities of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Niegras, Mexico. 

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JeffX | April 8, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 8, 2015

Returning The Favor: "Saved By The Sea"

Credit New World Library

We'll be celebrating Earth Day in the near future.  Journalist, documentary producer, activist, and scuba diver David Helvarg once observed that our celebrations seemed to stop at land's end, and did not include the oceans. 

He aims to correct the oversight in his book Saved By The Sea

Helvarg recounts his many experiences--plenty bad with the good--in the Earth's oceans in this memoir. 

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Not All Radio Is Created Equal ...
5:25 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Spring Fund Drive Update

JPR's Spring Fund took place April 7-14.  

This grassroots fundraising effort is a vital element of sustaining JPR's service to the region.  Local support from listeners and businesses comprises 76% of the resources that enable us to create and broadcast our diverse schedule of programs that feed the human intellectual and creative spirit.

Thanks so much to everyone who made our drive a success, achieving our goal of $190,000.

If you missed the drive and would like to make a contribution, there's still time -- please CLICK HERE.

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