Just because the growing season is over is no reason to stop thinking about farms and gardens. 

Jackson County Master Gardeners Association members keep busy during the winter. 

And they point out there's plenty to do outside the growing season. 

The gardeners share their knowledge in the coming "Winter Dreams/Summer Gardens Symposium," coming to Medford November 7th. 

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Last month the number of breweries in the United States passed the 4,000 mark for the first time since the 1870s. On average, nearly two breweries open every day in this country, and by year’s end we’ll probably have more breweries than ever before. If you guess this growth is driven by so-called ‘craft’ or microbrews you’d be right.  But can you guess which style of beer is driving the microbrew industry?  JPR’s Michael Joyce found the answer, along with a local twist he didn’t expect.

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Libraries in Jackson County are assured of a future, since voters created a countywide library district in an election last year.  And now library users and friends can help shape that future. 

A series of meetings stretching from mid-October to mid-November ask attendees to "Discover & Dream: Design the Destiny of Your Library."

Each library gets a meeting, some more than one. 


It's been a tough couple of years for race relations in America. 

So there's really no better time to bring the subject up and spend several days talking about it. 

That is the approach at Southern Oregon University, which observes Race Awareness Week November 2nd through 6th. 

Speakers from on and off campus are involved in the project, including Claudia Alick of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and Multicultural Resource Center director Marvin Woodard. 

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So much of what we know about the past and our ancestors comes from the records they kept. 

And those end up archived somewhere. 

In recent years, the "I Found It In The Archives!" campaign has highlighted some significant finds of documents and the stories they tell. 

Now the Oregon State Archives are getting in on the act, pulling records of notable events in Oregon history out for the public to see. 

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Just in time for Halloween, the card game that nearly scares you to death! 

Alex Williams and Patrick James are board game designers from the Rogue Valley, and the makers of the new card game "Don't Die!"

The name tells you the object of the game.  Actually, it's a shortened version of "don't die as much as the other players."

What was once the U.S. Army's sprawling Camp White during World War II became present-day White City.

And a federal presence remained, at the Veterans Administration Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center And Clinics, VA SORCC

What kind of rehabilitation?  Quite a variety, it turns out. 

Catastrophic injuries of body and mind are dealt with; VA prosthetics specialist Randy Tegge talks to us. 

Chris Petrone helps wounded vets reintegrate in society, he joins us as well.

This is another of several Veteran-related interviews in a joint project between JPR and Southern Oregon Public TV called Local Focus: Debt of Honor.

They’re everywhere. In your intestines, mouth, nose, all over your skin. We usually think of microbes as germs that make us sick. But a new exhibit in Ashland, Oregon teaches children and adults to embrace their germs.


Three-quarters of our planet are covered by oceans, so what happens in those oceans can have a profound effect on the rest of the planet. 

We've learned this lesson--often the hard way--in recent years, as the oceans warm with the rest of the Earth, and the acid levels in the water rise. 

It's getting hard for some creatures, like coral, to survive. 

Abel Valdivia is an ocean scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity

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There's plenty of drama involved in the practice of medicine.

That's why there have been so many TV shows over the years about doctors and hospitals. 

But the drama can get in the way of good communication, and that's why there is a play called "Bedside Manners."

It is part play and part workbook for health professionals to use, to focus on improving their communication and patient care. 

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Getting politicians to agree on HOW to reform health care can be a chore, since they don't even agree on a RIGHT to health care. 

Naturopathic doctors Sarah Sue Myers and McClane Duncan of Siskiyou Vital Medicine agree there is such a right, and they agree on plenty more. 

They claim their Medford practice is the first naturopathic direct primary care (DPC) clinic in Oregon. 

We get the goods on their services and plans, including $100 a month for unlimited doctor visits in a single year. 

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"Medicine" in most of the country means pills or capsules or vials, all carefully packaged, sterile, and bearing little resemblance to items found in nature. 

But there are healing properties in many forests and gardens, and Rosemary Gladstar introduces us to them in her book Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner's Guide.

Ciders, potions, teas, and tinctures and more are laid out in the book. 

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Umpqua Community College was on the minds of just about all Americans after the mass shooting of October 1st. 

Classes have now resumed, and students and faculty alike are making efforts to remember and memorialize the nine victims. 

Members of a number of music ensembles will join forces for a free concert today (Oct. 23). 

The UCC Memorial Concert starts at 7 PM on campus at Jacoby Auditorium. 


Military veterans back from service often turn first to the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for many of their needs. 

But plenty of other organizations exist to help vets, including the DAV, Disabled American Vets

DAV exists to help disabled vets on a number of issues, including easing the pursuit of services through the VA. 

Brigitte Marker tells us how the work plays out; she is the Department of Oregon Commander for the DAV.  

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If there were money in halting climate change, we might have a lot more enthusiasm for the efforts. 

Which is exactly why groups like Oregon Climate are talking about variations on "climate fee and dividend" programs. 

Under such a program, the emitting of greenhouse gasses would incur a tax or fee, and the proceeds from such a program would be returned to households. 

Who would not want a check in the mail? 

There are some issues to work out, not the least of which is getting buy-in from political figures. 

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The cow is pregnant, and attempting to give birth. 

But there are complications, and the rancher pulls out tools, including chains, a hammer, and a chisel. 

Gail Jenner saw it in her own barn, and tells the story in one of the essays in the book she edited, Ankle High and Knee Deep: Women Reflect on Western Rural Life.

We are experiencing a failure of the microwave relay system that feeds our audio to King Mountain, which affects all our services in Josephine County and Douglas Counties. Listeners have reported experiencing periodic sharp declines in signal quality, including 'static' sounds and digital noise. Our engineer is working on both a long term and short term solution.

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A woman who just had a baby may decide that's it; no more kids, at least for a while. 

But the most reliable methods of birth control, intrauterine device (IUD) and implant, often require a return visit to a doctor, a tough schedule for a woman with a newborn. 

IUD and implant can be placed while women are still in the hospital after giving birth, but not all states require insurance companies to pay for the service. 

California now requires it and Oregon is considering. 

President Obama recently announced a continued American military presence in Afghanistan, and the Great American Shakeout (Oct. 15) just tested our emergency warning systems.

And there are the two topics for this week's VENTSday segment... tell us--and our listeners--your thoughts on keeping soldiers in Afghanistan, and HOW we should be contacting people in emergencies.

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.


California's governor just signed a bill banning concealed weapon permit holders from carrying their guns onto the grounds of any school or college. 

Under California's previous Gun-Free School Zone law, the concealed-carry people were exempted. 

The governor's signature came a week after the Umpqua Community College shooting in Oregon, but the bill passed before the event. 

The California College and University Police Chiefs Association lobbied for the change.