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Preparing For A Non-Profit Future

Feb 28, 2017
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Money helps in today's world, but many of us want a sense of fulfillment from our work, too. 

And maybe that does NOT involve profits. 

Vicki Lind started her own company in Portland, counseling people who want to work for nonprofit organizations.  Donnie Maclurcan envisions a future in which MOST workplaces are nonprofits. 

Understanding Ayurvedic Healing

Feb 28, 2017
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The world wasn't created yesterday.  And over the years, human beings have learned a few things about how the body works and thrives. 

Some of the things learned are very old, including the ancient Indian healing wisdom of Ayurveda. 

Acharya Shunya is a practitioner, and offers up advice in her book Ayurveda Lifestyle Wisdom: A Complete Prescription to Optimize Your Health, Prevent Disease, and Live with Vitality and Joy

Higher Education Handles Immigration Changes

Feb 27, 2017
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The American approach to immigration changed with the departure of Barack Obama and the arrival of Donald Trump. 

And that is a concern for any and all organizations that work with and for immigrants, legal and not. 

Educational institutions in particular generally work to educate anyone who shows up. 

Rogue Community College and Southern Oregon University are both taking steps to adapt to the new landscape. 

SOU President Linda Schott visits with Marjorie Trueblood-Gamble, the director of diversity and inclusion at SOU. 

Taxes And THC: What It Takes To Stay Legal

Feb 27, 2017
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Maybe the details take a while to sort through, but filing your taxes is a straightforward process: you fill out a return, and file it by April 15th. 

And if you need help and can afford it, you use a tax preparer.  All easier said than done for people in the marijuana business, because it's legal under state law and forbidden under federal law. 

Ben Yuma is the manager of Jefferson State Farms, in the marijuana business. 

Justin Botillier is managing partner of Rogue Tax Professionals

On Tuesday night, President Donald Trumped addressed a Joint Session of Congress and laid out his administration's plan for the future. NPR has provided a transcript of his speech, as well as the Democratic response, complete with researched annotation from NPR reporters.

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The Oregon legislature’s budget-writing committee came to southern Oregon Friday night as part of a series of hearings around the state. Lawmakers are facing a shortfall of about $1.6 billion for the next two-year budget period.

The Senate and House budget leaders – both Democrats -- have proposed a budget that makes deep cuts in many programs and services. Citizens representing a wide range of programs came out to make their case for continuing to fund what they say are essential services.

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The Ashland Independent Film Festival is gearing up for its 16th season, which takes place for five days in early April. JPR reporter Jennifer Margulis has been busy getting a behind-the-scenes look at how it all happens. JPR’s Liam Moriarty invited Jennifer into the studio to tell us about it. 

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Younger people--say 25 and under--probably can't remember a time without recycle bins next to the trash cans. 

The rest of us have had to get used to figuring out what goes in which bin.  The Earth is worth it, right? 

Over the years changes have come to recycling and our approach to it.  Rogue Disposal and Recycling in Medford rolls with the changes, as do Jackson County Master Recyclers

And the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality gets a piece of this puzzle as well. 

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It can be fun to watch the kids get on the school bus in the morning.  Unless you're stuck behind an older bus spewing smelly smoke. 

Rural districts in particular tend to have the oldest, most polluting school buses. 

California's Rural School Bus Pilot Project aims to get many of those older buses off the road, and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District has been chosen to administer the project for the whole state. 

Serving Up A Look At Cannibalism

Feb 24, 2017
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Certain words in the English language come with an "ick factor" attached.  One of those is: cannibalism. 

It's just not something we like to think about, at least for our species: eating others of our own kind (except in zombie movies). 

But cannibalism is not unusual in nature, and may actually serve a purpose. 

Zoologist Bill Schutt explains in his book Cannibalism: A Perfectly Natural History.  He gives us the whole picture, from smaller organisms up to the Donner party. 

It's not like composers are all over the place, but we have a few we can call on from time to time.

One of them is Teddy Abrams, the music director for the Britt Orchestra Season

The concert season is still more than six months away, but it was announced recently. 

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Possible healthcare budget cuts have led Oregon Senator Ron Wyden to consult with medical professionals across the state. He met Thursday with a group to hear their concerns about the impact those cuts could have on their patients, and on the economy of southern Oregon.

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Some Republican members of Congress have faced angry constituents this week during town hall meetings back in their home districts. Senator Ron Wyden didn’t have that problem when he held his town hall in Ashland Thursday.

Fearing Nuclear Weapons More In 2017

Feb 23, 2017
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It was just three weeks ago that the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced the "Doomsday Clock" to two-and-a-half minutes to midnight, the highest threat of nuclear war perceived since the heart of the Cold War.

The Ploughshares Fund, which works to eliminate nuclear weapons, shares the concern of the scientists. 

Fund president Joseph Cirincione speaks in Eugene this weekend (Feb. 26) about nuclear policy in the age of Trump. 

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Movies about space flight always seem to be strong contenders for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. 

But a movie about math whizzes who made space flight possible?  That is the storyline of Hidden Figures, up for several Oscars on Sunday, February 26th. 

It is based on the true story of African American women whose calculation skills helped people fly into space, detailed in a book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly. 

She visited with us after the book was finished and as the movie neared completion. 

Oregon Republican Activists Have Mixed Views On Trump, But Hope Triumphs Over Fear

Feb 22, 2017
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Listen to the demonstrators chanting in the Portland streets or the Democratic senators trying to shoot down President Donald Trump’s cabinet picks. It’s clear they fear the worst from the new president.

Republican activists in Oregon — one of the most Democratic states in the country — have not been so visible. But interviews with six of them show they are much more likely to find at least a few big things to like about Trump.

North Coast Rises Up Against The English Ivy

Feb 22, 2017
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It looks really pretty on exterior walls--think universities and Wrigley Field--but English ivy is a pest. 

It is not a plant indigenous to our region, and ivy causes problems for native plants, including trees in the forest. 

It's a greater problem in the moister forests of the North Coast, where the No Ivy League has worked to eradicate it for several years. 

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It's no surprise that the White House is cracking down on illegal immigration; President Trump promised to do so, and many Americans expect a crackdown. 

But Latino communities report a ripple effect: people who do want immigrants out have taken to demonstrating their feelings. 

Ben Garcia at Revista Caminos, a Spanish-language magazine, is working on a piece about the people who feel emboldened to haze immigrants and minorities. 

California Farmers Wary Of Too Much Water From Weather Ruining Crops

Feb 22, 2017
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Some farmers are watching and waiting to see how their fruit and nut trees handle ground that is soaked by water, but some said they have seen this before.

Richard Taylor has prune and walnut trees in standing water adjacent to the Feather River levee in his Taylor Brothers Farms in Yuba City. He says too much water from seepage and boils can kill young walnut and peach trees.

"In 1955, when the levee broke, where we are right now was about 10 feet of water, it laid in here and stayed in here and didn't drain and it killed all the orchards," Taylor says.

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It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Story Machine crew are celebrating all of the different kinds of love!. Listen in with Randal the Reading Rat, Cog, and Bolt to hear stories about a monster finding her true love in The Monster and the Human, by Kora, age 9; love keeping a family strong in Mi Familia by Yasmin Perez, age 7; two friends saving the day in Dragon Fire by Khloe Gates, age 8; and a little dog with a huge heart in The Friend by Maille Damon-Tolleneare.

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