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1:08 am
Fri March 20, 2015

Kris Orlowski Live Session

Eric Teel

For Kris Orlowski, making music is about more than fulfilling personal agendas; it’s about creating something that touches the soul. Through relatable storytelling, husky harmonies and knack for hitting emotional highs, the band has touched the souls of people across the Pacific Northwest since 2010.

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"I Felt Like A Failure."
5:19 pm
Thu March 19, 2015

California Domestic Violence Victims Sue State

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Several domestic violence victims say California makes it too difficult to receive some welfare benefits.

Now they’re suing the state. They’re challenging a rule that blocks additional aid for children born while their families are receiving welfare. 

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JeffX | March 19, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Spring Break In The Company Of Whales

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Stand by for whale arrival.  Gray whales provide viewing opportunities in the Pacific a couple of times a year, and one of those times is coming up. 

Oregon State Parks is getting ready for Spring Whale Watching Week, March 21-28. 

The whales are on their way north to the Gulf of Alaska once again. 

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JeffX | March 19, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 19, 2015

"An Inner View" for Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Day

Army Ranger training during the Vietnam war.
Credit Wikimedia

The Vietnam war was a nightmare for America two generations ago. 

And it was even worse for the people who fought it, largely reviled by the American public. 

That attitude has changed… now there's a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Day on March 30th. 

The date will be observed in  Roseburg with an event featuring the creators of "Viet Nam: An Inner View," a multimedia project of producer Lea Jones and combat veteran Mark Waszkiewicz. 

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"The City Is On Its Knees Financially"
5:19 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Welcome to America's First Government-Run Pot Store

The town of North Bonneville in Washington's Columbia Gorge is home to the nation's first municipally-operated pot store.
Credit Conrad Wilson/OPB

The first government-run recreational marijuana store in the country opened this month in Washington State. Revenues from the pot shop will benefit the small town of North Bonneville, in the Columbia River Gorge.

Community leaders there say their town could really use the cash. The economy in that part of the state has been slow to recover since the timber industry collapsed more than two decades ago.

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JeffX | March 18, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

"Boots On The Ground" In A Good Sense

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Many communities host "Stand Down" events for homeless veterans, and most are held late in the year, just as the weather is turning colder. 

So it is with the North Coast Stand Down, set for early October in Ferndale. 

But the organizers are getting a head start on this year's event with a "Boots on the Ground" campaign. 

It's a literal thing: the idea is to buy boots for veterans in plenty of time for the autumn event. 

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The Big Dry
7:10 am
Wed March 18, 2015

3,200 People Risk Running Out of Water In California Drought

Credit Mike Jenson / Merced Irrigation District

As California’s drought continues to deepen, one community that sits between two large reservoirs is running out of water. About 3,200 people in the Sierra Nevada foothill enclave of Lake Don Pedro rely on water from nearby Lake McClure. But the lake level is dangerously low. That’s forcing the community to find another supply. And so far, they've come up dry.

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 17, 2015

Blooms Too Early For Bees

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The official start of spring is not until Friday, March 20th.  But the weather in much of the region has been spring-like for weeks. 

And that means flowers are blooming, and fruit trees are ready for pollination by bees. 

Trouble is, the bees aren't ready. 

Sarah Red-Laird, the Rogue Valley's "Bee Girl," is concerned the bees will not have enough to eat later in the year. 

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Programming Inconsistencies
11:40 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Listen for Inconsistencies in our Programming This Week

For the last month we’ve been in the process of transitioning to a new computer system that serves as the nerve center for recording and routing all the programming we broadcast. This system pulls in programs we receive from national sources, like NPR, PRI and other networks, and also controls all our local announcements, programs and station IDs.  After writing over 63,000 lines of programming code that tells this new system what to do at every second of the day, we launched it on Saturday, March 14th at about 10pm.

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JeffX | March 16, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 16, 2015

Diving Into The AIFF Line-Up

A detail from the "Back On Board" poster.
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Greg Louganis got off the Olympic diving board and dove into making films. 

He and his documentary, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" will be featured when the Ashland Independent Film Festival returns, April 9th through 13th. 

The film details Louganis's odyssey as an openly gay HIV-positive athlete.

The festival has grown in size and stature over the years, making it attractive to both filmmakers and filmgoers. 

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Live Session Archive
2:48 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Sara Gazarek/Josh Nelson Live Session

Dominic Barth

Vocalist Sara Gazarek and pianist Josh Nelson have aligned their musical spirits in a way that would make any artistic duo envious. Gazarek’s top flight interpretations of the vast and varied American songbook are buoyed by the sensitivity of Nelson’s supple command and they have transfixed audiences from New York to Tokyo. They have a telepathic understanding that has come about through more than a decade of friendship, not just hundreds of hours on the bandstand and it blankets any audience lucky enough to hear their swinging high-wire act of trust and commitment.

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JeffX | March 13, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri March 13, 2015

Dirt Band Founder John McEuen

John McEuen trades banjo licks with sons Jonathan and Nathan.
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John McEuen was there at the very beginning, the dawn of dirt. 

Okay, not dirt itself, but the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 

McEuen is a founding member of NGDB, and he plays Ashland Friday Night (March 13). 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Gambling Recovery Services For Latinos

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As Oregon's Latino population grows, so do the numbers of people with issues to address. 

Those issues include problem gambling. 

Many services to help habitual gamblers are aimed at English speakers, but now the Oregon Health Authority and the lottery are joining forces with a Latino group to provide additional services, primarily through the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources site. 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu March 12, 2015

What Early Head Start Grants Are Supposed To Do

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When we're really young, our brains grow by leaps and bounds… in normal conditions. 

Now imagine what happens to a growing child's brain if conditions are sub-standard. 

Giving all children a shot at a good life is the aim of Head Start programs.  And Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants from the federal Office of Head Start are meant to expand programs for the youngest kids. 

An Oregon partner just got a grant to help programs in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, among others. 

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 1
8:32 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Medford's Casino Quandry

Kristin Sandfort of Roseburg, Vickie Prohoroff of Azalea and Rod Debban of Myrtle Creek display their opposition to the proposed Coquille tribal casino proposal in Medford at a hearing held by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in early February
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The proposal by the Coquille Indian tribe to build a new casino in Medford has taken heat from all sides, ever since it surfaced in 2012. Federal, state and local elected officials have lined up against it. The Cow Creek Indian tribe is adamantly opposed. And comments from the public at large have been overwhelmingly negative. JPR looks at some of the complexities that make this such a contentious debate.

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 2
6:58 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal May Hinge On Arcane Points Of Law

An architect's rendering of before and after views of Roxy Ann Lanes and the planned remodel into The Cedars at Bear Creek.
Credit Bureau of Indian Affairs

The Coquille Indian tribe’s controversial proposal to build a casino in Medford is facing its first major legal hurdle; getting the federal government to grant the site trust status, making it Indian land. In this second part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR finds that whether the project gets the go-ahead may depend on how officials at the Bureau of Indian Affairs interpret the fine print of laws and agreements that go back decades. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Eating Right Early In Life (And Before?)

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Can you count the number of times your parents urged you to eat your vegetables? 

It's part of childhood, and good advice: eating right early in life makes a big difference later.  That knowledge led to the creation of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The institute hosts nutrition forums across the state to make the case for proper nutrition for children, all the way back to the time of conception. 

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Starting April 21st
9:33 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Q Names Shad Kabango as New Host

Q's new host, Shad Kabango.

Q, CBC Radio One's award-winning daily arts, culture and entertainment program, have a fresh feel and a unique voice starting April 20th when it welcomes Shad (Shadrach Kabango) as the new permanent host.

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"Going For Broke" Series Part 3
8:30 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

Medford Casino Proposal Pits Tribe Against Tribe

This billboard, displayed in several locations around Medford, is part of the Coquille tribe's campaign to win support for its casino proposal.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

The Coquille Indian tribe’s proposal to build a new casino in south Medford has garnered a lot of opponents. But perhaps none as vociferous as the Cow Creek Band of the Umpqua Tribe of Indians.

The Cow Creek have spent a lot of energy -- and money -- rallying opposition to the Coquille proposal. In this final part of our series “Going For Broke,” JPR looks at how these two tribes came to be at loggerheads.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Tweaking The BLM Version Of A Timber Sale

Credit Luke Ruediger

"If you want something done right, do it yourself," goes the old saying. 

Some Applegate Valley residents took that advice to heart when they had issues with a timber sale planned by the BLM. 

They found the Nedsbar sale timber-heavy and rough on habitat. 

So, with guidance from the Klamath Forest Alliance and other groups, they proposed their own version of the sale, a "Community Alternative."   

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