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Abraham Lincoln made his Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, but the Civil War and slavery dragged on for two more years.  It was not until June 19, 1865, that former slaves in Texas finally got word of their freedom. 

The date is now remembered as "Juneteenth."  The Oregon Shakepeare Festival observes Juneteenth every year, and this year the celebration is Monday, June 27th (an off-day for festival performers). 

Eugene Seeks $92K From Donald Trump Campaign For Rally Costs

Jun 23, 2016
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The city of Eugene is seeking $92,300 in reimbursements from the Donald Trump campaign after his rally at the Lane Events Center racked up quite the bill.

Oregonians Spent More Than Needed On Health Prodcedures Last Year: Study

Jun 22, 2016
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Oregonians could have saved 28 percent on their health procedures last year if they’d shopped for the best price, according to a new studyfrom the Portland cost transparency company HealthSparq.

Deadline Nears For Washington Medical Marijuana Merger

Jun 22, 2016

July 1st is the deadline for Washington’s medical marijuana storefronts to merge into its state-regulated system.  Any dispensaries without state licenses could face marijuana seizures.


Peace, Love and Cotton Candy.... Three days in July make for one compelling reason to visit Veneta, Oregon.

Every year the Oregon Country Fair transforms this small community outside of Eugene from its usual population of about 4,500 into a hive of nearly 45,000 festival-goers.

The vibes are notoriously groovy, and despite its popularity, the fair strives to be family and environmentally friendly.

Audio Upgrades Across the Listening Area and Online

Jun 21, 2016

Over the last several months our engineer has begun to move our audio processing from our studio to the transmitter sites. Having an audio processor at each transmitter location (rather than in our main studio facility) allows us to custom tune the overall sound of each individual transmitter's output for better volume and richness. The new audio processors also improve reception. We will continue to add audio processors to the remaining transmitters through the summer. Thus far, we've completed work at:

Classics & News                                     Rhythm & News
KSOR 90.1 (Medford/Ashland)             KSMF 89.1 (Medford/Ashland)
KSRG 88.3 (Medford/Ashland)             KSBA 88.5 (Coos Bay)
KSRS 91.5 (Roseburg)
KOOZ 94.1 (Myrtle Point/Coos Bay)
KZBY 90.5 (Coos Bay)
KNHT 107.3 (Rio Dell/Eureka)


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At this point it seems naive to ask if money influences politics.

So, let's begin with HOW much money it takes to make a difference, and thwart efforts to curtail catastrophic climate change.

Our guests have followed the money, and struck oil. Daniel Lewkow is the Political Director of Common Cause Oregon; David Hyde heads up Move To Amend.

The Senate voted on additional gun restrictions this week (June 20).  Four votes, four rejections. 

Now you get to think like a senator: would additional gun laws help stop mass shootings?  What would you restrict? 

Our alternate topic this week is infill: how you feel about more density in housing, like apartments, next to your single-family home. 

VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange. Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a pair of topics on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page, and open the phone lines and email box for live comments.

The topics can range from presidential politics to how you spend your days off.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.  Where there's fire, there's Stephen Pyne

He may be the foremost authority on wildfire on the continent, with more than a dozen books to his credit.  They include a work called Between Two Fires, detailing the tug-of-war between all-out fire suppression and the deliberate use of fire to help maintain a forest. 

And he visits an area that is no stranger to wildfires--ours--with an Ashland appearance tonight (June 22).

When historian Studs Terkel wanted to know how people really felt about their jobs, he traveled with a tape recorder and asked them.


Rana Khoury recently took a similar tack, except she wanted to know how people felt about the lack of good jobs, about losing their homes and about struggling to escape poverty in the wake of the Great Recession.

A Northwestern Ph.D. candidate, Khoury looked to her home state of Ohio for insights we might apply more broadly.


Whether self-interest is enlightened or not, it's not good for the planet.

That's the general thrust of Bob Doppelt's work.  We met Bob a few years ago to talk about his book From Me To We

He continues his work on climate change and sustainability through The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) in the Willamette Valley, teaching at both Willamette University and the University of Oregon. 

How to make the me-to-we shift and how to implement changes get an airing at a meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN). 

Oregon Bottle Deposit Likely To Double In 2017

Jun 20, 2016
Don Ryan/AP

A hike in bottle deposits is likely in 2017 as Oregon commissioners consider a House bill passed in 2011 that called for deposits to double if the redemption rate had dipped below 80 percent for two consecutive years.

Jennifer Margulis

Eat your vegetables! It’s a refrain parents tell their children all the time.

Government guidelines recommend kids eat three to five servings of vegetables a day—as much as a cup of veggies with every meal. But are Oregon children eating any vegetables?

We sent reporter Jennifer Margulis on a mission to find out.

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Gov. Kate Brown has declined to participate in a July 22 debate that has been a longstanding tradition for candidates in the race for Oregon governor.

The debate, organized and moderated by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association, has typically ushered in the general election campaign season for the past 30 years.

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Federal education officials are recommending that one of the country’s major college accrediting authorities lose that power. But state leaders in Oregon are urging patience.

Access Adventure

The National Park system celebrates its first century this year, with ceremonies across the system.

It's a chance to observe the spectacular places we've protected; places that all too often were inaccessible to people with disabilities. 

The great John Muir was an advocate for conservation, but wheelchairs were not foremost on his mind.  His grandson, Michael Muir, is the founder and executive director of Access Adventure, bringing people with disabilities and horses together for outdoor recreation. 


Even when school is out for the summer, debates about education continue. 

And teachers and their work are always right in the middle of those debates. 

Oregon's largest teacher's union, the Oregon Education Association, sends members to Washington, DC early next month for big meetings of the National Education Association, the parent group.  OEA President Hanna Vaandering is preparing to travel to the gathering. 

Oregon DOT Asks For Moratorium On Oil Trains

Jun 17, 2016
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The Oregon Department of Transportation has asked the federal government to put a moratorium on oil trains in the Columbia Gorge and certain other parts of the state over concerns about inadequate inspections.

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The children's advocacy center concept has helped authorities investigate child sex abuse cases; advocacy centers are quiet, comfortable places for interviewing and treating victims.

But who oversees them?  Accreditation comes from the National Children's Alliance, which oversees the centers in Jackson and Josephine Counties and nearly 800 others. 

NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar will visit the CAC in Medford next week while in town for a child abuse symposium. 

Wolf Kills Two Goats And A Lamb Northeast Of Ashland

Jun 16, 2016

A wolf attacked and killed two goats and one lamb in Southern Oregon’s Jackson County last weekend, according to Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife officials.