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Josh Gross has an addiction, and it's one we're only too happy to share. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Messenger.  And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

For Refugees In Eugene, Trumps Immigration Order Threatens To Split Families

Jan 31, 2017
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Hussain Rachou is scared.

A Eugene resident for a year, he’s been safe since mid-2015 from the violence that has gripped his home country of Syria. But Rachou, a Kurdish Muslim, hasn’t seen his wife and two sons since the U.S. State Department approved his work visa and sent him to the United States 19 months ago.

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The announcement of a choice for Supreme Court justice is always a big deal.  

President Trump made it that much bigger by making the announcement in prime TV time.  

The decisions of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) may not be actually set in stone, but they can certainly affect American law for generations.  

University of Oregon political scientist Alison Gash focuses on courts and rights in her work.  

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Two words from the presidential campaign linger into the early days of the Trump administration: "the wall." 

The president continues to talk of strengthening security on the border with Mexico, and addresses it directly in an executive order from January 25th.  

That order also includes wording about rounding up people who have already entered the United States illegally.  

People like Ricardo Lujan, a Southern Oregon University student who was brought into the U.S. at age 9.  

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"Composer" usually implies music, and Ashland resident Webster Young has written plenty of that. 

But he also writes books about his life as a composer, including a new one called The Luxuries of Unharried Time

It is a continuation of his memoirs about life in the music business, including his dismissal from music school.  We can't wait to hear that story. 

Grazing Halted In Oregon National Forest To Study Impacts On Spotted Frog

Jan 31, 2017
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A federal judge has prohibited cattle grazing on 68,000 acres in Oregon’s Fremont-Winema National Forest until federal officials reconsider its impacts on Oregon spotted frogs.

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It’s been a year since the North Dakota Access Pipeline broke ground, a year that brought thousands of people together in opposition to that project.

Three of those people join us to talk about their reasons for going to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and how the lessons of that resistance resonate in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

Featured Works for February – First Concert
(*Indicates February birthday)

Feb 1 W Victor Herbert*: Five Pieces for Cello and Strings
Feb 2 T Ulysses Kay: Suite from The Quiet One
Feb 3 F Felix Mendelssohn*: Sonata in B flat major

Feb 6 M Gary Powell Nash: In Memoriam: Sojourner Truth
Feb 7 T Wilhelm Stenhammar*: String Quartet No. 6
Feb 8 W Béla Bartók: Piano Concerto No. 3
Feb 9 T George Frideric Handel: Suite from Water Music
Feb 10 F Jerry Goldsmith*: Fireworks

TKO: Racial Histories Of Oregon

Jan 30, 2017
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The Keenest Observers is an occasional segment dealing with difference and inclusion in a place where the vast majority of people are white.

This month we look at how race is inscribed on Oregon geography.  Donnell Alexander is a filmmaker and writer, whose recent work documents place names and early African-American homesteaders. Randy Blazak is Chair of the Portland-based Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC). He speaks to the history of the KKK in Oregon, and the perennial re-emergence of white supremacist messaging through fliers, websites and radio programs.

Changes to Medi-Cal May Mean Less Federal Funding

Jan 27, 2017

Plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act may lead to more costs for states, beneficiaries and health care providers, according to policy analysts.

Oregon Counties Face 90 Percent Cut In Timber Money

Jan 27, 2017

A Forest Service program that pumped millions of dollars into rural communities has expired and with it the advent of sharply reduced revenue sharing timber harvest payments for more than 700 counties and 4,000 school districts.

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Making life simpler can be complicated. Ditching your smartphone could mean turning your back on work, or turning a blind eye to current events.

But when does all this become less about informing us, and more about making us anxious? With this at heart some people are trying to extract themselves from the parts of the world they're least empowered to change. How and why does one go about "unsettling," and creating a simpler life? A journalist studied this very question.

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Whoever said children should be seen and not heard would have done well to follow their own advice. The voices of young people can motivate and inspire us to see the world less cynically.

We welcome such voices on the Exchange. Since the live broadcast is during school hours, our guide is an adult. Abram Katz is Education Director with the Heartisan Foundation. It operates The Heartisan Youth Center in Grant Pass.

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If finding a home to rent has you pulling your hair out, you aren't alone. Oregon has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates in the country.

For those that do find a place, rent costs are high and rising. We unpack housing issues with Speaker of THE House in Oregon, Tina Kotek. Kotek is a Democrat from Portland, where the problems with affordable housing are stark.

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When it comes to which animals we eat, and which ones we pet: every culture is different. Horse meat is an hors d'oeuvre in Belgium.

People in the U.S. eat a lot of cows, though they're sacred beasts to many in India. And in parts of Asia, dogs are fare game. So often the issue is not WHICH animals end up on the plates, but HOW they are procured and killed. Advocates for dogs caught up in the Thailand meat trade say the dogs can be stolen and tortured.

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With more than seven billion of us and counting, humans are the most prolific primate species on Earth.

This boon for man may be the undoing of apes, plus many other non-human primates like monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises. A recent study found that about two thirds of all non-human primate species are now threatened with extinction, and three quarters have declining populations.

Trump's Immigration Actions Draw Strong Response At California Capitol

Jan 26, 2017
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California Democrats are expediting legislation in response to President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

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Art reflects the times of the artist.

What will contemporary artists have to say about the age of Trump? Artist Richard Prince recently denounced his portrait of Ivanka Trump, in a case of satire doubling down on itself, or perhaps, meeting with sincerity.

We talk with artist Kelly Worman about what to make of that: art, politics and how the lines blur. Worman is a guest curator at Southern Oregon University's Schneider Museum of Art.

Oregon State University to Divest From Fossil Fuels

Jan 25, 2017
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Oregon State University has voted to divest itself from its fossil fuel stocks. It remains to be seen if Oregon’s other public universities will follow suit.

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It took unprecedented upheaval in national politics to divert California Governor Jerry Brown’s State of the State address from its typical course. Instead of advocating for fiscal restraint and a few, new state policies, the governor used the annual speech Tuesday to lay out a broader vision of California’s role during a Donald Trump presidency.

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