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JPR's 36th Annual Winetasting

Nov 8, 2016

The 36th Annual JPR Winetasting and Silent Auction, generously sponsored by the Ashland Food Co-op and Gastroenterology Consultants, takes place Thursday ~ February 9 at Ashland Springs Hotel.  

Regional wine and food will be in abundance and the Silent Auction tables will be filled with amazing contributions from all sorts of individuals and businesses in the region. So bring your Valentine and enjoy a spectacular night out, all in support of Jefferson Public Radio! 

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At last, we have numbers.  Or will, by the time VENTSday begins on the morning AFTER the election. 

So you can guess what we'll be talking about.  From president to town council, from death penalty to mosquito tax, all election results are fair game on the super-sized edition of VENTSday. 

Grab a phone or email device while we dive into the pile of results--800-838-3760 or JX@jeffnet.org

Overjoyed?  Underwhelmed?  A little of each?  This is our chance to get a big community discussion going on the election results. 

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We know more about the brain than ever before, and we are more aware than ever before about what happens to many people with mental illness in our society. 

But can the knowledge help us treat people, reduce jail populations, and get some homeless people off the streets? 

Residents of Compass House in Medford share their stories of living with mental illness, while the facility's staff joins us in the studio to talk about their mission. 

Oracle Gives $50,000 To Oregon GOP-Friendly PAC

Nov 7, 2016
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Fresh off a protracted legal fight with the state over the failed Cover Oregon website, California software giant Oracle just made its first political contribution in Oregon in years.

The Santa Clara-based company reported giving $50,000 on Friday to Restoregon, a political action committee that has contributed exclusively to Republican candidates this cycle, including several Lane County races.

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Bertold Brecht left Germany shortly after Hitler came to power in 1933. 

But Brecht's dislike of Hitler waned little in self-exile, resulting in the play "The Resistable Rise of Arturo Ui."  Audiences recognize a Hitler-like figure in Arturo Ui, a Chicago mobster trying to monopolize the cauliflower market.  Yes, cauliflower. 

Southern Oregon University's Department of Performing Arts brings Brecht's work to the stage in Ashland starting this week (November 10). 

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There's some disagreement about the actual numbers, but the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is up for expansion. 

By some counts, it would double in size if President Obama approves the expansion.  But there will be more discussion, and not a little vocal opposition, before the decision. 

Commissioners in both Jackson and Klamath Counties are on record opposing the expansion; cattle grazing groups oppose as well. 

Groups in favor are thrilled by the prospect of a bigger monument. 

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Law enforcement is greatly aided by sharing information: about suspects, about cases, about places. 

Three decades ago, there was no central database to keep track of missing children.  That changed, partly due to the efforts of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

NCMEC works to end sexting, sextortion, and child abduction and exploitation.   A NCMEC rep visits the Rogue Valley for a session at the Medford Library today (November 7), at the invitation of the Children's Advocacy Center. 

A bit of covert political sleight of hand has made a pair of legislative races in south central Oregon the focus of attention this election season. JPR’s Liam Moriarty sorts out who’s who in the oddest of this year’s legislative races.

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First Friday is a big deal in our region. 

Several cities celebrate the occasion with First Friday art walks; we mark the day with the return of our First Friday Arts segment. 

It's a virtual party, with arts groups and performers from around the region calling in with news of their arts events, ranging from wall art to modern dance and beyond. 

The advertisements for beer tend to be a bit on the macho side. 

Which is not surprising, given that more men than women enjoy beer. 

But stand aside, guys, here comes Ginger Johnson, the creator of Women Enjoying Beer. 

Her beer/women outreach includes a new book, How to Market Beer to Women.  It carries the lovely subtitle of "Don't Sell Me a Pink Hammer." 

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The very word "seed" is used many different ways in our language.  But it's always about beginnings. 

Plants begin with the planting of seeds in the soil.  Basic and simple, but the planet has created tremendous numbers of plant and seed varieties. 

And the diversity of seeds is less important in large-scale agriculture; that's one of the points of the film "Seed: The Untold Story." 

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The tiny house movement came on suddenly. 

People who needed homes or wanted smaller homes embraced the idea of living in houses that contain square footage in dozens, not hundreds, of square feet. 

But building codes written for fixed structures often have no place for tiny houses. 

So tiny house builder Andrew Morrison has been working on getting tiny houses included in the International Residential Building Code (IRC). 

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Living things will go to amazing lengths to find meals, mates, and places to sleep.  And that's not just humans in college. 

Matt Simon, a science writer at WIRED, collects some fascinating and often gruesome tales of how creatures in the natural world go about getting the things they need. 

Simon's book is The Wasp That Brainwashed The Caterpillar.  Yeah, that one's pretty gross. 

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Great indie bands pass through our region all the time... And occasionally they actually stop to play some shows.

But it's all too easy to miss up-and-coming acts, while the smaller venues that host them tend to fly under the radar, too.

That's where Josh Gross steps in. He's the music editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, so he pays great attention to the live music scene.

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From the slave trade to legal segregation, many public policies throughout American history have harmed Black communities.

These days African-Americans make up more than a third of the prisoner population in the U.S., despite their being just 12 percent of the general population.

Filmmaker and activist Raheim Shabazz says this skew begins in public schools, which have become one end of the school-to-prison pipeline. His films, "Elementary Genocide," parts one and two, screen at Southern Oregon University this week. 

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Alice Callaghan has spent decades working with mostly Mexican and Guatemalan families out of a tiny office near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles. It doubles as a school for a few dozen 4- and 5-year-olds.

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

Nov 1 T Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Suite from Mlada
Nov 2 W John Foulds*: Music-Pictures Group III
Nov 3 T George Frideric Handel: Suite in A major
Nov 4 F Hector Berlioz: Royal Hunt and Storm from “Les Troyens”

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This has been the year of the TREX on The Exchange. 

We just learned a few months ago about wildland firefighters gathering for training exchanges, which they abbreviate TREX.  Unfortunately, it's pronounced "treks" and not "t-rex". 

Anyway, we get to add a W, to make WTREX, because there are training exchanges for women.  The very first WTREX just wrapped up in Northern California, after giving women firefighters and managers a chance to sharpen skills and compare notes. 

The University of California and The Nature Conservancy were among many partners in this TREX. 

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Maybe we don't use them as much in the age of online maps, but atlases are handy books to have. 

They show you the world.  A different kind of atlas, Atlas Obscura, shows you the unique and unusual places and features of the world. 

Atlas Obscura is a collaborative online project, and it has just published a book version containing some of the highlights. 

From the upside-down house of Poland to the body of St. Francis Xavier in India, there's plenty to see in the book. 

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Death isn't usually cause for celebration in the United States.

But a tradition born in Mexico changes that from Oct 31-Nov. 2, when Latino communities celebrate Día de los Muertos. These festivities swap mourning black for bright colors, emphasizing quality time with family members both living and passed.

Rogue Valley resident Erica Ledesma is a frequent contributor to the bilingual magazine, Revista Caminos. She studied Cultural Anthropology and Ethnic Studies at the UO.

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