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Ewert and the Two Dragons Live Session 4/3/2015
Eric Teel

Ewert and The Two Dragons is a band from Tallinn, Estonia. Their debut album The Hills Behind The Hills was released in autumn 2009 and since then they have taken the Baltics by storm. 

Nell & Jim & You: First Friday In The Arts

Apr 3, 2015
Mike Melnyk/nellrobinsonmusic.com

Country singers Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally call what they do "new old country music." 

And they'll perform it for an audience in Ashland Friday night (April 3rd). 

Before that, though, they'll be our featured guests on our First Friday Arts segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.  From gallery displays to throat singing to dance, all are welcome.

Kristian Foden-Vencil

Michaela was born a biological male 13 years ago. Her dad Joe says when she was eight, the family moved to Portland so she could grow out her hair, wear dresses and attend school as a girl.

“As a dad, I was just immediately fearful just of the unknown situations that could be coming up and having to get into a fight …. I didn’t give the world enough credit. The world has responded with a lot of love.”

Just HOW Much Warmer We Are

Apr 2, 2015
NASA/Public Domain

It's a different world we're leaving our kids. 

A warmer one, certainly. 

A recent report from Environment Oregon shows that Oregon is clearly warmer than it was generations ago... and the Millennial generation reached adulthood in the hottest ten years in the last century. 

Puberty Suppression A Difficult Choice For Transgender Youths

Apr 2, 2015
Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

Some states now cover the cost of medical treatment for people who are transgender. Oregon is one of them. But, since January, Oregon is going one step further.

It now pays for drugs that suppress puberty in children who think they might want to change their gender - if they’re on the Oregon Health Plan.

An upcoming story will look into the medical pros and cons of the therapy. But first, here’s a look at how a 13-year-old and her family came to the tough decision to suppress puberty.

Lomakatsi Restoration Project

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  The City of Ashland does not want a hot fire to burn across the mountain side that provides its water, and it's impossible to prevent all fires. 

So the city and partners are thinning and burning the watershed in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project to reduce fire fuels. 

The project is now five years old, and a recent federal grant will allow it to continue and expand. 

Rowan Moore Gerety

The Washington State Supreme Court is weighing changes to the way farmworkers get paid. At issue are rest breaks, just 10 or 20 minutes out of the workday.

The verdict could have far-reaching impacts on the Northwest’s fruit industry.

KQED San Francisco

The fires are cold, but the scars remain.

Several fires burned large swaths of the Klamath National Forest during the summer and fall of 2014.

Now the Forest Service proposes rehabilitation projects in those areas: The Westside Fire Recovery Project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is out and comments are open until the middle of April.

Making Markets For Carbon Trading

Mar 31, 2015
Wikimedia

Even if you know the basics of carbon taxes and fees--to charge polluters for putting carbon in the air--the details can blow some smoke into your brain. 

Tom Bowerman at Policy Interactive has a grasp of the details. 

He wrote bills currently before the Oregon legislature that would set up carbon cost mechanisms. 

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

Mar 31, 2015
Wikimedia

It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

What Does A Tribal Education Look Like?

Mar 31, 2015
Amanda Peacher/OPB

A century ago, Native American children were often taken from their families and educated in boarding schools that sought to “civilize” them by imposing American and European culture.

Now, a school on the Warm Springs Reservation in north central Oregon is working to give Indian children an education that prepares them for life and work in the 21st century but still honors and keeps alive their traditional tribal culture. 

Worldview-3

Count on a lot of comments on the Westside Fire Recovery Project in the Klamath National Forest.

The project would involve salvage logging and other activities in three major areas burned by fires in the summer of 2014.

We talked to the forest bosses in a previous segment; now we hear the concerns of KS Wild and other conservation groups.

Kate Davidson/OPB

Dogs trained to use their highly-developed sense of smell to detect illegal drugs have long been a staple of law enforcement anti-drug efforts. There are dozens of these dogs working for a variety of agencies in Oregon.

So, now that’s marijuana is becoming legal in Oregon, what happens to these canine officers? OPB’s Kate Davidson visits one of these drug dogs facing that dilemma.

decker. Live Session

Mar 27, 2015
decker. Live Session 3/27/2015
Eric Teel

Since 2009, the Sedona, AZ based songwriter Brandon Decker has written, produced and released a trove of mesmerizing music; an expansive palette of folk, gospel, rock and psychedelia recorded under the nom de plume decker. “Tailor-made for a Coen Brothers western,” as one reviewer put it, “the music is dark, atmospheric and uncomfortably honest.

BLM Timber Sale Pulled Back For Review

Mar 27, 2015
BLM/Public Domain

The controversial "Second Show" timber sale will now get a second look from the federal Bureau of Land Management. 

BLM proposed the sale for an area northeast of Springfield, but environmental groups, including Cascadia Wildlands, objected.  Strenuously, and in court. 

So BLM just put the sale on hold pending further environmental analysis. 

Targeting Antibiotics In Oregon Farm Animals

Mar 27, 2015
Amy Quinton/Capital Public Radio

We get frequent warnings from health officials about the overuse of antibiotics. 

If the drugs don't help, we shouldn't take them. 

That's a harder message to get across to the agriculture industry, which routinely supplies the drugs to farm animals to make them free of infection and growing briskly. 

OSPIRG is pushing bills in the Oregon legislature to limit the practice. 

Remember the last job application you filled out? Chances are there was a box on that form asking you to check it if you’ve ever been convicted of a crime. For tens of millions of Americans, that box can be an insurmountable barrier to gaining employment.

Now, a national campaign has come to Oregon that seeks to prevent employers from using that box on job applications. 

Back On The Job: Unemployment Continues To Drop

Mar 26, 2015
Wikimedia

Oregon's unemployment rate is in unfamiliar territory these days... under six percent. 

More people are employed now than at any time since the recession ended. 

The counties of Southern Oregon tend to deal with unemployment above the state average, and that trend continues. 

The Oregon Employment Department pulls in scads of facts and figures to explain the trends. 

Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Change is constant in life, but it can have a greater impact in later years. 

Aging and retirement and mortality are facts of life, but not always welcome ones. 

A program called "Age Wise Age Well," a program of the Community Volunteer Network in Jackson County, is designed to help people cope with the changes. 

AWAW provides peer counseling to people over the age of 55. 

Pump It Up: Oregon's Clean Fuels Debate

Mar 25, 2015
Wikimedia

The Oregon legislature recently voted to continue the "clean fuels" program begun six years ago. 

The program requires companies selling motor fuels in Oregon to reduce carbon by 10% over the next ten years. 

The Oregon Environmental Council and other groups pushed for the passage of this year's bill, despite warnings from opponents that passage could set up fights over transportation funding. 

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