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Diagnoses of autism in children have zoomed in recent years, and Oregon is among the states where the rate of new diagnoses is the highest. 

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has a chapter in Eugene, which offers training workshops for parents of children with autism. 

They begin later this week (April 8) and will present parents with tools, resources, and a greater understanding of the autism diagnosis.

Just because your middle name is "Shakespeare" doesn't mean all your work has to be hundreds of years old. 

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival commits art in a number of avenues, including hip-hop. 

The Hip Hop Poetry Open Mic Nights started several years ago at OSF.  The next, coming tonight (April 4), features Dahlak Brathwaite, who has gained a national reputation for his work (it's free!). 

Penguin Books

Diane Rehm's weekday talk show precedes the Exchange, but today (April 4), she's part of it. 

2016 is a big year for the longtime radio host; she's announced her retirement later this year, and published a book, On My Own, about her recent widowing. 

Her late husband John was fed up with years of suffering with Parkinson's disease, and his struggles turned Diane Rehm into a supporter of the right to die movement, which Oregon pioneered. 

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The downtown economy of Ashland is heavily dependent on the tourists who flock to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival or who come to hike, bike, ski, fish and boat the area’s mountains and waterways.

Last year, complaints from merchants, residents and visitors about aggressive panhandling and uncivil behavior by some homeless people reached a fever pitch.

Now, city officials are looking for fresh ideas to head off a new season of unpleasantness.

Eugene Ballet

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.

One harsh reality about the Ashland Independent Film Festival: it's physically impossible to see every film all the way through. 

But with more than 100 offerings in documentary, feature, and short categories, the choices are remarkable.   This year they also include some mixed-media presentations.

AIFF brings the films and events to screens and rooms in town for five days starting April 7th. 


April 1st is a day for jokes and japes, and we do not have the ability to show funny movies on the radio.  Fortunately for us, our friend Ed Polish is interested in more than bad movies. 

Ed is the founder of the Bad Film Society, but he's also into less-than-stellar music.  So Ed, the owner of Ephemera, Inc. in Phoenix, brings some of his un-gems onto JPR's airwaves with his annual show "Sleazy Listening," tonight (April 1) at 8 PM on the Rhythm & News service.

He shares some of the highlights (lowlights?) on The Exchange.  Call and give your vote for the worst or weirdest song you've ever heard. 

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John Gorka spent time working with some of the better-known singer/songwriters on the folk end of the musical spectrum. 

And along the way, he cranked out a few of his own tunes, and a dozen records.

Gorka has played up to 150 concerts a year, and he brings his talents to the Pilgrim Congregational Church in Redding on Saturday (April 2nd). 

University of Oregon

"SPICE girls" is NOT the name of a singing group, at least at the University of Oregon. 

SPICE stands for Science Program to Inspire Creativity and Excellence; it's a program to get middle- and high school girls excited about science and learning more about it. 

Program coordinator Brandy Todd even teaches how to win a science fair. 

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There was a sense that the federal rejection of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant and pipeline was not the final word.  And indeed, it was not. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission--FERC--nixed pipeline and plant in part because they had not shown any demand for LNG overseas. 

Project managers recently announced an agreement for a Japanese utility to buy some of the gas from the proposed export terminal.  Appeal papers should be filed with FERC anytime now. 

Report: Oregon Marijuana Sales Reached $265 Million In 2015

Mar 29, 2016

Oregon’s legal marijuana sales brought in nearly $265 million in 2015, according to a report by leading cannabis market research firms. The report projects Oregon’s legal marijuana sales will reach $481 million by the end of 2016.

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

Apr 1 F April Fool’s Day Special

Apr 4 M Ernest Chausson*: Poème

Apr 5 - 12 Spring Membership Drive

Apr 13 W William Sterndale Bennett*: Piano Concerto No. 1
Apr 14 T Roy Harris: Symphony No. 6, “Gettysburg”
Apr 15 F Joseph Haydn: Piano Trio No. 23

A petition with tens of thousands of signatures seeks to have guns allowed into the Republican convention this summer.  How does that idea strike you?  It's one of our VENTSday topics. 

The other: the proposal in Congress to have county sheriffs responsible for law enforcement on federal lands, instead of federal agents. 

Your thoughts are front and center on VENTSday.  No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. 

We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance. 

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Ammon Bundy and three others currently jailed in Oregon on charges related to the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge are appealing a court order that they appear in federal court in Nevada next month. 

Last week, a federal judge in Portland ordered the defendants to be flown to Nevada on April 13 and returned to Oregon on April 25. They would make their first court appearances on charges growing out of an armed standoff with federal agents at Cliven Bundy’s ranch near Bunkerville, Nevada in 2014.


In recent years, military doctors have become more aware of eating disorders among service members. A Department of Defense report concluded that conditions like anorexia and bulimia occur in the military with "surprising frequency." 

News & Information Off The Air in Mendocino County

Mar 28, 2016

Updated 3/28/16 | 2:30pm -- The News & Information service is back up on the air in Mendocino County after a power surge took the service down this morning.

The News and Information service has gone off the air in Mendocino County. Our engineer is working to diagnose the issue. 

In the meantime you can hear any of our three services using our listen live feature at the top of this page.

Thanks for your patience!

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Don't look now, but your body is carrying some passengers.  By the millions. 

We're just beginning to understand the importance of the microbiome in humans--the bacteria in and on our bodies that make processes like digestion move along smoothly. 

The relationships between hosts and microbes are the bread and butter of The Microbial Ecology and Theory of Animals (META) Center for Systems Biology at the University of Oregon. 


Many of them are illegal under current drug laws, but lots of people believe in the beneficial uses of psychedelic drugs.

And they'll get a chance to convene and compare notes at the Exploring Psychedelics Conference next week (April 7-8) at Southern Oregon University, the third edition of this event. 

Matt Vogel and Martin Ball organized the first event and have watched it grow. 

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This winter’s El Nino has dropped much-needed rainfall into many California lakes and reservoirs. But the drought is far from over.

Now, there's a growing list of  ways people are trying to supplement that water by capturing the huge amounts of rain that run off roofs and down storm drains. 


The vast majority of traveling across much of our region is done by car. 

And that's due in part to limited public transportation. 

But efforts continue to separate our steering wheels from our hands, both in public transit and expanded options for people using alternative means like bicycles. 

Rogue Valley Transportation District (RVTD) will challenge businesses to reduce car trips later this spring in the Rogue Commute Challenge.  Edem Gómez from the agency joins us. 

We also hear about Bike/Walk Roseburg from Dick Dolganas, and get a statewide overview from Jenna Stanke Marmon, who serves on the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee