Caught halfway between the dark swoon of pop-noir, the raw rasp of soul music, and the honest punch of Americana, Suzanne Santo's new solo album Ruby Red tells the story of a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who, more than 10 years into an acclaimed career, is turning a new corner. Produced by multi-platinum Grammy nominee Butch Walker (whose Los Angeles recording studio gives the album its name), Ruby Red marks Santo's first release as a solo artist.

Service Alert for 88.1 Mt. Shasta

Jan 26, 2018

Updated 2/2/2018 | 1:30 pm -- Service is now restored.

Updated 2/1/2018 | 1:30 pm -- JPR's Rhythm & News Service on 88.1 FM in Mount Shasta has been impaired over the last two weeks due to an issue with our transmitter. We are working on a long term solution while we wait for a window to access the site either by snowmobile or helicopter.

Our Rhythm & News service in Mt. Shasta is currently impaired. 

In the meantime, you can hear all three of our services using the Listen Live feature at the top of this page.

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It was back in May of last year that Josephine County voters said yes, re-open the long-closed juvenile shelter. 

And it took until this month to get there. 

The shelter opened again recently, one sign of services expanded by the property tax levy passed in May. 

The Eugene Register-Guard Sold To GateHouse Media

Jan 26, 2018
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After more than 90 years of independent, family owner­ship, The Register-­Guard media company is being sold to one of the largest publishers of local media in the country.

Guard Publishing Co. — parent company of The Register-­Guard, also known as RG Media Company — made the announcement with buyer GateHouse Media on Thursday. The purchase price was not disclosed.


Can we talk about poop for a moment?  Specifically, raccoon poop in the wild. 

It can provide... well, nutrition for other animals.  But it can also provide parasites. 

So some scientists set out to find out if animals would avoid raccoon bathrooms the way they avoid places where their predators hang out.  An "ecology of fear" is the theory.

Oregon legislators caught a break this week with the passage of Measure 101 (January 23). 

It ratified an earlier legislative decision on new taxes to fund the Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's form of Medicaid for people living on lower incomes.

If the vote had been No, legislators would have had to come up with roughly $300 Million in funding, or accept program cuts somewhere. 

Sacramento Mayor Wants To Build 1,000 ‘Tiny Homes' In Next Two Years

Jan 24, 2018
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Mayor Darrell Steinberg wants to build 1,000 “tiny homes” in Sacramento — and he expects it done in less than two years.

Service Alert for 89.3 in Port Orford

Jan 24, 2018

The Rhythm & News service in Port Orford is experiencing problems. Our engineer is looking into the issue and will restore service as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we encourage you to use our online streaming service located at the top of this page.

Thank you for your patience!

If there was any doubt, our series of interviews "Out in the Cold" has confirmed that every part of our region includes homeless people among its inhabitants. 

We turn our attention to Klamath County, taking in issues for homeless people both young and old. 

Older people face challenges with age-related health issues, in fact sometimes end up homeless because of those issues. 

Meanwhile, families with children struggle to keep up with school when permanent shelter is an issue.  Klamath and Lake Community Action Services, KLCAS, works to address the issues. 

Underground History: The Modoc War In Photos

Jan 24, 2018
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The Modoc War of the 1870s gets lots of attention from historians, archaeologists, and just folks.  It was a major episode in the defeat of Native Americans at the hands of the federal government, resulting in their movement to reservations. 

And it is the focus of this month's edition of Underground History, our regular visit with Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA)

Chelsea Rose and Mark Tveskov bring in Eric Gleason, who's been doing research on the Modoc War. 

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Maybe you're the kind of person who appreciates winter weather far from the beaten path.  If so, would you mind measuring some snow while you're out there? 

No joke here; Community Snow Observations is a citizen science project enlisting the help of backcountry skiers, snowshoers, and other winter recreationists to measure snowpack. 

Scientists and telemetry sites can't cover all the places where snow fall, so this is where the amateurs come in. 

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Bit by bit, emergency service providers and families in the region prepare for what could be a very big earthquake: a movement along the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

Other parts of the country do not have the localized risk we face.  But they do have something we don't: a major increase in seismic activity in recent years. 

The more frequent quakes appear to be "induced" quakes, caused by human activities like wastewater injection at petroleum sites.  U.S. Geological Survey spends money and staff time investigating the increase. 

Mstyslav Chernov,, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Put the United States 2016 election aside for a moment and consider the rest of the world. 

Countries that we once thought of as reliable democracies are taking turns for the autocratic and nationalistic.  Even Germany has far-right groups in parliament for the first time since the demise of the Nazis. 

Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt track the longstanding erosion of political norms in their book How Democracies Die

Deal To End Shutdown Funds Health Care For 2 Million Californians

Jan 23, 2018
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About two million California children will continue to receive health care through the federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The federal budget deal that ended the government shutdown reauthorizes the CHIP program for six years.

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The Northern spotted owl seems to get it from all sides.  Habitat loss and the encroachment of the barred owl have contributed to a continued decline in spotted owl numbers. 

Now the illegal marijuana trade appears to be having an impact as well. 

Spotted owls that gobble up rodents poisoned at illegal grow sites test positive for rodenticide.  A study from the University of California-Davis tracks the occurrence in Humboldt, Mendocino, and Del Norte counties. webcam

Ski season took a while, but it's finally getting close. 

Shasta Ski Park announced plans to open for the season on Wednesday (later pushed back to Friday, January 26), while Mt. Ashland Ski Area could open the slopes to visitors later this week if the expected storms deliver the expected snow. 

Both ski areas are geared to open between Thanksgiving and mid-December, but the weather did not cooperate... and even with recent storms, snow coverage figures to be less than optimum. 

Hiram Towle is the general manager at Mt. Ashland.

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On Thursday morning at 10am, JPR will broadcast California Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address. Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED's California Government and Politics Desk, will host the program which will include the governor's speech in its entirety followed by reporting and analysis from in-studio guests and reporters and newsmakers in the field.

Coverage can be heard on JPR's News & Information Service beginning at 10am, right after The Jefferson Exchange.

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Several thousand people gathered in Medford’s Hawthorne Park and marched to downtown on Saturday for the second annual Southern Oregon Women’s March. Many carried signs supporting a range of progressive causes and criticizing President Donald Trump.

Taking A Last Minute Look At Oregon's Measure 101

Jan 19, 2018
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If you haven’t voted yet in the special election on Oregon’s ballot Measure 101, you still have time. It’s too late to mail your ballot, but you have until 8 o’clock Tuesday evening to get it to an official ballot drop-box.

The measure is a complicated topic that involves how Oregon pays to provide health insurance to some of its most vulnerable residents. Kristian Foden-Vencil covers health care for Oregon Public Broadcasting. He talks with JPR’s Liam Moriarty to help explain what voters are deciding. 

Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.