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Information Today: Signals & Noise

Feb 8, 2017
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It's a weird time in the history of information.  On one hand, the Internet makes so much information available so quickly, it's easy to stay informed. 

On the other hand, people fight about facts and truth far more than they used to, and the president himself even referred to a news organization as "fake news" shortly before he took office. 

We track the changes in the world of information in a new segment called Signals & Noise, starting today. 

Our partners: the Communications department at Southern Oregon University. 

The Beauty Of Earth That Moves

Feb 8, 2017
Darin Ransom | JPR Director of Engineering

We can be wary of the earthquake potential of the Cascadia Subduction Zone and still appreciate what it's done for the landscape. 

The meeting of tectonic plates far beneath us makes our part of the world quake-prone, but beautiful, too. 

Mountains and other dramatic landforms are the products of the earth moving; Robert Lillie demonstrates in his book Beauty from the Beast: Plate Tectonics and the Landscapes of the Pacific Northwest

Lillie taught geosciences at Oregon State and led ranger tours on geology. 

California Lawmakers Fast-Track Immigration Protection Bills

Feb 8, 2017

California lawmakers are expediting three bills in order to shield immigrants from deportation after the election of President Donald Trump.

This bill would make state-funded immigration attorneys available for public defenders to consult with.

Angie Junck of the Immigration Legal Resource Center says it’s a complex area of law that not all defenders are prepared for. Even residents with visas can face deportation after accepting a plea deal on a misdemeanor charge.

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It's still taking a while for some terms to sink in: "cannabis industry." 

Who would have thought a few years ago that Oregon and California would be able to use that term, legally? 

The growth of the industry is phenomenal, including the likes of "Grow Condos," a large warehouse for growing weed in Eagle Point. 

The company CEO has big plans for things like a cannabis-friendly RV park. 

Siskiyou Film Fest Returns To Grants Pass

Feb 7, 2017
speakforthetreesoregon.org

Pick a forest, and there's usually a story about people fighting over a timber sale or two. 

So it is in Oregon's Little Applegate Valley, where people enjoying a rustic way of life are concerned about plans to harvest timber on federal land. 

The issue is the subject of the short film "Speak for the Trees," one of the entries in this year's Siskiyou Film Fest, Sunday (February 12) in Grants Pass. 

Classics & News Off The Air in Happy Camp

Feb 7, 2017

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Some Lawmakers, Water Agencies Push To End California Drought Restrictions

Feb 6, 2017
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A group of Republican state lawmakers and Northern California water agencies are pushing for an end to statewide drought restrictions given the wet winter.

The State Water Resources Control Board is meeting Wednesday to vote on extending emergency regulations.

Help For Home-School Parents

Feb 6, 2017
Jason Kasper, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4067638

It's a big step, choosing to teach a child at home rather than sending him or her to school. 

There are requirements to measure what home-school students learn, but parents have a lot of latitude in deciding what and how to teach. 

For those who feel a bit overwhelmed, there are resources available, both from the public school system, and from the likes of the Cascadia Learning Cooperative

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The days of hiding in the shadows are largely over for members of the LGBTQ community.  Or are they?

Society's attitudes toward people who are not strictly heterosexual have changed, but over a long time, and with a lot of pressure from a lot of people. 

And they all have stories to tell, stories being collected by the Coming Out Project

GMOs From Both Sides Now

Feb 6, 2017
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Isn't there just ONE thing you'd like to see changed in our food through genetic engineering?  For a lot of people, the answer is a resounding NO. 

It is a selling point to be GMO-free.  But GMO true believers stick by their (gene) guns. 

Environmental journalist McKay Jenkins visited with them and a lot of people on both sides for his book Food Fight: GMOs and the Future of the American Diet. 

Plumbing The Depths Of Seafood

Feb 3, 2017
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The ocean's mysteries are largely uncharted. We do know many of its creatures are delicious.

Yet the unknowns can multiply (or bioaccumulate), when something edible makes the trip from sea to plate.

Jennifer Burns Bright is a food writer who explores these issues, and our collective taste for the deep and briny.

She's based in Port Orford and the leader of an Oregon Humanities Conversation project about the traditions and challenges of seafood in Oregon.

Taking Care Of "The Squeaky Wheel"

Feb 3, 2017
Ashland Automotive

What ails your car?  Zach Edwards can't fix a car over the phone, but he can certainly try to diagnose the problem. 

This month we focus on how to decide if you should sell or fix an ailing car.

Zach is the proprietor of Ashland Automotive, and our monthly visitor for a segment we call The Squeaky Wheel.

Exploring WHY Neonicotinoids Are Harmful

Feb 3, 2017
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Reading a pesticide label is a bit like plunging headlong into a foreign language, one with a fast-changing vocabulary. For example: neonicotinoids.

They're a relatively new class of pesticides, favored now because they cause less toxicity in birds and mammals than insects. But that's not good news for pollinators.

Two pesticide experts join us to translate what neonic pesticides mean for the insects who actually help plants grow.  Aimée Code is Pesticide Program Director for The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation. Dr. Susan Kegley heads up the Pesticide Research Institute.

Percussion Groups Plan Ashland "Resist"ance

Feb 3, 2017
JPR News

Since the November election, some of our friends and neighbors speak in terms of "resistance." 

There's a similar message in the musical program "Resist," but the work pre-dates the election. 

Southern Oregon percussion duo Caballito Negro, previous guests of The Exchange, join forces with Left Edge Percussion for a concert that features flutes, "a truckload of percussion," spoken word, film, and images. 

The concert is Thursday, February 9th. 

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The First Friday in February has arrived, and with it, a look ahead to a passel of performances and exhibitions in the arts. 

We call it our First Friday Arts segment, a call-driven segment where YOU are the guest. 

If you have an event on stage or gallery or screen to report, tell the rest of the audience, at 800-838-3760. 

You'll be talking to listeners from Mendocino to Eugene. 

"Mostly Mercer" From Siskiyou Music Project

Feb 2, 2017
Siskiyou Music Project

Complete this sentence: "Moon River, wider _____________."  If you said "than a mile," you're familiar with the music of Johnny Mercer. 

His songs form the heart of a program coming to the stage on February 18th, with vocals by Chris Williams and guitar by Ed Dunsavage. 

It is the kickoff to an entire season of performances from the Siskiyou Music Project

Exchange Exemplar: "Texts From Jane Eyre"

Feb 2, 2017
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Think of some of the great lines in literature, like "frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Now try to imagine those lines delivered by text message.  Would they be the same? 

In the hands of Mallory Ortberg, they are hilarious.  She wrote a book a few years back called Texts from Jane Eyre, with imaginary electronic messages back and forth between some of the major characters in literature. 

Where Do NW Members Of Congress Stand On Trump's Immigration Order?

Feb 2, 2017
Gabriella Demczuk for NPR

On Jan. 31, President Trump signed an executive order suspending new-refugee admissions for 120 days and blocking travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries — Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia — for 90 days. Syrian refugees are banned indefinitely.

Lawmaker Withdraws Bill Which Called For Sale Of Public Lands

Feb 2, 2017
chaffetz.house.gov

After public outcry, the lawmaker who introduced a bill to sell 3.3 million acres of public land nationwide — including 70,000 acres in Oregon — has decided to reverse course.

Liam Moriarty/JPR

The federal government has fined more than 750 hospitals across the country for scoring in the bottom 25 percent on measures of patient safety. Hospital-acquired infections, blood clots, falls and bedsores are among the avoidable injuries to patients included in the annual ranking by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

The program is meant to prod hospitals to improve patient safety. But hospital officials say the rating system doesn’t paint an accurate picture of patient care.

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