Emily Cureton

Producer | Jefferson Exchange

Born and raised in Texas, Emily Cureton found her way to the West Coast as a print journalist. She joined JPR’s newsroom in 2015.

Emily graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, followed by stints in New York City, Marfa, Tex., and Crescent City, Calif. She's always looking to hear from community members about newsworthy topics.

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The British Invasion in popular music gave way to more free-form sounds as the 1960s went on. 

And that phase gave way to "glam rock" and David Bowie and Lou Reed and the New York Dolls. 

Could a fan of Led Zeppelin like Queen at the same time?  Simon Reynolds ponders these issues in his book on the genre, Shock and Awe: Glam Rock and Its Legacy, from the Seventies to the Twenty-first Century

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Josh Gross has an addiction, and it's one we're only too happy to share. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Messenger.  And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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The announcement of a choice for Supreme Court justice is always a big deal.  

President Trump made it that much bigger by making the announcement in prime TV time.  

The decisions of the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) may not be actually set in stone, but they can certainly affect American law for generations.  

University of Oregon political scientist Alison Gash focuses on courts and rights in her work.  

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Two words from the presidential campaign linger into the early days of the Trump administration: "the wall." 

The president continues to talk of strengthening security on the border with Mexico, and addresses it directly in an executive order from January 25th.  

That order also includes wording about rounding up people who have already entered the United States illegally.  

People like Ricardo Lujan, a Southern Oregon University student who was brought into the U.S. at age 9.  

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"Composer" usually implies music, and Ashland resident Webster Young has written plenty of that. 

But he also writes books about his life as a composer, including a new one called The Luxuries of Unharried Time

It is a continuation of his memoirs about life in the music business, including his dismissal from music school.  We can't wait to hear that story. 

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It’s been a year since the North Dakota Access Pipeline broke ground, a year that brought thousands of people together in opposition to that project.

Three of those people join us to talk about their reasons for going to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation and how the lessons of that resistance resonate in Northern California and Southern Oregon.

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The Píkyav Field Institute is part of the Karuk Tribe’s efforts to provide culturally relevant educational access in the remote reaches of California.

The idea is to connect young people with the land and indigenous culture. It's being supported by a $1,000,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to the Karuk Tribe.

TKO: Racial Histories Of Oregon

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The Keenest Observers is an occasional segment dealing with difference and inclusion in a place where the vast majority of people are white.

This month we look at how race is inscribed on Oregon geography.  Donnell Alexander is a filmmaker and writer, whose recent work documents place names and early African-American homesteaders. Randy Blazak is Chair of the Portland-based Coalition Against Hate Crimes (CAHC). He speaks to the history of the KKK in Oregon, and the perennial re-emergence of white supremacist messaging through fliers, websites and radio programs.

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Making life simpler can be complicated. Ditching your smartphone could mean turning your back on work, or turning a blind eye to current events.

But when does all this become less about informing us, and more about making us anxious? With this at heart some people are trying to extract themselves from the parts of the world they're least empowered to change. How and why does one go about "unsettling," and creating a simpler life? A journalist studied this very question.

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Whoever said children should be seen and not heard would have done well to follow their own advice. The voices of young people can motivate and inspire us to see the world less cynically.

We welcome such voices on the Exchange. Since the live broadcast is during school hours, our guide is an adult. Abram Katz is Education Director with the Heartisan Foundation. It operates The Heartisan Youth Center in Grant Pass.

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If finding a home to rent has you pulling your hair out, you aren't alone. Oregon has one of the lowest rental vacancy rates in the country.

For those that do find a place, rent costs are high and rising. We unpack housing issues with Speaker of THE House in Oregon, Tina Kotek. Kotek is a Democrat from Portland, where the problems with affordable housing are stark.

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When it comes to which animals we eat, and which ones we pet: every culture is different. Horse meat is an hors d'oeuvre in Belgium.

People in the U.S. eat a lot of cows, though they're sacred beasts to many in India. And in parts of Asia, dogs are fare game. So often the issue is not WHICH animals end up on the plates, but HOW they are procured and killed. Advocates for dogs caught up in the Thailand meat trade say the dogs can be stolen and tortured.

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With more than seven billion of us and counting, humans are the most prolific primate species on Earth.

This boon for man may be the undoing of apes, plus many other non-human primates like monkeys, tarsiers, lemurs and lorises. A recent study found that about two thirds of all non-human primate species are now threatened with extinction, and three quarters have declining populations.

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Art reflects the times of the artist.

What will contemporary artists have to say about the age of Trump? Artist Richard Prince recently denounced his portrait of Ivanka Trump, in a case of satire doubling down on itself, or perhaps, meeting with sincerity.

We talk with artist Kelly Worman about what to make of that: art, politics and how the lines blur. Worman is a guest curator at Southern Oregon University's Schneider Museum of Art.

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Thank goodness for the dry environment in the vicinity of Paisley, Oregon. 

The conditions have helped preserve evidence of possible human habitation thousands of years ago... long before the usual theories about the first humans in North America. 

Dennis Jenkins at the University of Oregon has supervised many digs at the Paisley Caves, and now he reports on the finding of very old horse bones found there.  Dr. Jenkins shares the microphone in this month's edition of "Underground History." 

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Check out the web page of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network and click on the markers for recent earthquakes.

You'll be surprised to see that they happen all the time... it's just that few of them are strong enough for us to feel. 

The Cascadia Subduction Zone in which we live poses a constant threat of big earthquakes, and other features can also contribute to powerful Earth movements. 

Seismic Network president John Vidale lectures this week at Southwestern Oregon Community College on temblors in the Northwest. 

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Our once-in-a-while opinion round robin gets a new name for the new year: TWO CENTS DAY. 

It's a nod to a more positive kind of discussion, not just the stream of heated consciousness implied by the old name, VENTSday. 

The first time out of the gate, we invite you to join some of the people in last weekend's womens' marches.  We asked several of them why they attended, and what their signs said. 

Whether you did, did not, or would not march, give us your two cents at 800-838-3760 or JX@jeffnet.org

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Journalist Matt Taibbi won't win any friends at the White House with the title of his latest book: Insane Clown President

But then Taibbi, a Rolling Stone contributor, is not known for his diplomacy, just a call-it-like-I-see-it attitude in his writing. 

He rewinds the tape of the 2016 election campaign in all its grace and glory, examining the moves, countermoves, and just plain dumb luck that resulted in the November outcome. 

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A flurry of federal environmental protections took place in the waning days of the Obama administration. 

In addition to the much-publicized expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, 100,000 acres of headwaters of the Smith River and other streams were withdrawn from possible mining by an action of the Interior Department. 

It is not a permanent block, though it would likely be a long time before mining interests were able to work their claims. 

The Kalmiopsis Audubon Society is one of several groups that pushed for the mineral withdrawal. 

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The Southern Oregon Historical Society is trying not to become history itself.

SOHS was once funded by property taxes, but a change in law allowed its levy money to be redirected, and it was. 

The organization has struggled since then, with programs and staff cut to a bare minimum. 

Staff is now all-volunteer.  And a tax levy to create a historic preservation district failed in the November election. 

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