John Baxter

Jefferson Exchange Producer

John Baxter decided to add to his legendary history at JPR by returning as interim producer of the Jefferson Exchange.  But John's attachment goes back more than three decades.  He worked for many years as the program director at JPR, engineering the split from one station into three separate program services, among many other tasks.  We're glad to have John take a hiatus from retirement and join us back in the basement.

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Isn't nature wonderful in how it allows creatures to adapt to their surroundings? 

Well, yeah, unless you're the creature who ends up host to a parasite or something else that wrecks your life. 

Examples abound, and WIRED science writer Matt Simon serves them up in gruesome detail in his book The Wasp That Brainwashed the Caterpillar: Evolution’s Most Unbelievable Solutions to Life’s Biggest Problems.

Any effort to improve your life would probably not begin at the doorstep of an economist. 

But let's keep an open mind about this.  Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, is best known for writing about "the invisible hand" of the market. 

But he also wrote works about morality and encouraging good behavior.  Russ Roberts dug up this more heart-centered version of Smith for his own book, How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life

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If you follow news about land set aside for preservation, you may occasionally wonder: when can I go visit that land?  This Saturday, June 24th, is a good answer. 

That is officially Oregon Walk the Land Day, sponsored by land trusts all over the state. 

They'll lead tours pointing out the highlights of lands protected by trusts in the far-flung corners of Oregon. 

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Anybody alive in 1966 probably remembers the line "silver wings... upon their chest." 

It's a line from Staff Sgt. Barry Sadler's number one hit song "The Ballad of the Green Berets." 

The patriotic ode to the military made Sadler briefly famous and rich.  Neither condition lasted, as author Marc Leepson points out in a book about Sadler's frequently troubled life, Ballad of the Green Beret: The Life and Wars of Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler

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You'll bum out a lot of older Americans when you point out that the "summer of love" was 50 years ago. 

It was an exciting and pivotal year in American history, and the year Danny Goldberg graduated from high school. 

He includes his own experiences and broadens the focus in his memoir, In Search of The Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea.

The music, the Vietnam War, the civil rights struggle and more are mixed in with personal memories of 1967 in the book. 

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You are what you eat, as the saying goes.  So what does your diet say about your attitudes? 

Plenty, in the eyes of Will Tuttle.  Dr. Tuttle--PhD in Education--is a vegan who supports a diet that is sustainable and compassionate, among other things. 

He calls it "The World Peace Diet" and has written a book by that name. 

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School's out for summer, but educators have a lot yet to talk about. 

The Oregon Education Association and its counterparts in other states sends members to the massive national Representative Assembly (RA), at the very time the Oregon Legislature is debating how much money it can spend on schools for the next two years. 

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You don't have to be Irish to appreciate the music of the Emerald Isle. 

And Irish music has been a fixture at Ashland's Black Sheep pub for years now, in a Sunday afternoon jam session that welcomed all musicians. 

Now the Black Sheep owners are closing the pub, forcing the Celtic instruments and their players to look for a new place to make music. 

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Scientists just identified a new species of flying squirrel in North America, and it lives right here near us. 

Humboldt's flying squirrel is named for the naturalist Alexander Humboldt, but Humboldt County is part of its range. 

Scientists knew flying squirrels (okay, they glide) lived in the region, but thought they were just like the flying squirrels of Western Canada and Alaska. 

They're not, says Brian Arbogast at the University of North Carolina. 

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Long trains loaded with tree parts and wood products used to rumble through the woods between Burney and McCloud, continuing on to Mount Shasta. 

The rumbling is gone, because the tracks have been removed.  The McCloud Railway's demise marks the rise of the Great Shasta Rail Trail, envisioned as an 80-mile trail on the old railroad right-of-way. 

Just think about the varied activities possible on such a long trail in such a scenic place. 

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William F. Buckley was not just the best-known conservative thinker of his time, he was asked for formulate policy based on his conservative views. 

Several presidents sought Buckley's advice, and he was close friends with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. 

Alvin Felzenberg, who served two presidents himself, revisits WFB's administrative influence in the book A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. 

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June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day to think about the people who left their homes because they HAD to, seldom knowing where they would end up. 

The world has been hard on refugees from the Syrian civil war, but that's not an isolated example. 

Kristin Yarris at the University of Oregon has stories to share about the history of refugee treatment, as does Abby Gershenzon of the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.

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22 California communities are semi-finalists in the effort to have parts of town identified as "cultural districts."

Redding is one of them.  A cultural district is an area with a high concentration of cultural resources, and Redding identified several chunks of town on both sides of the river as such a district. 

Reps from the California Arts Council visited town in early June, and a few steps remain before a decision is made. 

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It's some of the worst news a person can get: "you have cancer." 

But it happens to many of us, and medical science is constantly looking for remedies.  Those include attention to the emotional needs of cancer patients, which are considerable. 

David Ryan, an oncologist, and Vicki Jackson, a palliative care specialist, work together in a Boston hospital and are the principal authors of the book Living With Cancer.  It is a guide to how patients and families should approach treatment and its many effects. 

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So many flights, so many accomplishments for Amelia Earhart. 

And so little evidence to clearly indicate what happened to her when she disappeared, almost exactly 80 years ago. 

The Archaeological Legacy Institute based in Eugene wants to observe the 80th anniversary of Earhart's last flight next month by visiting the island where she may have crashed. 

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Birds and butterflies return with the warm weather.  What else?  Classic cars, for one. 

Owners of vintage vehicles are more likely to hit the road when the weather is pleasant and roads aren't likely to be layered with cinders or salt. 

This is the main weekend of the Medford Cruise, and the Siskiyou Region chapter of the Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association plans a Fathers Day event in Yreka, among its summer events. 

Hemmings Auto News covers all things cars, now and then. 

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When was the last time you did something truly new?  Lu Ann Cahn considered that question after surviving cancer, and decided to turn it into a challenge. 

So she did something new every day for a year, a process she lays out in the book I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day

It wasn't ALL feats of daring; some of it was as low-key as talking to a stranger. 

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It's probably safe to call Michael Patrick Lynch a critic of the Internet. 

But you might want to Google him to be sure.  Lynch runs the "Humility and Conviction in Public Life" project at the University of Connecticut. 

He joined us last year to talk about his book The Internet of Us, about how we seem to know LESS in an age when huge amounts of information are available to us in seconds. 

The concept of a "slow news day" seems like so long ago. 

The inauguration of Donald Trump is just one factor in what seems to be an hourly, rather than daily, explosion of news in the world.  And it gives us plenty to talk about with Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

They join us once a month to talk about media topics--news and not--in a segment we call "Signals & Noise."  This month, Twitter bots, Wonder Woman on the big screen, Congressional testimony carried live and more. 

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The American right wing is fond of talking about "the deep state" of late. 

Each side has its boogeymen and suspected conspirators, like the way the left wing feels about the Koch brothers. 

Nancy MacLean adds a name in her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

And the name is that of James McGill Buchanan, presumed architect of many right wing victories and a friend to the Kochs. 

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