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Thanksgiving is here, and the Exchange crew is grateful for a day off.  We'll fill the hours usually occupied by the Exchange with a few holiday specials. 

At 8: A Sporkful holiday treat, "Thanksgiving is For Eaters."  Mo Rocca and Amy Sedaris present useful tips on how to make classic Thanksgiving dishes, interesting facts about the science of cooking and the art of eating, and surprising details about the ways in which diverse cultures have adapted Thanksgiving traditions and made them their own.


Thanksgiving weekend continues with more specials parking in the Exchange slots. 

At 8: You know the story of Thanksgiving origins: Pilgrims, Indians, a big feast... annnnd how much of that is true?  BackStory, with The American History Guys, separates fact from legend about our tryptophan-drenched holiday, in "American As Pumpkin Pie." 

David Gibbs/Holly Theatre

Shows are still a couple of years away at a minimum, but Medford's Holly Theatre is a busy place. 

The interior restoration of the 1930 movie house into a performing arts space has already begun, including modifications to bring the building into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). 

A gift from Asante Health System pays for the ADA compliance; other gifts past and future will address other aspects of the renewal. 


Thanksgiving is upon us, so we'll ask listeners to join a special VENTSday segment, telling us what you're thankful for this year. 

And if that doesn't tickle your dialing or email fingers, let's hear your thoughts on the idea of ending smoking in all public housing in the United States. 

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them. We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

Basic Books

We all get one, but do we fully appreciate it?  Body, we mean. 

Gavin Francis is well-acquainted with the human body from his work as a surgeon. 

And he appreciates the complexity and simplicity, the mechanics and the poetry, of what our bodies can do. 

He shares the fascination with us in the book Adventures in Human Being

It's billed as a grand tour of the body from top to bottom. 

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"You go say you're sorry to Bobby."  Phrases like that have been heard for hundreds, maybe thousands of years. 

And what do kids actually learn from the experience?  That's a question being considered in the Phoenix-Talent School District, which wants to move beyond punishment and into "restorative justice." 

That is a concept embraced by Resolve (formerly Mediation Works), which teamed up with the district on a project to introduce restorative justice to Phoenix High School. 

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Some of your friends and neighbors will be walking off the turkey and pie this weekend. 

And some will be doing that while making a statement about climate change. 

The Global March for Climate Solutions is timed to coincide with a major meeting of countries in Paris to discuss climate issues. 

The Paris terrorist attacks and the security situation there wiped out the march in Paris itself, but many communities--Eugene included--will observe the march with local activities. 

Greystone Books

The price of gasoline is certainly low at the moment, a benefit of the world oil glut caused in part by North American oil wells. 

But what are the external costs of cheap oil and natural gas?  For a Canadian woman named Jessica Ernst, they were intolerably high. 

Her home water supply became undrinkable, with the blame falling on gas wells and fracking activity nearby. 

Journalist Andrew Nikiforuk covers the oil and gas industry and tells Ernst's story in the book Slick Water.

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A vast array of services is available to veterans of the military. 

But vets can still find themselves between rocks and hard places, temporarily unable to access those services. 

Homeward Bound Military Family Support Services in the Redding area is set up to provide quick, temporary assistance, from food to school. 


People who behave badly are not necessarily bad people.  They might have simply missed opportunities for someone to recognize and deal with their behavior before it got out of hand. 

The new Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon is designed to find and maximize those opportunities. 

CTN aims to train students to recognize and work with people who may be headed for addictions, anxiety, aggressive behavior and overeating. 

Perigee Books

We wonder after events of horrific violence how people could ever get so detached from other humans. 

Is it lack of empathy?  That's entirely possible. 

Philosopher Roman Krznaric, a prolific author, explores the feeling and its many facets in Empathy: Why It Matters, and How to Get It

Krznaric is, among other accomplishments, the founder of the world's first Empathy Museum. 

Lulu Vision

Eugene and Ashland are two of the more desirable places to spend time on the West Coast. 

So they attract many visitors... including some who are creating issues for the rest of the population. 

Both Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy and Ashland Mayor John Stromberg use the term "travelers" to describe the young, apparently unemployed people who hang around city sidewalks, asking for money and occasionally intimidating passersby. 

Both are working with their communities to find ways to address the perceived problems. 

New World Library

You don't need to confine your dreams, or at least interpretations, to the nighttime. 

Your dreams are often symbolic, with lots of signs and symbols representing something other than what they appear. 

Robert Moss, a proponent of "active dreaming," says you can have some fun with the signs and symbols you see in your waking hours. 

Get ready for a whole new kind of intepretation, and prepare to become a "kairomancer," as Moss walks you into the concepts in his book Sidewalk Oracles: Playing With Signs, Symbols, And Synchronicity In Everyday Life


High school students may want safe schools free of bullying and violence, but they're often reluctant to take concerns directly to school authorities. 

But maybe if a smartphone app made the process easier, things would change. 

That's the general approach outlined in Project SOAR, Student Ownership, Accountability and Responsibility, now in development at Eugene-based Iris Educational Media

The project is backed by a federal grant, and includes plans for testing at high schools in Illinois and Springfield, Oregon. 


Oregon has been steadily building ridership on Amtrak's "Cascadia Corridor" from Eugene north to Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver, BC. 

But the population of the surrounding valley is expected to continue rapid growth for decades, so some decisions need to be made about passenger trains and where they'll travel. 

The preference is to expand capacity on the existing line, but the state is taking input in an online open house until November 22nd. 

Penguin Books

The literary magazine The Paris Review began making history soon after its introduction 62 years ago. 

Notable writers came to the public's attention, including Philip Roth, Jack Kerouac, and many more. 

Editor Lorin Stein revamped the magazine when he took over five years ago, adding online elements and apps and more. 

Now The Paris Review has published its first anthology book in 50 years, The Unprofessionals: New American Writing From The Paris Review


Developing dementia or cognitive impairment is not like catching a cold... patients don't suddenly develop symptoms, in most cases.

So it helps medical pros and researchers when they can track changes in behaviors that can indicate changes in the brain. 

Adriana Seelye at the aging and Alzheimer's center at Oregon Health & Science University has a plan for tracking those changes through the monitoring of simple household tasks. 

And she's got a grant from the Alzheimer's Association to turn the plan into a real treatment tool.

An estimated 9 million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war in March 2011, taking refuge in neighboring countries or within Syria itself. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. French authorities say one of the Paris attackers was a Syrian refugee, and now more than half of America's governors say they will not accept refugees in their states. 

Let's hear your approach to the issue in VENTSday. 

While you're at it, give us your opinion of your state's integrity and effectiveness

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.

Warm winter temperatures and Mediterranean beaches... sounds like a tropical paradise. 

But the reality of the Gaza Strip, home to nearly two million Palestinians, is much grimmer. 

Filmmaker Maurice Jacobson documents life there in a multimedia presentation called "We All Live In Gaza." 

Jacobsen, Jewish but no fan of Israeli policies, lived in Gaza for more than a year. 

Tim Duggan Books

Many Americans might have sighed in relief when President Obama announced the death of the terrorist instigator Anwar Al-Awlaki in 2011. 

But as heinous as his words were, and as awful the actions he's accused of plotting, Al-Awlaki was an American citizen, the first to die by drone strike by presidential order. 

The story and the events leading to and from it are told in Objective Troy: A Terrorist, A President and the Rise of the Drone, by longtime New York Times terrorism reporter Scott Shane.