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The Exchange takes a longer-than-normal weekend, along with most of our listeners.

So the program for Memorial Day features a pair of notable interviews from the past. 

At 8: Alexandra Horowitz prompts us to pay attention, with her book about trying to see our surroundings with different eyes.  It's called On Looking

At 9: Ian Lopez took a term long in use and explored it further in his book Dog Whistle Politics.  He gives us a sense of what people REALLY mean when they use certain terms in campaigns and in Congress.

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Adults in today's world can take the blame for human-caused climate change, but it's the kids who will have to live with the changes. 

So it makes sense to encourage young people to learn about, talk about, and work on corrective action on climate change. 

That's the general idea behind the Next Generation Climate Justice Action Camp, this summer in Jackson County. 

Penguin Books

When psychologist Dacher Keltner first began studying power, he thought he'd focus on politics, battlefields, and Wall Street.  But he quickly discovered that people use power in many situations, even with loved ones. 

He also found that taking care of OTHER people's needs can enhance power, quite the opposite of what many people might think.  The wielding of power through compassion is one of the themes of Keltner's book The Power Paradox. 

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The Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--got health insurance for millions more people, but it is far from perfect. 

And that opinion is common even outside the Republicans in Congress who keep voting to kill the program. 

Richard Master got tired of constantly paying higher health insurance premiums for employees of the company he runs, so he went to look for an answer.  What he found ended up a documentary film called "Fix It: Healthcare At The Tipping Point."  Its essence: single-payer health insurance is the way ahead, "Medicare for all." 

Talent Joins List Of "Maker Cities"

May 25, 2016
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Chicago.  Vancouver.  Memphis.  Talent.  How did one of the Rogue Valley's smaller cities end up on that list?  Because of the enthusiasm of city leaders for fostering entrepreneurship and small manufacturing. 

Talent's maker city effort just sent representatives to an upcoming summit of Etsy Maker Cities in Brooklyn. 

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The company with the quiet motorcycles is going big time. 

Brammo, now based in Talent, gained fame as a maker of electric motorcycles. 

That part of the business has since been sold to Polaris, but Brammo kept working on battery and other power modules, and just landed $58 Million in contracts, with a big increase in staff coming. 

Smithsonian Books

Easy come, easy go.  The United States worked hard to put people in the moon in the 1960s.  Then, after achieving the goal with more landings over three years, we left in 1972 and have not been back since. 

Dr. Paul Spudis, a geologist and lunar scientist, thinks it's time we returned.  In The Value of the Moon, he makes the case for using the moon, both for its location outside of near-Earth orbit, and for its resources. 

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Accepting refugees from war-torn countries has already been an issue in this election year, and probably will be again. 

That does not deter the efforts of people who think the United States is a good place--if not the best place--to take people who can no longer live in their home countries. 

Catholic Community Services of Lane County and the Refugee Resettlement Program are working to bring in two families of refugees from Syria. 

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The income concerns of people from the middle class on down provide the two topics for this week's VENTSday segment. 

We want to gather your thoughts on the new federal rule on who gets overtime pay, and while you're at it, tell us about tipping--when you do it, and who should get tips. 

Listeners take center stage on our weekly VENTSday segment, a chance to vent on a couple of topics in the news--by phone, by email, or through our online survey. We provide the topics, you provide the opinions. 

No expertise necessary; just opinions and the ability to express them in a radio-friendly way. We post our weekly survey on one or both of the topics in advance. 

Crown Business Books

Phew, good thing the Great Recession is over.  We sure learned a lot of lessons from the financial collapse of 2008.  Didn't we? 

Time magazine Assistant Managing Editor Rana Foroohar says no; not only did major figures go unpunished, but the banking system was not reformed significantly enough to avoid a repeat. 

In her book Makers and Takers, Foroohar points out that much of American business has now embraced the approach that the financial system rode to near-ruin. 

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Oregon made the top ten!  Before the celebration starts, let's explain why this is NOT a good thing: analysis of gambling issues shows Oregon among the top ten most gambling-addicted states.

That's quite a feat for a state with no huge casinos, but it's a combination of casinos, lottery games, and a lack of services for problem gamblers. 

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Jeremy Polk is a veterinarian.  Simple phrase, but one that would have astounded many people ten years ago. 

That's when Polk, from a turbulent upbringing and the foster care system, took part in a veterinary medicine training program offered through the Lane County Department of Youth Services.  He stuck with it, finally getting his certification as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. 

It all started ten years ago at the Eugene Animal Hospital, but the program that encouraged his interest no longer exists. 

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Maybe your parents didn't get along so well.  Maybe, once you got older and noticed, your grandparents had very similar issues. 

We can't choose the families we're born into, but we can take note of what existed before we came along. 

Mark Wolynn, creator of the Family Constellation Institute, writes of "inherited family trauma" in his book It Didn't Start With You

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Roads and bridges wear out over time, and have to be replaced. 

But entire transportation systems--roads, rails, air--require attention to keep up with demands of travelers and shippers. 

In Oregon, the Governor's Transportation Vision Panel paid that attention, in a comprehensive look at the state's transport needs.  Among the findings: Southern Oregon needs more transit, and more seismic retrofits to guard against earthquake damage. 

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No single city will stop or reverse climate change, but all efforts help, right?  The City of Ashland answers the question in the affirmative with a year-long process to create a Climate and Energy Action Plan

The city--with a lot of help from residents, it is hoped--will take stock of how it currently contributes greenhouse gases to the environment, and seek ways to reduce and mitigate. 

The first open house is set for Tuesday (May 24), with a few more to follow. 

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We know a whole lot about the way genes work, but we still get into debates about nature vs nurture. 

How much DO our genes determine the kinds of people we are? 

We will doubtless find out more over time, but we're already at a point when we can not only "read" genes, but "write" them as well.  Pulitzer Prize winner Siddhartha Mukherjee ("The Emperor of All Maladies") recounts the journey so far in his book The Gene: An Intimate History.

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We talk a fair amount about "The Big One," the anticipated Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that could hit 9.0 or higher in magnitude.  But it's not the only movement of the Earth we need to be aware of: we have volcanoes nearby as well. 

Mount St. Helens blew its top more than 35 years ago, but other peaks in the Cascades could come to life as well. 

That is the focus of Seth Moran, who directs the Cascades Volcano Observatory in Vancouver, WA. 

Glass Mountain in the highlands.

Medicine Lake Highlands in Siskiyou County are free of geothermal energy development today. 

And if the Pit River Tribe and their supporters get their way, the highlands will stay geothermal-free. 

The highlands hold great cultural significance for the tribe, which went to court in an effort to stop geothermal leases from being used.  A recent ruling went in the tribe's favor. 

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We know so much about the brain, and nerves, and neurotransmitters... but... there's still no set of directions on how best to think and use our lives and gifts.  So we resort to terms like "grit." 

Which is the term psychologist Angela Duckworth chooses to use for the combination of passion and persistence that often yields good results. 

So her book is called Grit as well. 

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Electric cars lack something most other vehicles have: an exhaust pipe.  Nothing burned, no emissions, no tailpipe. 

And while some electric car buyers are motivated by environmental concerns, those do not always top the list of reasons for buying. 

That's one of the findings of research from the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California-Davis.  And within those findings: testimonials from people who just think electrics are sweet rides, with no consideration of emissions. 

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