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Multiple sclerosis, MS, has no cure... and over time, MS patients generally see a decline in neurological and other functions as the disease advances. 

There are treatments, to be sure, but recent research suggests that diet can play a big part in maintaining health through MS. 

Vijayshree Yadav, an assistant professor of neurology at Oregon Health & Science University, studies diet and lifestyle effects on MS, and finds that diets with whole foods and lower saturated fats can slow the advance of MS. 

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Peace, Love and Cotton Candy.... Three days in July make for one compelling reason to visit Veneta, Oregon.

Every year the Oregon Country Fair transforms this small community outside of Eugene from its usual population of about 4,500 into a hive of nearly 45,000 festival-goers.

The vibes are notoriously groovy, and despite its popularity, the fair strives to be family and environmentally friendly.

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Teenagers are famous for being interested in many things--generally not the things their parents are doing. 

So James Campbell had some misgivings about inviting his teenaged daughter Aidan to join him on a trip into Alaska's wild interior.  She said yes, twice. 

The third trip amounted to a coming-of-age journey for Aidan in some of the most remote places in the country.  It is the story told in Jim's book Braving It.

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At this point it seems naive to ask if money influences politics.

So, let's begin with HOW much money it takes to make a difference, and thwart efforts to curtail catastrophic climate change.

Our guests have followed the money, and struck oil. Daniel Lewkow is the Political Director of Common Cause Oregon; David Hyde heads up Move To Amend.

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The Senate voted on additional gun restrictions this week (June 20).  Four votes, four rejections. 

Now you get to think like a senator: would additional gun laws help stop mass shootings?  What would you restrict? 

Our alternate topic this week is infill: how you feel about more density in housing, like apartments, next to your single-family home. 

VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange. Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a pair of topics on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page, and open the phone lines and email box for live comments.

The topics can range from presidential politics to how you spend your days off.

Where there's smoke, there's fire.  Where there's fire, there's Stephen Pyne

He may be the foremost authority on wildfire on the continent, with more than a dozen books to his credit.  They include a work called Between Two Fires, detailing the tug-of-war between all-out fire suppression and the deliberate use of fire to help maintain a forest. 

And he visits an area that is no stranger to wildfires--ours--with an Ashland appearance tonight (June 22). 

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When historian Studs Terkel wanted to know how people really felt about their jobs, he traveled with a tape recorder and asked them.

 

Rana Khoury recently took a similar tack, except she wanted to know how people felt about the lack of good jobs, about losing their homes and about struggling to escape poverty in the wake of the Great Recession.

A Northwestern Ph.D. candidate, Khoury looked to her home state of Ohio for insights we might apply more broadly.

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Violence against LGBTQ people has a long history in America, culminating in last week's mass murder of 49 people at a gay dance cub in Orlando.

The carnage comes right when things seemed to be looking up, when gay rights have never been more openly discussed and demanded through policy change.

Journalist Kerry Eleveld chronicled these policy shifts in her recent book Don't Tell Me To Wait: How the Fight for Gay Rights Changed America and Transformed Obama's Presidency.

Harvard historian Jim Downs delves into the trying decades before recent watershed moments in his book: Stand By Me: The Forgotten History Of Gay Liberation.

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In a world where pens are still mightier than swords, (or guns), Kimberley Strassel is no stranger to battle.

The Oregon-born political commentator writes Potomac Watch, a regular column in the the Wall Street Journal.

Her latest material appears in book-form: Intimidation Game: How The Left Is Silencing Free Speech.

The author makes the case for politicized, colluding bureaucracy, zooming in on the IRS's treatment of conservative non-profits.

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Whether self-interest is enlightened or not, it's not good for the planet.

That's the general thrust of Bob Doppelt's work.  We met Bob a few years ago to talk about his book From Me To We

He continues his work on climate change and sustainability through The Resource Innovation Group (TRIG) in the Willamette Valley, teaching at both Willamette University and the University of Oregon. 

How to make the me-to-we shift and how to implement changes get an airing at a meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now (SOCAN). 

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The National Park system celebrates its first century this year, with ceremonies across the system.

It's a chance to observe the spectacular places we've protected; places that all too often were inaccessible to people with disabilities. 

The great John Muir was an advocate for conservation, but wheelchairs were not foremost on his mind.  His grandson, Michael Muir, is the founder and executive director of Access Adventure, bringing people with disabilities and horses together for outdoor recreation. 

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Even when school is out for the summer, debates about education continue. 

And teachers and their work are always right in the middle of those debates. 

Oregon's largest teacher's union, the Oregon Education Association, sends members to Washington, DC early next month for big meetings of the National Education Association, the parent group.  OEA President Hanna Vaandering is preparing to travel to the gathering. 

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Whether Hillary Clinton wins the White House or not, she is NOT the first woman to try, not by a long shot.

The first woman to seek the presidency did so before women even had the right to vote in America; does the name Victoria Woodhull ring a bell?  Woodhull and the later seekers are profiled in Ellen Fitzpatrick's book The Highest Glass Ceiling

Fitzpatrick dazzled us a few years back with Letters to Jackie

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It's a moment that sticks with us on The Exchange... we asked Ken Goddard from the National Forensics Laboratory in Ashland if elephants were going to make it.  His answer: "it's not looking good, is it?" 

By one count, the world loses 96 elephants a day, mostly to poachers who only want the ivory tusks. 

Researcher Caitlin O'Connell is determined to help elephants survive; she is featured in a new National Geographic WILD special on elephants and their plight. 

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The children's advocacy center concept has helped authorities investigate child sex abuse cases; advocacy centers are quiet, comfortable places for interviewing and treating victims.

But who oversees them?  Accreditation comes from the National Children's Alliance, which oversees the centers in Jackson and Josephine Counties and nearly 800 others. 

NCA Executive Director Teresa Huizar will visit the CAC in Medford next week while in town for a child abuse symposium. 

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Remember the town hall meetings with Congress members in 2009 where people screamed their opposition to Obamacare?  A year later, Republicans wiped out Democrats in the mid-term elections at all levels of government. 

The impact was especially profound in state legislatures, and GOP control of many of those gave the party the ability to control the process of re-drawing district lines after the 2010 census. 

In a book with a title we can't say on the air--Ratf**ked--Salon Editor-in-chief David Daley writes of the convergence of political players and dark money that made redistricting an enduring Republican victory. 

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If a student comes up with an invention as part of a college class, who owns the rights to the invention, student?  University?  Both? 

It's a sticky subject that has already come up several times, because there's potentially a lot of money on the line. 

The tension led to the creation of Students For Intellectual Property, which advocates for the student rights to the things they create for college work. 

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Eugene city leaders demonstrated on several occasions a commitment to lessening carbon emissions. 

Their reward was a trip to one of the worst-emitting cities on the planet: Beijing. 

Mayor Kitty Piercy recently returned from a low-carbon cities summit in China's capital, one of just a handful of American cities represented, all of them much bigger than Eugene. 

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We can totally relate to Christopher Phillips' approach to life: ask LOTS of questions. 

Phillips follows in the footsteps of Socrates in his work as author and speaker; the Socratic method is all about the questions. 

In his latest book, The Philosophy of Childing, Phillips urges us to be more childlike in our approach to the world.  Well, beyond just asking "why" over and over. 

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If you're looking for rainfall comparisons between this year and last year, try this one: Redding got 15 more inches rain of since October 1st than in the previous year.  FIFTEEN inches. 

But many a meteorologist points out that the El Niño rains were not evenly distributed: much of Southern California is still experiencing drought conditions. 

Even so, some drought restrictions are being lifted.  The Bay Institute takes major exception to actions by the state Water Resources Control Board and other entities. 

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