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For generations of Americans, it's pleasant to be able to talk about Vietnam without the word "war" behind it. 

That war cost 58,000 American lives and tore the social fabric of the country. 

Now historian Christopher Goscha presents Vietnam: A New History

The book teaches a great deal about a country with a rich history and many different ethnic groups and languages. 

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Josh Gross's bio at the Rogue Valley Messenger says he's an "ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur." 

One and two are true and we'll take his word on number four. 

And he IS a musician, and a big fan of music, as well. 

Which is why we invite him back once a month to play clips of bands coming to the region, talk about their music, and hear where they'll be playing. 

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The State of Oregon had trouble making money off the Elliott State Forest, because timber sales lagged. 

So now the state stands to make a whole bunch of money at once, by selling the forest. 

Lone Rock Timber Management Company put in the only bid, as a partner with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians

Other tribes plan to work with The Conservation Fund to monitor practices on the forest.  But the deal is not quite done; state decisions lie ahead. 

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It's not just the short days and the nasty weather. 

Winter also creates issues for our cars and how they operate. 

Zach Edwards at Ashland Automotive knows a thing or two about cars and their behavior in winter conditions. 

Got a question about car maintenance or winter driving?  He's got answers. 

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The Earth gives, and we take. 

But as we continue to demonstrate, it's easier to take than to give. 

Permaculture is all about setting up systems that regenerate the natural world while providing resources for people to use. 

Jono Neiger gives a colorful look at the systems in his book The Permaculture Promise. 

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The moment in the concert arrives for the big solo. 

And the soloist steps up with his Ophicleide.   His...? 

See, soloist Mark Eliot Jacobs is accomplished on some rare wind instruments, including the ophicleide and the serpent. 

He'll play both in a concert Thursday (December 1st) on the Southern Oregon University campus. 

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The legal system is supposed to be straightforward: you need action from somebody, you take them to court, and the court decides the case. 

Unless the case is unusual and the people being sued insist the case is improper.  Then it can take a long time just to get to trial. 

And that may finally happen for the people who filed suit in federal court on behalf of children in Oregon, to force action on climate change from state government.  A recent judge's ruling may clear the final hurdle for trial. 

Law professor Mary Wood at the University of Oregon is a scholar writing about the case. 

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We were told American military forces HAD to attack Iraq in 2003 because Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction. 

That turned out not to be true, and a majority of Americans now feel the Iraq war was a mistake. 

You can include the Rogue Valley's Stacy Bannerman in that majority.  She stayed home while her ex-husband fought in Iraq; he and their marriage were never the same. 

Bannerman is off to Washington this week to testify at the People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, hosted by Code Pink in Washington, DC. 

TKO: African-Americans In The GOP

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Race loomed large in the recent election. 

One commentator referred to the election of Donald Trump as a "whitelash."  Exit polls indicate the story is more complicated than that, but racial and party identification can correlate closely. 

And sometimes not, as Corey D. Fields demonstrates in his book on African Americans in the Republican party: Black Elephants in the Room

The Keenest Observers host Rob Goodwin returns for this segment. 

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We tend to think in terms of fresh water and ocean water ecosystems, but there's a whole lot of life in between. 

Estuaries, where salt and fresh water meet, are teeming with all kinds of creatures, animal and vegetable. 

Dr. David Sutherland at the University of Oregon studies estuaries, both close to home and in the Arctic. 

And he'll deliver a lecture on Friday (December 2) in Coos Bay about how the estuary at Coos Bay functions. 

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In earlier days in America, the only acceptable way to handle the unplanned pregnancy of a single woman was to have the baby and give it up in a closed adoption. 

Those days were not so long ago. 

They are still fresh in the memory of Patricia Florin and five other women who brought people into the world, with little chance of ever knowing them. 

Florin collects the stories in her book A Life Let Go: A Memoir and five Birth Mother Stories of Closed Adoption

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Black Friday again finds the Exchange crew off work, and probably not braving crowds of Christmas shoppers.  We offer two prime hours from Exchanges past. 

At 8, a story of dealing with childhood obesity, from the mother of an overweight girl. 

Dara-Lynn Weiss tells the story in The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet–A Memoir.  

At 9, Exchange favorite Roman Krznaric goes WAY beyond resumes in his book How to Find Fulfilling Work

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Thanksgiving Day finds the Exchange crew in the stuffing, out of the office.

Instead, a couple of holiday specials: at 8, world-renowned naturalist Joe Hutto, subject of the Emmy winning BBC documentary "My Life As a Turkey", discusses how he became a wild turkey mother in the hammocks of Florida.

Plus: Fourth-generation pilot Eric Walden gives a play-by-play of the ninja-like moves of the wild turkey—mid-air.  And: The once-scorned bronze-feathered turkey is making a comeback, with the help of organic, free-range farmers like Paul Kelly. 

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Thanksgiving will be the first time many Oregonians break bread together post presidential election. 

Will the time-honored rule of “no politics at the dinner table” still cut the mustard after an election where so many traditions went out the window? 

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It's not every book of poetry that can make you laugh out loud. 

It's also not every book of poetry that contains poems allegedly written by dogs. 

But that is the story behind I Could Chew On This, Francesco Marciuliano's book from a few years ago. 

Marciuliano, also the writer of the comic strip "Sally Forth," applies a wild and wonderful sense of humor to his work. 

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If even the thought of having to prepare a meal leaves you cold, it might be time for a little pep talk. 

Julia Turshen delivers one in her book Small Victories

It's about the many things you can do in the kitchen, many with little preparation, and still bring a triumph to the table. 

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Alice Hoffman won many awards and fans with her novels, like Practical Magic. 

But she left the realm of the magical to dwell in reality in her book Survival Lessons.

It was inspired by her battle with cancer, and the similar battles of family members. 

Alice Hoffman joined us to talk about surviving and living, back in 2013. 

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The rationale for regulations on food production is clear: we don't want what we eat to kill us. 

We seldom fear sudden death from our food, and that's thanks to effective regulations. 

But do the rules stifle innovation, too?  Baylin Linnekin says yes.  He's a lawyer specializing in food and agriculture. 

And in his book Biting The Hand That Feeds Us, he points to a slew of regulations meant to protect people that actually keep perfect edible food off the market. 

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We all have a beginning and an end.  We just don't like to talk about the end of life very much. 

Katy Butler wrote about facing her father's impending death in Knocking On Heaven's Door; she visited the Exchange to talk about it several years ago. 

We revisit that interview in this hour. 

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Rogue Community College works to make sure Latino high school students are aware of educational opportunities after high school. 

So every year it hosts EMO, Educacion, Un Mundo de Oportunidades (Education, a World of Opportunities) at its Table Rock Campus. 

The keynote speaker this year took advantage of educational opportunities in the United States after leaving his native Guatemala. 

Leonel Vicente Vicente only reached the 6th grade there. 

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