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Is it finally time to put the Confederate battle flag away after 150+ years? 

Even South Carolina's governor now favors a retirement.  That's one of our VENTsday topics. 

The other: letting Oregon counties that voted strongly against legalizing marijuana to opt out of retail sales, something the legislature is considering. 

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center. We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

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The Great Recession featured many arguments over the correct role of government in restoring the economy to health. 

Austerity and tax cuts?  Or "Keynesian-style" stimulus? 

The man whose name is at the center of that phrase is also at the center of a new biography: Universal Man

Author Richard Davenport-Hines wanted a more accessible biography of John Maynard Keynes, one that goes beyond a simple focus on economics. 

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The role of police is supposed to be straightforward: catch bad guys and protect the people.

But it's seldom that simple, and gets extremely complicated when police have to deal with mentally ill citizens.

Which happens with regularity, and such a confrontation led to shooting death of Brian Babb by Eugene Police in late March.

Babb was a veteran with PTSD, and social worker Becky Higgins was on the phone with him right before his death.

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The top-selling music album in the year 2000 sold nearly ten million copies. 

The top album last year sold about a third of that number. 

Many fewer people pay for music these days, when they can get it for free on the Internet. 

Exactly the point of Stephen Witt's book "How Music Got Free." 

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Oregon's love of natural areas, the push for economic development, and a governor who resigned under pressure... these are just some of the elements that converge in the state's proposed land swap in the Bandon area. 

A deal approved last year would turn 280 acres of the Bandon State Natural Area over to a private developer for a golf course. 

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Henrietta Bingham is not a household name today, but she was quite a sensation 80 years ago. 

She was the daughter of a wealthy newspaper publisher, a bisexual, and the lover of both actor John Houseman and tennis champion Helen Hull Jacobs.

The story of her fascinating life is told by her great-niece, Emily Bingham, in the book Irrepressible

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The hippies arrived in the 1960s and never left. 

That's one way to look at the Oregon Country Fair, if a bit pejorative. 

But it is safe to say there's nothing else for miles around like the music/art/food festival. 

And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 46th time, the weekend of July 10th. 

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While it's true marijuana will be legal for recreational use in Oregon in just days (July 1st), that does not mean a "smoke 'em if you got 'em" free-for-all. 

First of all, the law phases in, so there will not be retail sales until probably fall of 2016.  Second, pot cannot be smoked in a public place. 

A recently launched "Educate Before You Recreate" campaign aims to communicate the law's nuances to the public. 

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Environmentalists tend to tread carefully around the subject of population.

In a planet of finite resources and no place to throw things "away," overpopulation could devastate the Earth. 

Philip Cafaro has been talking for years about the intersection between environmentalism and population studies. 

In his latest book, "How Many Is Too Many?," Cafaro narrows the focus on immigration into the United States... and makes a rare progressive (not conservative) argument for reducing it. 

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Harmful algae blooms are so common in the Pacific Ocean, they get their own acronym (HAB). 

But the current bloom in the Pacific is decidedly uncommon: it spans much of the West Coast, and has forced shutdowns in shellfish fisheries. 

The federal Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle observes and responds to algae blooms, and this one brings some of the highest levels of natural toxins ever observed, from California's Central Coast to Washington and even Alaska. 

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Oregon already boasts one of the higher minimum wages in the country, at $9.25 an hour. 

But activists in the state are joining up with national campaigns to push it up to $15/hour. 

City votes in Seattle and Los Angeles will raise wages there... there are several steps before a similar vote in Oregon, but petition signatures are already being collected. 

Chronicle Books

Everybody knows somebody who is just truly funny. 

But does ANYBODY know somebody who can make a living being funny?  You will now: Joe Randazzo is a former editor of "The Onion," and he's been making comedy for a living for years. 

He tells the story of his successful career in the book Funny On Purpose.

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Art saves lives.  When people need outlets for expression that do not hurt themselves or others, art is there as an answer.

And that explains the existence of the LIFEArt program in Jackson County, which gives students expressive outlets in a handful of Jackson County schools. 

Nebraska's legislature ended the death penalty in the state three weeks ago, touching off another debate about the use and value of executing criminals. 

We want to know what you think about the subject, and about another subject: letting parents excuse their children from taking the standardized "smarter balanced" tests in school. 

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts listeners front and center.

We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics. Topics range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome.

Penguin Books

People who did not commit crimes get sent to death row, unarmed people are shot by police, and guilty people go free. 

These things happen all the time in our criminal justice system... but not because the system is structured to be fundamentally unfair. 

In the book Unfair: The New Science of Criminal Injustice, law professor Adam Benforado argues that unconscious biases and processes hidden to our conscious minds lead us to poor decisions. 

The Marijuana Show

It seems like anybody with even the barest claim to fame gets a reality TV show these days.

So marijuana is long overdue, but there IS such a show.

"The Marijuana Show," seen online and on digital channels, bears some resemblance to "Shark Tank," in that entrepreneurs pitch their ideas for marijuana-based businesses. 

"Ganjapreneurs" from season 2 will be recruited from auditions in California and Oregon, among other states. 

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We'll be surprised if Jeff Speck drives to the Hult Center in Eugene Wednesday night.

Speck is an urban planner who is a big proponent of walkable cities. 

And he'll be talking about how to make Eugene more walkable in his session at the Hult. 

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We can barely comprehend the death of a child to disease, even in the abstract.

Sukey Forbes had to deal with it as a reality in her own life, when her daughter died at age six. 

Her odyssey through grief and the search for meaning--including visits with clairvoyants--is told in Forbes' book The Angel in My Pocket: A Story of Love, Loss, and Life After Death

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The ongoing drought in California is turning attention in a number of directions, including to the water bottling industry. 

Several companies have come under fire for continuing to bottle water in a state hard-hit by drought. 

And in one case, the plant in question is not even open yet: the Crystal Geyser Water Company plant in Mount Shasta. 

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The Northwest Forest Plan just turned 20 years old, but "Happy Birthday" might not be the appropriate comment. 

The plan was designed to preserve both old growth timber and spotted owls, and both are still in decline. 

The monitoring apparatus that came with the plan just released a 20-year progress report. 

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