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William F. Buckley was not just the best-known conservative thinker of his time, he was asked for formulate policy based on his conservative views. 

Several presidents sought Buckley's advice, and he was close friends with Ronald and Nancy Reagan. 

Alvin Felzenberg, who served two presidents himself, revisits WFB's administrative influence in the book A Man and His Presidents: The Political Odyssey of William F. Buckley Jr. 

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June 20th is World Refugee Day, a day to think about the people who left their homes because they HAD to, seldom knowing where they would end up. 

The world has been hard on refugees from the Syrian civil war, but that's not an isolated example. 

Kristin Yarris at the University of Oregon has stories to share about the history of refugee treatment, as does Abby Gershenzon of the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.

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22 California communities are semi-finalists in the effort to have parts of town identified as "cultural districts."

Redding is one of them.  A cultural district is an area with a high concentration of cultural resources, and Redding identified several chunks of town on both sides of the river as such a district. 

Reps from the California Arts Council visited town in early June, and a few steps remain before a decision is made. 

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It's some of the worst news a person can get: "you have cancer." 

But it happens to many of us, and medical science is constantly looking for remedies.  Those include attention to the emotional needs of cancer patients, which are considerable. 

David Ryan, an oncologist, and Vicki Jackson, a palliative care specialist, work together in a Boston hospital and are the principal authors of the book Living With Cancer.  It is a guide to how patients and families should approach treatment and its many effects. 

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So many flights, so many accomplishments for Amelia Earhart. 

And so little evidence to clearly indicate what happened to her when she disappeared, almost exactly 80 years ago. 

The Archaeological Legacy Institute based in Eugene wants to observe the 80th anniversary of Earhart's last flight next month by visiting the island where she may have crashed. 

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Birds and butterflies return with the warm weather.  What else?  Classic cars, for one. 

Owners of vintage vehicles are more likely to hit the road when the weather is pleasant and roads aren't likely to be layered with cinders or salt. 

This is the main weekend of the Medford Cruise, and the Siskiyou Region chapter of the Contemporary Historical Vehicle Association plans a Fathers Day event in Yreka, among its summer events. 

Hemmings Auto News covers all things cars, now and then. 

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When was the last time you did something truly new?  Lu Ann Cahn considered that question after surviving cancer, and decided to turn it into a challenge. 

So she did something new every day for a year, a process she lays out in the book I Dare Me: How I Rebooted and Recharged My Life by Doing Something New Every Day

It wasn't ALL feats of daring; some of it was as low-key as talking to a stranger. 

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It's probably safe to call Michael Patrick Lynch a critic of the Internet. 

But you might want to Google him to be sure.  Lynch runs the "Humility and Conviction in Public Life" project at the University of Connecticut. 

He joined us last year to talk about his book The Internet of Us, about how we seem to know LESS in an age when huge amounts of information are available to us in seconds. 

The concept of a "slow news day" seems like so long ago. 

The inauguration of Donald Trump is just one factor in what seems to be an hourly, rather than daily, explosion of news in the world.  And it gives us plenty to talk about with Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University. 

They join us once a month to talk about media topics--news and not--in a segment we call "Signals & Noise."  This month, Twitter bots, Wonder Woman on the big screen, Congressional testimony carried live and more. 

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The American right wing is fond of talking about "the deep state" of late. 

Each side has its boogeymen and suspected conspirators, like the way the left wing feels about the Koch brothers. 

Nancy MacLean adds a name in her book Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America

And the name is that of James McGill Buchanan, presumed architect of many right wing victories and a friend to the Kochs. 

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Vacuum action on Oregon streams moves from temporarily banned to permanently prohibited.

Both state House and Senate have passed the Suction Dredge Reform Bill (SB 3), and Governor Kate Brown signed the bill on June 14th.

Long a project of the late Senator Alan Bates, the bill prohibits suction dredge mining in Oregon streams where it would disturb sensitive fish habitat, while allowing the practice in areas where it will do less harm.

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It's getting late in the Oregon legislature.  A budget is due when the fiscal year begins July 1st, and there's not enough money to pay for all existing programs.

So agencies large and small are still unsure about what their funding will be.  Large as in: all the school districts in the state. 

Small as in: the Farm to School program, which teaches kids about where food comes from AND provides local food to their cafeterias. 

One version of the budget would cut funding entirely, another would cut funding in half. 

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The ancient tale of Scheherazade is about a storyteller. 

She saved her own life, and many more, by telling stories to a tyrannical king for a thousand nights. 

The story resonates with Portland storyteller Will Hornyak, who tells stories in prisons and many other venues, firmly believing that storytelling can change lives. 

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"A home."  That short phrase, uttered by senior citizens, is not a pleasant concept. 

The majority of senior citizens would rather live their later years in their own houses, not "a home." 

The national Senior Companion program pairs seniors who need some assistance at home--their own homes--with other seniors who are prepared to help. 

And the Lane County Senior Companion program is seeking volunteers. 

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It's not uncommon for a piece of land to be used for a business, then the business closes and the site is left vacant.  But not empty. 

Hazardous substances or other pollutants can be left behind, with no one responsible for the cleanup. 

These are designated "brownfields" by the federal EPA, and an EPA grant to the Rogue Valley Council of Governments will help identify brownfields in the Medford/Grants Pass area. 

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Frances Stroh had it all growing up.  She was a rich kid, the heiress to the Stroh Brewing fortune. 

Then the economy of urban Detroit collapsed, beer tastes changed, and the family's fortunes went quickly south. 

It got ugly, a story Stroh tells frankly in her memoir, Beer Money: A Memoir of Privilege and Loss

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The academic year is drawing to a close at the University of Oregon, but the work never stops. 

This month we visit with Leslie Leve from UO's Counseling Psychology and Human Services Department. She updates us on the University's Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, UO's $1 billion initiative fueled by the Knights' $500 million gift last fall.  Dr. Leve will talk about her own research and how the Knight Campus' approach will help. 

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There are those who walk in the forest, and those who walk in the forest and recognize what grows there.  Scott Kloos is firmly in that second category. 

He is the founder and managing director of The School of Forest Medicine. 

So you can probably guess what his new book is about.  Yep, it's called Pacific Northwest Medicinal Plants, a guide to foraging and finding wild herbs, which Kloos says are superior to the herbs you could grow in a garden. 

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The late John Kenneth Galbraith is generally regarded as a liberal economist, but his story is quite a bit more complicated than that, and more than 97 years long.

Galbraith served under four presidents, wrote dozens of books, and worked for half a century at Harvard.

And now we get to read his mail, courtesy of a Southern Oregon University professor. Economics professor Ric Holt is the editor of The Selected Letters of John Kenneth Galbraith, epistles to world leaders, journalists, famous authors, and political opponents (like William F. Buckley).

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Few of us are equipped to understand the challenges of mental illness. 

And that's why we hear the voices of people struggling with mental health in our monthly segment "Compass Radio." 

It is co-produced by Compass House in Medford, a center that functions on the clubhouse model of mental health care. 

Compass House residents talk about issues in their lives, including homelessness and unemployment, in recordings made at the house. 

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