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The 1960s came and went, but the spirit stayed in the woods of Lane County. 

It is there, in the woods near Veneta, that the Oregon Country Fair keeps the spirit alive with its extended weekend, July 13-15. 

The feel of the counter-culture is recreated at OCF, with everything from vaudeville to body painting.  Charlie Ruff is the former GM of the fair, and still a dedicated fan. 

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Neurons, axons, dendrites, synapses... you remember the terminology of nerve cells from school, maybe.  Marjorie Hines Woollacott, emeritus professor at the University of Oregon, knows it forwards and backwards. 

As a neuroscientist, she knew the physical entity of the human brain completely.  But it wasn't until she began meditating that she began to think beyond the physical constraints of the mind. 

She explores the topic in the book Infinite Awareness

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Downtown Redding will look very different in just a few years.  Between a brand-new Shasta County courthouse and some other projects in the works, something like $200 million will be spent on new construction in the heart of the city.

It's exciting news for the Redding Chamber of Commerce, which itself moved downtown just last year. 

The Redding-based McConnell Foundation put some money into the makeover. 

Just when you think Washington, DC can't get any more exciting, a Supreme Court justice retires and roils the town. 

Anthony Kennedy's departure and replacement is the hot topic in the Senate, which will confirm the replacement. 

Democrats have little say in the process, but they do have opinions.  Both of Oregon's senators (and California's) are Democrats; Sen. Ron Wyden offers his perspective in a swing through Southern Oregon. 

One point: Wyden says not all power resides in Washington. 

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Would you, at six years of age, even recognize the person you are now?  We all go through profound changes in a typical lifetime. 

The normal processes of life--working, loving, eating, bearing children, sleeping--transform us over time.  And that's in addition to things we do to ourselves, like weight-lifting and dieting and getting tattoos. 

Gavin Francis, physician and author, considers the many things that happen to bodies in a book called Shape Shifters

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Josh Gross has a passion for music.  Safe to say that Josh loves music in many forms, and he gets to demonstrate it by making his own AND by covering the music of others in his writing. 

We plug Josh into the Exchange once a month in a segment we call Rogue Sounds. 

 

Underground History is one of The Jefferson Exchange's most popular segments.

But why just listen on the radio? We're bringing Underground History above ground with Underground History Live!

Join Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley and Chelsea Rose from SOU's Anthropology Lab at The Bella Union in Jacksonville for our next Underground History Live. It happens Monday, August 6 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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Celebrate America's birthday!  We will, by taking the day off and putting the Exchange on autopilot.  And that means a review of some of our important segments from the past. 

At 8: Bryan Burrough gives a look back at a tough time in American history in his book Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

At 9: Alice Randall gave us a slave's perspective on Gone With the Wind with a parody called The Wind Done Gone

She and daughter Caroline Randall Williams teamed up for a cookbook with stories of their family and updated (as in less-fatty) recipes called Soul Food Love

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Getting good dental care in a rural area can be a real problem. 

First, dentists are in short supply.  Second, money tends to be in short supply, so even if the dentists were there, many rural residents still could not afford to go to the. 

We explore the problem of quality rural dental care and its consequences on overall health. 

Bruce Austin is the dental director for the Oregon Health Authority, and Sean Boynes is with the DentaQuest Institute

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Twice in recent weeks, Oregon groups working to get gun-control measures on the ballot had to retreat. 

Pro-gun groups took the measures to court, delaying the collection of signatures.  The measure supporters opted not to try collecting signatures in a very short period of time before a deadline. 

One of the measures would have created a law to require safe storage of guns. 

Oregonians for Safe Gun Storage have not given up on their quest. 

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Quick, name some of the fabulously rich men of the 19th century.  John D. Rockefeller?  Check.  Andrew Carnegie?  Check.  John W. Mackay?  Uh, who? 

Not a household name in our time, but John Mackay got rich in the Comstock Lode of silver and gold in Nevada, and went toe-to-toe in competition with some of the richest men of his time. 

Gregory Crouch profiles Mackay (pronounced "Mackie") in the book The Bonanza King: John Mackay and the Battle Over the Greatest Riches in the American West

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The plan for a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export plant for Jordan Cove, near Coos Bay, is rolling further into regulatory review. 

The plan, resurrected after an earlier federal denial, requires a pipeline crossing the region from North Bend to the Klamath Falls area. 

State agencies make up a piece of the regulatory puzzle, and a comment period is now open on whether the state should issue a water quality permit. 

Michael Hinrichs is a spokesperson for the project. 

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Run a car engine with the muffler off, and you realize the violence going on in there. 

An internal combustion engine features a lot of--wait for it--combustion.  There are many explosions (okay, controlled burns) every second.  And those make heat that the cooling system has to carry away. 

So what goes on in the radiator and tubing, and what can (and does) go wrong?  Ashland Automotive owner Zach Edwards joins us for another edition of The Squeaky Wheel. 

If you like wine but think "oenophile" is something you use to trim your nails, we've got a book for you. 

Kathleen Bershad helps wine wannabes get their act together in The Wine Lover's Apprentice: Words of Wisdom for Would-Be Oenophiles

It's a chance for people who like wine but don't know much about it to get a grasp on the tools, the tastes, the terroir, and more. 

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Smart phones are extremely common now, and nobody seems to have a problem with them.  But smart meters?  That's a different story completely. 

Pacific Power's announced plans to convert Oregon residential customers to smart meters--devices that deliver power usage information through a wireless network--have met with vocal opposition. 

Members of the public have expressed concerns about the meters and what they are capable of doing, both in tracking power usage and in emitted radiation. 

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We suspect calluses on both the hands and feet of John Soares.  He is a dedicated and constant hiker, so that would explain foot calluses. 

And he is an energetic and prolific writer, so we can imagine a few keyboarding calluses on his hands. 

He's got two new hiking books out, a fourth edition of 100 Classic Hikes: Northern California, and the smaller, more portable Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps Regions

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Nutrition and money seem to have a direct relationship: if you've got more money, you buy better food.  So it's certainly harder to eat well on a limited budget, but not impossible. 

Leanne Brown, author of several cookbooks, demonstrates in Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day.  She visited The Exchange in 2015, and we rejoin the interview here. 

The book is now out in a Spanish-language version, and in either language, it's FREE.  Leanne Brown offers it in a PDF version for people who can't afford the printed version. 

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The Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and his followers are gone from Oregon, but absolutely not forgotten.  The religious leader set up camp on a ranch in Wasco County in the early 80s, and captured attention and headlines and law enforcement scrutiny. 

What began as a "free love" movement turned darker, including attempts to kill key officials and members of the public. 

This month's edition of Underground History, our regular soiree with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, covers the after-the-fact investigation of Rajneeshpuram. 

Matthew Cowan of the Oregon Historical Society played a part in the creation of the recent Netflix documentary about the Rajneeshees. 

Dennis Griffin is the state archaelogist who did some work on the ranch. 

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Few people will approach the issue of sexual assault the way Winnie Li did.  Her novel Dark Chapter, a fictionalized account of her real-life rape, brings readers into the mind of victim and rapist. 

And it kindles a larger discussion of how we as a society respond to the survivors of sexual assault. 

Susan Moen helps coordinate the response at the Jackson County Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and BB Beltran does the same for Lane County Sexual Assault Support Services (SASSLane). 

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Worst Christmas present ever for Eagle Point: the fire that burned down the historic Butte Creek Mill in 2015.  The old mill is listed as the last water-powered grist mill west of the Mississippi river. 

And it will soon begin to rise again, thanks to support from the community.  Some notable figures, including actors Patrick Duffy and Jim Belushi, have joined the effort to raise money for the mill's rebuilding. 

And the fundraising has been brisk. 

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