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National Park Service

It's fun to sit on the river bank and watch the water go by. 

Sean Fleming has done that, we suspect, but he's also thought a lot more deeply about rivers and what they represent, both in reality and in metaphor. 

Fleming is a geophysicist at Oregon State University and the author of Where The River Flows: Scientific Reflections on Earth's Waterways.

From how rivers shape the landscape and vice-versa... to how fluctuations in stock markets mimic rivers, there's a lot in here.

The human mind almost cannot comprehend what life is like in parts of Syria now. 

The ongoing violence between the Assad regime and the many opposition groups has killed nearly half a million people and sent millions of refugees fleeing for their lives. 

Filmmakers Nick Quested and Sebastian Junger tell the story anew in a documentary coming to the National Geographic Channel on June 11 called "Hell on Earth: The Fall of Syria and the Rise of Isis."

The chain of events is examined through its effect on the lives of ordinary Syrians. 

Master Sgt. Thomas Meneguin/Air Force, Public Domain,

People in parts of the region have grown accustomed to the sound of military jets flying overhead. 

The Oregon Air National Guard wing based at Kingsley Field in Klamath Falls puts planes into the air on a regular basis for training runs. 

The boundaries of the training maneuvers are clearly defined, but will expand under the Oregon Airspace Initiative

The initiative spent several years putting together the environmental documentation to change the limits. 

Ashland Automotive

Jump in the car, turn the key, and vroom.  It's that simple, most days. 

Then there are the OTHER times, when there's no vroom, or a clank-clank to go with it. 

Zach Edwards has heard many unusual sounds (and lack of them) in his years fixing cars.  He's now the owner of Ashland Automotive and our regular guest for a segment called "The Squeaky Wheel." 

Maybe your boss set up some exercises to help you and your colleagues work better together. 

And maybe you did become a better and more productive team as a result. 

But at least one psychologist believes firmly that knowing YOURSELF better is the key to success at work and elsewhere. 

Tasha Eurich is that psychologist, and the author of Insight: Why We're Not as Self-Aware as We Think, and How Seeing Ourselves Clearly Helps Us Succeed at Work and in Life

June is busting out all over.  Yes, we borrowed the words from "Carousel," but it's true... arts events break out all over as summer approaches. 

One example: the outdoor theater at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival opens for the summer. 

So does the grassy hillside at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville. 

Our First Friday Arts segment returns to take an audio tour of the arts events in the region in June.  At the center of it all is our on-air phone number: 800-838-3760. 


Yeah, your pets cost you a few bucks when you have to take them to the vet.  But aren't they worth it? 

For that matter, is it possible they've saved you from a few trips to the doctor?  Pets do certainly enhance life for humans. 

And Carlyn Montes De Oca says there are real health benefits for humans in keeping animals around. 

She writes of those benefits in Dog as My Doctor, Cat as My Nurse

University of Portland

It seems like just a short time ago that award-winning writer Brian Doyle visited our studio, brimming with stories and good humor. 

Less than a year after his visit, his doctors diagnosed a brain tumor.  Brian Doyle died on May 27th at the age of 60; his memorial service is set for today (June 2nd) in Portland. 

The occasion is sad, but the life was brilliant. 

DavidShankbone, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Poor humans.  Such big noses, so little ability to smell. 

Even rats and mice get credit for better senses of smell than we have. 

But that could change with the work of John McGann at Rutgers University. 

The title of his recent publication pretty much hits the nail on the head: "Poor human olfaction is a 19th-century myth."

All three West Coast states are now hooked up to the ShakeAlert system, set up to provide some warning of seismic activity. 

California, Oregon, and Washington can all receive real-time warnings from a network of sensors monitoring the Earth for movement. 

There is much more left to do, both in placing sensors and in further developing the program. 

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If we all--all seven billion of us--got serious about reversing global warming today, change would not come overnight. 

This is the reality David Orr presents in his book Dangerous Years: Climate Change, the Long Emergency, and the Way Forward

He demonstrates the ways in which Earth is becoming a different planet from the one many of us knew. 

But there's some optimism in the book, too: Orr does not believe we're fated to destroy Earth. 

Rock Out: "Rogue Sounds" For June

May 31, 2017

Josh Gross has an addiction, and it's one we're only too happy to share. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger

And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

Redding Police Facebook page

Redding's Neighborhood Police Unit (NPU) racked up some impressive numbers in curtailing crime in its first couple of years. 

But city voters rejected a sales tax in the November 2016 election that would have provided continued funding for NPU. 

Yet it persists; a campaign to raise the money privately has been set up, and Bethel Church pledged $500,000 and some additional funds to help keep neighborhood policing intact. 


Maybe you've heard about the permafrost that is proving not so permanent in the world's colder places.

Melting permafrost is damaging and even swallowing houses and bigger buildings. 

And a recently published study shows greenhouse gas buildup figures prominently in the warming of Russia, contrary to prevailing theory. 

Matthew Lachniet at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas is one of the authors. 


Meredith Maran had a pretty sweet life as a free-lance writer. 

Then, in a rather short window of time, she lost her best friend, her marriage and her life savings. 

So, at age 60, she started over: new city, new job, new friends, new lovers. 

She shows off her new life in the memoir The New Old Me

Mount Ashland webcam

Mount Ashland Ski Area is closed for the season, and what a season it was. 

Heavy snowpack brought big crowds to the mountain. 

And right after the season ended, the ski area got STOKE certification, STOKE standing for Sustainable Tourism Operator’s Kit for Evaluation. 

Sustainable can and does mean different things... we sort out the meaning of the certification with ski area manager Hiram Towle and STOKE co-founder Carl Kish. 

Josephine Libraries

There's a lot of work to do at the Josephine County libraries

But for the first time in years, the future of the libraries is assured.  Voters just passed a ballot measure creating a library district and a property tax base to fund it, after years of non-profit/non-governmental library operation. 

All kinds of details have to be addressed to set up the new regime for the four libraries. 


"American Exceptionalism" is a phrase that floats through the body politic from time to time, usually in election years. 

Yet despite many Americans thinking our country is the envy of the world, we fight a lot with each other. 

Mugambi Jouet brings up many examples in his book Exceptional America: What Divides Americans from the World and from Each Other

Robert Goodwin hosts the author in the return of our "The Keenest Observers" segment.

Three-day weekends are rare for the Exchange staff in the first half of the year.  So you'll excuse us for leaving a couple of reruns in the jukebox for Memorial Day. 

At 8: Melissa Clarke shares her doctoring experience with the world in her book Excuse Me Doctor!  I've Got What?  She shows patients how to take control of their health care.  

At 9: Former "Sex and the City" writer Cindy Chupack covers sex and love in the real world in a book about her own search for relationship success: The Longest Date: Life as a Wife


Many agencies and organizations are set up to help the more vulnerable members of any community. 

And once in a while, they join forces to compare notes and consider new approaches. 

That is the function of Project Community Connect, happening in Jackson County since 2009.  It brings together nonprofits, government agencies, businesses and more to help people in need, primarily people dealing with homelessness.