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JeffX | April 1, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed April 1, 2015

For All Fools' Day: All-Subjects VENTSday

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Since we created the VENTSday segment on the Exchange, it has never fallen on April Fools' Day. 

This year is different, and we plan to take advantage of the situation. 

We'll go along with a gag and open VENTSday up to WHATEVER topic our listeners desire to discuss. 

A basis in fact and the usual tact are required... but let 'er rip: what do you want to tell the world on an issue near and dear to you? 

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JeffX | April 1, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed April 1, 2015

The Act Of "Becoming Steve Jobs"

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What made Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, such a visionary in electronics and computing? 

Ask a thousand people, you might get a thousand different answers. 

Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli may have interviewed nearly that many people in compiling their book Becoming Steve Jobs.

The authors promise a more nuanced view than the standard "half-genius, half-jerk" take on the late Jobs.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Making Markets For Carbon Trading

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Even if you know the basics of carbon taxes and fees--to charge polluters for putting carbon in the air--the details can blow some smoke into your brain. 

Tom Bowerman at Policy Interactive has a grasp of the details. 

He wrote bills currently before the Oregon legislature that would set up carbon cost mechanisms. 

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JeffX | March 24, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Commenting On Klamath NF's Fire Recovery Plans UPDATED with Open House Plans

The Happy Camp Complex, last summer.
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The fires are cold, but the scars remain.

Several fires burned large swaths of the Klamath National Forest during the summer and fall of 2014.

Now the Forest Service proposes rehabilitation projects in those areas: The Westside Fire Recovery Project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is out and comments are open until the middle of April.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 31, 2015

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

The modern version of a morning paper.
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It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Religion + Medicine = "Bad Faith"

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Religion and medicine agree that life is sacred. 

But they disagree on HOW to express that sacredness. 

Some religious practices and beliefs do not allow the administration of modern medicine. 

M.D. Paul Offit knows from his practice, and he wrote a book on it: Bad Faith.

It explores the collision points between medicine and religion. 

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JeffX | March 30, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon March 30, 2015

A Bird In The Binoculars To Celebrate The Season

Turkey vultures return when the carcasses they feast on are no longer frozen.
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Even if you didn't notice the blooming flowers and warmer temperatures, you might have heard the singing of birds as spring settles into the region.

A bunch of migratory species show up in the springtime, and the people of the Klamath Bird Observatory go out to... uh, observe.

In fact, KBO leads "Talk and Walk" events to share the highlights of the seasonal birds.

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JeffX | March 30, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon March 30, 2015

Conservationist Concern Over Klamath Fire Follow

The Happy Camp Fire from space; infrared imaging makes the smoke disappear.
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Count on a lot of comments on the Westside Fire Recovery Project in the Klamath National Forest.

The project would involve salvage logging and other activities in three major areas burned by fires in the summer of 2014.

We talked to the forest bosses in a previous segment; now we hear the concerns of KS Wild and other conservation groups.

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JeffX | March 30, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon March 30, 2015

Parenting The Atypical Child

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Autism, ADHD and other issues plague children and their families like never before. 

Services to help them are on the rise, but can lag behind the need. 

Pediatric psychologist Dr. Rita Eichenstein uses the term "atypical" for the gamut of issues, ranging from learning disorders to physical medical problems. 

And in her book Not What I Expected, Dr. Eichenstein helps the parents of atypical children find strategies for moving forward. 

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JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri March 27, 2015

BLM Timber Sale Pulled Back For Review

"Second Show" timber sale gets a second look.
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The controversial "Second Show" timber sale will now get a second look from the federal Bureau of Land Management. 

BLM proposed the sale for an area northeast of Springfield, but environmental groups, including Cascadia Wildlands, objected.  Strenuously, and in court. 

So BLM just put the sale on hold pending further environmental analysis. 

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JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri March 27, 2015

Targeting Antibiotics In Oregon Farm Animals

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We get frequent warnings from health officials about the overuse of antibiotics. 

If the drugs don't help, we shouldn't take them. 

That's a harder message to get across to the agriculture industry, which routinely supplies the drugs to farm animals to make them free of infection and growing briskly. 

OSPIRG is pushing bills in the Oregon legislature to limit the practice. 

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JeffX | March 27, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 27, 2015

Getting Confrontation Out Of Communication

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Are you talking to me?  Imagine that phrase in Robert De Niro's voice. 

And it's a question often asked, especially in the heat of a moment when we don't LIKE the way someone is talking to us. 

Joanne Lescher deals with that situation and many like it, advocating NVC, or nonviolent communication. 

She works with couples, individuals and business throughout the region and beyond. 

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JeffX | March 26, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu March 26, 2015

Back On The Job: Unemployment Continues To Drop

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Oregon's unemployment rate is in unfamiliar territory these days... under six percent. 

More people are employed now than at any time since the recession ended. 

The counties of Southern Oregon tend to deal with unemployment above the state average, and that trend continues. 

The Oregon Employment Department pulls in scads of facts and figures to explain the trends. 

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JeffX | March 26, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu March 26, 2015

Meeting Late-In-Life Challenges With Peer Counseling

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Change is constant in life, but it can have a greater impact in later years. 

Aging and retirement and mortality are facts of life, but not always welcome ones. 

A program called "Age Wise Age Well," a program of the Community Volunteer Network in Jackson County, is designed to help people cope with the changes. 

AWAW provides peer counseling to people over the age of 55. 

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JeffX | March 26, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu March 26, 2015

All The Love, With Less Fat: "Soul Food Love"

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Author and songwriter Alice Randall celebrates her heritage in her country songs, and in books like The Wind Done Gone

But there's one place she wants to make a break with history: she wants soul food to be healthier.  So Randall and her daughter, Caroline Randall Williams, dove into the family recipes and re-worked them to reduce the fat (but not the flavor). 

The results are contained in Soul Food Love, part family history and part cookbook. 

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JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed March 25, 2015

In Case Of Disaster, Enhanced Mitigation Plans

Damage from a California earthquake in 1992.
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Out of the 50 states, only 12 have Enhanced State Mitigation Plans making them potentially eligible for additional federal funding in a disaster. 

Oregon and California are two of the dozen. 

So what kinds of natural hazards and disasters are covered in the plan? 

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JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed March 25, 2015

VENTSday: Fracking Rules + Your State Book

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The Obama Administration just announced new rules on "fracking" for oil and gas on public lands.  We want to know what you think of the rules, or at least the idea of them. 

While you're at it, tell us what you think your state's "official book" should be; some states are considering such a move. 

Those are the topics for our weekly VENTSday segment, which 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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JeffX | March 25, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 25, 2015

Pump It Up: Oregon's Clean Fuels Debate

What's coming to your pump?
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The Oregon legislature recently voted to continue the "clean fuels" program begun six years ago. 

The program requires companies selling motor fuels in Oregon to reduce carbon by 10% over the next ten years. 

The Oregon Environmental Council and other groups pushed for the passage of this year's bill, despite warnings from opponents that passage could set up fights over transportation funding. 

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JeffX | March 24, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 24, 2015

The Circus Comes to Town, Minus Animals

"The Language of Chance" in performance.
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Don't expect elephants when the Acrobatic Conundrum takes the stage in Ashland and Klamath Falls this weekend, even though its show title contains the term "circus."

Acrobatics, theater and dance are the elements of "The Language of Chance, An Evening of Circus."

No elephants required.

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JeffX | March 24, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 24, 2015

Approaching Fears With "The Anxiety Toolkit"

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Go ahead and do what you want to do. No... wait!

Does the voice in your head sound something like that?

You're far from alone... many Americans deal with anxiety, and Alice Boyes has some ideas from her clinical practice.

They're contained in her book The Anxiety Toolkit.

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