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It's not every book of poetry that can make you laugh out loud. It's also not every book of poetry that contains poems allegedly written by dogs. But that is the story behind I Could Chew On This , Francesco Marciuliano's book from a few years ago. Marciuliano, also the writer of the comic strip "Sally Forth," applies a wild and wonderful sense of humor to his work.

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If even the thought of having to prepare a meal leaves you cold, it might be time for a little pep talk. Julia Turshen delivers one in her book Small Victories . It's about the many things you can do in the kitchen, many with little preparation, and still bring a triumph to the table.


Alice Hoffman won many awards and fans with her novels, like Practical Magic. But she left the realm of the magical to dwell in reality in her book Survival Lessons . It was inspired by her battle with cancer, and the similar battles of family members. Alice Hoffman joined us to talk about surviving and living, back in 2013.


The rationale for regulations on food production is clear: we don't want what we eat to kill us. We seldom fear sudden death from our food, and that's thanks to effective regulations. But do the rules stifle innovation, too? Baylin Linnekin says yes. He's a lawyer specializing in food and agriculture. And in his book Biting The Hand That Feeds Us , he points to a slew of regulations meant to protect people that actually keep perfect edible food off the market.

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We all have a beginning and an end. We just don't like to talk about the end of life very much. Katy Butler wrote about facing her father's impending death in Knocking On Heaven's Door ; she visited the Exchange to talk about it several years ago. We revisit that interview in this hour.

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Rogue Community College works to make sure Latino high school students are aware of educational opportunities after high school. So every year it hosts EMO, Educacion, Un Mundo de Oportunidades (Education, a World of Opportunities) at its Table Rock Campus. The keynote speaker this year took advantage of educational opportunities in the United States after leaving his native Guatemala. Leonel Vicente Vicente only reached the 6th grade there.


We love to talk about love, in movies and songs and stories and more. But romance is not just the realm of the romantic, there's also true science behind people being attracted to each other and falling in love. Duana Welch pursues that science in her work and her web page . It's also written into her new book--you have to say the title carefully-- Love Factually .


There are entire libraries of books written about the American Civil War. But Pulitzer Prize winning historian Steven Hahn ranges far afield in time and space for his latest book, A Nation Without Borders: The United States and Its World in an Age of Civil Wars, 1830-1910. The book details the wrenching shift from an agricultural nation with legal slavery to an industrial power taking a prominent place on the world stage.

Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction

Recent reporting highlighted the issues some women face when they take jobs as "trimmigrants" in the marijuana business along the North Coast: sexual harassment and sexual abuse, for starters. There are organizations in place to empower women and help them stay safer in a largely unregulated industry. Redwood Women's Foundation offers a number of programs and workshops to enhance women's power in society. Founder and director Michelle Hood--also an HSU sociologist--visits to talk about current issues and goals. Brandie Wilson from the Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction also joins in, along with reporter Shoshana Walter.

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Pilgrims and Indians, and a big outdoor feast. That's what we learned about the roots of the Thanksgiving holiday in elementary school. There might have been a LITTLE embellishment of the story down the years. Our resident archaeologists, Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose , return with another installment of "Underground History" to sort the fact from the fiction. Archaeologist Rae Gould of the Nipmuc Nation of Massachusetts shares some insights; Stephen Sillman of the University of Massachusetts-Boston also gets in on the conversation.

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Oregon was green before green was cool. In a twenty-year stretch, the state made great strides in protecting the environment: putting beaches in public hands, requiring cash deposits for beverages to discourage littering, and land-use regulations to keep growth compact. That's just the short list. Historian Derek Larson fleshes out the rest in his book Keeping Oregon Green , just out from Oregon State University Press.

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The story of Oregon from before statehood is a story of migration: people moving in, historic residents being forced out, other people being shut out. Scholars, historians, and just folks will discuss migration this week at the Oregon Migrations Symposium in Eugene. Eliza Canty-Jones edits the Oregon Historical Quarterly; Bob Bussel is a professor at the University of Oregon.

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In an autumn filled with big news stories, DAPL (pronounced "dapple") has proven to be an enduring one. The Dakota Access Pipeline is being built to carry oil from the Dakotas to markets in the Midwest and Gulf Coast. But a segment as yet unbuilt would cross ancestral lands of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. And protestors have flocked from across the country to stand with the tribe against the pipeline. Rogue Valley resident and Red Earth Descendants founder Dan Wahpepah has already traveled to the protest site with supplies. Charly Otterrobe lives here now but is from Standing Rock.

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Maybe you've visited one of those web quiz pages that asks you about some word choices, then tells you--often accurately--where you're from. The quiz works because people DO use different phrases and idioms in different parts of the country. A "hero" sandwich in New York is a "grinder" in nearby Connecticut. Josh Katz focuses on the regional variations in his book "Speaking American: How Y’all, Youse, and You Guys Talk: A Visual Guide."

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The University of Oregon's football team gained fame in recent years for the variety of its uniforms and accessories (and for winning a bunch of games). Another part of the university is involved in designing products athletes use. That is the recently opened Sports Product Design Program at the Portland campus of UO. This month's installment of "cUriOus: Research Meets Radio" focuses on the PD program and its specialization in sports equipment for athletes with disabilities.

Marine Mammal Institute

You only need to stand by the ocean for a few minutes to see evidence of marine mammals in the water. There are LOTS of them, and the Marine Mammal Institute at Oregon State University is set up to study them in depth. But MMI ranges farther afield than the Northern Pacific. Associate Professor Ari Friedlaender and other institute fellows have traveled as far as Antarctica to study whales and other mammals.

The election just finished should provide all the evidence you need that people see immigration--legal and not--from a bunch of perspectives. Peg Bowden, a former nurse, withholds judgment of the people coming into the United States from Mexico. She lives hard by the border in Arizona, and works helping people with basic survival needs in the harsh desert. Bowden offers a view of her tasks in her book: A Land of Hard Edges: Serving the Front Lines of the Border .

Jackson County Search & Rescue

Our region offers many quiet places in woods and mountains to get away from it all. And sometimes, that's a problem. Because people can get lost in the backcountry, and need help finding their way back to civilization. That's why Search and Rescue exists. Each county in our region has an SAR team they can call in an emergency, and they partner through the CORSAR task force, California-Oregon Search and Rescue. We visit with Jeanette Sinclair, a volunteer on Coos County's SAR team , and Sgt. Shawn Richards, a coordinator for the Jackson County team .

We focus a great deal of attention in our veterans, in political campaigns like the one just ended, and in non-election years. But while service members are deployed, they've got people back home waiting and hoping for a safe return. Two military families are profiled in the documentary "While Time Stands Still," by filmmaker Elena Miliaresis. She and her film visit Southern Oregon for a few screenings, and a discussion show on Southern Oregon Public TV .


Mountains and ocean; our region has so many great features. Especially where those features meet. That's where you'll find Nick Neely, or at least his attention. He's written a number of essays about the Coast Range in California and Oregon, newly compiled in the book called--ahem-- "Coast Range."