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The Japanese earthquake and tsunami of 2011 continues to leave a mark on our side of the Pacific. 

The tsunami created by the quake trashed a couple of ports in our region. 

And measurements in the ocean show elevated--though still considered safe--levels of radioactivity, likely the result of the disaster at the Fukushima nuclear power plant

Ken Buesseler of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution knows about radiation in the ocean, normal and not. 

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You don't have to be "Sully" to fly a plane.  You don't even have to be a professional. 

Amateur pilots in the Rogue Valley have banded together to create the Rogue Valley Flying Club, offering benefits to members that include planes to rent. 

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It's hard to believe it was less than a century ago that women first gained the right to vote across the United States. 

And pay stubs and other indicators show that women have still not completely caught up to men.  That does not mean they have been devoid of influence, though. 

Sue Armitage reaches back in time for the stories of Shaping the Public Good: Women Making History in the Pacific Northwest, just out from Oregon State University Press.

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A major story in American history took place in the Klamath Basin, and it will be acknowledged more prominently in the future.  The only question is HOW prominently. 

The Tule Lake area was home to internment camps during the second world war, keeping Japanese-Americans away from their homes and out of the general population. 

The Tule Lake Unit of the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument is developing a management plan for how to better tell the story of what happened there. 

Public meetings have already been held and comments have been received. 

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The discussion of the plans for the places that once held Japanese-American internment camps prompts a revisit with an earlier guest. 

Precious Yamaguchi is the granddaughter of people who were sent to the camps during World War II. 

She wrote a book about women in the camps, Experiences of Japanese American Women during and after World War II.

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Unless your family is rich or famous or both, you will not be reading about ancestors in history books. 

But every family has a story to tell, and oral historians Daniel Alrick and Julie Kanta help them get told. 

They record interviews with people about their lives and families, a process that started with Julie's college capstone project a couple of years back. 

It's become a business, Living Legacy

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Innosanto Nagara grew up in a place and a time where people had to stand up for their rights. 

The place was Indonesia, the time was during the 30-year rule of the repressive Suharto.  Nagara is an activist, and the author of an eyebrow-raising children's book called A is for Activist

He stays in the children's section of the library with his latest work, about a night he feared his father would be arrested for his activism. 

My Night at the Planetarium is the new work. 

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Climate change concerns the planet at large, but requires action at many levels. 

The City of Ashland is one of many local communities that opted to develop a Climate and Energy Action Plan

It is in draft form, has received a large amount of public input, and is moving toward a final document. 

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Most scientists believe climate change is caused by humans. 

But there are still plenty of holdouts in society. 

Maybe they just need to hear the facts a different way.  How about through rap? 

Done already... Baba Brinkman is a Canadian rap artist who has even put Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in rap form. 

He takes on climate change in "The Rap Guide to Climate Chaos." 

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Joyce Roché was heading for the top in the corporate world. 

She broke barriers and glass ceilings on her way to executive suite, but one person doubted her: Joyce herself. 

She describes feeling "imposter syndrome" in her book The Empress Has No Clothes

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Maybe you get confused by those news stories about fish swimming back into their native rivers from the ocean. 

Put aside how they find their way... how do we, as humans, keep track of which species belongs where?  How do species differ from stream to stream? 

These are among the questions to be answered by an Aquatic Environmental DNA Atlas for the Western United States now in the works. 

Dan Isaak of the Forest Service is one of the people helping to compile the atlas. 

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The Rogue River is a very different stream from just a decade ago. 

The removal of Savage Rapids, Gold Hill, and Gold Ray Dams from the river means it now flows freely from North of Shady Cove, all the way to the Pacific. 

But the Rogue River Watershed Council says there's still work to do, removing small dams and other fish obstacles from tributaries to the Rogue.  Newly-awarded grants will boost that work. 

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"What's that word?"  If there were ever a person to ask that of, it's John Simpson. 

He spent half a lifetime as the senior editor of the final word in words, the Oxford English Dictionary (OED). 

In his book The Word Detective, he shares stories of how words come into the language, change in use, and even depart. 

John Simpson joins us, no doubt using many interesting words. 
 

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Compared to some other animals, humans have it rough. 

When we lose a body part, it does not grow back.  We've dreamed of regeneration for as long as we could dream. 

There IS a glimmer of hope, and it comes from a worm.  See, the worm that has most in common with people CAN grow back severed parts. 

Our Creature Feature takes up the topic with Dr. Billie Swalla at the University of Washington. 

Dorothea Lange shot some of the most memorable photographs in 20th-century America. 

But they were still photographs.  Now Lange is the subject of a documentary film called "Grab a Hunk of Lightning," a story in moving pictures about her work in still pictures. 

It's a labor of love, directed by Dyanna Taylor, who is Lange's granddaughter. 

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If the name Winston Groom does not ring a bell, maybe you'll recognize the name of one of his books: Forrest Gump. 

It's one of more than a dozen books Groom has written, but certainly the one he's best known for. 

El Paso, the new novel, is set in a very different place and time... along the Mexican border in the early 20th century. 

Cattle, railroads, and Pancho Villa himself all figure prominently in the book. 

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Regardless of your own attitude toward the truth, your brain does not lie. 

At least it CAN'T when it is scanned by medical imaging devices.  And the brains of people who use marijuana show reduced blood flow, as reported in a recent study

That's especially true in the hippocampus, the part of the brain involved in Alzheimer's disease. 

Dr. Daniel Amen of Amen Clinics is the lead author of the study. 

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It's not every day a state sells its own forest.  But that could happen today (December 13th) when the Oregon State Land Board meets. 

On the table: the proposed sale of the Elliott State Forest to bring in revenue for the Common School Fund. 

Lone Rock Timber and the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians joined forces to put in the only bid. 

Jes Burns of our Earthfix unit has covered the story for a long time now. 

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We can rail all we want about the nasty way people deal with each other in politics.  But Sarah Schulman says it's not just politics. 

Schulman is an English professor and a prolific author; her latest book Conflict is Not Abuse examines a culture of scapegoating in modern society. 

The book examines, among other things, how the behavior of supremacy and the behavior of being traumatized bears some resemblance. 

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There's a good chance the Halloween decorations and supplies were still on the shelves at your local store when the Christmas music started playing on the speakers. 

The winter holidays can be filled with great joy... and also stress, frustration, and even depression. 

How to avoid the negatives?  Troy Campbell of the University of Oregon has some ideas in this month's installment of "Curious: Research Meets Radio."

Dr. Campbell, with degrees in psychology AND marketing, can provide insights into what wears people out at Christmas... and what they and commercial enterprises can do to provide more joy. 

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