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There are several songs about keeping your feelings inside of you, not letting them show.  The trouble is, that approach might lead people to think a bit less of you. 

That's the rough estimation of the findings of Allison Tackman and colleague Sanjay Srivastava at the University of Oregon

Suppressing emotions can lead to people judging the suppressors harshly, and interfere with the forming of relationships.

Avery Books

Even people who have never had surgery have an idea (from TV shows) how it's done: clean gowns, face masks, sterile tools.  NONE of those things were part of surgery in the early 19th century. 

One American doctor led the way: Thomas Dent Mütter. 

His surgical breakthroughs--including little details like anesthesia--are catalogued in the book Dr. Mütter’s Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, now in paperback. 

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How hot a wildfire burns can determine which bird species show up when the fire is over. 

That's the basic finding of a ten-year study that focused on fire effects on bird populations after the Quartz Fire of 2001 on the Oregon side. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory's science director, Jaime Stephens, is the lead author of the study. 

Grants Pass Schools

If we are truly determined to reduce violence and sexual assault, it makes sense to work with people at the age when aggressive and violent tendencies begin to emerge: when they are young. 

The Women's Crisis Support Team in Josephine County brings its prevention classes to Grants Pass High School for another school year, with a great deal of previous student interest documented. 

We talk about the components of the program, and the effects it is showing. 

Penguin Books

The sport of rowing gained a reputation over the years--largely deserved--as the snooty sport of wealthy people. 

But a scrubby crew of rowers from the United States held their own with the world's best in the 1936 Olympics, a tale told by Daniel J. Brown in The Boys In The Boat

The sons of loggers and farmers and shipyard workers bested the best in the eight-oar events, and transformed their sport in the process. 

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It's not just how we produce energy that is evolving. 

Our thinking about how we use it and channel it, share it and sell it is also changing with time. 

Which is no surprise to either the Redwood Coast Energy Authority or the Schatz Energy Research Center at Humboldt State University. 

Both are in the vanguard of efforts to transform our thinking and use of energy. 

Redwood will be represented at an environmental law conference coming to Eureka Friday. 

We probably all have a rough idea of what a community organizer does. 

David Walls can smooth out that idea with stories of his own work. 

He not only works as a community organizer, and has for years, but he teaches people to do what he does. 

Walls spends much of his time at the North Bay Organizing Project these days, but he visits the North Coast and Ashland this week. 


Crystal Geyser Water Company is moving ahead with plans to open a water bottling plant in Mount Shasta, but it faces a court challenge first. 

The group W.A.T.E.R., We Advocate Thorough Environmental Review, just filed suit against the company and Siskiyou County, seeking more environmental studies. 

The company says it is disappointed in the suit, but generally does not comment on pending litigation. 

Metropolitan Books

If you've ever wondered how many American military bases exist around the world, and why, David Vine has some answers for you. 

He calls his book Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World an exposé of the vast network of American bases. 

His thesis: that the bases do more harm than good, annoying many societies around the world and providing launching points for military adventures far from home. 


It's a lot easier to say the acronym "STEMI" than to pronounce what it stands for: ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction.

It's the most severe kind of heart attack, the kind of heart attack Ashland resident Finn Honore experienced. 

He's alive to talk about it because he received treatment at Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Medford. 

ARRMC just won an award from the American Heart Association for its handling of heart patients. 

Labor Day is just behind us; let's hear YOUR thoughts on the state of labor in America.

That's one of our our VENTSday topics this week... our other: your thoughts on solitary confinement and its use in our prisons.

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has made it clear for years that its work extends beyond the confines of its stages, to a real interest in people and the human condition. 

OSF's "Living Ideas" program brings conversations about issues raised in its plays to communities around the region. 

This year's world premier of "Sweat" shows the effect of industrial layoffs on people and communities, something the timber towns of our region know too well. 

Rogue Rovers

We'll have to come up with an onomatapoetic sound to replace "vroom vroom" if electric and hybrid vehicles continue to catch on. 

The (limited) sounds and sights of electrics and hybrids will be in abundance this weekend (Sept. 12) at ScienceWorks in Ashland, at the Electric & Hybrid Show. 

The array of vehicles includes the Rogue Valley-based Farm Dogg, which recently appeared at a White House showing. 

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Plans to mine in the headwaters of some of the most pristine streams in the region could be short-circuited by a federal move to withdraw the areas in question from mining activities. 

Earlier this summer, the Bureau of Land Management published its intention to close off lands around tributaries of the Smith and other rivers in Curry and Del Norte Counties. 

The announcement triggered a comment period that closes soon, after a pair of public meetings. 

The Smith River Alliance supports the withdrawal proposal. 

New World Library

Everyone has a story to tell, and actually telling the story can be of some help to each of us. 

So says therapist and writer Kim Schneiderman, the author of Step Out Of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life

Schneiderman shows how deconstructing our own lives into things like plot summaries can help us better understand our stories and ourselves. 

We celebrate Labor Day by NOT laboring in much of America. 

The Exchange staff upholds the tradition by scrubbing the live broadcast in favor of a couple of gems from past shows.  

At 8:00: Arguing For Our Lives... Robert Jensen makes the case for engaging in actual dialogue, even with people who do not agree with our own viewpoints.  

At 9:00 Land of Promise... America did not become an economic powerhouse overnight.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Ashland's "other professional theatre" is having a landmark year.  The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is under new ownership/managers, and celebrating a 30th season in business.

Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle is our featured guest on this month's First Friday segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.

Join the free-for-all by calling with details about arts events in your town... 800-838-3760 around the region.

Lane County Parks

We love our wide open spaces here in the West. 

Once in a while, it helps to review our plans for some of those spaces, especially the ones we share. 

This is NOT a tale of timber plans... but it IS about Lane County reviewing the Master Plan for county parks. 

Penguin Books

"Nobody cares about books anymore," you might hear from time to time.  Azar Nafisi begs to differ. 

She taught great American works of fiction to students in repressive conditions in Iran and told the story in her book Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Now Nafisi tells the story of the importance of fiction in democratic societies--ours included--in The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.

No one disputes that Army National Guard veteran Brian Babb was a man in crisis. 

But his family and friends dispute the notion that Babb's death at the hands of Eugene Police was the only resolution to his crisis. 

The Lane County District Attorney ruled the Babb shooting justified. 

His family is determined to prevent future such incidents from taking place.