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The recent revelation that 50 million Facebook users had their personal information vacuumed up by a third party got a few people thinking their use of digital devices. 

It's a constant concern in a culture where people put a lot of time, energy, and information into phones and other devices. 

How long could you go without?  For Christina Cook, the answer is a month.  That's how long she performed an experiment in being un-wired, the story she tells in The Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World

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It all starts with dreams for Denise Kester.  Before the paints and oils and other materials of her art come the dreams. 

The animals and people that come to her in dreams end up on paper, in a complicated art process called monoprinting. 

The artist provides both instruction and insight in her book Drawing on the Dream: Finding my way by art

Anybody who knows a thing or two about railroads in our region knows the significant of Black Butte. 

It's the junction south of Weed where the Siskiyou Line of the former Southern Pacific, the old main line, meets its successor, the Cascade route: the current main line. 

Seems like a good place for some kind of celebration of railroad history.  And it is, through the efforts of the Black Butte Center for Railroad Culture

It is not strictly a railroad museum, because it incorporates railroad literature and music and other aspects of railroad culture.  And it is the focus of this month's edition of Underground History, our regular confab with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology, SOULA. 


California is Venice Beach, with buff bodies and tiny tank tops.  No, it's the "hemp highway" between Mendocino and Humboldt counties. 

No, it's Death Valley.  Fisherman's Wharf?  Obviously, it's all of the above and much, much more, as related in the Sacramento Bee columns of travel writer Sam McManis. 

A new book collects some of his best columns: Crossing California: A Cultural Topography of a State of Wonder and Weirdness

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Many of the debates over state laws on abortion concern restrictions on clinics that perform abortions.  In California, nearly the opposite is true. 

The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments on the FACT act (the California Reproductive Freedom, Accountability, Comprehensive Care and Transparency Act), which requires counseling centers where abortion is opposed to inform clients that abortions are available for free elsewhere. 

Free speech or forced speech?  That's what the justices have to consider,  and the California ProLife Council believes it is forced speech. 

Roughly a third of the people who work as nurses in Oregon are approaching retirement age.  So in a few more years, a shortage could result... with perhaps 6,000 nursing positions unfilled by 2025. 

These are figures the Oregon Nurses Association provides and wants to avoid. 

ONA is working on several fronts to address the issue, including providing scholarships and other educational incentives to get more people to train for nursing jobs.  ONA reps walks us through the issues and possible solutions.

Does the name J.P. Beaumont mean anything to you?  How about Ali Reynolds?  Joanna Brady?  If none of those names mean anything, you probably don't read mystery novels, at least the novels of J.A. Jance. 

To call her a prolific author is putting it mildly... between her three series of murder mysteries and novellas, she's cranked out roughly 60 books. 

One of them takes place at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Failure to Appear).  The author is on tour supporting her latest work, Duel to the Death


You've heard of eco-tourism, but are you ready for "canna-tourism?"  Would you consider staying at a "bud and breakfast?" 

These are business categories that could be possible if Humboldt County adopts the draft ordinance now before county supervisors. 

The general goal of the ordinance is to loosen up county regulations on marijuana-based businesses, allowing more types of businesses, and potentially more income. 

Will Houston covers cannabis for the Times-Standard in Eureka and for the Cannifornian


Women alone can bear children, and women have borne much of the burden of NOT getting pregnant. 

There's a wide array of contraceptive methods for women, a much narrower range for men.  But there IS a contraceptive pill for men getting close to market. 

It's already being tested on humans, with success in blocking sperm production.  Researchers at the University of Washington developed the pill and the studies of its effectiveness. 

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Many authors have written about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his impact on civil rights and the country. 

Jason Sokol chose to focus his latest work on the aftermath of King's assassination in 1968.  There were decidedly mixed feelings about King abroad in the land at the time of his murder. 

And the expression of those feelings in the days and weeks that followed the murder forms the core of Sokol's book, The Heavens Might Crack: The Death and Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.


Moving from town to the country does not automatically confer knowledge of how to take care of the land. 

And a few longtime city- or suburb-dwellers may be a little mystified about the needs of landscapes and their inhabitants.  Which is why Oregon State University's Extension Service runs a Land Steward Program

Even people who grew up in the country can benefit from a brush-up on skills.  The program includes an annual Living On Your Land conference, set for mid-April in Grants Pass. 

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The Eastern Oregon landscape stretches out to the horizon, an area some people call "the sagebrush sea." 

But it's not all sagebrush... non-native grasses and the native but opportunistic Western Juniper are causing fits in many places, encroaching on the native grasslands. 

Landowners are spending time and effort cutting back the juniper, but new research shows their efforts can be for naught if they leave the juniper cuttings behind. 

"We the People," begins the U.S. Constitution.  The authors set some lofty goals, and we took a while to reach them... and there's some debate about whether that's happened yet. 

Women and non-white people did not get full rights at the birth of the nation, and the struggle just to get to vote took a long time. 

For women, it culminated in a debate in the Tennessee legislature over the ratification of the 19th amendment, a debate chronicled by Elaine Weiss in her book The Woman's Hour

All the key players of the time (1920) converged on Nashville for the action. 


The state of California got chewed out by the President and the federal Attorney General recently for its attitude toward immigration raids and other enforcement actions. 

California, as a sanctuary state, is sharply resisting the crackdown on people living and working in the state illegally. 

Resistance aside, the crackdown is having an effect... by scaring undocumented workers away from farm work. 

And that is a great concern for the California Farm Bureau Federation

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Oregon's education community may be all abuzz with talk of CTE, career and technical education, but that's not the biggest concern of students. 

A report by Oregon Student Voice found the greatest concern among students is mental health resources, nearly double the number who identified CTE as the top issue. 

OSV does what its name implies: works to get the voices of students heard in the formation of educational policy. 


This seems like a good time in history to talk about the FBI. 

It has taken its share of dents and dings of late, but there's a compelling reason for a national police force.  Before 1933, police could  not easily chase bank robbers and other criminals across state lines. 

Journalist Joe Urschel writes of that year and the changes it produced in The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation

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The sun shines and the wind blows, and we can make electricity from those events. 

In fact, a recent study says that up to 80 percent of our electricity needs could be met by these renewable forms of energy.  But there's a catch: we'd have to find ways to store the energy they create--think batteries or something else--until the demand required it. 

Ken Caldeira at the Carnegie Institution for Science co-authored the report. 

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All eyes are the Klamath River, as a plan to remove four major hydroelectric dams moves forward.  But another stream much further south is getting continued attention, also to restore habitat and welcome fish back to areas long closed to the. 

Battle Creek in Shasta County had several hydro facilities, and those are being removed and modified to allow fish passage. 

Recently the Coleman National Fish Hatchery on lower Battle Creek took a truckload of young salmon to the upper reaches of the north fork of the creek, in the hope that the fish will now consider that area "home." 


It's getting rough out there at the curb.  Placing our trash and recycle bins out for collection is a bit more labor-intensive in some communities. 

Rogue Disposal & Recycling, which serves Medford and surrounding communities, had to change the items it would accept in recycling, now that China has sharply reduced the materials it will accept. 

Laura Leebrick from Rogue joins us to talk about the challenges of recycling with new rules. 

Also on the panel: Laura McKaughan from the Northern California Recycling Association, Sarah Grimm from Lane County Public Works and Brian Fuller from Oregon's Department of Environmental Quality

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Carol Van Strum is not fond of pesticides.  And that may be the understatement of a lifetime. 

Van Strum fought the aerial spraying of pesticides on federal land in Lincoln County back in the 70s, and she's continued the fight up to the present day.

Her work earned her the ire of the timber industry, and the recent awarding of a lifetime achievement award from the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference in Eugene.