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There's only so much anyone can learn in a classroom.  Learning about things like the environment get a lot easier IN the environment. 

That's the basic premise of the Fall in the Field program offered by Southern Oregon University. 

Graduate students in environmental education set up courses for kids in the 4th grade and up at several locations around the region. 

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David Pittman began writing a blog about being sexually abused as a teenager.  The blog caught on, and led to the formation of a non-profit group, Together We Heal

TWH works to help survivors heal, and to help educate the public about child sexual abuse. 

Those are goals shared with the Children's Advocacy Center of Jackson County. 

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We could talk all day about Swoosie Kurtz and the fabulous work she's done in her acting career. 

But it'd be that much better to talk TO her, and that is arranged. 

Kurtz is the author of a memoir, Part Swan, Part Goose, about her life and career. 

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JeffX, WEDNESDAY 6/3 @ 8: A place surrounded by fuel, where people struggle to keep their homes warm in the winter. 

That was the basic assessment that led to the formation of the Jackson County Fuel Committee nearly 40 years ago. 

JCFC has a variety of interests ranging from home heating to forest management. 

JeffX, WEDNESDAY, June 3 @ 8:30: It's an all-housing VENTSday on the Exchange this week; comment on one topic, or comment on both.

First up, the Oregon governor's request for $100 Million to build affordable housing awaits action by the Oregon Legislature.  Let's hear what you think about how and where (or if) government should be in the business of building affordable housing.

Next, the vacation rentals/Airbnb trend, in which people rent out their own homes online to vacationing tourists.  The hotel/motel biz generally hates it, so local governments seek to regulate it.  Give us your thoughts.

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JeffX, WEDNESDAY 6/3 @ 9: It's been almost exactly 200 years (June 18th) since Napoleon met his Waterloo. 

The anniversary--and the incident itself--are so significant to writer Bernard Cornwell that he wrote his first NON-fiction book about it: WATERLOO: The History of Four Days, Three Armies and Three Battles

It truly was a turning point in world history. 

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Oregon's governor wants to make a dent in the problem of finding affordable housing in the state. 

A big dent: Kate Brown proposes spending $100 Million to build low-cost housing around the state. 

That's music to the ears of the people at Neighborhood Partnerships, an organization that works for economic opportunity and financial stability. 

Community Supported Shelters

We've been talking about homelessness for decades now.  Yet it seems like we're just beginning to understand its causes and effects... to say nothing of the people who end up homeless. 

Community Supported Shelters in Eugene had something to say. 

CSS helps shelter the homeless at places like Opportunity Village Eugene.  CSS and some partners just assembled a documentary and still-photography project, "The Dignity Project," to help people know and understand the faces and stories of homeless people. 

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The title of the book Democratic Architecture might lead you to think it's about building political systems or parties. 

There is a ~little~ of that in the book, but mostly it's about democratizing housing... making it more affordable to more people. 

Author Donald MacDonald is himself an architect (see: Bay Bridge, East Span), and he offers up a number of housing designs to address our many housing issues. 

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The ACEs are back.  Several months ago we talked about the ACE program at the Britt Festivals in Jacksonville, ACE standing for Arts Career Education. 

Since that last interview, students have been hard at work learning the ropes of arts management. 

And in a few days, their ACE time culminates with a concert they put together. 

Several parts of our region have voted on whether to fund libraries in recent years. 

And one of the frequent reasons given for voting no is the idea that libraries are irrelevant in the Internet age.  John Palfrey begs to differ. 

Palfrey is the author of BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google

And while he's a great believer in the utility of libraries, he also believes they need to make better use of technology to offer that utility. 

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We had so much fun with William Joyce a year ago that we wanted him back sometime. 

And he gave us an excuse for another interview--the creation of a highly illustrated memoir called Billy's Booger.  Eeew? 

It's what you'd expect from the creator of "The Guardians of Childhood" and "The Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore." 

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Portland's Sarahjoy Marsh meets a fair number of people with eating and body-image issues. 

And her approach to healing involves using the body itself as part of the process. 

Marsh is trained as a counselor AND in yoga, and she combines the disciplines in her practice.  She's the author of a new book laying out that approach: Hunger, Hope & Healing

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It's been a big week for Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse

He's squarely in the middle of two hot items in the legislative hopper: marijuana regulation and school mascots. 

Kruse supports further regulation of medical marijuana, and the state school board's move to ban Native American mascots certainly hits home for a guy who represents Roseburg, where the Roseburg Indians play. 

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The basic science is deceptively simple: streams with trees around them tend to be cooler because of the shade.

Streams with no trees warm up and become less hospitable to fish.

But getting people to agree on where to leave trees, and how many, takes a lot of work.

The Oregon Department of Forestry monitors logging on private lands in Oregon, and ODF is under pressure to change its rules on stream protection.

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You often hear numbers cited by wildlife officials, and may wonder where they get the numbers. 

Taking animal population counts can be tricky; it's not like they send back census surveys. 

BioBlitz is one way of getting things done. 

It's a crash butterfly population count in the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument coming June 6th.

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The massive bee die-off in the Portland area two years ago thrust the Xerces Society and pollinators into the spotlight. 

Xerces wants protections for bees and other pollinators, and the White House is on board. 

Just last week the Administration announced a national strategy to save troubled pollinator species. 

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Reporters scattered across the Northwest for the series of reports called "Wildlife Detectives."

The radio reports are right here (scroll down), but there's a television component as well. 

And let's face it, beetles consuming flesh off the bone is a very visual thing (that happens at the forensics lab in Ashland). 

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The countdown is on to legal marijuana in Oregon.  Legal pot for PERSONAL use, that is. 

It becomes legal on July 1st, thanks to voter passage of Measure 91 last November. 

Somebody's got to craft rules under the law, and that is the domain of the OLCC, Oregon Liquor Control Commission. 

Brent Kenyon of Southern Oregon Alternative Medicine in Ashland is a member of a committee advising OLCC.  He joins us with word of his views and the advising process. 

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Fish and Wildlife Departments in our states need money to continue doing their job, and the answer may be a hike in fees for hunting and fishing licenses. 

As it is, agents are having trouble keeping up with poachers, and are seeing declines in some wildlife species as a result. 

Our EarthFix unit is tracking this and other angles in a series of stories called "Wildlife Detectives." 

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