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Planned Parenthood

It's been pointed out many times that abortion makes up a small percentage of the services offered by Planned Parenthood. 

Despite that--and a law barring federal funding of abortion--Planned Parenthood remains a target of conservatives in Congress.  They would like to eliminate all federal funding for the agency. 

That would have an impact in many places.  But an uneven impact, because Planned Parenthood's services differ from place to place.  Planned Parenthood Southwestern Oregon is the affiliate north of the state line. 

President and CEO Lisa Gardner and External Affairs Director Sky Loos visit. 

Oregon Right to Life

Oregon Right to Life seeks to protect human life from conception to death, and a natural death at that. 

ORTL often finds itself mentioned in the same paragraphs as Planned Parenthood, because it takes issue with abortion and other practices of that organization. 

ORTL formed even before the Supreme Court legalized abortion with the Roe vs Wade decision in 1973. 

Southern Oregon chapter rep Bryan Platt visits the Exchange. 

The Ethics Of Making A New Universe In A Lab

Feb 17, 2017

We know a few things about the birth of the universe.  Do we know enough to recreate the process? 

The question alone provokes thought.  But scientists have been pondering it for a while now, convinced that they could create small universes in laboratories. 

A Big Bang in a Little Room by Zeeya Merali considers both physical and ethical obstacles to lab-created "baby universes." 

Anti-GMO Forces Seek Legislative Help

Feb 16, 2017
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Jackson County is that rarest of Oregon counties, the only one that has banned the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops. 

It took a vote by the people and action by the legislature to make it happen. 

Now anti-GMO farmers and their supporters want the legislature to allow more GMO-free zones. 

House bill 2469 is the mechanism; anti-GMO campaigner Elise Higley is firmly behind it. 

Oregon Legislature Seeks Budget Input

Feb 16, 2017
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Oregon legislators are a bit stumped by the budget realities facing them. 

State income is up, but preserving state services at current levels over the next two-year budget period will take nearly two billion dollars more than the state expects to take in. 

One major culprit: increased payments to retired worker pensions through the PERS system. 

Budget writers are taking the show on the road, asking for input in meetings across Oregon.  Ashland gets one on Friday, February 24th; Eugene gets a meeting the next day. 

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So you take Christmas off, but do you go to church? 

Most people who take the day off do not, but the practice persists: a Christian holiday without Christian ceremony. 

There are other examples of ways in which civil society and Christianity are intertwined, and Paul Kivel writes of them in his book Living in the Shadow of the Cross: Understanding and Resisting the Power and Privilege of Christian Hegemony

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It is only appropriate that Southern Oregon's largest observance of Chinese New Year takes place in Jacksonville. 

The historic city was home to a significant Chinese population, back in the days when Jacksonville was a mining center and the county seat. 

Our in-house archaeologists from the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology have explored that period in history through digs in Jacksonville. 

And Mark Tveskov and Chelsea Rose return with another installment of "Underground History," with guest David Lei.  He is a featured speaker in Chinese New Year ceremonies this weekend (February 18). 

Americans (Still) Struggle To Read Well

Feb 15, 2017
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The literacy rate is considered high in America, but plenty of people struggle to read at an appropriate level. 

Cognitive scientist Mark Seidenberg says that's because we don't do enough to connect what science has learned to the way language is taught in the classroom. 

Seidenberg lays out his case in the book Language at the Speed of Sight: How We Read, Why So Many Can't, And What Can Be Done About It.

Dreaming Of A Dunsmuir Tram To The Mountain

Feb 14, 2017
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Travelers heading north on Interstate Five from Redding often notice a sharp intake of breath when Mount Shasta first comes into full view near Dunsmuir. 

The big mountain and the surrounding country are simply breathtaking.  Think of how much more you could see from a higher elevation. 

Cheryl Petty is already on it, touting the idea of an aerial tramway connecting Dunsmuir to the top of Mount Bradley to the west. 

The proposed Horsetail Falls Aerial Tram has a long way to go to become a reality. 

Oregon Legislature Considers Vaccine Law

Feb 14, 2017
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It's not just that people have a fear of needles; some of them also have concerns about what comes OUT of the needles. 

Vaccines have become increasingly controversial in recent years. 

A group called Oregonians for Medical Freedom supports legislation in Oregon's state capital to provide greater freedom for parents to make medical decisions for their children. 

One of the bills currently circulating is SB579, which is titled "Relating to informed consent for vaccinations." 

The Work It Takes To Create A Vaccine

Feb 14, 2017
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Much like Zika virus, rubella--German measles--makes people feel lousy for a while, then generally goes away on its own. 

But rubella in a pregnant woman can be as damaging to the fetus as Zika.  Scientists worked for decades to find a vaccine for rubella, finally succeeding in the late 60s. 

This is the story told in Meredith Wadman's book The Vaccine Race.

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Valentine's Day seems like a great time to talk about love and sex, and to do so frankly. 

Julie Gillis and Mario Fregoso are ready.  Gillis is one of the creators of BedPost Confessions, a storytelling project about sex and sexuality.  She's started an Ashland version of the event. 

And Mario Fregoso works to support LGBTQ+ young people through the Lotus Rising Project

The First Lady And Her Lover, Remembered

Feb 13, 2017
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In a less candid age, the end of the phrase "Eleanor and..." was "Franklin."  Roosevelt, that is. 

The first lady and the president broke many barriers in their 12 years in the White House. 

But Eleanor Roosevelt's biggest barrier was broken out of the public eye, in her loving relationship with reporter Lorena Hickok.  "Hick" was Eleanor's constant companion for decades, a story told by Susan Quinn in her book Eleanor and Hick

cUriOus: University Focuses On Volcanoes

Feb 10, 2017
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Even volcanoes in remote places can cause problems for people. 

Example: the eruption of a volcano in Iceland in 2010; the ash plume shut down airports across Europe. 

Volcanology is one of the study areas addressed by a "Cluster of Excellence" at the University of Oregon. 

Volcanoes in and near Oregon made this a natural program emphasis. 

In this month's installment of "cUriOus: Research Meets Radio," Professor Paul Wallace lays out the cluster of excellence model and how it will help study volcanoes. 

S.O. Music Festival Seeks Saving Donations

Feb 10, 2017
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It's been nearly three decades since the Medford Jazz Jubilee started bringing multiple bands to Medford for multiple days of musical performance. 

But there will not be a fourth decade, unless what's now called the Southern Oregon Music Festival is able to find a few wealthy friends. 

SOMF lost a few key sponsors last year, leaving it in need of $50,000 by March 1st. 

Festival leaders are hustling to bring in the cash to preserve SOMF and its award-winning programs

The Prolific Pen Of Naomi Shihab Nye

Feb 10, 2017
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It might be a challenging question to ask Naomi Shihab Nye where she's from. 

Nye is a poet-novelist-essayist, born in St. Louis, but raised in both San Antonio and Jerusalem.  Yes, THE Jerusalem. 

Nye is Palestinian-American, and her large body of work reflects the many influences in her life, from West Texas to the Middle East. 

She visits Ashland for a speaking engagement tonight (February 13th), and drops by the studio for an advance on the evening. 

Why People Go To Planned Parenthood

Feb 9, 2017
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What does Planned Parenthood mean to you? We put that question to thousands of people in Southern Oregon and Northern California this week through a social media survey.

Their answers got personal, even as the question is steeped in politics. Last week Republicans in Congress renewed efforts to zero out federal support for the organization.

Planned Parenthood provides health services to people with minimal or no health insurance.

We hear from those who've been inside a PP clinic about why they went, and the care they received.

Shannon Rio is a Nurse Practitioner who provides reproductive health care, and abortions, to women in the Rogue Valley. She joins us with Riah Sadafy and Kendall Bartley from the Women's Resource Center at Southern Oregon University. 

Exchange Exemplar: Negating Narcissists

Feb 9, 2017
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Think of the charming people you know.  Now think about the people you thought were charming at first, but who slowly revealed a very different side over time. 

There's a good chance you were dealing with a narcissist in that case.  Linda Martinez-Lewi has come across more than a few in her years as a therapist and clinical expert on narcissistic personality disorder. 

She wrote the book on the topic, Freeing Yourself from the Narcissist in Your Life

Shakespeare 2017 Season Draws Near

Feb 8, 2017
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

First comes Valentine's Day, then comes "Shakespeare in Love." 

A play based on the movie by that name is among the offerings at this year's season of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, fast approaching. 

Previews of the season's first plays begin on February 17th (""in Love"" on the 18th). 

It is another big and ambitious season at OSF; its director of literary development and dramaturgy, Amrita Ramanan, visits. 

Information Today: Signals & Noise

Feb 8, 2017
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It's a weird time in the history of information.  On one hand, the Internet makes so much information available so quickly, it's easy to stay informed. 

On the other hand, people fight about facts and truth far more than they used to, and the president himself even referred to a news organization as "fake news" shortly before he took office. 

We track the changes in the world of information in a new segment called Signals & Noise, starting today. 

Our partners: the Communications department at Southern Oregon University. 

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