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Happy New Year!  January 1st is an off-day for the Exchange staff; we offer notable interviews from the past for air today.  

At 8: we spent several decades trying very hard NOT to get into a war with the Soviet Union.  Then the USSR collapsed into Russia and several other countries, and the Cold War was over.  And historian Jon Wiener explains what happened next, in his book How We Forgot The Cold War.

At 9: Get 'em while they're cold: California Glaciers.  River-lover Tim Palmer, who lives in our region, goes in search of the sources of some of our major rivers, in a state where glaciers may be on the way out. 


On New Year's Eve, the Exchange crew gets ready to party.  Or to avoid parties.  We fill the time slot with re-issues of favorite interviews from the past.

At 8 today: Michael Hastings wrote a Rolling Stone article that got Gen. Stanley McChrystal fired from his job running the U.S. war in Afghanistan.  The article led to the book The Operators, and we replay our interview with Mr. Hastings.  

At 9: Psychologist Dr. Jonice Webb finds neglect in childhood nearly as damaging on abuse. 

Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

It is Winter Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast once again... a chance to head for the shore to see signs of migrating whales passing by. 

Since we specialize in audio, we'll go beyond the whale WATCHING and move on to whale LISTENING. 

That's the work of a company called Biowaves, that records the sounds of whales and other ocean creatures for a variety of research purposes.

The last VENTSday of 2015 will be a momentous one. 

We'll ask listeners to provide their views on the top news stories of the year--near or far--and offer New Year Resolutions, for themselves or anyone else.

Want to lose weight, or want to provide resolutions for a presidential candidate or four?  Here's your chance.

VENTSday is our weekly forum for listeners--and listeners only--to sound off on topics in the news. 

Three Rivers Press

It's back to school in another key Exchange interview from the past. 

Our teacher is journalist Constance Hale, who whacks metaphorical hands with metaphorical rulers in her blog Sin and Syntax

The blog morphed into a book called Sin and Syntax: How to Craft Wicked Good Prose. 

USDA Forest Service

It's a regular rhythm of the seasons: fish return to rivers at certain times of the year.

And laws change on January 1st of nearly every year. 

2016 is no different, and laws and regulations affecting fishing take effect in Oregon when the calendar changes. 

The Native Fish Society provided a good deal of input to the new rules, favoring some and opposing others. 


Our species is pretty good at making more people.  So far, we have not found ways to create new water. 

And that mismatch is becoming a problem around the planet, a problem the organization Dig Deep refers to as "water poverty". 

Dig Deep works to ensure clean water supplies to people experiencing water poverty, some of them right here in the United States. 

Select Books

A surprising number of Americans are willing to give up a little privacy for a little security.

Do NOT count John Whitehead among them.  Whitehead is a civil libertarian and an attorney who fights--sometimes in court--for civil liberties like privacy. 

He offers his take on what he sees as a growing police state in his book Government of Wolves

Maybe the Christmas carols are gone after Christmas Day, but there's a world of music still happening. 

Including a chamber music concert in Ashland tonight (Dec. 28) featuring the violinist Ariel Horowitz

She's not even out of college yet, and already electrifying audiences with her skill and virtuosity, in front of major orchestras. 

Hestia Biogas

About the time the winter gas or electric bill shows up, you may start wishing you had another form of fuel to access. 

And you might--from your own food scraps. 

Hestia Home Biogas offers products that convert compost--food scraps and garden waste--into natural gas. 

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We close the year with some notable Exchange broadcasts of the past. 

In this hour, technology industry analyst William Meisel makes his case for computers that complement the work of humans, but do not replace it. 

Meisel's book is The Software Society.


The Christmas hiatus continues for the Exchange, with replacement programming taking up our time slot. 

At 8 AM: A Christmas Carol: Start your Christmas morning with the wonderful Oregon Stage Works production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring Caroline Shaffer, Doug Rowe, Liisa Ivary, Kevin Kennerly, Bob McCracken, and  JPR's own Don Mathews, with original music by Todd Barton.                    
At 9 AM: A Celtic Christmas: Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for. This special holiday show features Foley's charming tale "Parcel from America," plus music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

The Exchange takes a hiatus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, substituting alternate programming for our usual time slots. 

At 8 AM: Innovation Hub's Holiday Special: Innovation Hub is heading home for the holidays. In this 1-hour program, fascinating guests explore the science and invention behind family traditions we love – from dinner table debates to department store trips.  
At 9 AM: Living on Earth: Hope for the Holidays: This year's Living on Earth holiday show presents tales from Celtic traditions, an African-American parable, and other stories all centered on the theme of hope.

Southern Oregon University

A presidential candidate calls for excluding people of one religion from entering the country.  College students insist on greater attention to minority needs, and succeed in convincing top campus leaders to resign. 

Diversity, or at least efforts to secure it, has been in the news a lot of late. 

Southern Oregon University President Roy Saigo took note.  Saigo was on the receiving end of racial exclusion in his own life, spending time in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans as a child. 

Now he urges non-exclusion and tolerance from his perch atop a college administration. 

Chronicle Books

Now THIS may be a first: after all the book interviews we've done, our first (we think) coloring book.  But we won't be talking about Batman or Minions or Casper The Friendly Ghost, because this coloring book is for adults. 

Steve McDonald is the creator of Fantastic Cities, a perusal of urban spaces that exist in the real world, plus a few that exist only in the artist's mind. 

Steve McDonald says the people who buy and color in his book will help him complete the art he started there. 

He joins to talk about the vision behind his project. 


Overfishing has greatly impacted food supplies we draw from the ocean.  But we still need and like seafood.

Portland-based Fishpeople keeps an eye on both situations. 

The company is in the business of selling seafood, but also limits what it sells to what the ocean can continue to produce, sustainably. 


There's a sigh of relief from conservation groups about the congressional reauthorization of LWCF, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  But it's just a sigh, not a cheer. 

Congress kept LWCF alive for three more years, but with funding for only one. 

Groups like the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association wanted more; NSIA calls the move "a band aid." 

Hachette Books

There may be no more pivotal figure in the development of early rock music than Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records in Memphis. 

He recorded and introduced the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Elvis Presley. 

Phillips himself was one of the first inductees in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. 

He and his work are profiled in the new hardcover book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, by Peter Guralnick. 

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It's not that so much time has passed--not even three months--since the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg.  It's that several other large-scale shootings have happened since that time. 

Our colleague talk show, Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting, made plans to return to Roseburg for a town hall-style meeting in early December.

Kensington Publishing

Alcatraz Island, vaudeville, and immigration all emerge as subject matter in Kristina McMorris's latest novel, The Edge of Lost.  So we could not resist bringing her in for an interview. 

The novel concerns the disappearance of a child living on Alcatraz when it was a prison, and the life and journey of an Irish vaudevillian emigrating to America.