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It's easy to be dazzled by the visuals of a movie and lose track of how great an influence the music exerts on our emotions. 

That's Joby Talbot's job as score composer... assist the mood while not overwhelming it.  Oh, and make the music work in time with the on-screen action. 

Talbot lives in Ashland and sees his work go worldwide... including in the coming animated feature "Sing." 

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The term "old growth" is one often used and perhaps less-often understood. 

Just big trees?  Big trees and spotted owls? 

No and not quite are the answers; Joan Maloof provides a bunch more in her book Nature's Temples

Maloof is the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, dedicated to preserving forests undisturbed by humans from coast to coast. 


California public employees belonging to SEIU Local 1000 planned a one-day strike for Monday (December 5th), and ultimately called it off in favor of further bargaining with the state. 

Issues on the table: raises, gender pay differences, and employee health-care payments.  SEIU is the largest public employee union in California. 

John Frahm of the Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council has a broad view of labor and its challenges in his part of California


The planned and averted one-day strike by state workers in California is the exception, not the rule, in our time. 

Strikes used to be much more common because union membership used to be much more common.  But union membership has slid over three decades, and so has union influence. 

Management professor Raymond Hogler at Colorado State University argues that declining unions means a declining middle class.  He makes a strong case in his book The End of American Labor Unions

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

Jews make up less than one percent of Oregon's population. 

So a minority, but definitely an influential one.  Oregon Jews include political leaders, philanthropists, and the man who brought the NBA to Portland (Harry Glickman). 

These stories and more are featured in Ellen Eisenberg's book The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010

Eugene Ballet

Christmas trees, holiday plays, art sales... and there's GOT to be a Nutcracker or two on stage this month. 

December is a HUGE month in the arts world, and we dedicate our First Friday Arts segment to listing as many events as possible.  We meaning... you. 

First Friday is all about the phones... grab one and call the show at 800-838-3760 to talk about the arts event you care about. 

It's a big party, and the more events, the merrier. 

Acappellaré Facebook Page

The Ashland singing duo known as Accapellaré chose a very appropriate name. 

Because Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé La Terreur travel without musical instruments, only their voices. 

And they happily sing a cappella in venues large and small, with plans for a European tour next spring. 

U.S. Navy

Wednesday December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

The attack launched the U.S. involvement in World War II. 

But there's a story to be told about the events that led up to that day, and Craig Nelson tells the story in his book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

The work starts long before Pearl Harbor, during the days of the First World War, to detail the events and trends that led to the second. 

CCD Business Development Corp.

Well, that was fast.  One week after the election, the Coos Bay City Council voted to move ahead with replacing its worn out sewage treatment (wastewater) plant. 

The council had been deadlocked before the election over a plan to allow a private company to operate a new plant. 

Andrew Sheeler of The World in Coos Bay was part of the team covering the issue (and taking abuse from the players over his reporting). 


The election season of 2016 served up surprises by the truckload. 

One of them was the realization that mass media is not so mass anymore... each of us has our own choices in media, and the choices often give plenty of opinion with facts. 

Which brings up another point: how do you KNOW when you're getting facts?  Bogus news stories on pop-up media gained traction in an already fragmented media world. 

These are issues that come up in the teaching of Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi at Southern Oregon University, where Ebbi "Mohammad" Zamani is a student. 


For generations of Americans, it's pleasant to be able to talk about Vietnam without the word "war" behind it. 

That war cost 58,000 American lives and tore the social fabric of the country. 

Now historian Christopher Goscha presents Vietnam: A New History

The book teaches a great deal about a country with a rich history and many different ethnic groups and languages. 


Josh Gross's bio at the Rogue Valley Messenger says he's an "ace reporter. Produced playwright. Internationally recognized rock and roll superstar and burrito connoisseur." 

One and two are true and we'll take his word on number four. 

And he IS a musician, and a big fan of music, as well. 

Which is why we invite him back once a month to play clips of bands coming to the region, talk about their music, and hear where they'll be playing. 

Tony Anderson/Oregon Department of Forestry/Flickr

The State of Oregon had trouble making money off the Elliott State Forest, because timber sales lagged. 

So now the state stands to make a whole bunch of money at once, by selling the forest. 

Lone Rock Timber Management Company put in the only bid, as a partner with the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians

Other tribes plan to work with The Conservation Fund to monitor practices on the forest.  But the deal is not quite done; state decisions lie ahead. 

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It's not just the short days and the nasty weather. 

Winter also creates issues for our cars and how they operate. 

Zach Edwards at Ashland Automotive knows a thing or two about cars and their behavior in winter conditions. 

Got a question about car maintenance or winter driving?  He's got answers. 


The Earth gives, and we take. 

But as we continue to demonstrate, it's easier to take than to give. 

Permaculture is all about setting up systems that regenerate the natural world while providing resources for people to use. 

Jono Neiger gives a colorful look at the systems in his book The Permaculture Promise. 


The moment in the concert arrives for the big solo. 

And the soloist steps up with his Ophicleide.   His...? 

See, soloist Mark Eliot Jacobs is accomplished on some rare wind instruments, including the ophicleide and the serpent. 

He'll play both in a concert Thursday (December 1st) on the Southern Oregon University campus. 

Our Children's Trust

The legal system is supposed to be straightforward: you need action from somebody, you take them to court, and the court decides the case. 

Unless the case is unusual and the people being sued insist the case is improper.  Then it can take a long time just to get to trial. 

And that may finally happen for the people who filed suit in federal court on behalf of children in Oregon, to force action on climate change from state government.  A recent judge's ruling may clear the final hurdle for trial. 

Law professor Mary Wood at the University of Oregon is a scholar writing about the case. 

U.S. Army

We were told American military forces HAD to attack Iraq in 2003 because Saddam Hussein's regime possessed weapons of mass destruction. 

That turned out not to be true, and a majority of Americans now feel the Iraq war was a mistake. 

You can include the Rogue Valley's Stacy Bannerman in that majority.  She stayed home while her ex-husband fought in Iraq; he and their marriage were never the same. 

Bannerman is off to Washington this week to testify at the People's Tribunal on the Iraq War, hosted by Code Pink in Washington, DC. 

TKO: African-Americans In The GOP

Nov 28, 2016
University of California Press

Race loomed large in the recent election. 

One commentator referred to the election of Donald Trump as a "whitelash."  Exit polls indicate the story is more complicated than that, but racial and party identification can correlate closely. 

And sometimes not, as Corey D. Fields demonstrates in his book on African Americans in the Republican party: Black Elephants in the Room

The Keenest Observers host Rob Goodwin returns for this segment. 

University of Oregon

We tend to think in terms of fresh water and ocean water ecosystems, but there's a whole lot of life in between. 

Estuaries, where salt and fresh water meet, are teeming with all kinds of creatures, animal and vegetable. 

Dr. David Sutherland at the University of Oregon studies estuaries, both close to home and in the Arctic. 

And he'll deliver a lecture on Friday (December 2) in Coos Bay about how the estuary at Coos Bay functions.