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Labor Day is just behind us; let's hear YOUR thoughts on the state of labor in America.

That's one of our our VENTSday topics this week... our other: your thoughts on solitary confinement and its use in our prisons.

You've got opinions on events in the news, and our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them.

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them.


The Oregon Shakespeare Festival has made it clear for years that its work extends beyond the confines of its stages, to a real interest in people and the human condition. 

OSF's "Living Ideas" program brings conversations about issues raised in its plays to communities around the region. 

This year's world premier of "Sweat" shows the effect of industrial layoffs on people and communities, something the timber towns of our region know too well. 

Rogue Rovers

We'll have to come up with an onomatapoetic sound to replace "vroom vroom" if electric and hybrid vehicles continue to catch on. 

The (limited) sounds and sights of electrics and hybrids will be in abundance this weekend (Sept. 12) at ScienceWorks in Ashland, at the Electric & Hybrid Show. 

The array of vehicles includes the Rogue Valley-based Farm Dogg, which recently appeared at a White House showing. 

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Plans to mine in the headwaters of some of the most pristine streams in the region could be short-circuited by a federal move to withdraw the areas in question from mining activities. 

Earlier this summer, the Bureau of Land Management published its intention to close off lands around tributaries of the Smith and other rivers in Curry and Del Norte Counties. 

The announcement triggered a comment period that closes soon, after a pair of public meetings. 

The Smith River Alliance supports the withdrawal proposal. 

New World Library

Everyone has a story to tell, and actually telling the story can be of some help to each of us. 

So says therapist and writer Kim Schneiderman, the author of Step Out Of Your Story: Writing Exercises to Reframe and Transform Your Life

Schneiderman shows how deconstructing our own lives into things like plot summaries can help us better understand our stories and ourselves. 

We celebrate Labor Day by NOT laboring in much of America. 

The Exchange staff upholds the tradition by scrubbing the live broadcast in favor of a couple of gems from past shows.  

At 8:00: Arguing For Our Lives... Robert Jensen makes the case for engaging in actual dialogue, even with people who do not agree with our own viewpoints.  

At 9:00 Land of Promise... America did not become an economic powerhouse overnight.

Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Ashland's "other professional theatre" is having a landmark year.  The Oregon Cabaret Theatre is under new ownership/managers, and celebrating a 30th season in business.

Artistic Director Valerie Rachelle is our featured guest on this month's First Friday segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.

Join the free-for-all by calling with details about arts events in your town... 800-838-3760 around the region.

Lane County Parks

We love our wide open spaces here in the West. 

Once in a while, it helps to review our plans for some of those spaces, especially the ones we share. 

This is NOT a tale of timber plans... but it IS about Lane County reviewing the Master Plan for county parks. 

Penguin Books

"Nobody cares about books anymore," you might hear from time to time.  Azar Nafisi begs to differ. 

She taught great American works of fiction to students in repressive conditions in Iran and told the story in her book Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Now Nafisi tells the story of the importance of fiction in democratic societies--ours included--in The Republic of Imagination: America in Three Books.

No one disputes that Army National Guard veteran Brian Babb was a man in crisis. 

But his family and friends dispute the notion that Babb's death at the hands of Eugene Police was the only resolution to his crisis. 

The Lane County District Attorney ruled the Babb shooting justified. 

His family is determined to prevent future such incidents from taking place. 

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Maybe you've noticed this: you hear a news story about some scientific study making a dramatic finding. 

A few weeks later, you hear of another study that makes the opposite finding. 

Well, it's confounding to scientists, too.  A recent article in SCIENCE found that scientists performing psychology studies could replicate the experiments, but got different results more than half the time. 

The authors of the article are many, and they include Southern Oregon University Assistant Professor Cody Christopherson. 

Penguin Books

It's a compelling thought: shuck the material goods and the daily routine and move to a tropical island.

If everyone who ever had the thought acted upon it, our cities would be empty and our islands would be crowded. 

Alex Sheshunoff DID act upon it, in what he calls a "quarter-life crisis." 

And his book explains what happened next: "A Beginner’s Guide to Paradise: 9 Steps to Giving Up Everything." 

University of Oregon

Let's talk about the biggest investment you'll make in your lifetime.

And no, it's not your home, though that is a big one. Your choice of college--for yourself or your kids--is a huge investment in the future, but just a bit more difficult to measure.

Peter Cappelli at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania provides some perspective on making the decision, and what it'll cost you.

We're told often that college is necessary for today's workers, but it costs A LOT.  That's one topic on this week's VENTSday segment.

The other: Social Security just celebrated its 80th birthday... what needs to happen to make sure it lasts another 80 years?  Your thoughts are welcome.

Why should the politicians and pundits have all the fun?  You've got opinions on events in the news, too. 

And our VENTSday segment is designed to let the world hear them. 

We plop a pair of topics on the table--frequently unrelated--and let YOU deliver your passionate (and polite) views on them. 

Penguin Books

Any parent waiting for a great teacher to come forward for their child is waiting too long. 

Parents are the first teachers, educators point out. 

And the Thirty Million Words initiative is meant to give parents the tools to help build good brains in their kids, through the frequent and judicious use of language. 

The approach is detailed in a new book.

Nothing like a little pressure to stimulate the creative or entrepreneurial juices. 

Part-time Ashland resident David Vidmar probably needed plenty of both juices when he took his invention on TV. 

The "Glide Cycle" got Vidmar a spot on CNBC's "Make Me A Millionaire Inventor," with a chance to make money to launch his product. 

ALS Association

Now that the ice has melted, how's the research into the causes of ALS doing? 

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis--Lou Gehrig's Disease--got a major boost from the Ice Bucket Challenge a year ago. 

The challenge is history, but not the disease. 

Greenleaf Publishing

Even the most fervent believer in sustainability can only do so much alone. 

So it certainly helps when true believers can win converts to the cause. 

Leadership educator Steve Schein has some ideas for how to make that happen, ideas he shares in his book A New Psychology for Sustainability Leadership: The Hidden Power of Ecological Worldviews

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Some police departments hire employees to build bridges to minority communities. 

That's why Springfield Police hired Thelma Barone several years ago, to serve as "multicultural liaison."  She and SPD agree on that. 

What they do NOT agree on is why she was fired, and Barone is taking her case to federal court

Oregon may be among the pioneering states in legalizing marijuana, but there's still a major issue: pot is illegal under federal law. 

It is up to Congress to change the law, if members see fit. 

Oregon Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) sees fit. 

Blumenauer is spending time in our neck of the woods, explaining his proposals for changing marijuana in federal law, and for getting more for Oregon out of federal farm policy.