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Oregon Community Foundation

Latinos are growing as a portion of Oregon society. 

They now make up 12 percent of the population, but nearly a quarter of the K-12 school population. 

The Oregon Community Foundation tracks numbers and issues for this community in a report called "Latinos in Oregon: Trends and Opportunities in a Changing State." 


It's important to us, when people say "I'm proud of you." 

Pride in ourselves can be another matter entirely.  Pride is supposedly the deadliest of sins, the one that gets us all caught up in ourselves. 

What does science say about pride?  British Columbia psychologist Jessica Tracy says it can be channeled to good use.  She makes the case in her recent book Take Pride: Why The Deadliest Sin Holds The Secret To Human Success

The constant debates about what's wrong with the American immigration system make you wonder when it was right--if ever.

Political Scientist Dan Tichenor at the University of Oregon can take us back into the history of immigration law.  And he will, when he visits The Exchange with the first installment in what we envision as a continuing series highlighting research at the U of O. 

We call it CURIOUS/Research Meets Radio--with capital U and O. 

Mari C Shanta / via Facebook

It is one of the great fears of our time and place: that a huge fire will blow through our community, destroying our homes. 

It has even come true, sadly, in Weed and other towns.  Can we prevent huge and destructive "megafires"? 

Paul Hessburg, who works for the Forest Service and the University of Washington, thinks so.  He is the presenter of a traveling multimedia exhibit called "Era of Megafires" now visiting towns in the West. 

NASA/Public Domain

The images of the control rooms in the early days of American space flight--in real life and in the movies--are images of lots of white men. 

But it took more than the people in those images to put people on the moon for the first time.  Margot Lee Shetterly's book Hidden Figures introduces us to people very much behind the scenes yet very important to success in the space race: African-American women who functioned as something like human computers. 

The book is also a movie in the making, due in January.

Shetterly herself is the daughter of one of NASA's first black engineers, who worked for a still-segregated agency in the civil rights era. 

Crater Lake Institute

Crater Lake is pretty and placid now, but it was born of violence: the eruption of what we call Mount Mazama. 

People lived in the region back then, and evidence of their habitation was buried under volcanic ash in Western Oregon valleys. 

University of Oregon researcher Brian O'Neill has been digging under the ash, uncovering clues to the people who lived in the land when Mazama was just a tall mountain. 

Southern Oregon University

Linda Schott had to travel a long way to become the president of Southern Oregon University

All the way from Maine, in fact, where she was president of the University of Maine at Presque Isle. 

She is the first permanent (as in not interim) president at SOU in two years, and the first since the centralized public higher education system in Oregon broke up in favor of more local control. 


A lot of what we know about the world got locked up a long time ago. What if we're just plain wrong?

The NPR podcast "Invisibilia" explores the forces that shape our world and influence our behavior. We give the second hour of the Exchange time slot over to "Invisibilia" for this and next Friday. Enjoy the stories and the science that make the show unique. 

This week: several stories about clothing, from sunglasses that ward off bullies, a doctor’s lab coat that makes you smarter, a shirt that saved a man’s life, and a shoe that changed the course of history….. sort of. 


Even without any talk of Mexico paying for a wall, immigration was bound to be an issue in this year's election. 

Because it is in most elections. 

Causa Oregon is dedicated to securing the rights of immigrants, and Defend Oregon works in a similar vein, and more broadly on other issues that appear on the ballot. 


Angel Island in San Francisco Bay served as something like a West Coast version of Ellis Island: an entry port for immigrants. 

Its past is also a shade darker, as the Island also played a part in excluding some people from immigration. 

The state of California just allocated money to finish the restoration of the immigration station.  It's a thrill to the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation, which worked for the restoration and continues to collect the stories of immigrant families in its "Immigrant Voices" project.

Cheryl Strayed's famous book "Wild" was almost a how-NOT-to-survive-wilderness book.

Ruby McConnell aims to flip the script and give women useful information on striking out on their own. 

McConnell's book is A Woman's Guide to the Wild.  It is an extension of her blog "Girl Gone Wild." 

Wojtek Bijok/Wikimedia

It's not Austin, but our region is home to a number of venues for hearing live music. 

Josh Gross has visited many of them by now. 

Josh is the music editor for the Rogue Valley Messenger, so he pays great attention to the live music scene. 

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The story that began in the dead of winter enters a new phase as summer draws to a close. 

Jury selection begins Wednesday (September 7th) in the trial of several of the defendants in the armed takeover of Oregon's Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. 

Ryan and Ammon Bundy are among the people being tried on multiple charges; the trial is expected to take weeks, if not months. 

Conrad Wilson from Oregon Public Broadcasting is one of two pool reporters assured of a seat in the courtroom. 


If you're itching to vote AND concerned about schools, November's ballot is for you.  Both our states vote on three statewide school issues (95, 98, 99 in Oregon/51, 55, 58 in California), plus a smattering of local measures. 

So we devote this week's VENTSday to school election issues generally.  VENTSday removes the guests and puts listener comments front and center on The Exchange.

Once a week, it's all about you... we plop a topic on the table, post a survey on our Facebook page (and below), and open the phone lines and email box for live comments.

Got an observation or opinion? Share it with the State of Jefferson on VENTSday. Join by phone at 800-838-3760, email, or take the survey online. You can ALSO record a phone message in advance, at 541-552-6331.

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Taking a good long hike can send your mind in a lot of different directions. 

On one long hike, Robert Moor focused on the ground beneath him.  Specifically, the trail he was hiking. 

Every pathway has a story, and he got interested in finding out some of the stories.  He compiles his explorations in a book titled simply On Trails, which covers several continents and trails, ranging from the miniscule to the massive. 

Public Domain/Wikimedia

One of the most important considerations when obtaining food is simple: can we obtain it again in the near future?  If the answer is no, then the food source is probably not sustainable. 

Obtaining sustainable seafood is of particular interest at the moment, when some fishing stocks have collapsed from overfishing. 

We bring in guests with experience in providing sustainable seafood, from near and not-so-near.  Aaron Longton presides over the board at Port Orford Ocean Resource Team (POORT) and manages Port Orford Sustainable Seafood.  Camilla Lombard and husband Kirk co-founded and manage Sea Forager in San Francisco.

You only have to hear Paul Robeson sing "Ol' Man River" once to have it stamped on your brain forever.

There's simply nothing like it, and nothing like the talent-filled and turbulent life of the late actor and singer. 

Tayo Aluko created a one-man stage play, "Call Mr. Robeson," which he has performed on several continents and brings to Ashland this week (September 8-11). 


The Exchange crew does what many other people do on Labor Day: not work.  So we cued up recordings of some favorites from the past.

At 8: Kevin Smokler takes us back to school to pick up the books we SHOULD have read.  His book is Practical Classics, a look back at 50 major books and their lingering influence on the world.  

At 9: a quiet moment in a laboratory turns into an earth-shaking discovery, leading to a drug for one particular kind of cancer.  Jessica Wapner wrote The Philadelphia Chromosome

Umpqua Valley Arts

Any Friday is something of an event. First Friday is a slightly bigger deal in the arts world, as several communities in our region observe First Friday Art Walks.

The Exchange goes with the flow, with our monthly First Friday Arts segment.  We open the phone lines (800-838-3760) and invite arts organizations from throughout the listening area to call in with details of arts events in the coming weeks... from fine art to open mike nights, all arts events are fair game. 

If you're just not available to be on the phone at show time (8:10-8:30 AM), RECORD your message in advance at our voicemail box: 541-552-6331.  Messages delivered after 4:30 PM on Thursday might not make it to air.

Some days it seems like you can't take a few steps without running into someone with an acoustic guitar.  Folk music peaked in the 1960s, but it's certainly resurgent today. 

Dan Sherrill and Jacqui Aubert are doing their part, touring as the musical duo Hollis Peach (sometimes with additional players). 

They play Contemporary Indie & Psych Folk, Americana, and Gospel.  Psych Folk? 

Hollis Peach continues a regional tour from their Ashland base, including playing the Britt Festivals on September 23.