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The concerns of California's Winnemem Wintu Tribe get an airing on public TV with the creation of the film series "Standing On Sacred Ground."

The title is apt for the tribe, which is not currently federally recognized, and concerned about plans to raise Shasta Dam. 

The resulting raising of the lake would inundate what few historic sacred sites the tribe still has access to. 


Not all revolutions are violent.  We're reasonably sure the blood loss was minimal in the recent revolution in electronics and technology. 

"Revolution" is Southern Oregon University's campus theme this academic year, and the subject is near and dear to the heart of the final speaker, Jeremi Suri

Dr. Suri teaches about transformations in society; through migration, technology, education, and more. 

His talk tonight (May 12th) on campus is about "Revolution, Public Opinion, and Power: Historical Lessons for the Future." 


Oregon is on its way to joining California and New Jersey as states that ban "conversion therapy" for gay minors.   Both houses of the legislature passed a bill putting the controversial therapy off-limits to people under the age of 18. 

The therapy purports to turn homosexuals into heterosexuals, and is not accepted by much of the psychiatric establishment. 

The bill is welcomed by Basic Rights Oregon and the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Public Domain

The fate of the gray wolf stands in sharp contrast to that of the northern spotted owl. 

While conservation groups seek to move the owl from threatened to endangered, the gray wolf could move in the other direction. 

But are a few dozen wolves in Oregon enough to consider a stable population?  Under the current rules, yes. 

Russ Morgan is the Wolf Coordinator for Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Algonquin Books

A recent guest pointed out that gravestones contain the year of birth, the year of death, and a dash in between.  And it's up to us to determine what that dash represents. 

Heather Lende can (and will) tell us all about that. 

Her stint as an obituary writer for a small-town newspaper taught her a lot about what's important in life; she shares the knowledge in her book Find The Good

Southern Oregon University

Students work very hard to complete their projects for college. 

But the world outside university walls often knows little of the work, or the result. 

That's why Southern Oregon University created SOAR, Southern Oregon Arts and Research

SOAR gives students and their teachers a chance to strut their stuff, show the world what they've been working on. 

Edward J. O'Neill/National Fish and Wildlife Service

The ongoing efforts to distribute water in drought years always cause concern for someone. 

We recently visited with the Klamath Water and Power Authority about its program to pay some landowners to pump groundwater rather than irrigate. 

Some observers are less interested in the details than in the fact that it happens at all. 

Klamath River observer and critic Felice Pace certainly has some questions. 

University of Wisconsin

The Dalai Lama is one of the world's foremost speakers for peace, and Thupten Jinpa has frequently been by his side, speaking the actual words. 

Jinpa is the Dalai Lama's chief english translator, and a speaker and researcher in his own right. 

Jinpa translated for the Dalai Lama in Eugene two years ago, and returns this week (May 10th) to speak on "Fearlessness and Compassion: Cultivating the Courage to Change the World." 

Wolves, an unrecognized (by the federal government) tribe, and non-violent revolutions are among the topics in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also hear about real evidence of the Biblical flood Noah experienced, how to get the kids to play nicely, and how to find the good in just about anybody.

The week's guests and topics are still developing... here's the list so far:

River Design Group

When the talk turns to removing dams from streams, the attention turns to the Klamath River. 

But while the long process of (maybe) removing four large dams inches forward, smaller projects are underway. 

WaterWatch of Oregon is one of several players working to remove a pair of small dams from Evans Creek, a tributary of the Rogue River.

It seems only appropriate to begin a fundraiser against hunger with an empty bowl. 

And that's just how the Empty Bowls Supper organized by Ashland's Peace House starts. 

Attendees do get to put food in the bowl, but they also have to put some money in the kitty to continue several anti-hunger programs in the area. 

Penguin Books

We admit it: we could not say no to the guy who created Walt Longmire

Longmire is a fictional sheriff in a western county, the title character of books and a TV series. 

Craig Johnson tells the latest installment of the sheriff's adventures in "Dry Bones," hitting bookshelves next week.

We're still trying to figure out what Diana Abu-Jaber does NOT do; she's good at so many things. 

Novelist, cookbook author, teacher, speaker... and there's more. 

Abu-Jaber will be the keynote author at the Northwest Women Writers Symposium later this week in Eugene (May 7-9). 

The passage of a gun control bill in the Oregon legislature made three legislators instant targets for recall campaigns.  An appropriate use of the recall?  Tell us on VENTSday. 

Or give your thoughts on surcharges on traffic tickets, a big issue in California right now. 

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center. We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.

Topics range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

Chronicle Books

Joanne Chang got our mouths watering last time she joined us on the Exchange.  Now she's doing the same thing again, just with less sugar. 

Joanne is the creator of "Flour" and "Flour, Too," legendary bakery/cafes in the Boston area. 

She's conscious of the fact that people expect most baked goods to be SWEET, but the sweet is not terribly healthy. 

Chang addresses the issue in her latest book Baking With Less Sugar.


Declining federal timber revenue has driven Josephine County to the brink of insolvency. 

And the impact has been most acutely felt in public safety, where just a handful of deputies are available to patrol for the sheriff's department. 

Voters have rejected several property tax levies to boost patrols, and they get another chance to decide a levy, in the May 19th election. 

Measure 17-66 is the latest effort, and we will hear both sides in this hour. 

BLM/Public Domain

Some of the fiercest arguments over proper federal forest management in Oregon focus on the "O & C lands," forests once granted to the Oregon & California Railroad to finance construction. 

Back in federal hands, they are supposed to give half their timber revenue over to the counties containing them.  But with little timber being cut, county budgets have suffered. 

BLM is out with a draft of its management plan for Western Oregon forests, and will take comments into July. 

In this hour, we visit first with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns to get perspective on the lands and plans. 

Scott Sanchez/Wikimedia

Curry County on the Oregon coast needs help.  The loss of timber dollars from the federal government hit the county hard, and county services have been cut to the bone. 

County leaders will try once again in the May 19th election to pass a levy to fund the sheriff's office.  This one differs from past efforts in that the property tax rates would not be the same for residents inside and outside the cities in the county. 

We hear from both sides of Measure 8-81 in this hour, separately. 

The supporters, including Sheriff John Ward, will go first. 

Social Psychology Network

How many times have you listened to someone make a case for their beliefs, only to wonder "what are they THINKING?" 

Carol Tavris puts a lot of work into answering that question.   She is a psychologist who studies the way people develop and hold onto beliefs. 

The title of her Ashland lecture (May 5th) should give you a clue to her focus: "Self-Justifying Delusions." 

Tavris comes to Ashland as part of Southern Oregon University's theme for the year, "Revolution." 

Modern Roots Foundation

String is in the air! 

Not a typo... stringed music instruction is the specialty of the Modern Roots Foundation, based in Ashland, our featured guests on the First Friday of May.

Music, theater, dance and more are celebrated on our First Friday Arts segment. 

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