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You can be forgiven if you forget that marijuana is still illegal in California, except for medical uses. 

And part of the confusion comes from various state and local government agencies setting up rules and guidelines for marijuana cultivation. 

The North Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board is among them, working toward a set of water quality regulations for marijuana growers. 

Unregulated use of water causes issues both coming and going; involving water taken from streams and wastes put into them. 

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Much of World War II took place half a world away from where we live. 

But then... the recent anniversary of the people killed by a balloon bombing in Bly, Oregon provided one reminder that the war came closer. 

Then there's the issue of the internment camps for Japanese-Americans near the state line, covered in Richard Reeves's book Infamy: The Shocking Story of the Japanese-American Internment in World War II

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One decision from the Oregon Supreme Court will have a tremendous impact on state and local governments for years to come.  

The decision turned back a move by the legislature and governor to save money on public pensions, by reducing cost-of-living allowances for retirees.  

The court ruling nixed that, so the state, counties, cities, and school districts are on the hook for hundreds of millions of dollars of additional benefit payments.  

The Oregon School Employees Association is relieved by the decision.  

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This interview explores the flip side of the coin on the Oregon Supreme Court decision on PERS, the Public Employee Retirement System.  

The court decision will cost state and local governments millions of dollars more than expected in benefit payments to retirees.  

The Oregon School Boards Association is assessing the impact on school districts. 

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  It can be really fun to surprise people and be surprised in turn.  But can you make a career out of it?  

Already done: Tania Luna calls herself a "surprisologist," and she runs a business arranging novel experiences for individuals and groups.  

She and LeeAnn Renninger wrote a book called Surprise: Embrace the Unpredictable and Engineer the Unexpected.  

We dive into the vaults for today's edition of the Jefferson Exchange. 

At 8:00: Sara Gottfried, MD and yoga instructor, gets into the nitty-gritty of women and hormone issues--and their remedies--in The Hormone Cure.

At 9:00: Francine Prose, author of Goldengrove and many other books, joined us during a 2013 visit to the region.

California Department of Water Resources

Snow surveys are supposed to find snow.  But in the mild winter we had, little precipitation fell as snow. 

Most of the later-in-the-season surveys turned up dirt. 

California's snow surveys came out even worse than Oregon's. 

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Even people who do not know much of the Bible know the story of Noah's flood... the gigantic flood that supposedly wiped out all land creatures except the ones Noah took aboard his ark.

The search for evidence of that flood led to the beginning of the science of geology, and ultimated contributed to an ongoing tension between science and religion.

So says David Montgomery, geologist at the University of Washington. 

He's written a book on the flood called The Rocks Don't Lie, and he brings a lecture by that name to Southwestern Oregon Community College this week (May 16th).

War reenactments are a big deal in our country.  Especially for Civil War battles, remote in time and yet still endlessly fascinating. 

It's a whole different thing to reenact battles from a war that went badly for our country, and that many people remember from their own lives. 

But Vietnam war reenactors do gather for simulated battles in Oregon, a process detailed in the documentary film "In Country." 

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You've heard plenty about the rising levels of debt college students face as they enter the workforce. 

Getting ready for the situation BEFORE graduation can make a big difference. 

Janay Haas taught financial literacy at Coalition For Kids in the Rogue Valley. 

Think of this week's VENTSday as a discussion of fluids.  We want to know what you think about self-serve gas and allowing a LITTLE of it in Oregon. 

And we want to know if you think the drought should require water bottling companies to cut back in California. 

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.

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Maybe you can still hear the voice of your parents in your head: "if you kids don't stop fighting..." 

Sibling rivalry is common and frequently intense, but it doesn't have to be.  So says psychologist Dr. Laura Markham, the author of Peaceful parent, Happy Sibling

The book explains the issues that can arise between siblings, and suggests ways to reframe the situations to provide peace in the family. 

We still have arguments about things we've been doing forever. 

Like breastfeeding... the arguments tend to be less about the merits than about the practice in public. 

Nevertheless, breastfeeding comes highly recommended by health professionals, because of the many benefits it provides to children. 

La Leche League of Oregon and the Southern Oregon Lactation Association are big boosters; they'll bring expert Nancy Mohrbacher to the Rogue Valley later this week.

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

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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. 

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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.