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We close the year with some notable Exchange broadcasts of the past. 

In this hour, technology industry analyst William Meisel makes his case for computers that complement the work of humans, but do not replace it. 

Meisel's book is The Software Society.


The Christmas hiatus continues for the Exchange, with replacement programming taking up our time slot. 

At 8 AM: A Christmas Carol: Start your Christmas morning with the wonderful Oregon Stage Works production of Dickens' A Christmas Carol, featuring Caroline Shaffer, Doug Rowe, Liisa Ivary, Kevin Kennerly, Bob McCracken, and  JPR's own Don Mathews, with original music by Todd Barton.                    
At 9 AM: A Celtic Christmas: Tomáseen Foley's A Celtic Christmas recreates the joy and innocence of a night before Christmas in a farmhouse in the remote parish of Teampall an Ghleanntain in the west of Ireland, when the neighbors gather around the fire to grace the long wintry night with the laughter of their stories, the joy of their music, and dances they always said they were much too old for. This special holiday show features Foley's charming tale "Parcel from America," plus music from guitarist William Coulter, fiddler Deby Benton Grojean, and piper Todd Denman, as well as songs from Moira Smiley.

The Exchange takes a hiatus for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, substituting alternate programming for our usual time slots. 

At 8 AM: Innovation Hub's Holiday Special: Innovation Hub is heading home for the holidays. In this 1-hour program, fascinating guests explore the science and invention behind family traditions we love – from dinner table debates to department store trips.  
At 9 AM: Living on Earth: Hope for the Holidays: This year's Living on Earth holiday show presents tales from Celtic traditions, an African-American parable, and other stories all centered on the theme of hope.

Southern Oregon University

A presidential candidate calls for excluding people of one religion from entering the country.  College students insist on greater attention to minority needs, and succeed in convincing top campus leaders to resign. 

Diversity, or at least efforts to secure it, has been in the news a lot of late. 

Southern Oregon University President Roy Saigo took note.  Saigo was on the receiving end of racial exclusion in his own life, spending time in an internment camp for Japanese-Americans as a child. 

Now he urges non-exclusion and tolerance from his perch atop a college administration. 

Chronicle Books

Now THIS may be a first: after all the book interviews we've done, our first (we think) coloring book.  But we won't be talking about Batman or Minions or Casper The Friendly Ghost, because this coloring book is for adults. 

Steve McDonald is the creator of Fantastic Cities, a perusal of urban spaces that exist in the real world, plus a few that exist only in the artist's mind. 

Steve McDonald says the people who buy and color in his book will help him complete the art he started there. 

He joins to talk about the vision behind his project. 


Overfishing has greatly impacted food supplies we draw from the ocean.  But we still need and like seafood.

Portland-based Fishpeople keeps an eye on both situations. 

The company is in the business of selling seafood, but also limits what it sells to what the ocean can continue to produce, sustainably. 


There's a sigh of relief from conservation groups about the congressional reauthorization of LWCF, the Land and Water Conservation Fund.  But it's just a sigh, not a cheer. 

Congress kept LWCF alive for three more years, but with funding for only one. 

Groups like the Northwest Sportfishing Industry Association wanted more; NSIA calls the move "a band aid." 

Hachette Books

There may be no more pivotal figure in the development of early rock music than Sam Phillips, the owner of Sun Records in Memphis. 

He recorded and introduced the likes of Johnny Cash and Jerry Lee Lewis, and even Elvis Presley. 

Phillips himself was one of the first inductees in the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. 

He and his work are profiled in the new hardcover book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll, by Peter Guralnick. 

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It's not that so much time has passed--not even three months--since the Umpqua Community College mass shooting in Roseburg.  It's that several other large-scale shootings have happened since that time. 

Our colleague talk show, Think Out Loud on Oregon Public Broadcasting, made plans to return to Roseburg for a town hall-style meeting in early December.

Kensington Publishing

Alcatraz Island, vaudeville, and immigration all emerge as subject matter in Kristina McMorris's latest novel, The Edge of Lost.  So we could not resist bringing her in for an interview. 

The novel concerns the disappearance of a child living on Alcatraz when it was a prison, and the life and journey of an Irish vaudevillian emigrating to America. 

Patchy Sanders, we hardly knew ye.  The Ashland-based folk band is scattering in search of new projects, which is a nice way of saying the band is breaking up. 

But a few final gigs loom, and before those, the Patchy assemblage visited our studio to chat with JPR's Eric Teel, and play some of the band's original music. 


Plenty of people walk around thinking that corporations and people with lots of money call all the shots economically and politically. 

Some, like believers in "community rights," work to counteract the power of corporations and their owners. 

Community Rights Lane County is one such group, urging people within Lane County to exercise their rights to determine local policies. 

OSU Press

If the Cascade Mountains are Oregon's backbone, the Willamette River is something like its main artery. 

Most of Oregon's population lives within a few miles of the big river, which rises in Lane County and flows north to Portland and the Columbia. 

The Mid-Valley, roughly halfway between Eugene and Portland, is the focus of a book of essays called Wild in the Willamette

Notable regional authors contributed works hailing the natural wonders of the river and its environs.

We've gotten past the point where we think of breast removal surgery after cancer as a disfigurement.  Or have we? 

Ashland nurse Katelyn Carey wants to make sure we have, with her recently published book Beauty After Breast Cancer.

The coffee-table book features glossy photographs of bare-chested women (and one man) displaying the surgical options for breast cancer patients, so people know what their bodies will look like.

Is it possible the recent wave of Celtic entertainment began with Tomaseen Foley and "A Celtic Christmas"?  It's possible... he's certainly been at this for a while. 

Foley grew up in Ireland in the 1950s, when life was still primitive in some ways. 

He gathered up his stories and some musicians, singers, and dancers, and staged his first Christmas show nearly two decades ago. 

Red Hen Press

The current emphasis on the STEM subjects in school--Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math--leaves a few educators cold.  Because there's more to creating a well-rounded individual than what's in books. 

Paul Cummins certainly thought so in his 32 years at the ground-breaking Crossroads School in California. 

The school challenged the notion that a quality private education is only for rich, white, and privileged kids.  His memoir, Confessions of a Headmaster, recounts his years as an educator, and considers where education is moving today.

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Anybody with some money to invest can certainly find places to put that money.  So why not invest in local businesses? 

That's the question answered by the Hatch Oregon Network, which works to pair local investors with local businesses that need capital. 

Think of it as spending money on Main Street before Wall Street. 

It's the season for voices raised in song.  And in argument, too... the Republican presidential candidates debate again on Tuesday night (Dec. 15), and we're asking you what you've gotten out of any of the presidential debates so far.

That's one topic in this week's VENTSday. 

We'll go all pop-culture in the other topic: new "Star Wars" movie: yay or yawn?  Worth waiting in line, or wait for it to hit cable?

VENTSday is our weekly opinion forum... there's no guest, just calls and emails from listeners on the two topics of the day. 


In The Shadow of God is fiction by an author who lives in our region, but it's fiction based on his life. 

Samuel Nala met his wife, Justina, in her native Venezuela, and they've marveled at the changes in the country in the last few years. 

Hugo Chavez had consolidated a lot of power, but he died of cancer two years ago, leaving Nicolas Maduro in charge. 

Now Maduro is challenged by an opposition party controlling Venezuela's legislature, so the changes continue. 

Susan Langston

Dungeness crab season can mean good eating for buyers and good money for sellers. 

But for the moment, crabbers on both sides of the state line can only wait. 

The crabs are showing high levels of domoic acid, the result of a huge toxic algae bloom in the ocean this year. 

Oregon's Dungeness crab season usually starts around December 1st, but no crab can be taken while toxin levels remain high.