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Method To The Madness: "Divine Lunacy"

Sep 19, 2013
David Gabriel & Peter Quince

How best to broach the subject of mental illness?

Attitudereconstruction.com

Keeping a stiff upper lip may be the right remedy for certain situations.

Rogue Valley Green And Solar Tour

Sep 18, 2013
Pink Sherbet Photography

Solar power has been around for decades now, but it's still a mystery to many people.

Rogue Valley Food Projects On The Grow

Sep 18, 2013
Ashland Food Project

Donations to food banks tend to run higher during the holiday season.

Beating Addiction: "Digging Holes in My Soul"

Sep 18, 2013
Dean Scholl

Dean Scholl thought he was just living life to its fullest.

The Kyron Horman Search: His Mother Continues

Sep 17, 2013

    

The Portland area is still riveted by the case of Kyron Horman, the seven-year-old boy who disappeared from his school in June 2010. 

guernicamag.org

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

Animals Around Us: "The Urban Bestiary"

Sep 17, 2013
Hachette Book Group

People who live on the edges of cities and in the suburbs are constantly surprised by the activities of the wild animals who live nearby.  And they (the people) are constantly reminded that it is we, the humans, who built houses in the habitats of the wild creatures. 

Oregon Emergency Managers Take Earthquake Trip

Sep 16, 2013
Mark Lincoln

What's in your earthquake kit?

The answer to that question is often "uh, I don't have one yet."  Which is why Oregon's Office of Emergency Management is hosting the Quake Prep Talk Road Show, visiting counties in the southern and southwestern portions of the state--the places most likely to feel the impacts of a major quake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Bringing In The Bringers Of New Business

Sep 16, 2013
SOREDI

Communities are always trying to attract news businesses.  But how do they reach out in the first place?  In some cases, it's a one-step-removed process: they reach out to consultants who advise companies on their options for relocation.

Meet The Authors: "How To Age In Place"

Sep 16, 2013
Wikimedia/Garry Knight

Call it a senior center or an "old folks' home," few people want to go there to live out the remaining days of their lives, no matter how comfortable.

Many seniors would prefer to stay in their own homes, a process called aging in place.

Class Time Could Be Strike Time

Sep 13, 2013
SEIU Local 503

A union strike authorization has been delayed a week, but the academic year for Oregon public universities could be a great deal more hectic than usual.

Classified workers--custodians, cooks, clerks and more--for all seven state campuses could be on strike. 

Fire/Smoke Relief For Small Businesses

Sep 13, 2013
PNW #2 IMTeam

The summer fires in Josephine and Douglas counties damaged few structures.

But they put a huge dent in the tourism business, especially during the time the Rogue River was closed to rafting. 

Remembering JFK--And Asking Questions

Sep 13, 2013
IoSotoUnaFotoCamera / flickr.com

50 years.  It's been nearly that long since the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.

And the Americans who remember November 22, 1963 have many different ways of processing the events of that day.

New Owners For Mail Tribune, Daily Tidings

Sep 12, 2013
Ed Schipul

The days of sharing an owner with Fox News just came to an end for the Mail Tribune of Medford and the Daily Tidings of Ashland.

The branch of News Corporation that owned those and other newspapers was just sold to Fortress Investment Group, which will manage the papers through a subsidiary called GateHouse Media.

Lawyers for Little Money

Sep 12, 2013
stockmonkeys.com

When we get stuck in a legal bind, we call a lawyer.  If we can afford one.

And if not?  The Center for NonProfit Legal Services is often the answer to that question in Jackson County.  The Center formed more than 40 years ago to help poorer residents with issues like housing, public benefits, and family dispute resolution.  You'll hear how the Center can afford to do its work... and how many people it can help.

KatyButler.com

Most life events can come in multiples, but we each get one birth and one death.

And we prefer to focus on the first, not the second.  Which leads to all kinds of issues for people who really need to talk about death, accepting it, and even hastening it.  Katy Butler's experiences with her elderly parents led her to write Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death.

Moving SLEEPS Around Eugene

Sep 11, 2013
Lulu Vision

The back-and-forth of the Eugene SLEEPS protest continues.  SLEEPS, Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, features people camping in public places around the city of Eugene.   

A judge ruled that demonstrators have the right to remain overnight in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.  But then Lane County commissioners ordered the entire plaza closed for cleaning.  Commission Chair Sid Leiken explains the county's approach to SLEEPS and its issues.

Stink Bug Invasion

Sep 11, 2013
Steve Jacobs / Penn State University

There are stink bugs, and then there are stink bugs.  Our region is home to a native variety, but a foreign interloper concerns insect researchers.  The non-native stink bugs could eventually reproduce in great numbers, causing problems for homes and agriculture.  Oregon State University horticulturists are working on the issue.

Considering Syria More Carefully

Sep 11, 2013
mapsofworld.com

The news about Syria came so fast this week, news organizations struggled to keep up.  Just as Congress returned for a likely vote on authorizing military action, Syria showed a willingness to consider putting its chemical weapons under international control, perhaps rendering an American attack moot.  We'll get two viewpoints on Syria in this interview--from Arcadia University professor Samer Abboud, who studies politics and the economy in Syria and other countries, and from Veterans for Peace past national president Leah Bolger.

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