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On Thursday morning at 10am, JPR will broadcast California Governor Jerry Brown's State of the State address. Scott Shafer, senior editor for KQED's California Government and Politics Desk, will host the program which will include the governor's speech in its entirety followed by reporting and analysis from in-studio guests and reporters and newsmakers in the field.

Coverage can be heard on JPR's News & Information Service beginning at 10am, right after The Jefferson Exchange.

Julien Baker’s solo debut, Sprained Ankle, was one of the most widely acclaimed works of 2015. The album, recorded by an 18-year-old and her friend in only a few days, was a bleak yet hopeful, intimate document of staggering experiences and grace, centered entirely around Baker’s voice, guitar, and unblinking honesty. Sprained Ankle appeared on year-end lists everywhere from NPR Music to The AV Club to New York Magazine’s Vulture.

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Jan 19, 2018

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The deserts of the West can be vast and forbidding.  And apparently, worth traveling for some black bears. 

A recent study shows bears returning to their old stomping grounds in Nevada, where they were wiped out decades ago. 

To get there, the bears are leaving Northern California and moving great distances to the east. 

Groups that advocate for establishing travel corridors for wildlife, including The Wildlife Conservation Society of North America, are excited about the findings. 

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Tiny Yreka is hard enough to find on a map.  It's unlikely place for a regional comedy tour.  

But audiences get a chance to gather and laugh later this week when the "Joker and Jester Comedy Tour" plays some shows at the Music Hall in the Siskiyou County Seat. 

The performances will be filmed for use in a comedy special to be seen on Netflix, so Yreka could get some national recognition. 

Californians Can Apply For New 'REAL IDs' Starting Monday

Jan 19, 2018
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Drivers who want to continue to use their California licenses to board airplanes after 2020 can apply for new, federally-required IDs starting Jan. 22.

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Crater Lake may be Oregon's crown jewel, but the state's only national park needs some love.  Like many national parks, Crater Lake has not received enough money to keep up with maintenance. 

And a combination of harsh winters and heavy use keeps up the pressure on park facilities. 

A campaign to fix up the park is gathering around the National Park Service Legacy Act, introduced in both U.S. House and Senate.  It would take some mineral royalty money from digging and drilling on federal land and divert it to the parks.  

The plan has major boosters in Medford.  Bill Thorndike is president of the Crater Lake National Park Trust and Brad Hicks is the president of the Chamber of Medford/Jackson County. 

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Just four weeks after the California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection released its draft environmental impact report on the Vegetation Treatment Program (VTP), the largest fire in the state's history broke out. 

The Thomas fire destroyed or damaged more than a thousand homes north of Los Angeles. 

The VTP is designed to treat the landscape in a variety of ways to prevent future fires from getting so huge.  The comment period on the environmental impact report just closed. 

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Maybe "Brodiaea matsonii" does not roll off the tongue easily (BROH-dee-uh mat-SOHN-ee-eye), but it's a significant flower. 

And it only grows in one place in the entire world: Redding. 

The city recently approved the building of subdivision that may take out some of the plant's habitat, and the California Native Plant Society would like more study before anything drastic happens. 

"IT'S THE CLIMATE," reads the sign in downtown Grants Pass.  But the climate includes winter, so trying to get through the days and nights without shelter is a true hardship. 

We continue "Out in the Cold" with a look at services available in Josephine County. 

UCAN (United Community Action Network) is the agency that works toward homelessness and housing solutions in Josephine and Douglas Counties.  One major program available in Douglas County is not on the list in Josephine: housing provided by the agency.  And Josephine County's ultra-tight housing market is a major issue.

On Tuesday evening, January 30th, President Donald Trump is scheduled to give his first State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. One year into the Trump administration, the Speaker of the House has extended the traditional invitation to the president to "take account of the progress we have made" and "lay out the work that still remains to be done."

Oregon, 20 Other States, Challenge Repeal Of Net Neutrality

Jan 16, 2018
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Oregon has joined 20 other states and the District of Columbia in launching a legal challenge of the Federal Communications Commission’s decision Dec. 14 to repeal a rule barring internet providers from blocking or charging more for access to one website over another.

Underground History is one of The Jefferson Exchange's most popular segments.

But why just listen on the radio? We're bringing Underground History above ground with a new event called Underground History Live!

Join Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley and Chelsea Rose from SOU's Archaeology Lab at Common Block Brewing in Medford for our inaugural Underground History Live. It happens Monday, January 29 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

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In most of Oregon's counties, less than half of the children born into low-income families will reach the middle class or beyond as adults. 

That is one of the starker findings of the Oregon Community Foundation's "Tracking Oregon's Progress," or TOP, report for 2017.  The latest TOP also finds that child poverty is on the rise in the state, which could doom even more people to less-than-middle-class status for life. 

Caitlyn Ruffenach of OCF was the lead author of the report. 

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It was Henry Luce, the publisher of Time magazine, who declared an "American Century" in early 1941. 

Historian Alfred W. McCoy is not at all convinced we'll get the full 100 years. 

McCoy has long observed the methods America has used to maintain its position as a superpower.  He sees China using its own methods to put the United States in the back seat, sooner rather than later. 

McCoy's latest book is In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of US Global Power

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After a major wildfire, we can at least console ourselves with the knowledge that forests grow back.  Or do they? 

New research out of Colorado State University examined forest fire zones in several Western states... and found that on the warmer Earth of today, forest regeneration happens more slowly, or not at all. 

Camille Stevens-Rumann is an assistant professor at CSU. 

Out In The Cold: The Small Cities Of Siskiyou

Jan 15, 2018

Siskiyou County is one of the less-populated counties in California (roughly 45,000 people). 

But it is still a place where people struggle to find housing and sometimes just do without.  Last year a consultant versed in homelessness took a look at conditions in several small cities: Etna, Mt. Shasta, Tulelake, Weed and Yreka. 

We continue our series of interviews on homelessness, "Out in the Cold," with a discussion of how homelessness manifests in these smaller towns. 

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It's true that we do not put a lot of fiction authors on the air; it's just hard to introduce characters and plots on the radio.  It's also true that our region is home to several published authors of fiction. 

James Anderson of Ashland just saw his second novel published, Lullaby Road.  It is another story of Ben Jones, the trucker introduced in Anderson's The Never-Open Desert Diner, which won critical praise. 

Ben and his truck find further adventures on lonely Route 117 in the Utah desert. 

California Clinics Fret As Federal Funding Deadline Looms

Jan 15, 2018
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The deadline for Congress to reauthorize the Community Health Center Fund is January 19. Nearly 200 California clinics serving low-income and uninsured patients could be affected. 

Congress did not renew the funding last fall. And while there’s a temporary fix until March, the resolution keeping the program alive long-term expires this month.

“It feels wildly discouraging," said Andie Martinez-Patterson, director of government affairs for California Health+ Advocates, which represents safety net clinics.

A special edition of our "Curious" segment is geared to the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday. 

University of Oregon associate professor Curtis Austin has researched the civil rights and black power movements extensively. 

He tracks the rise of the movements and the responses to them... from the public, the government, and police, among others. 

Dr. Austin visits with some insights into the history of the struggle for equality in America. 

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