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Jade Bird is fast becoming one of the most exciting new British voices. With her debut EP and 2018's follow-up breakthrough single 'Lottery', Jade has won the hearts of people across the globe. She has already preformed on 'Later with Jools Holland', 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' and 'The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon' and at SXSW she won the Grulke Prize for upcoming talent which follows her win of the ANCHOR Award at the Reeperbahn Festival in 2017. Since her last visit at JPR, Jade Bird was selected as one of NPR's 2018 Slingshot Artists - musicians destined for greatness and wider acclaim.

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Who would come to see a play with the actors just standing and reading off a script?  Lots of people, it turns out.  Especially if the plays are new works still in development. 

The Ashland New Plays Festival presents four plays (twice each) to packed houses every October. 

ANPF returns Wednesday, October 17th through Sunday, October 21st, with another slate of plays, plus workshops. 

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Fall down and hurt yourself, and there's a good chance someone will come to your aid.  Develop a mental illness, and the circumstances are different. 

Society still misunderstands and even fears mental illness.  Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford works to ease club members into society, and shares stories with us every month in a segment called Compass Radio. 

This month we meet Mihn and Dan and hear about their struggles with both mental illness and blindness. 

Oregon Senate District 3 is a hot commodity.  The switch of the seat from Democrat to Republican in a special election two years ago changed the course of business in the Oregon Legislature. 

Incumbent Alan DeBoer chose not to run again, opening the door for Democrat Jeff Golden and Republican Jessica Gomez

They join us for a candidate forum co-sponsored by JPR and Southern Oregon University, held on the evening of October 11th. 

Less Snow Could Be Coming To California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains

Oct 11, 2018
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If temperatures increase in California because of climate change, snow could melt earlier in the Sierra Nevada — and you might only find it at higher elevations.

GREG N -- @GREGNOEL on Twitter, via the Vancouver Sun

UPDATE: THURSDAY, OCT. 11, 4:30 p.m. -- Utilities in Oregon and Washington have told their customers they can resume normal use of natural gas. They'd asked users to conserve yesterday, after a pipeline in Canada exploded, disrupting the flow of gas to much of the Northwest. The blast disrupted natural gas deliveries from British Columbia to southern Oregon.

Oregon Wildfire Costs Hit Record High Of $514 Million In 2018

Oct 10, 2018
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The cost of fighting wildfires in Oregon reached an all-time high $514.6 million in 2018, according to data from Northwest Interagency Coordination Center.

Fueled by wildfires that started early and threatened communities all summer, Oregon’s costs skyrocketed past last year’s record-setting total of $447 million.

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California continues to pass laws--like the recent net neutrality bill--that challenge the rest of the nation to keep up.  With a huge chunk of the country's population, the state is in a position to lead. 

So it could be highly influential in healthcare legislation.  Should the state stick with the battered Affordable Care Act, or could it set up a single-payer system of its own? 

These are questions Richard Scheffler mulls; he is a healthcare economist at the University of California-Berkeley. 

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For 25 years now, people enthusiastic about keeping birds on the planet have celebrated World Migratory Bird Day.  One teensy little problem: birds don't all migrate at the same time, so the day has been observed on different dates in different parts of the world. 

So many organizations just observe the Year of the Bird.  Klamath Bird Observatory in Ashland works to protect birds and educate people about them. 

The Storm That Blew Oregon Away

Oct 10, 2018
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Weather forecasting was not very sophisticated in 1962, and Western Oregon paid a price for that lack. 

The Columbus Day storm blew onshore with winds in excess of 100 miles an hour, toppling buildings and trees and more. 

Dozens of people died in the storm, described in John Dodge's new book A Deadly Wind.  The book is from Oregon State University Press; OSU itself sustained heavy damage in the storm. 

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Oct 9, 2018

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Fact-Checking The California Governor's Debate With John Cox And Gavin Newsom

Oct 8, 2018
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Republican John Cox and Democrat Gavin Newsom met for their only debate in the California governor’s race, with the two candidates agreeing that they hold very different positions on a number of topics, including regulation and immigration.

In other cases, they agreed on the problems California faces -- a housing shortage, affordability for the middle class -- but they had very different policy ideas to address them.

Here is a summary of what the candidates said at the debate, including what was accurate and what was not. 

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California is one of just a handful of states that allows rent control, but the price caps on rent are limited by the Costa-Hawkins act of the mid-1990s. 

So it should surprise no one that the limits on rent control are being challenged in the November election.  Proposition 10 would repeal Costa-Hawkins, allowing more flexibility for cities to put controls on rents. 

The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment and the Yes on Prop 10 campaign support the repeal. 

The current version of Oregon's 2nd Congressional District has never elected a Democrat to represent it. 

The district stretches from Grants Pass to the Idaho state line, and contains far more registered Republicans than Democrats.  But Jamie McLeod-Skinner is putting great effort into capturing the congressional seat from 20-year incumbent Greg Walden. 

McLeod-Skinner joins us to talk about her qualifications and positions.  

Rogue Retreat

Rogue Retreat has several programs in place to get people living on the streets into housing.  And it recently got approval from the City of Medford to expand Hope Village, its tiny house community. 

To help raise awareness and money, former Hope Village residents and volunteers are spending a night each in one of the tiny houses, parked at the Rogue Valley Mall in Medford.  The Overnight Challenge runs through October. 

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After a long and costly fire season, few people want to talk about burning trees.  Unless it's their job to do so. 

We're reminded frequently that fire is a natural part of life in our forests, and the Western Klamath Restoration Partnership is right in the middle of its annual training exchange, or TREX. 

The 13-day event involves controlled burns and many other activities related to fire-adapted ecosystems. 

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We probably all have farming in our family backgrounds.  Once upon a time, more than 80 percent of the American population was involved in agriculture. 

Jania Schiefer-Wolff can name her ag ancestors, because they include her parents.  Jania herself is a farmer, with Not-So-Mini Pigs and Vogel Dairy. 

She is our focus in this month's Stories of Southern Oregon, curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

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Acclaimed as one of America's outstanding ensembles, the Manhattan based Cassatt String Quartet has performed throughout North America, Europe, and the Far East, with appearances in London for the Sapphire Jubilee Celebration of Queen Elizabeth II, the Beijing Modern Music Festival, New York's Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Tanglewood Music Theater, the Kennedy Center and Library of Congress in Washington, DC, the Theatre des Champs - in Paris and Maeda Hall in Tokyo. The Quartet has been presented on major radio stations such as National Public Radio's Performance Today, Boston's WGBH, New York's WQXR and WNYC, and on Canada's CBC Radio and Radio France.

California Growers Adjust Safety Practices After Last Year's Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

Oct 8, 2018
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A group that oversees food safety programs for big California lettuce growers has changed its protocols in the wake of an E. coli outbreak last spring which caused five deaths and sickened more than 200 people across 36 states. 

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