April Ehrlich

Morning Edition Host/Jefferson Exchange Producer

April Ehrlich began freelancing for Jefferson Public Radio in 2016. She officially joined the team as Morning Edition Host and a Jefferson Exchange producer in August 2017.

April previously worked as a reporter covering local government, housing, and the environment in rural Oregon and Idaho. She also served a two-year stint with AmeriCorps, where she worked with nonprofits helping low-income communities in rural Oregon. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in English at Cal-State University, Fullerton, where she worked as an editor for the campus paper.

April spends her free time hiking through nearby forests with a rambunctious border collie or reading fiction at home with her two favorite cats.

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The people who killed Native Americans and marched the survivors off to reservations had few qualms about taking their cultural artifacts as well.  Pieces of tribal history sit in museum displays all over the world. 

Now the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde in Oregon have their own place to display items from the ancestors, the Chachalu Museum.  It is the focus of this month's Underground History, our monthly partnership with the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA)

Briece Edwards, who runs the Historic Preservation Office for the tribes, is our guest. 

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You see an orchestra assemble, and you expect to hear a piece like Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, or a prelude, partita, or concerto. 

But Friday night, July 27, the Britt Orchestra will perform a new piece called simply emergency shelter intake form.  The lack of capitals is intentional. 

The piece, by Gabriel Kahane, is meant to focus attention on housing insecurity in the region. 

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There are certain levels of intimacy we do and do not allow in our relations with other people, especially in business settings.  Thompson Barton uses a simple term: fear. 

He says fear motivates many of our interactions with other people.  That leads to the unspoke request that is also the title of his book: Please Lie to Me

Barton is a business consultant based in Ashland, practicing Accountable Communication Technology (ACT).  In his book, he offers an alternative to the fear he sees. 

Okay, it's smoky at the moment.  But we've got long, warm days and maybe even a little time off from work. 

That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading.  Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

J. Michaels Books in Eugene is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

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Humans have been drinking wine for a very long time.  And we've generally figured out which grapes grow best in certain climates. 

Trouble is, the climates are more variable than they used to be.  That's created a problem for winemakers, and a career for Greg Jones

Dr. Jones is regarded as one of the top wine climatologists in the world, and he left Southern Oregon University for Linfield College last year. 

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The recent hot days remind us just how grouchy and out-of-it we can feel in summer heat. 

And while the warnings about excessive heat are generally aimed at the very young and very old, it can affect a broader swath of the population. 

A recent study out of Harvard University shows that healthy young adults lose some cognitive function and show other adverse signs in extreme heat. 

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If you spot a bumble bee that looks interesting, now you have a bigger reason to tell someone.  Several organizations are joining together to create a Pacific Northwest Bumble Bee Atlas.

HIV, the human immunodeficiency virus, is not as scary as it once was.  Testing positive for HIV used to mean a progression into AIDS, and an early death.  Treatments for people with HIV have improved vastly. 

And the numbers of cases have generally trended downward.  But parts of the region, including Coos County, have noticed an uptick in HIV reports. 

The Oregon Health Authority keeps an eye on numbers, causes, and treatments.  The HIV Alliance in Eugene provides case management for HIV patients in 13 counties, including Coos.

Racism is a hot topic in our times (as if it ever really cooled down).  And a historical perspective helps us better understand the very concept of race. 

Katharine Gerbner provides such a perspective in her book Christian Slavery: Conversion and Race in the Protestant Atlantic World

Gerbner details the efforts to give Christianity to African slaves brought across the Atlantic, and how a shared religion brought about some ethical gymnastics: how can a Christian person maintain bondage over a fellow Christian? 

Slaveholders, slaves, and missionaries are all followed in the book. 

Governments on both sides of the state line are working hard to keep up with the legalization of marijuana.  But the process is not without its problems or complaints. 

The environmental group Friends of the Eel River is taking the Humboldt County supervisors to court. 

The group says the new land-use regulations for legal cannabis grows in the county lack environmental protections. 

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Big thanks go to the people who thought a grassy hillside would be a good place to enjoy concerts of classical music.  That's how the Britt Music & Art Festival got its start in Jacksonville, in the summer of 1963. 

The Orchestra Season returns on July 25th for its regular season of seven concerts. 

But "regular" is a relative term.  New works and surprises are part of any Britt Orchestra program. 

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More than a quarter of Oregon's millennial generation get monthly cash infusions from family members.  More than half take family money at some point in the year. 

And it's not just "buy yourself something pretty;" the money is needed for rent and other expenses in a state where housing costs rise faster than incomes. 

Country Financial tracks the picture in Oregon and all states, and actually finds Oregon doing somewhat better than the national average, by some measures. 

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70 is generally not the age we associate with long-distance hiking. 

But Southern Oregon's Dami Roelse works to push the boundaries, both for herself and people her age.  She's been known to set out on the Pacific Crest Trail for two weeks at a time, even in frigid conditions. 

Dami tells her stories in the book Walking Gone Wild: How to Lose Your Age on the Trail

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Think globally, act locally. 

But yeesh, what can one family do to slow climate change?  A little bit at a time, and it counts. 

Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt say instead of wringing our hands, let's roll up our sleeves, and get busy in the garden. 

They provide tips for planting in harmony with nature's current ways, in the book Climate-Wise Landscaping: Practical Actions for a Sustainable Future

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Hayward Field at the University of Oregon is almost more shrine than athletic facility.  It has a storied history in track and field, a history known across the country and across the sport. 

So it's not surprising that the plans to renovate Hayward have raised a few eyebrows and tempers. 

Especially since "renovate" meant tearing down the East Grandstand. 

Tom Heinonen, a former coach at UO, has many memories from his years coaching track. 

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The 1973 Roe vs Wade decision legalizing abortion across the United States has been in the news again of late. 

Not like it's ever out of the news for long, but the nomination of a new federal Supreme Court justice raises the possibility that the court will consider, and restrict or overturn, Roe vs Wade in the next couple of years. 

That is a concern to NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon, which supports the maintenance of abortion rights in the state. 

Oregon has some of the most liberal abortion laws in the country, but the group is monitoring events just the same. 

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Do you remember the first time you saw a magic trick as a kid?  Something vanished, or appeared, or broke and got fixed again.  And you wondered how it was done. 

Magicians are not supposed to tell their secrets.  But magic designer and author Jim Steinmeyer tells a few, with co-author Peter Lamont, in The Secret History of Magic

Not so much tricks, as the secret of magic's own story, and some of the myths that have grown around it. 

It's warm, it's light late into the evening, and we have a little spare time.  That's the reason summer is so conducive to a little extra reading. 

Or a lot, if we're lucky. 

Our Summer Reads segment is back for a second summer, visiting with local and locally-owned bookstores to get ideas for good summertime reads. 

Mendocino Book Company is the latest independent book store to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

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Converting farmland to solar power collection does not necessarily mean the end of its use as farmland. 

A growing number of farms are able to continue growing certain types of crops, on the same land occupied by solar panel arrays.  And right next to each other, too. 

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, a federal agency, monitors and assists the development of these mixed-use farms. 

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This is likely to be one of those years in which drivers on Interstate Five will wonder what happened to Shasta Lake.  Another drought year has the lake well below its fill level, something that happens in many years.

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