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Major league sport seasons seem to go on and on.  The NBA puts in an 82-game regular season before two months of playoffs. 

But that's only half the length of the major league baseball season, which tops all major sports at 162 games plus playoffs. 

The players are well-paid, but that's a lot of running, swinging, throwing, bending, and stretching. 

Washington Post baseball writer Barry Svrluga followed his local team through a season in his book The Grind: Inside Baseball's Endless Season

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"Bad" and "awful" are common descriptors for the recent air quality in much of the region. 

Wildfire smoke has pushed the quality into official ranges from Moderate at best to Hazardous at worst. 

We've established in previous interviews that breathing the smoky air is  not quite like smoking cigarettes, but it does have its potential hazards. 

Jackson County Health and Human Services keeps the county up on smoke issues. 

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The view from Redding on that Thursday night was terrifying. 

A thick curtain of smoke got between the city and the setting sun, and flames seemed to leap from ground to sky.  Scientists have confirmed that there really was a "firenado" as the Carr Fire brought its destruction into town. 

Daniel Swain at the Center for Climate Science at UCLA has been looking at the data.  Ryan Sandler at the National Weather Service in Medford knows how things usually work in the atmosphere.

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People have always harassed other people in the United States for being different. 

But the numbers of incidents seemed to climb after Donald Trump won the presidency in 2016. 

Activist Arjun Singh Sethi, himself the target of hate speech and actions, collects stories from people who've been harassed and worse in the book American Hate

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Smart meters are being installed in place of the old analog "wheel" meters in the region by Pacific Power.  But not without a fight, in some cases. 

There's a particularly sharp reaction to the meters and their wireless communication features, plus concerns about possible incendiary properties. 

We sought out a medical expert who knows something about Wi-Fi and whether it has carcinogenic properties.  Dr. Steven Seung is a radiation oncologist with Providence Cancer Institute in Portland. 

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People growing marijuana illegally in the forest don't care much who owns the forest. 

So while you hear plenty about illegal grows on federal Forest Service land, there have been many on tribal land in Northern California, too.  Have been, past tense, says the Yurok tribe. 

The tribe recently paused Operation Yurok, which focused on removing all large-scale pot grows on Yurok land. 

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The Great Depression lasted a dozen years in the United States, and was only replaced by World War II.  The Great Recession of 2008 ended a lot sooner.  Didn't it? 

Historian Adam Tooze takes a long, hard look at the more recent financial crisis and its causes, and even questions whether it's fully over. 

He also traces a number of world events--the rise of China, Brexit, and the election of Donald Trump--to the recession and its aftermath.  Tooze's book is Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World

Maybe you're pining for fall already, and a break from heat and smoke. 

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. 

Oregon Books and Games and The Rogue Reader, twin stores in Grants Pass, are the latest independent book stores to check in with some items for your reading consideration. 

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Now the whole country knows there is a Redding, California.  Which would be a good thing, if it weren't for the catastrophic fire that brought all the attention. 

The people working to bring visitors and businesses to the region have some work ahead of them, especially since there will almost assuredly be an economic hit from the devastation of the Carr Fire. 

The Redding Chamber is assessing the impacts, along with the Visit Redding people, who work closely with the Shasta-Cascade Wonderland Association

Jake Mangas runs the Chamber; Ed Rullman sits on the boards of Visit Redding and Shasta-Cascade, Bob Nash runs Superior California Economic Development

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Our national parks are supposed to be places left in something like their original state.  But the fact that so many people visit them, and in warm seasons of the year, means air pollution is on the rise. 

A recent study found that ozone levels in national parks are on par with ozone levels in big U.S. cities. 

Which raises some issues about whether visits to the parks should be capped, or if vehicle traffic, the main source of ozone, should be sharply curtailed. 

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The famous "lost colony" of Roanoke Island, North Carolina, has a lot of myths built up around it.  How could a colony of 115 people just disappear? 

Much of our thinking about this 16th-century event comes from 19th-century accounts.  Science writer Andrew Lawler brings 21st-century analysis to the vanished English colony... and explores the possibility that the colonists just took up with local natives and never looked back. 

That's the thrust of The Secret Token: Myth, Obsession and the Search for the Lost Colony of Roanoke

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The federal government says marijuana is just plain illegal.  The state says it's legal for medical and recreational use. 

That's one level of complication... now what about at the local government level? 

Jackson County Administrator Danny Jordan says the phone rings a lot at county offices, with people asking questions about what is and is not legal in the growing of cannabis. 

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When you think about all the processes that go on in our cars and trucks, it's something of a miracle that they work as well as they do.  There's a lot that can go wrong. 

And Zach Edwards makes a living from setting those things right again.  Zach is the owner of Ashland Automotive and a monthly visitor to The Exchange for our car-care segment, The Squeaky Wheel. 

What's squeaking or chattering or rubbing or grinding on your vehicle?

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Audrey Murray is a writer and comedian with a bit of an obsession with Russia.  Not in a mess-with-elections kind of way, mind you. 

But she did spend some time exploring the former republics of the Soviet Union, and got way more adventure than she bargained for. 

Audrey tells the story in her book Open Mic Night in Moscow

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It's been a bumpy few weeks for the arts world.  Wildfire smoke has forced cancellations of outdoor plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and forced the Britt Orchestra indoors. 

But there's a lot of summer left, and a lot of great arts events planned for stages and galleries across this wide region. 

We get a list of the events in our monthly First Friday Arts segment.  You can listen and make plans, or you can call with details of an arts event near you... just call 800-838-3760 during the live airing of the show, Friday between 8 and 8:30 AM. 

A major big-city newspaper (New York Daily News) lays off half of its editorial staff. 

Its former owner runs into fresh interference at the FCC in an attempt to create a mega-group of television stations. 

And people keep tweeting... lots and lots of tweets.  Just another month in the media in 2018, a month we cover with our friends from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University

Precious Yamaguchi and Andrew Gay discuss media in a broad range, from books to digital media. 

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The future may or may not look like the "Terminator" movies, but our machines are certainly making inroads. 

We've had drones stop responding to commands, and had stock-trading computers trigger sudden drops in the markets. 

And even non-electronic technologies can act up, as ethicist Wendell Wallach points out in his book A Dangerous Master: How to Keep Technology from Slipping Beyond Our Control.

Indian Country Today went dormant for a while. 

The online source of news about Native Americans and by Native Americans had to figure out a way to become and stay financially viable, like many a news organization in the 2010s. 

ICT got back in the game earlier this year with the naming of a new editor and associate editor. 

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A guy connected to Lego must know something about creativity. 

And that is indeed the case for Ronald Beghetto.  One of his many hats is serving as a creativity advisor for the Lego Foundation. 

But Dr. Beghetto wears many others in studying and working to inspire creativity, especially in education.  He is one of the speakers at the Creativity Conference at Southern Oregon University August 3-6. 

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The name "Grateful Dead" got ironic indeed after the death of lead guitarist Jerry Garcia. 

The remaining "core four" of the band could not decide on an appropriate legacy for the band or its most famous, and now missing, member.  And it took 20 years for an agreement to emerge, and the "Fare Thee Well" tour was the result. 

The tour gave a title to Joel Selvin's book, Fare Thee Well: The Final Chapter of the Grateful Dead's Long, Strange Trip

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