Les AuCoin spent 18 years representing Northwest Oregon in the U.S. House, at a time when issues like the spotted owl and forest management were looming large.
He ran for the Senate in 1992, lost to Bob Packwood, then watched as a sexual misconduct scandal swept Packwood from office three years later. AuCoin had to let the painful loss go, a practice he used on other disappointments in life.
AuCoin gives many details of his journey in the book Catch and Release: An Oregon Life in Politics.
We get an in-studio visit from the former legislator and broadcaster (he even hosted The Exchange a few times in the past).
On the road: Les AuCoin has book events on Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 PM at Bloomsbury Books in Ashland, Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 5 PM at Barnes and Noble in Medford.