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Josh Gross expresses his passion for music so well, we only give him 15 minutes on the air.  A month. 

And he makes the most of the time, exposing us to a handful of bands making appearances in the region in the coming weeks. 

It's a segment we call Rogue Sounds, and it's an early kickoff to a weekend that includes our First Friday Arts segment. 

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The Yurok tribe is looking for funding for "wellness villages," which are planned living sites along the river where the tribe can help reintegrate people who have struggled with addiction.

Yurok Chief Judge Abby Abinanti, among others, proposed the wellness villages as a possible remedy. But it will take a few dollars to move the idea from concept to reality. 

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Several counties will vote in November on versions of a “Second Amendment Protection” measure.

The measure expands the definition of firearms and limits enforcement of firearms in laws. If passed, it would mandate that definitions of firearms be interpreted as including firearm accessories and ammunition. 

In general, it would put the county on record as opposing state efforts to curtail gun ownership rights.

Jackson County's version is measure 15-181, the Right to Bear Arms Amendment.  Penny Okamoto of Ceasefire Oregon is against the measure.


The rain finally returned before the end of September, but it will take a lot more of it to reverse the region's drought. 

All of Oregon west of the Cascades is in either moderate or severe drought, and our part of California is not much better. 

So what do we do when it's been this dry for this long, and what are the prospects for catching up on precipitation?  We put those questions to Eric Dittmer, geologist, professor, and former water resource planner for the Rogue Valley Council of Governments, and to Ryan Sandler from the National Weather Service in Medford. 

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First the Hollies. Then Crosby, Stills and Nash. Then Crosby, Stills Nash and Young. Then, a long solo career.

Graham Nash hasn't just seen the history of contemporary popular music, he's made much of it.

Nash plays tonight (October 3rd) at the Cascade Theater in Redding, and he's making a major donation to help victims of the Carr fire.

People got angry when a Barbie doll was introduced that spoke the phrase "math class is tough."  Yet 26 years later, there is still plenty of evidence that girls avoid the STEM subjects: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Komal Singh at Google noticed the trend herself, and decided to do something about it. 

Her response is a book for girls called Ara the Star Engineer.  The book mixes the fictional Ara with real-life women who have made great gains in technology. 

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Oregon's list of statewide ballot measures in the November election includes a measure on abortion. 

Measure 106 would change the state constitution and forbid the spending of public money on abortions. 

A coalition called Oregon Life United is leading the campaign to pass the measure. 


The fictional Ebenezer Scrooge said of the world "There is nothing on which it is so hard as poverty."  We comfort ourselves by thinking, nearly 200 years later, that we treat poor people better now. 

Sarah Smarsh begs to differ.  She found in her life that to have less means people often think you are less. 

Smarsh unfolds that view in Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth

Putting Naloxone On The Shelves

Sep 28, 2018
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Naloxone can save a person from a potentially fatal opioid overdose. That's why local health care professionals are sponsoring a petition to make a cheaper version of it available over-the-counter.

Even opioid-manfucaturing giant Purdue Pharma has donated $3 million to a nonprofit company that plans to make an over-the-counter version of naloxone, albeit to repair its own image after fueling the opioid crisis.

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Thinking about towing that heavy trailer from the back of your Prius? Maybe think twice about it.

Once a month, Zach Edwards of Ashland Automotive visits to answer our questions and yours about mysteries under the hood.

Gracefully Aging of Aquarius

Sep 28, 2018

It's the Baby Boomers' turn: the generation has moved from the Age of Aquarius to the Aging of Aquarius and is now entering retirement.

The big question is, what do I do for the next 30 years? Octogenarian Helen Wilkes, a retired professor and activist, has written a guide to help people starting retirement. She joins us to talk about her new book, The Aging of Aquarius.

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  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 Underground History Live!

Join Jefferson Exchange host Geoffrey Riley and Chelsea Rose and Mark Tveskov from SOU’s Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA) for the next edition of Underground History Live, Monday, October 29 from 6 – 8 pm at Common Block Brewing in Medford.

The composer John Luther Adams is famous for creating works about the great outdoors, many inspired by his years living in Alaska. 

Adams won a Pulitzer Prize for "Become Ocean" in 2014.  Another work, "songbirdsongs," (lower-case letters deliberate) plays to an audience in Ashland this weekend (September 29). 

Tessa Brinkman and Terry Longshore of Caballito Negro perform, with a roster of guest artists. 

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Think about the supplies needed in a medical training facility: bandages, stethoscopes, defibrillators, makeup.  Makeup? 

True... before health workers treat people with serious injuries, they need to practice on people who APPEAR to have serious injuries.  And that's where the practice of "moulage" comes in. 

It's basically the use of realistic theater/movie makeup to simulate lacerations and broken bones and more.  And it is valuable for training at Oregon Health & Science University


It's been described as a "movement," but building small structures is nothing new.  Tiny houses were the natural choice before humans began building bigger houses. 

And Derek Diedricksen began working on small-scale buildings years ago.  He gives an overview of such buildings and a variety of uses for them in his book Microshelters: 59 Creative Cabins, Tiny Houses, Tree Houses, and Other Small Structures



"Love is merely a madness; and, I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do..."

So says Shakespeare, anyway. Frank Tallis might agree.

In his new book, The Incurable Romantic and Other Tales of Madness and Desire, writer and clinical psychologist Frank Tallis shares stories from his own practice of patients whose obsessive love of others has turned to madness.

Underground History: Britt's Vineyards

Sep 26, 2018

"Call before you dig," says the standard warning from the utility companies.  That's usually about protecting people from digging into gas, electric, or water lines. 

But there's stuff in the ground we can learn from, too, and that's why the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology exists.  The SOULA crew of archaeologists is experienced at digging into the region's history, in a very literal sense. 

This month we welcome local author MJ Daspit, who's been researching the location of Peter Britt's early vineyards in Jacksonville. SOULA has conducted excavations at Britt's homestead that has uncovered grape seeds from the 1870s.


California has seen some of the worst wildfires in its history this year. The explosive nature of the fires is due in part to serious long-term droughts in the state.

A new report from The Public Policy Institute of California analyzes the state's ongoing problems with drought and proposes strategies for managing  California's water supply in the future.

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Rogue Community College opened the doors to its new High Tech Center in White City earlier this month. Students filed into their classrooms for the first time this week.

The $4.2-million project offers an array of high tech training opportunities, including those in manufacturing, welding, engineering and more.


Elementary schools have been back in school for a couple weeks now. That might be a relief for parents, but not so much for local teachers.

Medford school districts say there's been a  rise of violent and disruptive students in their elementary schools.

We hear from Medford Education Association president Troy Pomeroy about the problem. He's joined by Dr. Todd Bloomquist, who is leading the trauma-informed efforts with the Grants Pass School District.