12 13 12 Sonic Light Brigade

Our guests on Talk of the Gorge were Lou Marzeles and Leslie Geatches, the core of the Goldendale-based folk-rock band Sonic Light Brigade. The group focuses on great melody, catchy rhythms, and sound craftsmanship. While known for its prize-winning originals, the group also plays a crowd-pleasing mix of well-known songs, and they are skilled at programming concerts for specific occasions. As live performers, their aim is to be engaging, moving, and at the same time a lot of fun.

In its choice of material, the band specializes in what they call memorable music. “There’s a reason people remember certain music,” says Marzeles. “There are qualities in some songs that make them stick fondly in the mind. We focus on those qualities. During our sets you could hear well-known tunes from a wide range of eras alongside originals that sound like they could have easily come from those same times. We play them because great melody and catchy rhythms are the foundational qualities that shape all lasting trends and patterns for popular music.” The band covers a lot of decades of music, though it certainly isn’t about “oldies,” especially given that half the band is in their 20s and love the music they play. “It’s about melody, harmony, rhythm, fun—by all means fun—the sound and spirit of being in a great groove together.” And when the band performs, they include their audience in that groove. Topping off the familiar sounds are the band’s originals that have won awards and a recording contract.

12 11 12 Three authors

“Fully Loaded” is putting it mildly. This behemoth of a book is overflowing with the incredible stories, surprising facts, weird news, little-known origins, forgotten history, fun wordplay, and everything else that millions of loyal fans have come to expect from world’s best-selling bathroom reading series. As always, it’s divided by length: quickies for the reader on the go, medium-sized articles for those with a few minutes to spare, and extra-long pieces for those truly leg-numbing experiences. Publisher Gordon Javna talked with us about many of the fascinating topics, from the worst fire in American History (and if you don’t live in the upper Midwest, you’ll never have heard of it)to the World’s Worst Business Decision. \

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Throughout the 17-year history of the Epicurious website, the people involved have worked hard to create the best digital recipe collection in the world. What has made their site even better is all of you—our passionate community—weighing in with your expert ratings, reviews, and tips. All of that creativity and expertise has been available on your computer, phone, tablet, printer, and even refrigerator, but it was never available in print, until now!
This collection of over 250 of their best-loved, top-rated recipes was taken from their collection of more than 200,000 recipes. They’ve added menu suggestions, gorgeous new photos from the renowned Ellen Silverman, and most importantly, the community’s best tips and recipes. Tanya Steele reveals some of her favorites

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This new classic Christmas gift book “brings together two great traditions: the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and the neighbor-helping-neighbor program of Habitat for Humanity.” Opening in Depression-era New York City, The Carpenter’s Gift tells the story of eight-year-old Henry and his father selling Christmas trees. They give a Christmas tree to construction workers building Rockefeller Center and celebrate together. Through the kindness of the construction workers and neighbors, Henry gets his wish for a nice, warm home to replace his family’s drafty shack. He plants a pinecone from that first Rockefeller Center Tree. As an old man, Henry repays the gift by donating the enormous tree that has grown from that pinecone. After bringing joy to thousands as the Rockefeller Center tree, its wood will be used to build a home for another family in need. We talked with Chris Clarke of Habitat about the book, its story and about Habitat itself.

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11 27 12 Bob Guerrant – The Dalles Lions Club

Lion Bob Guerrant of The Dalles Lions Club visited our studios in the middle of a week when local Lions and Leos were giving free eye screening exams to more than 1,200 school children in Wasco County. But that’s just one of the many programs and service projects taken on by the local Lions Club. Others this time of the year include ringing bells for the Salvation Army, entering a tree in the Festival of Trees, helping the ELFF (Everybody Loves a Firefighter) project collect canned food and doing the Christmas Tree Pickup (Coming year’s date: Jan 12, 2013).

11 13 12 Talk of the Gorge Pt. 1 OPB’s Rajneesh show Pt. 2 Sen. Ron Wyden

Jelsing.jpg”>For seven years now, Oregon Public Broadcasting has been producing the Oregon Experience television program in conjunction with the Oregon Historical Society. When a Portland television station donated all of their news footage of the Rajneesh era in Wasco County to the Oregon Historical Society, the organizations found the videotape, some of it 30 years old, was starting to deteriorate. OPB and OHS decided to preserve the tapes and transfer them to digital media, and to produce an Oregon Experience episode on the whole Rajneesh experience. We spoke with producers Eric Cain and Nadine Jelsing about the progam, which will air on OPB Nov. 19 but also have a free advance screening at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center at 6:30 on Thursday, Nov 15.

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On Part 2 of the show, we were offered a chance to interview Oregon Senator Ron Wyden at the Haystack Broadcasting Studios. This is that wide-ranging interview.

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11 15 12 Crazy 8s authors coming to The Dalles

The Crazy 8s Author Tour is the brainchild of author George Byron Wright. His idea? A group of Oregon writers will celebrate the written word throughout the state. The result? 8 Towns, 8 Bookstores, 8 Events, and 28 amazing authors.

We asked some of the authors appearing in The Dalles to read some of their work on our Talk of the Gorge program.  First,  Wright explains how the whole thing came about and shares a reading from his book, “Newport Blues.”

Background: George was born in The Dalles, lived there until age seven, followed by short periods in Baker City, Tillamook and Roseburg. After a career in the nonprofit sector, he began work on novels set in those towns of his youth. His first novel, Baker City 1948, was followed by Tillamook 1952, and Roseburg 1959. George then moved on to more contemporary fiction but stayed true to his Oregon roots with his fourth novel, Driving to Vernonia. His most recent novel is, Newport Blues, A Salesman’s Lament. He and his wife Betsy live in Portland.

 

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Molly Gloss is the author of four novels, including: The Jump-Off CreekThe Dazzle of Day, and Wild Life. Her fourth and most recent novel, The Hearts of Horses, was a finalist for an Oregon Book Award; it is the story of a young woman breaking horses for several ranchers in Eastern Oregon in the winter of 1917. Her work has earned numerous awards, including an Oregon Book Award, a Pacific Northwest Booksellers Award, the PEN West Fiction Prize, the James Tiptree Jr. Award; and a Whiting Writers Award. Her work often explores questions of landscape, of Western settlement, and the human response to wilderness.

In this segment, she gives us a real treat – a sneak peek at the opening paragraphs of novel #5.

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Ron  Lovell retired after 24 years as a journalism professor at Oregon State University  and started writing mysteries to see if he could do it. The books in the series feature Thomas Martindale, a college journalism professor and amateur sleuth. The fictional Martindale is named after Lovell’s great-great-grandfather. In Murder in the Steens, the ninth book in the series, Martindale travels to a remote area of Southeastern Oregon to find a missing man. All trails lead to Kiger Gorge on Steens Mountain, home to a herd of wild horses. Tom wants to find the man, others want the horses and will do anything to get them, including murder. Ron lives on the Oregon Coast in a small house with a view of the trees and the sea.

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