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11:38 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Our Holiday Substitute: "Five Farms"

Harvesting corn in Iowa.
Credit Five Farms/Wesley Horner Productions

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Jefferson Exchange and JPR. 

We are especially thankful for a couple of days off, and we'll replace the Exchange for Thursday and Friday with holiday specials. 

The public radio documentary "Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families" will take our place, both daytime and evening. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Oregon Employment Takes Off

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The last time Oregon's employment shot up this high, Bill Clinton was president, and "Waterworld" was in movie theatres. 

Figures from the state Employment Department show October of this year adding nearly 10,000 to Oregon payrolls. 

Several sectors of the economy performed better than economists expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Why So Many Homeless Students

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The most recent numbers show more Oregon students are homeless than a year earlier. 

737 more students, to be exact… more than the populations of most elementary schools. 

Medford's Maslow Project is an organization dedicated to fulfilling at least some of the needs of homeless young people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Taking People To Court Over Lynxes

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Somebody must keep a running total of court cases against federal agencies. 

We'd guess the Fish & Wildlife service is certainly up there with the most-sued agencies. 

Witness the recent filing of a suit by the Western Environmental Law Center over the Canada Lynx. 

The groups suing want Fish & Wildlife to expand the amount of critical habitat for the big cat.

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State vs Local Control
7:01 pm
Mon November 24, 2014

Local Governments Want Changes To Oregon’s New Marijuana Law

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Oregon’s Measure 91 – which legalized recreational use of marijuana – passed with a healthy 56 percent of the vote this month. Now, local officials are urging the state legislature to make changes they say will lessen the new law’s impact and preserve their authority to make local decisions.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Oregon Leads In NOT Over-prescribing Antibiotics

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There are ways in which you do NOT want your state to be on the bottom of the list nationally. 

But Oregon is last in one category, and state health officials are quite proud of it. 

The rate of unnecessary antibiotic use in Oregon is the lowest in the country. 

The state's Public Health Division keeps track of the numbers and encourages doctors to keep them low.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

U of O Resident Elder Ramon Ramirez

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Not everybody gets to go to college.  So certain segments of life and knowledge are just hard to find on campuses. 

Which is why the University of Oregon runs an Elder-in-Residence program. 

It brings to campus an elder from a community that traditionally has little representation in higher education. 

This year's EIR is Ramon Ramirez, founder of PCUN, Oregon's farmworkers union. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Un-Damming The Salmon

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EXTRA: Watch the dam demolition.

Before we fully understood anadromous fish, the kind that swim upstream to spawn, we put a lot of obstacles between them and their spawning grounds. 

Dams big and small went up on creeks and rivers, preventing fish passage. 

Now many dams are coming down, including one on Cottonwood Creek in Tehama County. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife oversaw the project, which returns five miles of stream to spawning habitat. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Elder Abuse Numbers Climb In Oregon

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Elder abuse numbers continue to rise in Oregon. 

It is true that the senior population is growing as well, but the abuse trend is still cause for concern. 

Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation watches the trends and the cases. 

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:19 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Luluc Live Session Friday, December 5th at Noon

Steve Hassett and Zoë Randell of Luluc

On Friday, December 5th at Noon, JPR's will broadcast a live session with the Australian duo Luluc.

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Upcoming JPR Music Special
12:15 pm
Wed November 19, 2014

Jane Siberry Live Session Friday, Nov. 28th at 2pm

Singer/songwriter Jane Siberry

On Friday, November 28th at 2pm, JPR will welcome legendary Canadian singer/songwriter Jane Siberry into the studios for a live session on Open Air.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sprucing Up Streetscapes In Medford

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The skyline of Medford has certainly changed in just a few years. 

The Higher Education Center, the Lithia Motors headquarters and the coming Jackson County Health Services building are among the structures giving the city a different look. 

Now the skyline could use some complementary streetscapes, at least in the view of the Metro Medford Downtown Association

MMDA would like to see the formation of an Economic Improvement District to bring in money from property owners to dress up the sidewalks and amenities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Coexistence With Wildfire

California's Rim Fire in 2013.
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The recent report on coexistence with wildfire may bring you up short. 

For one thing, it points out the big differences between our approaches to wildfire and other disasters. 

We gird against earthquakes and coastal storms, for example, but don't try to stop them. 

The attitude toward fire is different, and generally does not involve urging people to build homes farther from fire zones. 

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Holiday Programming
4:29 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

2014 Thanksgiving Specials

John Birge of Giving Thanks

This Thanksgiving, JPR will offer a bounty of special programming for your enjoyment, including the listener favorite Turkey Confidential with Lynne Rosetto Kasper from The Splendid Table. Read on to see what we've got planned this year.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Recognizing Racism--And Correcting

Ahjamu Umi speaking in Portland.
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Oregon's history with people of color is a bumpy one. 

Laws excluding African-Americans from living in the state stayed on the books until well into the 20th century, and even modern-day liberal towns like Ashland were Ku Klux Klan strongholds. 

That was then.  But even now, there are efforts to recognize and respond to racism. 

Author and organizer Ahjamu Umi embraces those efforts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

The Ongoing Push For Death With Dignity

Brittany Maynard shortly before her death.
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The voice and face of Brittany Maynard put Oregon's assisted suicide law front and center once again. 

Maynard was just the latest in long line of people to use the law. 

But her age, 29, and the fact that she moved to Oregon to use the law, made her case stand out. 

Death With Dignity laws are still rare. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Assisting Suicide Survivors

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These dark, cold months of the year can really be hard on people's emotions. 

Which probably explains why International Suicide Survivors Day is coming up soon (November 22nd). 

Winterspring, based in the Rogue Valley, is versed in helping people deal with grief and loss from a variety of circumstances. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

SOU's Pleasant Enrollment Surprise

The initial projections for the current academic year showed a decline in enrollment at Southern Oregon University

The projections turned out to be wrong, happily. 

SOU is actually bigger this year, with a freshman class several dozen students bigger than expected. 

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JPR Classics
11:53 am
Sat November 15, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Third-Party Take On "Jefferson"

What does the world just outside the "State of Jefferson" make of our corner of the world? 

We'll soon find out.  Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Experience" documentary series just put the finishing touches on a half-hour look at the Jefferson idea and history. 

The airing on OPB's TV network is accompanied by public screenings this week in Klamath Falls and Ashland (tonight, November 14). 

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