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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rewarding A Drive For Science

A still from Rachel Lertora's video.
Credit Youtube

Rachel Lertora shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for science.

Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

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Music, Arts & Culture
5:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

The Great Society: Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s LBJ Saga Continues

The Rev. Martin Luther King (Kenajuan Bentley) and President Lyndon Johnson (Jack Willis) are key players in "The Great Society," OSF's newest play about LBJ's tumultuous presidency.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Last month, the Tony Award for Best Play went to “All The Way,” a look at Lyndon Johnson’s sudden rise to the presidency and his push to pass the landmark Civil Rights Acts of 1964.

The play – written by Robert Schenkken and directed by Bill Rauch -- premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, before going on to Broadway.

Next week, the sequel – “The Great Society” – opens at OSF. Jefferson Public Radio'’s Liam Moriarty spoke with Bill Rauch and got a preview of the next chapter in this historical saga.

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Education
4:36 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary School in Portland, helps one of her students.
Credit Michael Clapp/OPB

It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a closer look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations. 

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Upcoming JPR Classics Special
10:36 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Carnegie Hall Live: The National Youth Orchestra July 25th at 8pm

Conductor David Robertson
Credit Dan Dreyfus

On Friday night, July 25th at 8pm, JPR's Classics & News Service will broadcast the final concert in the series Carnegie Hall Live, featuring The National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert

Lake Abert in 2010.
Credit Ron Larson

Joseph Eilers and Ron Larson warn Lake Abert could dry up this summer.

We knew some bodies of water would get smaller in drought years. 

But one Oregon lake in particular is taking it hard: Lake Abert in Lake County. 

It is Oregon's only saltwater lake, and it is disappearing. 

The lake has lost 99% of its water from its full pool volume, and is now too salty to support what life did occupy it.  The causes are more complicated than just weather patterns. 

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“When my time comes — let it go.”
6:20 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Coordinated Care for Those Nearing Life’s End — But Does It Save Money?

Sutter Health nurse Aileen Capuyan listens to Bob Martinez’s lungs.
Credit April Dembosky/KQED

After contentious debate over death panels four years ago, federal lawmakers are again taking up issues around end-of-life care. They're investing money into programs that care for the nation's sickest patients in a new way.

One of them is based at Sutter Health in Northern California -- and it could be a model for the rest of the country.

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"I'm Just trying To Hang On."
8:50 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Moccasin Hill Fire Takes A Heavy Toll in Sprague River

The Moccasin Hill near Sprague River fire has burned 2,500 acres and six homes.
Credit Dennis Lee/ODF

Fire crews made progress yesterday afternoon on the Moccasin Hill wildfire, about 35 miles northeast of Klamath Falls. The fire, which started Sunday, has burned 2,500 acres and 20 structures, including six homes.

Reporter Devan Schwartz visited the town of Sprague River and spoke with people who lost everything, and those in the community lending a hand.

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Environment
7:55 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition

North Fork of the Smith River, near Hiouchi, CA.
Credit PGHolbrook/Wikimedia Commons

A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.

The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances.  They’re going all-out to kill it in the cradle.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Fire Season Intensifies

Credit Federal Emergency Management Agency

Brian Ballou and Dennis Matheson call in from the fire camps.

July and August can be tricky months to try to schedule interviews with firefighters and their bosses. 

The region's propensity for high heat AND dry lightning often converge in raging wildfires in the month of July.   

And true to form, we scheduled an interview shortly before new fires forced evacuations in Shasta and Klamath Counties.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Peter Zuckerman and Darian Stanford make the case for legal marijuana.

Signatures are still being counted, but it appears nearly certain that Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use in the November election. 

New Approach Oregon is behind the campaign for the measure. 

It calls its approach "the new gold standard" for its careful construction: marijuana for users, taxes for government, prohibition for minors. 

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