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A Hand Up
5:08 pm
Sun May 4, 2014

A Hot Shower For Ashland's Homeless

A homeless man who goes by Steve enjoys the new hot shower and laundry facility in Ashland
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

Most of us take for granted that we can have a hot shower pretty much anytime we like.  But for people without a home, such basic personal hygiene can be a rare luxury. Now, in Ashland, community groups have come together to create a solution that meets the simple human need for cleanliness with dignity and compassion.

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4:07 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Obamacare In Jail: Covering California Inmates

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More than 1 million Californians signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Many of them signed up online, but also in health clinics, Big Box stores and other places targeted by Covered California. Under a brand new law in San Francisco, they also signed up in jail. The sheriff says making sure people have health coverage when they're released will help prevent them from committing another crime, and coming right back. But there's more to public safety than just issuing an insurance card. KQED's April Dembosky reports.
Obamacare in Jail: How San Francisco Policy Helps Inmates The San Francisco Sheriff's Department is implementing a new city law allowing its staff to enroll inmates into health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi believes that making sure people have health coverage when they're released will help prevent them from committing another crime and coming back.
Live Session Archive
9:27 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Barnaby Bright Live Session

Aired 5-23-2014

Nathan and Rebecca Bliss, the voices and the brains behind Barnaby Bright, are truly the modern day traveling troubadours, averaging roughly 200 shows and 40,000 miles traveled a year. You can find them on streets as far away as London or Amsterdam, and as remote as St. Paris, Ohio, toting their massive haul of instruments: multiple guitars, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, floorboard bass, thumb pianos and keyboards.

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Republican Primary
5:34 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Linthicum Challenges Walden In Oregon's 2nd District

Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum (L) and 8-term incumbent Greg Walden (R).
Credit David Nogueras/OPB

Republican voters in Oregon's 2nd Congressional District have more than one name to choose from in this month's primary election, for the first time in 8 years.  Incumbent Greg Walden is running for his 9th term in Congress. Klamath County Commissioner Dennis Linthicum hopes to unseat him.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Real Tourism Campaign For Our Mythical State

Credit Traveljefferson.com

Nick Salmon lays out his vision for Travel Jefferson, a tourism campaign across the state line.

Forget the political implications of a "State of Jefferson" for a moment. 

What would that state be like as a tourism destination?  Spectacular! 

And an effort to promote the many attractions of the region is starting up under the name Travel Jefferson.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Quick: Define "Journalist"

Credit kqed

Stover Harger, III talks about the changes in journalism and in defining "journalist."

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist. 

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Dry Rice
5:12 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

California Farmers Forecasting Less Rice, Higher Prices Because of Drought

Credit Andrew Nixon/Capital Public Radio

California supplies virtually all of the nation’s sushi rice and half of it is exported. But of all the food crops in the state, rice is likely to be affected by the drought the most. The mere speculation of losses is already driving up prices.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ashland Wins "Most Improved" Bike City

Credit ODOT

Mike Faught describes Ashland's bike amenities and services--and how they're improving over time.

Getting the gold star is still a good thing, years after elementary school. 

The city of Ashland's friendliness to bicycles just earned it a gold star from the League of American Bicyclists. 

And that's big jump from its previous bronze status, winning Ashland the title of "Most Improved Bicycle Friendly City" in the country. 

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Education
5:32 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

SOU President Talks About Her Potential Move

Southern Oregon University President Mary Cullinan
Credit SOU

This has been a tumultuous year at Southern Oregon University; deep budget cuts, faculty layoffs, contentious contract negotiations, academic reorganization -- not to mention a dramatic restructuring of the entire Oregon University System.

On Monday, SOU president Mary Cullinan announced she’s a finalist for a position as president of Youngstown State University in Ohio.

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Live Session Archive
3:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Bela Fleck Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 5-13-2014

Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are many who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations.

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