9:37 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

In Turnaround, Californians Like The Way Education Is Headed

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Four years ago, Californians were worried. They hated the deep budget cuts at their local schools, and they wanted the state to make education a top priority. Today, Californians say they like the way education is headed in the Golden State. That's based on an annual survey conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). What happened? PPIC's survey director points to Common Core, a new set of academic standards.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 24, 2014

The Politics Of Beer By-Products With Sen. Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden explains his issue with proposed new rules on "spent grain" at breweries.

A change in terminology for beer makers could cost them millions of dollars. 

Brewers often send the spent grain from their operations to ranchers as livestock feed. 

And a proposed federal regulation would require the breweries to dry the grain first, adding considerable costs to them--and potentially, to each bottle of beer. 

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Live Session Archive
1:56 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Sarah Jarosz Live Session

Sarah Jarosz
Qamuuqin Maxwell

Aired 5-7-2014

Rolling Stone has compared Sarah Jarosz to Gillian Welch; Mojo labeled her a “newgrass prodigy” for her skills on banjo, guitar and mandolin; and the normally reserved New York Times hailed her as “one of acoustic music’s finest talents,” with songwriting chops to match her instrumental prowess. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Fire Season (Eventually) Approaches: Getting Ready

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Greg Kleinberg talks about homeowners getting ready for fire season.

Rain and cooler temperatures can't hide the strong possibility of a bad fire season for the region. 

Cool and moist now will eventually give way to hot and dry, perhaps VERY dry. 

Fire agencies are not waiting for the hot days; they're reminding homeowners now of the many ways to make a home fire-resistant. 

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A Head For Business
5:40 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Humboldt County's Community-Supported Brewery

McKinleyville farmer/brewer Jacob Pressey scythes grain for his next batch of beer.

You may be familiar with CSAs , or Community Supported Agriculture. These are the subscription farms that regularly deliver boxes of produce to your door. Now, there’s an entrepreneur in McKinleyville, California who is applying the same business model … to beer.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

College Degrees In The Timber Industry

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Ross Tomlin explains SWOCC's re-introduction of a forestry program.

In the boom years in the wood products business, kids could graduate high school and head for the woods or the mill for a family-wage job. 

It's a lot more complicated now.  Forest products companies want better-schooled employees, but have a hard time finding them. 

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Not so fast ...
9:32 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

More Than 100 Oregon Cities Pass Dispensary Moratoriums

A medical marijuana dispensary in Denver, Colorado
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In March, a new Oregon law allowing medical marijuana to be sold in storefront dispensaries went into effect. Many of the newly-licensed dispensaries have yet to open, at least in part because another new law allows local authorities to ban the shops for up to a year. So far, lots of cities have done that.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Caring For Children With CASA

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Jennifer Mylenek describes the work of CASAs, and the need for more volunteers.

The question "who takes care of children first?" usually has an easy answer: the parent. 

But when the child is taken out of her or his home and placed in foster care, the answer changes. 

And in some areas, the answer becomes the CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Ashland Bans The Bags: Single-Use Bags On Way Out

Ashland City Councilors Carol Voisin and Rich Rosenthal discuss passing a bag ban.

In the absence of state regulations, many cities around the country are banning plastic single-use bags from store checkout counters. 

The City of Ashland just followed suit, though the ban will not take effect for six months. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 18, 2014
10:10 am
Fri April 18, 2014

OSU Archives Beer and Hops

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Tiah Edmunson-Morton explains the Hops & Beer Archive and why it was established.

The growth of craft beer is historic in Oregon and elsewhere.  And worth documenting as part of history, it turns out. 

Oregon State University's Special Collections and Archives now include a collection information on beer and hops. 

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