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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

E-waste Reuse And Recycling On The Rise

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Curt Spivey explains where our electronics ACTUALLY go when we send them to heaven.

The explosion of electronic devices means a constant churn in many households: replace the older TV/computer monitor/cell phone with a new one. 

Then what to do with the old one? 

That question frequently confounds, but there are places capable of reusing and/or recycling electronic devices. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Biosafety Alliance Weighs In On GMO Ordinance Vote

Sugar beets in the ground. Some of Jackson County's crop has been genetically engineered.
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Karen Swift talks about events in support of Jackson County's anti-GMO measure.

Recent financial reports indicate that the people in opposition to Jackson County's anti-GMO crop measure have the money advantage, and much of the money comes from other states. 

But the anti-GMO (so PRO measure) forces have their own friends in other places. 

Those include the people of the Biosafety Alliance, who work on GMO and other issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 11, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon Humanities Encourages Pen Pals

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Ed Battistella and Adam Davis explain the workings of the "Dear Stranger" project of Oregon Humanities.

Remember pen pals? 

We were often encouraged as kids to exchange letters with other kids far away, learning about each other's lives. 

The concept is revived in the Oregon Humanities project "Dear Stranger." 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Preparing For Wildfires Nationwide

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Cathy Prudhomme explains what National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day is all about.

Wildfires have gotten so big and so numerous in recent years, it's a wonder there was NOT a National Wildfire Community Preparedness Day before now. 

But this year will mark the first such occasion, coming up on May 3rd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Let The Sun Shine (And Lower The Electric Bill)

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Shawn Schreiner brings us up to date on solar electric technology... and the ways to pay for it.

A broad definition of "rural" can help businesses in our region let the sun shine in. 

Meaning those businesses can get help installing solar power systems. 

The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP), covers up to 25 percent of the cost of new solar-electric systems for small rural businesses. 

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

Why Public Radio Needs Fund Drives

Charlotte and Geoff during the last fund drive. Hair and dollar goals are changed this time.
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Paul Westhelle explains the workings of public radio finance.

We admit, there's a certain amount of groaning that accompanies this time of year. 

When JPR puts on its twice-yearly pledge drives, listeners brace for the frequent breaks in programming, urging them to deliver financial support to our radio operation. 

Now it's the boss's turn to groan. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 9, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed April 9, 2014

Oregon Children Growing Up Poor

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Tonia Hunt from Children First For Oregon explains the Status of Children report.

One in four children in Oregon grow up poor. 

That's the most straightforward finding of the annual progress report prepared for Children First For Oregon.

The report ranks Oregon in the bottom half of states for child poverty. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 8, 2014 | 8:00
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Tue April 8, 2014

Prepping For Mosquito Season

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Biologist and vector controller Jim Lunders talks about mosquitoes and how to deal with them.

When you get right down to it, mosquitoes are wildlife. 

But NOT the kind of wildlife many people had in mind when setting up the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon Coast. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 8, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue April 8, 2014

Humboldt Bay Trail Gets A Boost

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Karen Diemer from the city of Arcata shares the history and vision of the Humboldt Bay Trail.

It might be a little early to start pumping up the bicycle tires, but the long-sought Humboldt Bay Trail from Eureka to Arcata is a step closer to reality. 

The state of California just ponied up $2 Million for studies that will push the project further along. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:30
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Mon April 7, 2014

Working To Boost Flows In Drought-Stricken Streams

The Mattole River at Arthur Way County Memorial Park.
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Linda Sheehan explains the efforts to use the Clean Water Act to keep water in some streams.

Rains finally came to the region recently. 

And now they're leaving. 

Which means we're essentially back to where we were a few weeks ago: looking at a drought, likely a severe one. 

The Earth Law Center and other groups warn of stream flows too low for salmon and other fish to survive this year. 

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