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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)

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography

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.
Credit ©Debra Thornton Photography

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
10:10 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Oregon Children Growing Up Poor

Credit Grant Barrett/Wikimedia

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
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Prepping For Mosquito Season

Credit Centers for Disease Control

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
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Humboldt Bay Trail Gets A Boost

Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

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
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Working To Boost Flows In Drought-Stricken Streams

The Mattole River at Arthur Way County Memorial Park.
Credit Public Domain

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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Law and Justice
4:47 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Armed Citizen Groups Fill Law Enforcement Gaps

Retired Josephine County Sheriff's Deputy Ken Selig leads a training session for the North Valley Community Watch Responder Team.
Credit NVCW

Rural counties in southern Oregon are suffering from the loss of the federal timber money that used to be the mainstay of county government budgets.

After repeated failed efforts to get residents to approve tax increases, officials in Josephine County made dramatic cutbacks in county services, including law enforcement. 

In response, a growing number of armed citizen groups are cropping up to fill that public safety vacuum.

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Live Session Archive
1:31 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Wild Child Live Session

Dominic Barth

Wild Child’s founding members Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins first met in 2009 while touring with a Danish act called The Migrant. Both call Texas home: Wilson, a classically-trained violinist who wrote her first songs under the wing of legendary country music outlaw Ray Wiley Hubbard, hails from the fabled bluegrass circles of Wimberly; and Beggins, a ukulele player from Houston, was finishing up at The University of Texas while on the that tour.

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Live Session Archive
12:45 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Shook Twins Live Session

Qamuuqin Maxwell

Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, the Shook Twins are an indie folk-pop band now hailing from Portland. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, Kyle Volkman and Niko Daoussis form the core quartet. Central elements of the Shook Twins’ sound are a wide range of instrumentation, including banjo, guitar, electric and upright bass, mandolin, electric guitar, electronic drums, face drum (beatbox), glockenspiel, ukulele, banjo drumming and their signature golden egg.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple At AIFF

Credit Cabin Creek Films

Barbara Kopple is one of the featured guests at the Ashland Independent Film Festival taking place this weekend (April 3-7). 

Kopple is the winner of a pair of Oscars for her previous efforts. 

And her film on the Hemingway (as in Ernest) family, "Running From Crazy," will screen at AIFF this weekend as well. 

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And Your Little Dog, Too!
6:44 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Behind The Curtain At The Wizard Of Oz

The Scarecrow (Brian Bisetti), Dorothy (Jana Leard), the Tinman (Ryan Nemanic) and the Cowardly Lion (Matthew Goodman), from the Cascade Theatre's current production of The Wizard of Oz.
Michael Burke

The Cascade Theatre in Redding is halfway through the two-week run of its annual spring musical. With almost 8,000 tickets sold already, the Wizard of Oz is poised to become the biggest grossing production the theater has ever presented. But it’s also one of the most complicated. Valerie Ing went behind the curtain with the show’s creators to find out about the technical magic that went in to putting together the production.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Rough And Ready Lumber Coming Back

Credit EarthFix Photo: Cassandra Profita

What was once lost is returning. 

Rough and Ready Lumber closed its doors near Cave Junction several months ago, shutting the last operating sawmill in Josephine County. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Pro Side On Jackson County's Extension Measure

Credit João Felipe C.S./Public Domain

The local ballot measures are the big news items in Oregon's May 20 primary election. 

That's especially true in Jackson County, where an anti-GMO crop measure is up for a vote.  And there's a measure to fund libraries as well.  And another: a measure to keep the Oregon State Extension service operating in the county. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Barbie Dolls And Career Options

The Barbie Runway at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
Credit Public Domain

The iconic Barbie doll comes in for a fair amount of criticism, primarily for its nearly anatomically impossible depiction of the female form. 

Now a study from the psychology school at Oregon State University finds another issue. 

The study suggests that girls who play with Barbie dolls may think of their own career choices as more limited than those of boys. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 02, 2014
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Fair Housing Issues For College Students

Credit Associated Students of SOU (ASSOU)

Being a college student is tough enough these days… did you see the recent news that accumulated student debt is now more than a trillion dollars in America? 

Then there's the issue of housing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

VENTSday: DUI Death Penalties + Landlord/Tenant Issues

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Maximum penalties for drunk driving and horror stories of landlord/tenant relations are the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Using The Tax Return To Protest War

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter costs around $135 Million each to build.
Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

There are probably few people who look forward to April 15th.

It is, after all, the day when our income tax returns are due. 

But there are people who relish the opportunity to make a statement about where our tax money goes.

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And the Beet Goes On ...
6:18 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Jackson County Anti-GMO Measure

GMO sugar beets are at the heart of the push for Measure 15-119.
Credit USDA

If voters approve, Jackson County would become the first in the state to ban growing genetically modified crops. A local farmers’ group has put a measure on the May ballot. The measure would apply to just one, mostly-rural county. But the campaign has attracted attention – and money – from around the state and across the nation, as ag groups and biotech giants have poured huge amounts of cash into the fight.

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Live Session Archive
4:38 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Robert Ellis Live Session

Before signing with New West Records in early 2011, country songwriter Robert Ellis made a name for himself in Houston, Texas. Inspired by the country, folk, and bluegrass records he’d heard while growing up in southern Texas, Ellis began playing shows around the city, eventually landing a Wednesday night residency at a local venue called Fitzgerald’s.

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World Renewal Ceremony
3:44 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Wiyot Tribe Heals Ancestral Home

Cheryl Seidner, Wiyot elder and councilwoman, stands near the Wiyot Center in Loleta, California.
Michael Joyce | JPR

This weekend, the Wiyot tribe of Humboldt Bay, near Eureka, will hold its World Renewal Ceremony. This will be the first time the tribe has performed the ceremony in 154 years. The last time was in 1860, when white settlers ambushed the tribe and massacred more than a hundred people.

Both natives and non-natives have struggled to heal that painful past, and the Wiyot say the ceremony is important to the tribe’s future.

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