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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

The Ongoing Push For Death With Dignity

Brittany Maynard shortly before her death.
Credit thebrittanyfund.org

The voice and face of Brittany Maynard put Oregon's assisted suicide law front and center once again. 

Maynard was just the latest in long line of people to use the law. 

But her age, 29, and the fact that she moved to Oregon to use the law, made her case stand out. 

Death With Dignity laws are still rare. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Assisting Suicide Survivors

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These dark, cold months of the year can really be hard on people's emotions. 

Which probably explains why International Suicide Survivors Day is coming up soon (November 22nd). 

Winterspring, based in the Rogue Valley, is versed in helping people deal with grief and loss from a variety of circumstances. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

SOU's Pleasant Enrollment Surprise

The initial projections for the current academic year showed a decline in enrollment at Southern Oregon University

The projections turned out to be wrong, happily. 

SOU is actually bigger this year, with a freshman class several dozen students bigger than expected. 

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JPR Classics
11:53 am
Sat November 15, 2014

'The Black Horn': Blowing Past Classical Music's Color Barriers

Robert Lee Watt fell in love with the French horn at an early age. He met a lot of resistance from people who thought his background and his race made a career with the instrument unlikely — but he went on to become the first African-American French hornist hired by a major symphony in the United States.

He became the assistant first French horn for the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 1970, and stayed with the orchestra for 37 years. His memoir, The Black Horn, tells how he got there.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Third-Party Take On "Jefferson"

What does the world just outside the "State of Jefferson" make of our corner of the world? 

We'll soon find out.  Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Experience" documentary series just put the finishing touches on a half-hour look at the Jefferson idea and history. 

The airing on OPB's TV network is accompanied by public screenings this week in Klamath Falls and Ashland (tonight, November 14). 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Sweet Time At The Oregon Honey Festival

Serving suggestion.
Credit Wikimedia

Maybe the physical environment is tough, but the cultural climate is really good for bees right now. 

The mass bee kills of 2013 in Oregon only added to a growing concern over the fate of bees and other pollinators. 

And the fruits of their efforts will be celebrated this weekend at the Oregon Honey Festival

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Powerless
6:49 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Power Outage Affects C&N / R&N In Rogue Valley

Make the best of a bad situation. But you can't listen to JPR ...

A power outage on Mt. Baldy near Phoenix has caused JPR's Rogue Valley Classics and News Station KSRG (88.3) and Rhythm and News Station KSMF (89.1) to go silent.  Our engineer is on site and communicating with Pacific Power which expects power to be restored by 7:45pm.  This is the second power outage this week and we wish we could do something about it, other than wait.  Thanks for waiting with us.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Community College Students Need Remedial Education

RCC's Higher Education Center in Medford, shared with Southern Oregon University.
Credit Rogue Community College

It's no surprise that a few people will arrive at community college needing a little brush-up on academic subjects.  But half of them? 

That figure might actually be a little low; more than half of the students who enroll in Rogue Community College need at least some remedial education to prepare for college-level courses. 

To educators, that indicates a gap between what high schools teach and colleges need. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ashland Celebrates Being Named Google eCity Again

It's two in a row for the city of Ashland: named one of America's "eCities" by Google. 

It is the only city in Oregon with that moniker, and it's the second straight year for the honor. 

Technology enhances life and business in town, as the Ashland Chamber can attest. 

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It's complicated ...
6:18 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Paying Wind Generators Not To Produce Power

The first powerhouse of the Bonneville Dam, 40 miles east of Portland, on the Columbia River.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Chances are your utility bill has gone up this year. One small part of the reason may be that you’re paying for electricity that was never generated.  

Jefferson Public Radio takes a look at how Northwest electricity customers got saddled with more than $2.7 million in payments for power they didn’t use.

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Live Session Archive
4:18 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Reuben And The Dark Live Session

Reuben and the Dark is the newest project from Calgary's Reuben Bullock. Fresh off the release of his second solo album, Bullock has formed a band of some of Alberta's finest musicians. This quartet has been quickly building a reputation as a killer live band - a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists that make chilling, emotive folk and soul.

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Morning Edition/ATC Change
3:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

NPR Makes Changes to Morning Edition/ATC Nov 17th

Don't blame us if you're late! NPR's Morning Edition changes it's layout beginning Monday.

Beginning Monday, November 17th, NPR will roll out a number of changes to the way Morning Edition, All Things Considered (ATC), and their weekend counterparts flow and function.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Bundling Up The Homeless On Cold Nights

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Colder weather requires robust survival skills for people living on the streets. 

And it places some burden on communities seeking to keep homeless people from freezing. 

Ashland is in the process of adding shelter space for the cold winter nights ahead. 

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California Report
4:59 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Volunteers Honor Remains Of Forgotten Veterans With Final Ride

Missing in America Project riders accompany a hearse containing the remains of 13 veterans to the Northern California Veterans Cemetery in Igo, California.
Credit Sukey Lewis/KQED

It’s a clear November morning in Redding, California, when the sudden revving of motorcycles interrupts the quiet.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rogue Valley Economy Stirs

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The last time we talked to University of Oregon economist Tim Duy, the news was not so good for the Rogue Valley. 

Duy's analysis showed the valley lagging behind other parts of the state in growing out of the effects of recession. 

Now the flicker may be turning into a flame. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

HOW Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Coast

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One of the features of global warming will be a rise in sea levels. 

So coastal areas will notice some of the most severe effects if the climate continues to change. 

Which causes us to think a bit differently about the big ocean just west of us. 

Geologist Dr. Jonathan Allan has been thinking about it for a long time.  

He'll present a lecture on shoreline erosion and flood hazards this week in Coos Bay.

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Live Session Archive
5:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Tegan & Sara Live Session

Carson Blume

Tegan and Sara’s 13-year career has seen them build an avid global following of fans and fellow musicians alike. Having sold nearly 1 million career albums and toured with acts from The Killers to Neil Young, Tegan and Sara have now released their 7th studio album – Heartthrob – as internationally-celebrated songwriters, performers, and artists. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, securing the band’s highest US chart position to date.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Nurturing The Entrepreneurs

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It can actually be hard to keep up with all of the economic development efforts going on around us. 

There are simultaneous efforts to bring in larger employers, assist existing employers, and give new small businesses a boost in their infancy. 

Put the Entrepreneurship Center at Rogue Community College in that last category. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 10, 2014

One-Stop Scholarship Shopping

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The high cost of college sends students and their parents high and low in search of financial aid. 

There are lots of pots of money to draw from, and lots of places to look for them. 

A single website maintained by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion--OSAC--provides access to a wide number and variety of scholarships. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Homelessness Declines Sharply In Oregon

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The Great Recession doubtless had a hand in the rise in the numbers of homeless people across the country. 

The numbers peaked in 2010, when new federal programs to reduce homelessness began. 

Now the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development--HUD--reports homelessness in decline.  It's an especially steep decline in Oregon, noticed by the state Department of Housing and Community Services

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