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JeffX | January 22, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Okay, Tell Me: Paula Poundstone Visits

Credit Paulapoundstone.com

We're glad comedian Paula Poundstone likes public radio. 

She is a regular member of the panel on the popular quiz show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me," and she consented to a second interview with The Exchange. 

We chat with Poundstone prior to a Medford appearance this weekend. 

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Live Session Archive
4:09 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Jonah Tolchin Live Session

Eric Teel

Jonah Tolchin's new album, Clover Lane, gets its name from an astonishing coincidence. Tolchin grew up in New Jersey on Clover Lane. As he tells it, “My parents bought the Clover Lane house in 1996. Fast forward to 2012. At the suggestion of a friend, record producer Marvin Etzioni came out to a show of mine in Los Angeles (Room 5). After an inspired conversation, a few weeks later Marvin and I were recording an album together in Nashville.” The pivotal phone call to Etzioni that night had come from Jonah’s friend, singer-songwriter Alex Wright. He and his wife Chris had met Marvin through their friend and neighbor in LA, Anna Serridge. When Jonah met Anna at the Wright’s, he discovered, quite by chance, that she had lived in the very same house on Clover Lane and had sold it to Tolchin’s parents sixteen years earlier.

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Clearcuts To Court In Lane County

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

Members of Congress from Oregon continue their efforts to increase timber cutting on the BLM lands that share half of timber income with Western Oregon counties. 

But the prospect of returning to old logging methods leaves conservation groups cold. 

Witness the recent filing of a lawsuit against the "Second Show" timber sale proposed for BLM land in Lane County. 

Cascadia Wildlands opposes on the basis of clearcutting. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Making A Case For More School Money In Oregon

Isaac Villalpando of Klamath Falls is one of the students profiled in "The Promise of Oregon."
Credit promiseoregon.org

Oregon's state government income is rising so fast, taxpayers might get refund checks under the state's "kicker" law this year. 

But education advocates want to see some of the increased revenue going to schools, to reduce class sizes and make other improvements. 

The Oregon School Boards Association--OSBA--demonstrates school successes with its "Promise of Oregon" campaign. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 20, 2015

"A River Between Us": Klamath Restoration On Film

Shooting "A River Between Us" on the Klamath.
Credit Jasonaatkinson.com

Restoring the Klamath River and the lands around it is far more than a conservation project; political decisions will have to be made to make it all  happen. 

Jason Atkinson was a politician himself, a longtime member of the Oregon legislature and a candidate for governor. 

His latest work steps outside the political system: a documentary film on efforts to restore the Klamath Basin. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 19, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Coquille Casino Plans Move Ahead

The site proposed for a casino in Medford. Roxy Ann Lanes is the building with orange highlights, South Pacific Highway is at bottom.
Credit Coquille Tribe

Dueling billboards along Pacific Highway in South Medford give a clue to a battle shaping up. 

The Coquille Tribe wants to build a casino on the former site of Kim's Restaurant. 

That explains the Coquille billboard.  The other is rented by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, which opposes the casino plan. 

Local and state officials have also spoken out against a Medford casino, but the Coquilles are moving ahead.  A public meeting is planned for February 3rd. 

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Business
10:25 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

New Farmer Training Seeks To Boost Ranks Of Food Producers

New farmers Jon Steiger and Tyson Fehrman -- graduates of the Rogue Farm Corps' hands-on farmer training program -- on their 87-acre farm in the Applegate Valley.
Credit Liam Moriarty/JPR

It used to be that if your parents were farmers, you became one, too. And eventually you passed the family farm down to your children. These days? Not so much. In fact, the average American farmer is nearly 60 years old, and young farmers aren’t coming up in nearly the numbers needed.

Now, a non-profit in Oregon is running a two-year hands-on course to train aspiring farmers in everything from seeds to livestock to reading a spreadsheet.

JPR went to southern Oregon’s Applegate Valley to visit a farm couple starting their own operation after graduating the course.

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Earthfix Northwest Environmental News
10:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

2014 Was Earth's Hottest Year On Record: Warm In Northwest Too

2014 Global temperature anomaly map. Image Credit: NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.
Credit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center

Last year was the hottest year on record, according to data released Friday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

“For the 21st century, nine out of 10 years have been warmest on record — 1998 was the only year prior to the 21st century that made the top 10,” said Thomas Karl, director of NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center.

Ocean temperatures were higher than land temperatures, which raised the overall global average.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Structural Changes For Medford Schools

Medford's superintendent wants the graduation rate to hit 80% by the time this year's sophomores graduate.
Credit Wikimedia

The Medford School District hired a new boss last year with an eye to making changes. 

Now Superintendent Brian Shumate proposes big ones. 

Shumate wants to change the organization at the top of the school district, and the school board just voted to back him in the restructuring. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Police And The Video Record

One style of body camera; there are many.
Credit ACLU of Washington

Police are under scrutiny like never before, thanks to incidents like the shooting of an unarmed man by police in Ferguson, Missouri last year. 

Some--clearly not all--questions can be resolved by keeping better records of police activities. 

That's where body cameras come in, giving police and the public video images of encounters in the field. 

The police in the City of Talent have been using the cameras for a while now. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Listening To Stories From "The Articulate Earth"

Credit Backcountry Press

David Rains Wallace is one of many people who fell in love with the American West and never got over it. 

He's been living in California and writing about the environment for decades now. 

And now a number of his shorter works have been compiled into Articulate Earth: Adventures in Ecocriticism.

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Live Session Archive`
8:48 am
Fri January 16, 2015

The Barr Brothers Live Session

Dominic Barth

In 2004, Brad and Andrew Barr had spent most of the previous decade criss-crossing North America, playing music with their spirited, improv-based rock trio, The Slip. That Spring, the band was playing a small club in Montreal, QC when a fire broke out in the venue. They grabbed a few guitars/drums and rushed out onto the rainy street with the rest of the concert goers. As the club’s mezzanine was swallowed by flames, Andrew offered his coat to one of the waitresses from the bar. One year later, Brad and Andrew Barr were living in Montreal. That waitress is now one of their managers.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Youth Lawsuit On Climate Change Moves Ahead

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

We always talk about leaving the planet in good shape for future generations. 

With climate change, that might not be so easy. 

And that's exactly the point seized upon by Our Children's Trust

OCT files lawsuits in the name of children, seeking to trigger government action to protect young people from climate change impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

From Klamath Country To Rose Parade

Smoky and company in the Rose Festival Parade, New Year's Day.
Credit Klamath National Forest

The Oregon Ducks' visit to the Rose Bowl (and victory there) garnered most of the attention on New Year's Day. 

But there were other representatives from the region in Pasadena that day. 

An entry from the U.S. Forest Service, including Yreka-based Klamath National Forest, gave Smokey Bear, mules, packers, and forest rangers a moment in the sunshine, all part of an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. 

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Environment
11:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

New Wolf Confirmed In Southern Oregon

New wolf captured by a trail camera near Keno, Oregon.
Credit ODFW

Wildlife officials in Oregon say a new wolf is roaming the wooded hills near Klamath Falls. It’s in some of the same territory staked out by OR-7, the famous wandering wolf.

Over the past month, wildlife biologists have found wolf tracks and a trail camera captured a partial image of a wolf in the southwest Oregon Cascades, near the border with California. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Michelle Dennehy says the wolf is not member of the newly-designated Rogue Pack, which is tracked by GPS collar.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

The Mechanics Of Reversing Climate Change

Credit NASA/Public Domain

Just how warm can the planet get?  And just how badly do we NOT want to find out? 

Those are some of the key questions as the Earth and its residents come to grips with climate change. 

Yreka geologist Kevin Downing says we should be considering moves like carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

He'll present his views at an upcoming meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Money For Oregon Residential Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction projects give fires no place to burn.
Credit NW Fire Blog

Forestry workers on both sides of the state line give constant reminders about the value of clearing away potential fire fuels on rural property. 

The whole concept of "defensible space" means putting that space between a rural home and the possibility of destruction. 

So the Oregon Department of Forestry offers some financial incentives to reduce fuels. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Most recent numbers from the EPA show 877 million pounds of pesticides used in agriculture in the USA annually.
Credit Wikimedia

Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

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Presidential Speech
9:06 am
Tue January 13, 2015

2015 State of the Union Address: Jan. 20th at 6pm

On Tuesday evening, January 20th, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address starting at 6pm. JPR will broadcast NPR's live coverage of the President's speech, as well as the Republican Response on the Classics & News and News & Information Services.

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“There is no alternative on the table ..."
6:57 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

One More Try: A Renewed Push To Pass Klamath Agreements

Dam controversial: PacifiCorp's Copco 1 dam on the lower Klamath River is one of four hydro dams that would be removed to facilitate fish passage under the pending Klamath water deal.
Credit Bureau of Land Management

Supporters of a trio of agreements meant to settle the rancorous water disputes in the Klamath Basin are gearing up to take another run at getting Congressional approval for the deal.

A Klamath bill by Oregon’s Democratic senators was not included in a massive funding measure passed in the frantic final hours of the last Congress.

Now – amid signs that support for the agreements is growing, the spotlight is turning toward the region’s Republican congressmember.

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