Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Going Up The Country (Fair)

The Oregon Country Fair in 2005.
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Charles Ruff talks up The Oregon Country Fair.

What a difference a single letter can make.  Take "R" for example. 

Oregon is loaded with county fairs, but add the R in there, and there's only one Oregon COUNTRY Fair. 

And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 45th time, the weekend of July 11th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Teacher Education Lags In Oregon

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Mary Cadez describes ideas for improving teacher education.

The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers. 

And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country. 

None of the top 100 are located in Oregon. 

Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education. 

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

Mapping GMO and Non-GMO Crops

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Chris Hardy talks about GMO and non-GMO farms and their issues.

Jackson County voters decided to ban GMO crops in the county, but that is far from the end of the issue. 

Genetically modified crops are still the focus of great debate. 

The state of Oregon is considering moves to map GMO and non-GMO crops, to better keep them apart. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Afghanistan, PTSD, and The Gulf Spill--in Opera

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Tiziana DellaRovere, Ethan Gans-Morse and Bill Ritch visit to discuss their opera.

An opera premiering in Portland in September is meant to be more than just theater with music; it is also meant to heal. 

"The Canticle of the Black Madonna" is a modern story of a soldier struggling with PTSD from the Afghanistan war… in his native Louisiana during the oil spill. 

The opera is the creation of composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere of the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Hard For People To Hire

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Jessica Nelson talks about mismatches between jobs and workers.

Both employers and potential employees are complaining about the current hiring climate in Oregon. 

The employers want workers and the workers want jobs, but there are mismatches. 

Many employers report difficulty filling jobs, because they require more skills than many of the available workers possess. 

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Two Track Lawmaking
5:14 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

California Solar Tax Break Proves Budget Muscle of Powerful Interests

Solar panels on a tile roof in the San Francisco Bay area
Credit Craig Miller/KQED

The new California state budget signed by Governor Jerry Brown last week includes at least one item that that has nothing to do with this year’s budget: a tax break slipped in with no public review.

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"A voice that could move a mountain to Dance."
1:51 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Soul Man: Krishna Das Comes To Ashland

Kirtan singer Krishna Das
Credit Renee Edde

The New York Times has called Krishna Das “The Chantmaster of American Yoga.” The one-time rock’n’roller turned spiritual devotee has earned a following with his soulful voice and heartfelt approach to traditional Indian devotional chant. JPR’s Liam Moriarty recently spoke with the Grammy-nominated singer, who will be performing in Ashland on July 1.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Californa Marine Sanctuary Expansions Considered

A humpback whale tail in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
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Maria Brown and Dan Howard describe the plans and process for expanding their National Marine Sanctuaries.

Sea creatures and their habitat already enjoy protection in federal marine sanctuaries off the California coast. 

Now those sanctuaries may expand, and people interested in the process can comment... for a few more days ('til June 30th... here).

The proposal would expand both the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The ABCs of Lightning

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Ryan Sandler and Mike Stavish explain how lightning works.

It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating. 

Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July. 

Before we get to the heart of lightning season, we're getting warnings about how WE should behave around lightning. 

Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

OR-7 And Friends: Wolf Management Goals

OR-7 before he became a family wolf.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

Russ Morgan details the workings of Oregon's wolf program.

Right between Mother's Day and Father's Day, wildlife officials confirmed that Oregon's most famous wolf is a father. 

OR-7, the wandering wolf, found a mate and is rearing pups in the Cascades. 

The news punctuated a busy period for wolves in both of our states. 

California wildlife officials announced endangered species protection for gray wolves... even though none are known to exist in the state. 

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