Living on the Line
5:39 am
Wed December 17, 2014

California Border Residents Grapple with Out-of-State Health Insurance Restrictions

Stacey and Kory Felker in their Quincy, California home. The Felkers live near the California-Nevada border, and recently learned that their individual insurance does not cover routine out-of-state care.
Credit Paulinr Bartolone/CPR

  For some people living along California's state borders, the closest or most convenient care is out of reach. Capital Public Radio's Health Reporter Pauline Bartolone traveled to the town of Quincy, California, where major insurers Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of California aren't covering routine out-of-state care. This is the first of a three-part series.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Diversity On The Road Ahead

Credit Wikimedia

The work doesn't change much over time, but the workers do. 

The highway signs that once said "men working" are now non-gender specific. 

And with good reason… more women now work on road construction crews. 

In fact, the Institute for Women's Policy Research just recognized Oregon and Maryland for their state laws that push for more women and minorities on the crews. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Back To Square One For Josephine Libraries


What next for libraries in Josephine County

They've already been shut out of the county budget and run as a non-profit for several years. 

And a recent vote to create a library district--as Jackson County did--failed with voters. 

That leaves new efforts to raise money, or budget cuts, or both. 

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Music, Arts & Culture
3:07 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Sowing A Legacy Of Community Arts

Dancers from the Dancing People Company of Ashland highlight the troupe's upcoming winter solstice performance, "Call Back The Sun."

Oregon businessman and philanthropist Fred W. Fields cared about education and the arts so much that, before he died, he planned a little surprise for the Oregon Community Foundation. Now, his bequest is showing up in the Rogue Valley.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Roving From The Rogue To...

Credit Rogue Rovers

Farming in harmony with nature can take some special tools. 

Take the FarmDogg, for example.  The what? 

It's a light duty electric all-terrain vehicle designed to get farm workers around farms. 

And it is the creation of Rogue Rovers, with offices in Ashland, Oregon and Brazil. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

SOU Lauded For Sexual Assault Response

Credit DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

The terms "sexual assault" and "campus" keep showing up in news headlines. 

College leaders, police and Congress are taking notice. 

A recent Senate hearing featured testimony from Southern Oregon University about the school's program for dealing with sexual assault, called "Campus Choice."

It is a partnership with City of Ashland police and the "You Have Options" program, which puts victims in control of the investigations into their assaults. 

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Live Session Archive
12:56 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Cold Specks Live Session

Canada-born and London, England-based musician Al Spx, who goes by the stage name Cold Specks, describes her signature sound as "doom soul." Steeped in the old gospel spirituals and traditional folk songs that famed musicologist Alan Lomax spent most of his life putting to tape, her unique blend of Deep Southern soul, Tom Waits/Jeff Buckley-inspired blues, and goth-tinged indie folk first caught the public's attention after an appearance on the popular British music program, Later...With Jools Holland.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Flu Season Deepens

Credit CDC

Not the news anybody was hoping for: this influenza season could be a bad one. 

The federal Centers for Disease Control made the announcement recently. 

Part of the issue is a potential mismatch between this year's flu strains and vaccines. 

The vaccines are prepared well in advance, and the flu making people sick is not always the flu targeted by the vaccines. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

No Money, No Problem: The Abundance Swap

Credit Wikimedia

Picture a holiday bazaar at which no money changes hands.  Having trouble? 

Such an event already exists, including an example from the Rogue Valley. 

The Abundance Swap returns to Ashland for its 13th edition this weekend (December 14th). 

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Brace Yourself
5:17 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Why Record-Low California Voter Turnout Will Mean Even More Ballot Initiatives

Sign at a California voting place.
Credit John Myers/KQED

It’s sobering to consider how many things have changed since the last time so few votes were cast in the race for governor of California: The state’s population was 40 percent smaller. Donna Summer had the No. 1 song on the charts. Jerry Brown handily won re-election as governor.

Actually, that last one is pretty much the same as it was 36 years ago, which brings us back to the reality of what happened on Nov. 4.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Providing An OASIS For Threatened Salmon

Credit Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Bringing sensitive wildlife back from the brink is no easy task. 

Slow and steady is the approach for the people working to help coho salmon populations recover in Oregon. 

The people of the OASIS program (Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling) cover a lot of distance and endure some tough conditions just to get accurate fish counts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Suction Dredging Targeted For Oregon Ban

A suction dredge at work.
Credit KIamath Riverkeeper

Get ready for a big debate over suction-dredge mining in the next session of the Oregon legislature. 

Gold miners are fond of using suction dredges in streams; conservation groups, working to protect water quality and fish, do not like them. 

And a task force recommends banning suction dredging on key streams in Western Oregon, including the Rogue River. 

Rogue Riverkeeper Program Director Forrest English helped write the task force report. 

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Cafeterias Go Local
5:32 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Statewide Program Delights Schoolkids with California-Grown Produce

California-grown persimmons and pears on the lunch line in Elk Grove Elementary School, outside Sacramento.
Credit David Gorn, KQED

At Elk Grove Elementary School, just outside Sacramento, it’s lunchtime and kids are doing what kids do when they’re let loose from the classroom: running around, laughing and generally having fun.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Step Between: ResolutionCare

Credit Public Domain

We're well acquainted with the terms "intensive care" and "hospice." 

But there's another term that could easily be placed between them: palliative care. 

That's the process of making people comfortable as they approach the end of life, but they are not quite ready for hospice. 

Eureka physician Dr. Michael Fratkin created ResolutionCare to improve palliative care offerings. 

A crowdfunding campaign to help boost the new effort ends this week (and it will reach the goal, he announced on air). 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Priced Out Of Childcare In Oregon

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Oregon's long lag in recovering from the recession keeps median wages down. 

Unfortunately, Oregon is also a state in which child care costs are high relative to income. 

Not only is the picture not improving, it could be getting worse. 

Those are among the findings in a report out of the Secretary of State's Audit Division

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

What To Know BEFORE Eating Wild Mushrooms

Matsutake mushroom=edible.
Credit Catapult Films

When in doubt, throw it out. 

That's the first rule of eating mushrooms from the wild. 

There are plenty of other rules to keep in mind if you either venture to the woods to get your own mushrooms, or get them from someone else. 

The Oregon Mycological Society focuses on edible fungi. 

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

John Fischer on Winter Weather

John Fischer with Geoffrey Riley in 2011. You can grow a beard when you no longer work in TV.

This time a year ago, the Rogue Valley was digging out from a snowstorm and freeze that closed schools for most of a week. 

This year is different.  EVERY year is different. 

Which is why we like to bring somebody with weather knowledge onto the show to talk about what we might expect from the winter ahead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Musical "Wonderful Life", Seasonal Singing and More: First Friday For December

Ed Dunsavage and Leslie Kendall play a couple of gigs in December, and sing songs in our studio (16:40 in the recording).
Credit Belle Fiore Winery

"It's a Wonderful Life" in a musical, voices raised in song, and oh yeah... Christmas is coming.  

Must be time for our First Friday Arts segment for December. 

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas Trees Beyond Imagining

Credit Providence Foundation

Think about all the Christmas trees of your lifetime.

Think about them all in one place at the same time. 

Now you have some idea of what the Providence Festival of Trees in Medford looks like. 

The festival, now in its third decade, is a fundraising for the Providence Community Health Foundation, which supports care at the Providence hospital in Medford. 

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Running Out Of TIme
7:53 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Wyden O&C Timber, Klamath Bills In Trouble

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden Announces his O&C timber bill in Salem in November, 2013


As Congress prepares to adjourn next week, still unresolved is a pair of bills with wide-reaching implications for southern and western Oregon.

Over the past year, Senator Ron Wyden has pushed hard for compromise measures that would address long-standing conflicts over logging and water. But now those bills are in limbo.

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