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
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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
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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.
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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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Less is More
7:37 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Getting Small: The Joys and Challenges of Tiny House Living

A 117 square foot tiny house north of Seattle, WA.
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Since 1950, the size of the average American house has nearly tripled, to more than 2,400 square feet. Not coincidentally, US consumers on average also pay a much larger portion of their income on keeping a roof over their heads.

Now, as JPR’s Liam Moriarty reports, a small but growing number of people – in the Northwest and beyond -- are scaling back their housing needs and trading square footage for more time and freedom. 

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Midwives To The Rescue?
7:12 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Three Possible Fixes For Humboldt OB/GYN Dilemma

Dr. Jack Anderson has Anderson has been delivering babies in Humboldt County for nearly 40 years and thinks it may be time to turn the prevailing US childbirth model upside down.
Credit Michael Joyce/JPR

Across the US, there’s an anticipated 35 percent shortage in the number of obstetrician-gynecologists over the next 35 years.  The situation will be worse in rural counties, half of which already do not have OB/GYNs. JPR takes a look at three potential solutions being explored in Humboldt County and why they may or may not work.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Traffic Cameras That Change The Lights

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Alex Georgevitch describes the workings of the new traffic light systems.

Anybody who's been driving for a while learns to look for the devices buried in the pavement that trigger changes in traffic lights. 

But those old devices--you know, make sure your car is directly over the sensor--are being replaced. 

Now cameras are being used to gauge traffic waiting for a green light. 

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