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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
Credit wyden.senate.gov

  

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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Live Session Archive
6:00 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Em Harriss Live Session

Eric Teel

Em Harriss is an Ashland-based singer/songwriter and internet sensation who describes herself as “super socially awkward and shy” about her music, despite a growing fan base on Vine of over 280,000 followers and a recent EP that hit the top 10 on iTunes. Harriss, whose voice sounds like a fusion of Fiona Apple and Regina Spektor, started using Vine about 10 months ago where she says “things just took off unexpectedly.”

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Live Session Archive
5:41 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Roadkill Ghost Choir Live Session

Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Meyer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Getting Cars Ready For Winter Conditions

Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Nothing like a little cold snap to remind you that it's time to get the car in shape for winter. 

Modern cars actually take pretty good care of themselves, with all their electronic diagnostics and computers. 

And Zach Edwards at Ashland Automotive is quite familiar with all the gadgets under the hood (engine included). 

We visit with Zach from time to time to get up to date on car care and maintenance. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Making The Case Against A Gas Pipeline

An artist's conception of the Jordan Cove terminal as proposed.
Credit Veresen, Inc.

Energy projects are often controversial to begin with. 

But when the energy project involves a long pipeline carrying gas taken from the ground by fracking, it's just that much more contentious. 

So while the Jordan Cove natural gas terminal and Pacific Connector gas pipeline already passed one level of environmental review, there's a lot more work ahead, and more to be said. 

There'll be a lot of talking at a series of upcoming hearings around the region. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Carbon Money: $2 Billion Question

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

Discussions of climate change focus on the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, and finding ways to reduce what humans release. 

But if you're going to tax or charge for carbon emissions, how much?  And how should the money be used? 

Those issues will be discussed this weekend at a Medford event, "The Two Billion Dollar Question."

The organization Oregon Climate set up the event. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 3, 2014

RCC Starts A Sports Program

Credit RCC

Rogue Community College--RCC--is decades old, but has no intercollegiate athletic program. 

Yet. 

RCC recently announced the formation of an athletics program, with a modest start in soccer and cross-country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Commenting On Transportation Safety

Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Next time you drive through a construction zone, think about how long it takes to move a project from conception to completion. 

And while you're at it, think about the safety considerations that go into the mix. 

ODOT, the Oregon Department of Transportation, has a safety action plan to complement its overall transportation plan. 

And ODOT is taking input on the safety plan at a series of meetings around the state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Pollinator Recommendations Deliver A Sting

The thousands of bees that died in Oregon a couple of summers ago did not die in vain. 

The die-off, a result of pesticide use, increased awareness of both the value of bees (and other pollinators) and the perils of ignorance in chemical use. 

The Xerces Society and other groups that want more protections for pollinators hailed the formation of a task force to make recommendations to the legislature. 

The task force recently presented its work, and Xerces is less than pleased. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue December 2, 2014

Digging Up The Timber Industry's Past

John Kaiser and Bob Durham dig at the mill site.
Credit Fremont-Winema National Forest

The region is still home to a busy timber industry. 

Today's industry owes much to the loggers and millworkers of the past, and that's a rich history.  A history that even includes archaeological digs. 

Like the one in Lake County, at the site of the long-defunct Crooked Creek mill camp. 

The U.S. Forest Service's "Passport in Time" project brings professional and amateur archaeologists together for research, and the process took place at the Crooked Creek site. 

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Destination DIY
4:52 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Beekeepers Breed Region-Specific Queens For The Northwest

Credit Destination DIY

Beekeeping is an up-and-coming hobby in the Pacific Northwest. Lots of people are applying for permits and plenty more are flying below the radar with unpermitted backyard beehives.

And even though the practice has been around for more than 4000 years, there are some new innovations in the world of beekeeping.

Jaymee Cuti and Julie Sabatier of the public radio show Destination DIY, talked to some Portlanders who are breeding their own queen bees, specifically for the Northwest climate. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Spreading Local Food Around

Credit Wikimedia

The idea of eating food grown nearby certainly caught fire in recent years. 

But there are some continued issues with getting people who live here--wherever "here" is--to buy food grown here. 

One of the issues is where to buy the food. 

It often takes a special trip to a farmer's market or similar store to obtain locally-grown food. 

Getting the food into "regular" grocery and even convenience stores could make a big difference. 

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Live Session Archive
5:30 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

Gypsy Soul Live Session

Eric Teel/JPR

Cilette Swann and Roman Morykit first met in Edinburgh, Scotland, “and it was musical lust at first sight,” she recalls. Vancouver, BC native Cilette, of Irish and South African descent, had been in Paris, singing in French jazz bands, while British-born Roman, with roots in the Ukraine and Italy, arrived from London, where his rock band Raising Cane had just been dropped by A&M Records after it was acquired by Polygram. “When I first heard her sing, it was one of those ‘oh my God’ moments,” says Roman. “I was just excited to find someone that talented who could create together with me.”

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Holiday Programming
11:43 am
Fri November 28, 2014

2014 Christmas/Holiday Specials

This holiday season, JPR presents a big bag of special programs for your enjoyment, including a few new offerings, and the return of some old favorites. Here what we have planned for you...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Oregon Employment Takes Off

Credit Public Domain

The last time Oregon's employment shot up this high, Bill Clinton was president, and "Waterworld" was in movie theatres. 

Figures from the state Employment Department show October of this year adding nearly 10,000 to Oregon payrolls. 

Several sectors of the economy performed better than economists expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Why So Many Homeless Students

Credit Wikimedia

The most recent numbers show more Oregon students are homeless than a year earlier. 

737 more students, to be exact… more than the populations of most elementary schools. 

Medford's Maslow Project is an organization dedicated to fulfilling at least some of the needs of homeless young people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Taking People To Court Over Lynxes

Credit Michael Zahra/Wikimedia

Somebody must keep a running total of court cases against federal agencies. 

We'd guess the Fish & Wildlife service is certainly up there with the most-sued agencies. 

Witness the recent filing of a suit by the Western Environmental Law Center over the Canada Lynx. 

The groups suing want Fish & Wildlife to expand the amount of critical habitat for the big cat.

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