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4:29 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Josh Rouse Live Session

Credit Allen Clark

Aired 6-20-2014

It may have been 15+ years – from roots in rural Nebraska, through time in ‘Music City’ Nashville, TN, and to the current day relocated to a new home in cosmopolitan Spain – but it seems that the song spirits have been constant companions for Josh Rouse. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Celebrating A Birth Control Milestone (Cautiously)

Birth control pills.
Credit Wikimedia

Jimmy Radosta lays out the issues before the Supreme Court now and 49 years ago.

Birth control is a fact of life in our society, but it was not always easy to obtain. 

It took a Supreme Court ruling in the mid 1960s to legalize contraception for married couples. 

The availability has only expanded from there, but not without challenges. 

Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon is taking note of the anniversary of that earlier court decision.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 13, 2014

"All The Way" To A Tony Award

"All The Way" begins as LBJ's presidency began, with the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
Credit Public Domain

Robert Schenkkan remembers LBJ from real life, and from "All The Way."

Fans of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival took delight in the recent Tony Awards ceremony. 

"All TheWay," a play that began its life at OSF, won the award for Best Play on Broadway this season. 

It's a feather in the cap of the festival and Artistic Director Bill Rauch, who directed "All The Way" in Ashland and New York. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Oregon Universities On The Road To HECC

The University of Oregon began the move to separate governing boards.
Credit University of Oregon

Ben Cannon and Tim Nesbitt address the future structure of higher education in Oregon.

Big changes are coming to public higher education in Oregon. 

Some of those changes have already taken place, with the formation of separate governing boards for several of the state university campuses, and the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. 

But the big questions remain: will the changes do anything to improve program offerings or hold the line on tuition increases? 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 12, 2014

From Renewables To Fish Restoration

Steelhead jumping a waterfall on the North Umpqua River.
Credit Public Domain

Eugene Wier of the Freshwater Trust explains how the trust restores streams.

Using renewable energy in Oregon provides a double benefit. 

First, there's the obvious benefit of using wind or solar or geothermal power instead of burning fossil fuels. 

Second, money from Pacific Power's Blue Sky program goes to help restore fish habitat in key streams around the region. 

The streams include tributaries of the Rogue and Illinois rivers, among others. 

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"I'll Huff, And I'll Puff ..."
6:40 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

The Wolf At The Door: California Wrestles With A Predator’s Return

The wolf designated by researchers as OR-7, caught on remote camera in southwest Oregon on May 3, 2014
Credit US Fish and Wildlife Service

It’s been ninety years since the last native California wolf was trapped and killed. Last week, Oregon wildlife officials announced that OR-7, the wolf they’ve tracked wandering in and out of northern California, had found a mate and fathered a new litter in southern Oregon.

That news contributes to the growing sense that it’s only a matter of time till wolves re-inhabit the Golden State. Against this backdrop, California wildlife officials extended endangered species status to the gray wolf.

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Jefferson Exchange | June 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 11, 2014

No School, No Lunch

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Lesley Nelson and Gema McSoto paint the picture of summer food programs.

Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly). 

But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families. 

Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  80% of the students who receive free or cheap lunches during the school year don't get to summer food programs.

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

Agreement Leads To New Timber Mill Activity

Logging ponderosa pine in the Malheur National Forest, 1942.
Credit Public Domain

John Shelk and Susan Jane Brown explain the Malheur restoration agreement.

It's a rare thing when a timber mill adds another shift. 

It's far rarer that an environmental group applauds the addition. 

But Malheur Lumber is adding a shift at its mill in the eastern Oregon town of John Day, and an agreement with environmental groups played a part in the move.

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

Medical Leave And Poetry With Bill Gholson

Bill Gholson reports occasional pain, but nothing like what he felt last year.
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Dr. Bill Gholson shares his poetry and his story of recovery from a medical coma.

It was just last year that Bill Gholson spent 30 days unconscious from a serious medical condition. 

He woke up with a lot of poetry to put on paper, with a new appreciation of life. 

Gholson was already a longtime professor of literature and rhetoric at Southern Oregon University, so no stranger to writing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Measles Returns From The Brink

Credit James Gathany/CDC

Dr. Paul Cieslak lays out concerns about measles cases getting more numerous.

The year is not even half over, and there are already nearly as many measles cases in Oregon (five) as all of last year. 

Which is a problem, when you consider that public health officials considered the disease "eliminated" 14 years ago. 

For a dead disease, 280-plus cases across the country (60 so far in California) this year is a lot. 

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