Charlotte Duren

Jefferson Exchange Producer

Charlotte Duren grew up in the Seattle area and previously worked as a reporter for NPR stations in Salt Lake City and Wrangell, Alaska.  She graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 where she spent her mornings as a student board operator for the Jefferson Exchange. Charlotte is responsible for booking guests on the Jefferson Exchange and is always looking to hear from community members about interesting events and issues going on in and around the state of Jefferson.

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JeffX | April 27, 2015 | 8:00
2:29 pm
Fri April 24, 2015

Filing Suit To Clear The Air

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The defendant name has changed, but the lawsuit is the same. 

A pair of Lane County teenagers are suing Oregon's governor (now Brown, not Kitzhaber) over climate change. 

Chernaik v Brown would require the state to develop a plan for dealing with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

The suit is the brainchild of Our Children's Trust, based in Eugene. 

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JeffX | April 24, 2015
11:32 am
Fri April 24, 2015

Friday = Love + Economics x Love + Age

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We turn to our (voluminous) vault of previous interviews for the Exchange of Friday, April 24.  And both of the segments that came up ready for air deal with love and relationships, but from VERY different perspectives.

In hour one: Marina Adshade turns her economist's mind loose on relationships... her popular blog led to a book by the same name, Dollars & Sex.

In hour two: Suzanne Braun Levine, who writes about women in "second adulthood," writes about their love lives in How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50

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JeffX | April 23, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 23, 2015

Funding State Universities By Outcomes

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While supporters of higher education in Oregon ask for more money for the system, the system itself is changing. 

By this summer, all seven of the state universities will have their own governing boards. 

And, by decision of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (pronounced "heck"), their future funding will be based in part on the numbers of degrees they confer--not on simple enrollment. 

Outcome of students will affect input of dollars.

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JeffX | April 23, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu April 23, 2015

A New Look At An (Unloved) Old King

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When your father is a Henry and your brother Richard The Lionheart, you have big shoes to fill. 

King John of England does not measure up historically. 

But he did give in to the nobles and sign the Magna Carta, the basis for many a modern constitution. 

Historian Stephen Church tells the monarch's story anew in King John and the Road to Magna Carta.

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JeffX | April 22, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Thinking About "Happiness"

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One of our country's founding documents addresses our right to the pursuit of happiness. 

Notice it doesn't say we have a right to obtain and possess happiness. 

Much has been written and said about happiness through history, and now French philosopher Frederic Lenoir weighs in. 

With his Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide, Lenoir goes back in time for a history lesson, and up to the present day for thoughts on pursuit and possession. 

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JeffX | April 21, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Redding's Firereel Film Festival

Redding's Cascade Theatre hosts Firereel.
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When you're a younger film festival, you start a little smaller. 

So the Firereel Film Festival in Redding shows short films exclusively, May 1st and 2nd. 

But there are 30 of those films to watch, along with filmmaking workshops and other events to attend. 

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JeffX | April 21, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Shakespeare Comes Alive (In A Sense)

Cast in stone, yet still flesh and blood.
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For a guy who died nearly 400 years ago, William Shakespeare has some serious staying power. 

Southern Oregon University just expanded its Shakespeare focus with the creation of the ShakespeareAmerica Institute. 

Now that institute and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are joining forces for a symposium called "Much Ado About Shakespeare In Contemporary America," coming May 2nd. 

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JeffX | April 20, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Assessing Tsunami Readiness--And Finding Issues

The tsunami of December 2004, coming ashore in the Maldives.
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When--not if--the Cascadia subduction zone in our region produces an earthquake, it will likely also produce a tsunami. 

And a recent report indicates varying degrees of evacuation readiness in coastal communities. 

Dr. Nathan Wood at the U.S. Geological Survey is the lead author of the report. 

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JeffX | April 20, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 20, 2015

Putting Distance Between Kids And Toxics

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The sale of lead-based paint ended nearly four decades ago in America. 

Until that time, there were great concerns--justified--about children eating paint chips and suffering the effects of lead poisoning. 

Concerns remain about other products that could expose children to toxic substances. 

And the Oregon Environmental Council is concerned enough to back a bill in the legislature clamping down on such products. 

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JeffX | April 17, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Not Just Good: The Best Of The Best In Art

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The art students descending on Medford's Rogue Gallery today (April 17th) aren't just good.  They are the best of the best. 

Which is what gives the title to the 30th annual Best of the Best Student Art Show

Students from 15 high schools across Southern Oregon not only get a chance to see their art works displayed together, they get their works judged by professional artists. 

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JeffX | April 17, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Beekeeping For Beginners

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So many people are interested in beekeeping right now, the next beginner class at the Southern Oregon Beekeepers Association sold out. 

The word is spreading about just how important bees are to the pollination of many plants, including many we depend upon for food. 

So we'll present something of a mini-class for beginners. 

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JeffX | April 16, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Twisting The "Short Bus" Into A Positive

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Jonathan Mooney took a derogatory term and turned it on its head.

He rode "the short bus" to school once he was diagnosed with learning disabilities and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD).

After his graduation from an Ivy League university, he took a real short bus on the road, meeting people who defied the constraints of "normal."

Mooney is part of a conference on "reframing" LD/ADHD next week in Medford.

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JeffX | April 16, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu April 16, 2015

The Health Care System As Hoax

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Raymond Francis caught a couple of colds. And that's about it, in the last 26 years.

He is generally quite healthy now, a far cry from how he once felt.

Medical science gave up on him years ago, and he gave up on modern medicine in return.

Francis lists the reasons in his book The Great American Health Hoax.

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JeffX | April 15, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

Teachers And Technology At Ed Tech Summit

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In theory, the process of learning is usually the same: teachers teach, and students learn. 

But then throw technology into the mix, and all bets are off, especially in a world where so many people carry powerful computers in their hands. 

The Ed Tech Summit this week (Friday, April 17th) at Southern Oregon University brings educators and gadgets together, so the former can get up to speed on the latter. 

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JeffX | April 15, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 15, 2015

After The Summer Of Love: "Days Of Rage"

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It only takes the finding of a "suspicious device" to clear a public building these days, at least until a police bomb squad can take a look at it. 

Bomb squads were far busier in the late 1960s and early 70s, the time that provides the title for Bryan Burrough's book, Days of Rage.  And they responded to more than threats: many actual real bombings, nearly one a week at the peak.

Burrough takes a new look at those days, with fresh interviews with members of the radical groups that wanted to change America--violently. 

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Science & Technology
10:10 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Springing Into Gardening With The Masters

Maybe a future Master Gardener.
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An early spring around much of the region might have caught some gardeners unprepared. 

Flowers bloomed weeks earlier than usual, before the weather snapped back to something like seasonal norms. 

These are the situations in which Master Gardeners get to use the benefits of their training. 

The Jackson County Master Gardeners are just about to graduate this year's class. 

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JeffX | April 14, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Assessing Housing Needs In Oregon

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It is one of the simplest wishes for any human: a roof over our heads, a place to call home. 

Simple wish, not always simply fulfilled. 

April is Fair Housing Month across the country, and Oregon Housing and Community Services is taking input on housing needs around the state. 

This is part of a five-year look at housing issues. 

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JeffX | April 14, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 14, 2015

A Naturopath's View On Health Care Vs "Sick Care"

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It's been pointed out by many critics of the American health care system that it is largely about "disaster care"... treating illness when it becomes acute. 

The other approach would be to take care of issues earlier, performing preventive maintenance. 

Ashland's Rick Kirschner trained as a Naturopathic Doctor (ND rather than MD), and he's examined the history of American medicine. 

He says what is practiced now is "sick care," not health care. 

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JeffX | April 13, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 13, 2015

UPlisting The Northern Spotted Owl: The Case FOR

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"Threatened" status may not be enough for the Northern Spotted Owl. 

The old-growth forest dweller continues to decline in number, and that could lead to its reclassification as "endangered." 

EPIC, the Environmental Protection Information Center based in Arcata, petitioned to reclassify the owl nearly three years ago. 

Now the federal Fish and Wildlife Service is beginning a review to see if the move is warranted. 

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JX | April 13, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Still Riding Championship Wave

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The glow of a national championship in college football is lasting a while for the Southern Oregon University Raiders. 

They won the NAIA small-college trophy in December, but their championship rings just arrived. 

And the Oregon legislature is considering a resolution to honor the team. 

The football success appears to be having an effect in other areas of SOU campus life, too. 

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