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.


Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:48 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Southern Oregon U.'s "Inspire Academy"

When school is out for the summer, getting more education is the last thing on many kids' minds.

Maybe that's why Southern Oregon University left the words "school" and "education" out of its summer program: Inspire Academy. 

The academy offers middle school-aged kids an "experience" in many realms, from chess strategy to stage combat to monster anatomy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:42 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Politics Of Beer By-Products With Sen. Ron Wyden

A change in terminology for beer makers could cost them millions of dollars. 

Brewers often send the spent grain from their operations to ranchers as livestock feed. 

And a proposed federal regulation would require the breweries to dry the grain first, adding considerable costs to them--and potentially, to each bottle of beer. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:39 am
Wed April 23, 2014

"Fourteen Stories" From The Hospital

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

You can bet that anyone who works in an emergency room comes away from the experience with a few stories to tell. 

But in the interest of patient confidentiality, many of those stories go untold. 

Dr. Jay Baruch works in the ER and teaches medicine at Brown University. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Fire Season (Eventually) Approaches: Getting Ready

Credit Federal Emergency Management Agency

Greg Kleinberg talks about homeowners getting ready for fire season.

Rain and cooler temperatures can't hide the strong possibility of a bad fire season for the region. 

Cool and moist now will eventually give way to hot and dry, perhaps VERY dry. 

Fire agencies are not waiting for the hot days; they're reminding homeowners now of the many ways to make a home fire-resistant. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Guns + Teachers: VENTSday Returns


Listeners vent on two firing issues: guns and teachers.

For the first time in three weeks, our VENTSday segment returns to Wednesday's (4/23) Jefferson Exchange.  And in the spirit of "go big or go home," we'll talk about guns and teachers.

The guns chat comes from the recent comments of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who suggested a five-word change to the second amendment.

And California's legislature is again taking up a bill that might make it easier to fire bad teachers.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed April 23, 2014

The Art Of Tinkering

Credit Weldon Owen Books

Karen Wilkinson introduces us to the modern form of tinkering.

Once upon a time, a kid could have a great time with a screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a kitchen appliance or radio that no longer worked. 

Hold on; that may still be possible. 

Despite the explosion of choices for places a kid can get information or entertainment, the art of tinkering is still with us. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Earth Day Calling Clean Energy Day

Credit Philipp Hertzog/Wikimedia

Hannah Sohl and Shaun Franks introduce us to Rogue Climate's Clean Energy Day.

Happy Earth Day to you and your planet! 

It should go without saying, but the planet does require care the other 364 days of the year as well. 

To that end, the youth-led climate change group known as Rogue Climate is setting up for a community art project to observe Clean Energy Day on May 4. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

College Degrees In The Timber Industry

Credit Bureau of Labor Statistics

Ross Tomlin explains SWOCC's re-introduction of a forestry program.

In the boom years in the wood products business, kids could graduate high school and head for the woods or the mill for a family-wage job. 

It's a lot more complicated now.  Forest products companies want better-schooled employees, but have a hard time finding them. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Putting Food On The Table For Oregon Kids

Credit The Medford Food Project

Philip Yates, Mary Ferrell and C.J. Drake talk about youth hunger, its causes, and remedies.

Report after report shows Oregon having problems feeding its people, especially its young people. 

"Food insecurity" is the popular term now, but hunger is the term most of us know... and too many young people know firsthand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Caring For Children With CASA

Credit Wikimedia

Jennifer Mylenek describes the work of CASAs, and the need for more volunteers.

The question "who takes care of children first?" usually has an easy answer: the parent. 

But when the child is taken out of her or his home and placed in foster care, the answer changes. 

And in some areas, the answer becomes the CASA, or Court Appointed Special Advocate.

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