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 | January 21, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed January 21, 2015

Civil Rights NORTH Of The Mason-Dixon Line

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Ask anybody to list some of the key locations of the struggle for civil rights in America, and they'll generally tick off a list of Southern cities: Birmingham, Selma, Little Rock. 

Federal action and legislation finally lifted the Jim Crow segregation laws in The South, but The North was no paradise for African-Americans. 

Bigotry and deep-seated racism are brought to light in historian Jason Sokol's book All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue January 20, 2015

Clearcuts To Court In Lane County

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Members of Congress from Oregon continue their efforts to increase timber cutting on the BLM lands that share half of timber income with Western Oregon counties. 

But the prospect of returning to old logging methods leaves conservation groups cold. 

Witness the recent filing of a lawsuit against the "Second Show" timber sale proposed for BLM land in Lane County. 

Cascadia Wildlands opposes on the basis of clearcutting. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue January 20, 2015

Making A Case For More School Money In Oregon

Isaac Villalpando of Klamath Falls is one of the students profiled in "The Promise of Oregon."
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Oregon's state government income is rising so fast, taxpayers might get refund checks under the state's "kicker" law this year. 

But education advocates want to see some of the increased revenue going to schools, to reduce class sizes and make other improvements. 

The Oregon School Boards Association--OSBA--demonstrates school successes with its "Promise of Oregon" campaign. 

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JeffX | January 20, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue January 20, 2015

"A River Between Us": Klamath Restoration On Film

Shooting "A River Between Us" on the Klamath.
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Restoring the Klamath River and the lands around it is far more than a conservation project; political decisions will have to be made to make it all  happen. 

Jason Atkinson was a politician himself, a longtime member of the Oregon legislature and a candidate for governor. 

His latest work steps outside the political system: a documentary film on efforts to restore the Klamath Basin. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 19, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon January 19, 2015

Eureka Goes Crab-Crazy

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As pretty as the lands by the Pacific can be, winter can be a miserable time to visit the coast. 

The worst storms of the year tend to come ashore during the winter, so it's not a great time for the tourist business. 

Which probably explains why coastal communities are rolling out mid-winter events, like the first-ever Eureka Crab Crawl Festival, set for February 6-7. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 19, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon January 19, 2015

Coquille Casino Plans Move Ahead

The site proposed for a casino in Medford. Roxy Ann Lanes is the building with orange highlights, South Pacific Highway is at bottom.
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Dueling billboards along Pacific Highway in South Medford give a clue to a battle shaping up. 

The Coquille Tribe wants to build a casino on the former site of Kim's Restaurant. 

That explains the Coquille billboard.  The other is rented by the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Indians, which opposes the casino plan. 

Local and state officials have also spoken out against a Medford casino, but the Coquilles are moving ahead.  A public meeting is planned for February 3rd. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 19, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon January 19, 2015

The Trouble With (Helicopter) Parents

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Maybe the parents of the baby boomers were a little on the lax side, often telling their kids just to be home in time for dinner. 

The parenting pendulum swung in a big way since that time. 

Now the frequent complaint is that parents are TOO involved in their kids' lives, negotiating obstacles that children need to handle themselves. 

The trend is examined in The Overparenting Epidemic: Why Helicopter Parenting Is Bad for Your Kids . . . and Dangerous for You, Too! 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri January 16, 2015

Structural Changes For Medford Schools

Medford's superintendent wants the graduation rate to hit 80% by the time this year's sophomores graduate.
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The Medford School District hired a new boss last year with an eye to making changes. 

Now Superintendent Brian Shumate proposes big ones. 

Shumate wants to change the organization at the top of the school district, and the school board just voted to back him in the restructuring. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri January 16, 2015

Police And The Video Record

One style of body camera; there are many.
Credit ACLU of Washington

Police are under scrutiny like never before, thanks to incidents like the shooting of an unarmed man by police in Ferguson, Missouri last year. 

Some--clearly not all--questions can be resolved by keeping better records of police activities. 

That's where body cameras come in, giving police and the public video images of encounters in the field. 

The police in the City of Talent have been using the cameras for a while now. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri January 16, 2015

Listening To Stories From "The Articulate Earth"

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David Rains Wallace is one of many people who fell in love with the American West and never got over it. 

He's been living in California and writing about the environment for decades now. 

And now a number of his shorter works have been compiled into Articulate Earth: Adventures in Ecocriticism.

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Jefferson Exchange | Jan 19-23, 2015
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Thu January 15, 2015

Helicopter Parents, Muhammad, and Econ Development: JX January 19-23

Another big week of chats on the issues looms on The Exchange.  We'll talk about helicopter parents (who hover near to their kids) on Monday.

A brief and colorful guide to the Prophet Muhammad gets an examination on Thursday.

And we'll hear about what the most successful cities do to spur economic development on Friday.

Here's the list, still in development:

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu January 15, 2015

Youth Lawsuit On Climate Change Moves Ahead

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We always talk about leaving the planet in good shape for future generations. 

With climate change, that might not be so easy. 

And that's exactly the point seized upon by Our Children's Trust

OCT files lawsuits in the name of children, seeking to trigger government action to protect young people from climate change impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu January 15, 2015

From Klamath Country To Rose Parade

Smoky and company in the Rose Festival Parade, New Year's Day.
Credit Klamath National Forest

The Oregon Ducks' visit to the Rose Bowl (and victory there) garnered most of the attention on New Year's Day. 

But there were other representatives from the region in Pasadena that day. 

An entry from the U.S. Forest Service, including Yreka-based Klamath National Forest, gave Smokey Bear, mules, packers, and forest rangers a moment in the sunshine, all part of an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu January 15, 2015

The Foods You Eat: "What The Fork?"

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It's not unusual for people to learn the truth about the foods they eat and utter an obscenity (or two). 

That's pretty much what happened to Stefanie Sacks years ago, and propelled her onto the path to learning more about nutrition. 

Now she's a professional chef with a master's degree in nutrition. 

And she bends a popular utterance into the title of her new book, What The Fork Are You Eating? An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed January 14, 2015

ACTing Locally For Regional Transportation

Credit Ken Lund

Anybody stuck in traffic on a regular basis wonders just what's being done to improve the transportation system. 

The fact is, work is going on all the time, at the state and local level. 

Oregon's transportation system includes Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs), which coordinate local efforts with the state, in all modes of transportation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed January 14, 2015

VENTSday: Free Speech v Terrorism + Internet "Eraser" Laws

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The terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine looms large in this week's VENTSday: how do we keep speech free when threatened with violence?

Our other topic this week concerns Internet "eraser" laws like the one that just took effect in California, allowing minors to remove their posts from web sites.  Is that a proper place for government?

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed January 14, 2015

The Mechanics Of Reversing Climate Change

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Just how warm can the planet get?  And just how badly do we NOT want to find out? 

Those are some of the key questions as the Earth and its residents come to grips with climate change. 

Yreka geologist Kevin Downing says we should be considering moves like carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

He'll present his views at an upcoming meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue January 13, 2015

Money For Oregon Residential Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction projects give fires no place to burn.
Credit NW Fire Blog

Forestry workers on both sides of the state line give constant reminders about the value of clearing away potential fire fuels on rural property. 

The whole concept of "defensible space" means putting that space between a rural home and the possibility of destruction. 

So the Oregon Department of Forestry offers some financial incentives to reduce fuels. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue January 13, 2015

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Most recent numbers from the EPA show 877 million pounds of pesticides used in agriculture in the USA annually.
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Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon January 12, 2015

Encouraging Students To Drive Less

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College campuses can be fun for walking, but driving… that's another matter. 

Streets clog easily, and parking can be tricky to find, at least free parking. 

Which is why Southern Oregon University just started a Drive Less Connect program. 

The general approach is to convince students to find ways to get to campus that do not involve private vehicles. 

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