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 13, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon April 13, 2015

Inside The Embattled Forest Service

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Did anybody LIKE the U.S. Forest Service around 1990? 

It was constantly in the middle of battles over proper forest management, the timber industry demanding more logs on one hand and conservationists urging more protection on the other. 

Jim Furnish was more than halfway through a long career with the Forest Service then. 

In Toward a Natural Forest, he details the pressures and pleasures of life within one of the most visible and controversial government agencies. 

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

Getting Even Fire Wiser In Ashland

The Oak Knoll fire is still a fresh memory.
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Ashland, built on forested hills, has always been especially vulnerable to wildfire.

11 homes were lost in the Oak Knoll fire of five years ago, and firefighters are determined to minimize the risk of a future such fire.

So several sections of town have been designated "Firewise" communities.

More than in any other city in the country, we're told.

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JeffX | April 10, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri April 10, 2015

Working To End Nuclear Weapons

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The world has fewer nuclear weapons than it once did.  But it would only take one to cause death and destruction on a massive scale. 

David and Anne Hall of the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action spent the last three decades working to rid the world of nukes... while more countries have built the weapons. 

They appear at events in Eugene this weekend, welcomed to town by Oregon Women's Action for New Directions

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JeffX | April 9, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu April 9, 2015

Missing Out On Quality Preschool

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The federal Department of Education and the White House are big on "high-quality preschool"... pre-kindergarten programs that get kids ready for school.

And a recent DOE report shows that many American students are not enrolled in such programs.

The percentages are even higher in California and Oregon.

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JeffX | April 9, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu April 9, 2015

Saving Water Without Losing The Lawn

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Drought puts pressure on water users to find ways to use less water.

And in suburban environments, that quickly turns our attention to lawns: green and pleasant, but water-intensive.

Short of ripping out the lawn, there are grasses that require less watering.

The Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance teamed up with the City of Ashland on demonstration projects.

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JeffX | April 9, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu April 9, 2015

Searching For Life's Next Step... On The Road

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What do young people do when they're trying to figure out the next step in life?  Often, they take a road trip.

Nathan Gebhard and his friends did just that nearly 15 years ago, and they're still at it.

Their efforts to find out how people got to where they are in life became Roadtrip Nation: a movement, a documentary series, and several books.

The latest is Roadmap: The Get-It-Together Guide for Figuring Out What To Do with Your Life.

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JeffX | April 8, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed April 8, 2015

Mexico And Drug Violence In Focus At AIFF

An image from "Cartel Land."
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Ashland's annual Independent Film Festival returns to screens in the city this weekend, with nearly 100 films all lengths and subjects.  Today we visit with some of the filmmakers displaying their work.

Matthew Heineman is the director of "Cartel Land," about the drug war and carnage in Mexico. 

And Bill and Turner Ross join us to talk about "Western," dealing with similar themes in the cities of Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Niegras, Mexico. 

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JeffX | April 8, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed April 8, 2015

Returning The Favor: "Saved By The Sea"

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We'll be celebrating Earth Day in the near future.  Journalist, documentary producer, activist, and scuba diver David Helvarg once observed that our celebrations seemed to stop at land's end, and did not include the oceans. 

He aims to correct the oversight in his book Saved By The Sea

Helvarg recounts his many experiences--plenty bad with the good--in the Earth's oceans in this memoir. 

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JeffX | April 7, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue April 7, 2015

From Redding To The Land Of Ebola

Ebola safety training for British doctors and nurses.
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Shasta County nurse practitioner Susie Foster recently returned to work after an extended leave.

But don't think of it as a vacation... Foster went to Sierra Leone in Africa to help treat Ebola patients.

It was neither fun nor easy, and it was not the first time Foster, from Hill Country Clinic in Round Mountain, made such a journey.

She also assisted earthquake victims in Haiti five years ago, among other trips.

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JeffX | April 7, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue April 7, 2015

The People Who Preserve The Past

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Preserving the past takes a lot of work in the present.

Just ask the people who work in museums, historical societies, and libraries.

They'll get a chance to ask each other for ideas at the Oregon Heritage Conference coming up later this month on the coast.

Count on Kyle Jansson being there from the Oregon Heritage Commission.

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JeffX | April 7, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue April 7, 2015

Barbara Marx Hubbard on "Conscious Evolution"

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Think about your own worldview of 17 years ago, and how much it's changed. 

The futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard has certainly observed some changes in herself, along with the human race. 

The book she wrote 17 years ago, Conscious Evolution, has been revised and re-released to take all the changes into account. 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon April 6, 2015

Arbor Week In Oregon

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When your state is known for its trees, just one day for Arbor Day is not enough. 

So both Oregon and California take a full week to celebrate trees and all they provide to the planet. 

Arbor Week is this week in Oregon (April 5-11). 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon April 6, 2015

Getting Kids Outside, To RAP

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A comedian once remarked that the federal agency responsible for nearly everything outdoors is the Department of the Interior. 

Jokes aside, the agency is working to get more people--especially young ones--out of doors. 

The Bureau of Land Management's "Take It Outside!" program includes the RAP camps for 8th graders this summer. 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon April 6, 2015

Author Jane Hamilton On Life And Fiction

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One of Jane Hamilton's college professors said Hamilton would write a novel one day. 

The professor was not actually talking TO Hamilton at the time, but she certainly followed through. 

The Book of Ruth won awards and got a boost from Oprah Winfrey's book club. 

And she followed that success with the acclaimed A Map of the World

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri April 3, 2015

Nell & Jim & You: First Friday In The Arts

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Country singers Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally call what they do "new old country music." 

And they'll perform it for an audience in Ashland Friday night (April 3rd). 

Before that, though, they'll be our featured guests on our First Friday Arts segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.  From gallery displays to throat singing to dance, all are welcome.

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri April 3, 2015

The Music Of Cornflower, In The Studio

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Rogue Valley-based one-man-band Cornflower needs little for his act: microphone and looping recorder. 

All the sounds come from him, layered over in multiple tracks. 

If you think that sounds like Bobby McFerrin, you're on the right track. 

Cornflower trained with McFerrin a while back.  Now Cornflower plans a spring tour, with dates already set for Ashland, Grants Pass, and Portland. 

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri April 3, 2015

Non-Profits For Today And Tomorrow

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Think fast: name a non-profit.  Chances are the first thing that came to mind was a charitable organization. 

But Donnie Maclurcan, social sciences professor and head of the Post Growth Institute, sees a future in which many organizations are not about making profits. 

And he's currently in the middle of a training program to start or revitalize non-profits. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Apr 6-10, 2015
5:32 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Nukes, Trees, And Jane Hamilton: JX April 6-10

The ongoing buffet that is The Jefferson Exchange lays out another set of delectable dishes for the first full week of April.

Highlights include a visit with a lifelong anti-nuclear weapons campaigner.

And we'll observe Arbor Week in Oregon (California celebrates in March).

And award-winning author Jane Hamilton visits, too.  Below, minus the pictures, is our still-developing menu...

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JeffX | April 2, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu April 2, 2015

Just HOW Much Warmer We Are

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It's a different world we're leaving our kids. 

A warmer one, certainly. 

A recent report from Environment Oregon shows that Oregon is clearly warmer than it was generations ago... and the Millennial generation reached adulthood in the hottest ten years in the last century. 

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JeffX | April 2, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu April 2, 2015

Bringing Theater Back To The Hometown

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Kate Jopson left the small town of Etna behind to pursue a career as a theater producer. 

Now she plans to combine her career and the community that produced her. 

National Arts Strategies named Kate a Creative Community Fellow, charged with using creativity to approach community issues. 

So Kate plans a production of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" back in Etna, to address the ongoing water struggles in Siskiyou County. 

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