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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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

VENTSday (on Thursday): Teacher Strikes + Universal Pre-K

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Listeners VENT on whether teachers should strike, and if we need pre-kindergarten for all kids.

Teachers are on strike in Medford, but should they be allowed to strike, anywhere?  And does universal pre-kindergarten confer all the benefits promised? 

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 20, 2014

How To Work A Room

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Susan RoAne guides us through getting to know "strangers" with sincerity.

We often speak admiringly of people who can “work a room”... navigating a business or social gathering, impressing others as the move along. 

Somebody must have written a book about how to do that well.  In fact, somebody did.  Susan Roane even registered the trademark to the name How to Work A Room.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

E-Cigarettes Legislation Dies in Oregon Legislature

An E-cigarette and various bottles of fuel.
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Rep. Phil Barnhart explains his opposition to e-cigarettes, and why the bills died in the legislature.

Oregon's short 2014 legislative session will end without new regulations on new cigarettes. 

Electronic or “E-cigarettes” came on the market fast enough to catch many regulators by surprise.

Yes, there is nicotine in the devices, but no actual tobacco.  Users do inhale burned nicotine and other substances, but in the form of vapor, not smoke. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Marriage Campaign Ramps Up In Oregon

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Stephen Jensen and Mike Marshall argue for same-sex marriage in Oregon/discuss the campaign.

Oregon voted to enshrine marriage in the state constitution as a one man/one woman transaction nearly ten years ago. 

With the tide of public opinion changing, a campaign is mounting to reverse that earlier vote.  The Oregon United for Marriage Campaign wants to broaden the definition to include either two men or two women.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Should We Live?

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Roman Krznaric talks about some of the great advice we can use from some great minds in the past.

Maybe our predecessors could not imagine cell phones or cars, but they certainly spent some time thinking about life. 

And many of their thoughts about how to approach it are still valid. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Meals On Wheels With A Wobble

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Marc Kane explains the evolving funding situation at the Klamath Basin Senior Citizens Center.

The Meals on Wheels program for seniors is popular in Klamath County. 

Maybe a little too popular for its own good.  The program that delivers meals to seniors has a waiting list... and not much money to make that list shorter. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Oregon Students Missing Out On AP Chances

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Crystal Green and Andrea Morgan of the Oregon Department of Education discuss AP classes.

College-bound high school students can get a leg up on their post-secondary education by taking Advanced Placement (AP) exams and classes. 

But a recent national report shows many Oregon students do not take advantage of the AP offerings. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Depicting Native Americans In Project 562

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Matika Wilbur talks of the many highs and some lows of Project 562.

There's not a lot of in-between in mass media depictions of Native Americans. 

We often get either the Hollywood depictions of noble warriors from the movies, or the news stories about alcoholism and poverty on the reservation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Getting Busy AFTER Retirement

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Indra Nicholas and Cathyann Wright boost volunteer opportunities for seniors and everybody else.

Some people think of retirement as a set of sunny years playing lots of golf. 

Some other people might find that concept of retirement to be something straight out of hell. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Reviving Crop Donation Tax Credits

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Beverly Hughes at Food For Lane County explains the efforts to revive the crop donation tax credit.

Drop a bag of clothing off at Goodwill, and you'll get a receipt and a potential tax credit. 

But farmers who grow extra acres of food and donate the produce to food banks get no such tax credit in Oregon.  And they used to. 

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