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 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu February 6, 2014

No App For Happiness

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Max Strom invites us to his path for happiness (since there is no app).

Isn't social media great? 

You can connect with people you lost touch with years ago, and swap notes about your lives now.  And then you can put up pictures and see theirs and trade funny messages and wait for replies. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Foster Care Ombudsman For Oregon

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Pamela Butler and Zach Miller explain the steps in adding a foster care ombudsman.

Foster care is meant to keep children safe and healthy, but taking kids away from their parents is tough on everyone involved: children, birth parents, and foster parents.

There are advocates available for children, but Oregon is now about to take a further step. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

VENTSday: Punishment vs Rehab + Boosting The Graduation Rate

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Listeners vent on getting kids through school and how to treat criminals behind bars.

We continue to debate whether people behind bars are there to be punished or to be given a chance to improve their lives. 

And we continue to struggle with getting our children to graduate from high school on time.  These will be the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Helping Seniors Stay Secure

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Roberto D'Amico, Colleen Nelson and Joanne McCarley discuss senior financial abuse and spotting the signs of it.

It behooves us to think ahead to the days when we are not as sharp mentally as we once were.

When you think about it, how will we know we are not being taken advantage of? 

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Strike Set For Thursday
6:27 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Strike Deadline Approaches: Medford Teachers Talk

An informational picket by teachers and their supporters.
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Medford teachers and the school district returned to contract talks Tuesday, but not before taking more public shots at each other.

Mediation sessions resumed a few hours after the union chief and the school superintendent published dueling guest columns in the Mail Tribune of Medford.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Trinity Restoration Hits Rough Water

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Tom Stokely and Gary Graham Hughes fill us in on their issues with efforts to restore the Trinity River.

There is general agreement that the region's streams need a bit more help to be truly friendly places for fish. 

But there's plenty of disagreement over HOW to provide that help. 

Take the Trinity River in California. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Concern Over Mercury In Oregon Rivers

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Bill Meyers and Lori Pillsbury explain the reason for concern over mercury in Oregon rivers.

The Rogue River looks pristine in many places, but looks are deceiving. 

The Rogue, the McKenzie, and other Oregon rivers may be added to a list of streams bearing high levels of mercury.  In some of the native fish, though generally not the water.

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Jefferson Exchange | February 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Meeting And Talking To Anyone

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Marvin Brown walks us into casual conversations with people we just met. Yes, you CAN talk about the weather.

"Nice weather today." 

"Yes, but I hear it might rain." 

If this sounds like a conversation you've had often, you might be ready to absorb the knowledge of Marvin Brown. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:30 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Arguing Timber And Terminology

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Doug Heiken of Oregon Wild explains his group's issues with the White Castle sale.

The Bureau of Land Management calls the plan for the White Castle timber sale "variable retention harvest."

Environmental groups prefer "clearcut."  Welcome back to the frequent battles over logging in Western Oregon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | February 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:20 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Ski Season Woes

Mt. Shasta in summer. It is NOT supposed to look like this in winter.
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Jason Young explains what happens at a ski area (Shasta) when it's closed for lack of snow.

It's already February and some skiers still haven't been able to hit the slopes.

Winter storms have been rare visitors this winter, and winter recreation areas have little or no snow to work with.  Both Mt. Shasta Ski Park and Mt. Ashland Ski Area remain closed. 

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