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 | June 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Wilderness Now And For The Future

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness west of Selma, Oregon.
Credit Public Domain

Our country has taken steps to protect some of its wild areas, but the picture in the rest of the world can be grim. 

And no matter where the wilderness, climate change presents another set of issues. 

These and more will be discussed at the upcoming Oregon Wilderness Conference in Portland, hosted by the group Oregon Wild. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 2-6, 2014
11:26 am
Fri May 30, 2014

...and The Rest: The Week On The Exchange

Some of the guests we talk to on The Exchange are booked months in advance. 

And then some of them are booked the day before. 

It's a constant churn of people and subjects... and it allows us to share our list for the week in advance.

So here, minus the pretty pictures and functioning links, is our lineup for the balance of the week of June 2nd:

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Hacking For Community Good

Credit Almonroth/Wikimedia Commons

The term "hacking" still has some negative connotations, rather like "tagging." 

But plenty of people who are turned onto technology are determined to rehabilitate the term. 

Case in point: the National Day of Civic Hacking, set to take place this weekend (May 31-June 1).

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Restoring School Art Programs In Oregon

Credit Wikipedia Commons

When the budget ax falls on schools, it tends to fall first on the programs that are not seen as essential to learning, music and art among them. 

School funding and some programs are slowly rebounding from the recession, but many schools do without. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Do Your Laundry Or You'll Die Alone

Credit laundryordie.com

So, you're sending a child off into the world once and for all. 

What are your final words of advice? 

How about Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone?

That's what Becky Blades offers to the world in her book by that name. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On The Verge Of Fire Season

It will happen; the only question is: how much?
Credit U.S. Army Corp of Engineers

Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season. 

So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live. 

But this fire season, which could be declared at any time (already underway south of the state line) , threatens to be a rough one in Oregon and California. 

It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Uses (And Abuses) Of Psychedelic Drugs

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The "Psychedelic 60s" are way behind us, and Timothy Leary died a generation ago. 

But the class of drugs that fascinated Leary--psychedelics like LSD--still fascinate some people today. 

Research and reporting on psychedelics is on an upswing, and an "Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion, and Science" conference is planned for Friday at Southern Oregon University. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Living Up To The Name At "Help Now!"

Credit guernicamag.org

When the going gets tough but your basic needs are addressed, where do you turn? 

Plenty of agencies can feed, house, or clothe you... but trickier situations require a different kind of agency. 

Help Now! Advocacy Center in Medford helps people--often poor people--through crisis situations in their lives.  It often takes a single phone call.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

There are so many ways to damage a human body. 

And a whole lot of ways to fix bodies, too. 

Asante Ashland Community Hospital just won an award for the success of its Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Berlin HIV Patients: "Cured"

HIV under an electron microscope.
Credit Public Domain

Here's a pair of terms medical science has long sought to put in the same sentence: HIV and cure. 

Not only sought, but succeeded. 

Two men identified as "The Berlin Patients" received treatments that banished the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from their bodies. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Recovering Oregon's African-American History

Richard Bogle and Family, prominent in Oregon and Washington in the 19th Century.
Credit Oregon Black Pioneers

African-Americans were simply not allowed to live in Oregon, under the exclusion laws passed early in the state's history.  But the enforcement of the laws was spotty, and there IS a record of black habitation in the face of racism. The Oregon Black Pioneers and the State Historic Preservation Office are joining forces to make sure that history is highlighted and preserved.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue May 27, 2014

Elk Creek, Undammed And Open For Recreation

Elk Creek Dam, notched so Elk Creek flows freely through it.
Credit Little Mountain/Wikimedia

Land that was once meant to be underwater is now available for recreation by us land-based creatures.Elk Creek Dam north of Medford was never finished; it was eventually dynamited so Elk Creek, a Rogue River tributary, could flow freely once again.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 9:00
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Tue May 27, 2014

The Underwater Museum

Credit underwatersculpture.com

We're a radio station, but oh boy, is this a visual story.  

In fact, you'll want to click THIS LINK now to get an idea of the impact on the eye.  Jason deCaires Taylor works as an artist, but he's got an environmental bent, too.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 26-30, 2014
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Coming Attractions: May 26-30 On The Exchange

Every weekday, we put up the items for the next day's Exchange, all pretty with pictures and links. 

Well, here's what the list looks like before the hairstyling and nail polish.

One polite reminder: plans can change for us and for our guests, so what you hear on the air could vary from this lineup...

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri May 23, 2014

What's Behind Oregon's Improving Employment

Credit Public Domain

Officially, the national recession ended several years ago. 

You could not prove that by a lot of workers, especially in Oregon. 

But employment in the state appears to be improving, if not surging... it's just not consistent across the state; Southwest Oregon lags behind.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Celebrating Birds In The Rogue Valley

A starling pauses to reflect.
Credit fazyk/Wikimedia

The abundant wildlife of our region is there to be looked at, if you have the means. 

And it doesn't take much in either means or time to watch birds. 

Birders revel in the sighting of birds both common and rare, and there's no special training involved. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory will try to help prospective birders take flight in the first-ever Mountain Bird Festival, coming to the Ashland area over Memorial Day weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tuberculosis In History: "The Remedy"

Credit Penguin Books

More than a century ago, a diagnosis of tuberculosis meant almost certain death for the patient. 

Medical science desperately searched for a cure. 

Then physician Robert Koch announced success: he could stop TB.

Another physician, Arthur Conan Doyle, took great interest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Talking Computers To Help Dispatchers

A dispatcher at work for Oregon State Police.
Credit Oregon.gov

Think about the stress levels incurred by emergency dispatchers: they need to dispatch emergency workers WHILE they are still taking details of the incident over the phone. 

Seconds count in emergency services, and that overlap costs time. 

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatches first responders in Jackson County, and ECSO has a new tool. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Oregon Innovation At The Smithsonian

California is represented at the Smithsonian; what will Oregon send?
Credit Wikimedia

Coming soon to the Smithsonian: the innovation and invention of Southern Oregon. 

The region is one of several around the country that will be represented at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. 

Scienceworks Hands-On Museum received a grant to research and produce a video showing the history and future of innovation in the area. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu May 22, 2014

State+Fed+Local Pot Laws=Confusion

Credit Wikimedia

You can forgive the casual observer for being confused about marijuana laws in our region. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana laws. 

Neighboring Washington allows pot for personal use. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana dispensaries, sort of. 

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