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 | February 26, 2015 | 8:00
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"Poetry Out Loud" Packs 'Em In

Former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson congratulates a participate at an earlier Poetry Out Loud.
Credit Oregon Arts Commission via Vimeo

You certainly can enjoy poetry in silence, with just you and the poem present. 

But lots of people think poetry is meant to be read out loud.  And that's exactly what happens at the Poetry Out Loud contests across the country. 

A record 38 Oregon high schools are participating this year. 

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu February 26, 2015

Airlift For An Ailing Turtle

Solstice at the aquarium in Oregon.
Credit Corinne Boyer/KLCC

The U.S. Coast Guard often makes headlines when it flies people to safety from hazards on the ocean. 

But the Coast Guard made headlines by flying a non-human to safety this week. 

Solstice the sea turtle arrived at Seaworld in San Diego this week, after some initial care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Solstice is an endangered olive ridley sea turtle.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Cars And The Oregon Economy

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The people who drive electric cars certainly swear by their usefulness and economy. 

And their effects extend far beyond the vehicles wheels. 

Drive Oregon, always on the job of building the electric vehicle industry, says electrics have a profound effect on the Oregon economy and even the state budget. 

A report just released shows the figures to back up the case.

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed February 25, 2015

A Biography Of PTSD

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How do you live after you've almost died?  David Morris says that is one of the central questions within PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Morris is a former marine who writes about PTSD and its prevalance in The Evil Hours.

Morris calls the book "a biography of PTSD;" it gives insights into the symptoms of PTSD and its astonishing frequency among service members in the post-9/11 period. 

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

Women Entrepreneurs Team With Community Works

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The talk in a recovering economy often turns to how we can support and encourage entrepreneurs. 

This is nothing new for WESO, Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon

WESO has been helping women start and maintain businesses for years now, and is moving into a new venture with activities and fundraising focused on the Dunn House women's shelter of Community Works.

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon February 23, 2015

Race Awareness Week At Southern Oregon U.

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Black History Month and Race Awareness Week overlap this year at Southern Oregon University. 

SOU established a Multicultural Resource Center more than a decade ago, and continues to promote diversity on campus. 

A series of events on Race Awareness Week highlight the efforts. 

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

Sustainability In Public Spaces

People flock to public fountains... just as in the days before indoor plumbing.
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Designing cities around cars makes them efficient for drivers, but not entirely friendly to people on foot or bicycle. 

Recent decades marked a shift back toward pedestrian-friendly cities, and Mark Lakeman has been part of it. 

Lakeman works with cities to design sustainable public spaces, and he was an early consultant in the effort that led to Opportunity Village Eugene. 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Sexual assault training exercise in the military.
Credit U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon February 23, 2015

"Ashland At Home" Studied By National Group

Ashland At Home volunteer assisting a client.
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The phrase "it takes a village" refers to the raising of children. 

But "villages" is also the term used for an approach to caring for the oldest members of society. 

Ashland At Home uses the village concept to help seniors stay in their homes later in life. 

And the program is now the focus of a national study on the effectiveness of villages. 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

The World And Our Civil War

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The Civil War may have been the only full-fledged war fought on American soil, but the rest of the world was certainly watching. 

You've probably heard of the support for the North and the South from sympathizers in other countries.  The interest ran much deeper, with European leaders viewing the war as a chance to further (or defeat) democracy. 

Historian Don H. Doyle gives us this broader view in his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War. 

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JeffX | February 20, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri February 20, 2015

Celebrating Diversity In Shasta County

Mien community members in traditional dress.
Credit CrossPointe Church, Redding

Shasta County is one of the whitest counties in California. 

But there are certainly pockets of diversity, including the presence of a Mien community with Asian roots. 

A celebration of the Mien community's acceptance began a dozen years ago in Lake Shasta, at the Multi-Cultural Celebration

It returns again this weekend (Saturday 11-3) to Central Valley High School.

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JeffX | February 20, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri February 20, 2015

Promoting Art At The Grants Pass Museum

The current home of the museum.
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36 years ago, Oregon was not blessed with abundance of art museums. 

The Grants Pass Museum of Art became the fourth at that time, and it is still going strong today. 

It's an accomplishment for a place that started in a 20 x 24-foot upstairs room downtown. 

The museum celebrates past, present and future at its Black, White, & The Blues event this weekend. 

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JeffX | February 20, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri February 20, 2015

Unequal Justice For African-Americans, "Ghettoside"

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Discussions of crime in America frequently turn to the issue of black-on-black violence, its causes and effects. 

It's nearly an everyday occurrence in the part of Los Angeles some residents and police refer to as "ghettoside."

Jill Leovy uses the term as the title of her book on a Los Angeles murder: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon's First Licensed Hemp Farmer

Hemp harvest in France, where hemp has been legal for a long time.
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Edgar Winters probably deals with a little confusion over his name.  But for an extra S, it's the same as the name of a legendary rock musician ("Frankenstein" et al). 

But Edgar Winters is making a name for himself as the first farmer in Oregon with a license to grow hemp. 

The versatile crop is now being allowed in Oregon fields, despite it being banned along with its sibling, marijuana, under federal law. 

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu February 19, 2015

Connecting To Services For Seniors/Disabilities

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The aging of the population probably means more people using Oregon's ADRC in the coming years. 

ADRC, the Aging and Disability Resource Connection, provides a gateway to many services available to seniors and people with disabilities. 

A person or caregiver just beginning to deal with new issues related to aging or a disability can easily be overwhelmed with the situation... and the many choices for remedying it. 

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JeffX | February 19, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu February 19, 2015

Homebrewers And Professionals Unite (Over Beer)

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  The weekend is almost here… is it too soon to pop open a cold one? 

People across the country are making their own "cold ones" by brewing beer at home. 

The American Homebrewers Association gives them plenty of support, including providing connections to local professional brewers. 

The AHA will hold a rally at an Ashland brewery this weekend to unite beer likers and makers. 

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JeffX | February 18, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed February 18, 2015

Back To The River: Atkinson On The Klamath

Copco #1 Dam on the Klamath, proposed for removal.
Credit Amelia Templeton/EarthFix

A new documentary on the Klamath River and the efforts to restore the Klamath Basin is due next month. 

Producer and former Oregon state senator Jason Atkinson is putting the final touches on the project. 

The group Oregon Wildlife hosts Atkinson discussing the project tonight (Feb. 18, at 6:30 at the Craterian) in Medford. 

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JeffX | February 18, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed February 18, 2015

VENTSday: Oregon's New Governor + Declaring War

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Shortly after this week's VENTSday segment, Oregon gets a brand-new governor in the person of Kate Brown. 

And when Congress returns from vacation next week, it will consider a new authorization of force--essentially, a declaration of war--for the president to use against the Islamic State group. 

These are this week's VENTSday topics.  VENTSday puts our listeners front and center. 

We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics. 

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JeffX | February 18, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed February 18, 2015

Iran, Baha'i, And Working To End Oppression

A Baha'i cemetery in Iran, destroyed by bulldozer.
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Iran's relationship with the rest of the world has its ups and downs.  The country's development of nuclear power continues to cause anxiety in America and elsewhere. 

And the regime continues to cause anxiety and worse for its own people... especially religious minorities. 

As Amnesty International and other groups point out, Iran severely oppresses the Baha'i and other non-Muslim groups, denying Baha'is the right to education, even torturing and killing some of them. 

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