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 | October 2, 2013
12:06 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

VENTSday-Federal Shutdown + Health Exchanges Open

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2013
12:02 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

Credit Pink Sherbet Photography

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:11 am
Tue October 1, 2013

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

California state prison overcrowding, 2006
Credit California DCR

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:08 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

The Oregon Capitol building at night
Credit M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2013
10:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Traffic-Calming or Driver-Irritating? The "Road Diet" Explored

Two lanes become one in a road diet
Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:37 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Art Robinson in his laboratory
Credit Polk County GOP

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2013
10:30 am
Mon September 30, 2013

Wild And Scenic vs. Straighter and Faster: Smith River & Highways

U.S. Highway 199 on the Smith River in Del Norte County
Credit Graham Hughes/Wild California

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:37 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

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School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
3:26 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Boosting The U. of California: "Promise For Education"

University of California, Berkeley.
Credit U of California

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 27, 2013
2:56 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Special Session Ahead: Tinkering (or not) With Oregon PERS

Credit The Leaf Project

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:59 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Eugene City Council To Allow Small Homeless Camps

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The Eugene City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance allowing small camps for the homeless.

The ordinance would give the council the authority to create multiple volunteer-run camps for up to 15 people… if a tryout with a first camp goes well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:55 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

Credit bizmology.hoovers.com

Ashland property owners who rent out their homes as vacation rentals are now required to conduct business more like hotel owners.

The Ashland City Council recently passed new restrictions on vacation rentals, including business licenses, land-use approvals, and collection of a lodging tax. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2013
11:45 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Enrollment Begins October 1st: Services For Women In Health Care Law

Credit Kelly Piet Photography

Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

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Long Hot Summer
4:21 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Fire Season Ends In Southwest Oregon

The Douglas Fire Complex in the early days of the firefight.
Credit NASA.gov

Fire season ended at last in most of Southern Oregon.

The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) dropped the fire danger to LOW at the stroke of midnight on Tuesday, September 24th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2013
11:41 am
Tue September 24, 2013

On The Road: Rethinking Rest Areas

Credit Ken Lund

"Rest Area 6 Miles Ahead" is a welcome sign to many a traveler in need of a visit to the facilities. 

And after a quick turnaround, you're on the road again.  But can rest areas do more and be more to travelers?   The semi-independent state agency Oregon Travel Experience is betting on a "Yes".  OTE spent the summer assessing the offerings at the state's traveler rest areas and the other amenities it manages, with an eye toward future improvements.  

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2013
11:34 am
Tue September 24, 2013

VENTSday-Congress & Defunding Obamacare + "Clearcut Oregon"

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We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2013
11:28 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Credit R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
2:04 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

A Push To Recycle (More) Plastic

Credit European Parliament

A few minutes on the lips, and then… where?

Where does that plastic bottle go when you're done with it?  Often to a landfill, even in a recycling-heavy state like Oregon.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
1:56 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

New Money For Tribal Justice And Safety

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The federal government just awarded millions of dollars in grants to American Indian tribes around the country, including several in Oregon.  The money is earmarked for law enforcement and crime prevention practices, and those program areas can be very broadly defined.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2013
11:34 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Remembering Feminist Writer Tillie Olsen

Credit University of Nebraska Press

Tillie Olsen is no longer with us, but her work remains fresh and alive.

The writer of short fiction and non-fiction works is described by some people as a feminist author, but that's an oversimplification.  Her work reflects a deep understanding of women and poor people, still relevant today.  Her daughter Kathie Olsen will join us to talk about the recent collection Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works.

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