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 | March 12, 2015 | 8:30
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What Early Head Start Grants Are Supposed To Do

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When we're really young, our brains grow by leaps and bounds… in normal conditions. 

Now imagine what happens to a growing child's brain if conditions are sub-standard. 

Giving all children a shot at a good life is the aim of Head Start programs.  And Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants from the federal Office of Head Start are meant to expand programs for the youngest kids. 

An Oregon partner just got a grant to help programs in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, among others. 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu March 12, 2015

Jude Bijou Puts You To Sleep

How will today's nap affect tonight's sleep?
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Jude Bijou followed in her father's footsteps by going into the field of psychology. 

But after a time, she realized she was miserable, and set about making changes. 

Her current approach to therapy is more holistic than what she began with. 

It even includes ideas on life disruptions like sleeping poorly

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed March 11, 2015

Eating Right Early In Life (And Before?)

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Can you count the number of times your parents urged you to eat your vegetables? 

It's part of childhood, and good advice: eating right early in life makes a big difference later.  That knowledge led to the creation of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The institute hosts nutrition forums across the state to make the case for proper nutrition for children, all the way back to the time of conception. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed March 11, 2015

VENTSday: "In God We Trust" + Public/Private Email

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Tell us what you think: how would you feel if your city or county leaders wanted to paint "In God We Trust" on the wall of their meeting room?  It happened recently in Washington, and is being considered in other places.  LINK to the people behind it all here.

And what do you think about emails from and to public officials--always/sometimes/never public records?

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the 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 | March 11, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 11, 2015

Forget The Inside: "Taming Your Outer Child"

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For a few years there, talk of healing the "inner child" was all over the place. 

The Eagles' song "Get Over It" might have hastened the demise of that talk. 

Now comes psychotherapist Susan Anderson with a different slant: the outer child.  Anderson says THAT'S the part of us that often gets us in trouble. 

She offers perspective in her book Taming Your Outer Child.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 10, 2015

Tweaking The BLM Version Of A Timber Sale

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"If you want something done right, do it yourself," goes the old saying. 

Some Applegate Valley residents took that advice to heart when they had issues with a timber sale planned by the BLM. 

They found the Nedsbar sale timber-heavy and rough on habitat. 

So, with guidance from the Klamath Forest Alliance and other groups, they proposed their own version of the sale, a "Community Alternative."   

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 10, 2015

Arsenic In Water And Its Different Forms

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Arsenic is all around us.  That's not as happy as "love is all around," but it's true… arsenic is abundant in the earth's surface, and it often finds its way into drinking water. 

But the KIND of arsenic can make a big difference, and a University of Oregon scientist says arsenic can cycle between toxic and less-toxic forms. 

Meaning we might be able to make it less troublesome in water.  The study focused on a number of wells in the Creswell area.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 10, 2015

Eggs And Makin': "Art Before Breakfast"

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Some of us are just born to make art.  Some of us get hives at the very thought of picking up a paintbrush. 

Danny Gregory isn't picky; he seems to think we should all make an effort to express ourselves through art. 

In his book Art Before Breakfast, Danny offers exercises in art--some can be done in five or ten minutes--to spur creativity for a richer life. 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon March 9, 2015

Facing Down Debt

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Trying buying a house today at 1985 prices.  Or a car, for that matter… both have gotten considerably more expensive over the years. 

But in that same 30-year period, real wages have been generally stagnant. 

So how do people afford the things they need?  Debt. 

A conference on the subject, "Up From Debt," comes to several locations next Saturday (March 14). 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon March 9, 2015

Reducing The Need for Oregon Prisons

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The state of Oregon will not be building new prisons anytime soon. 

The legislature decided two years ago to put more money into programs that will prevent crimes, avoiding the creation of new prison residents. 

In theory, that puts more money and emphasis into programs like Klamath County Community Corrections

The legislature is debating just how MUCH money right now. 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon March 9, 2015

"Legendary Locals of Ashland"

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Arcadia Publishing has figured out how to sell a lot of books in a lot of small towns. 

Arcadia publishes books of historical pictures from towns all over the country. 

The second wave is a set of books about the "Legendary Locals;" the noteworthy people in the history of a community. 

Legendary Locals of Ashland is now out. 

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri March 6, 2015

Understanding Israel From Our Soil

A moment of what seemed like great progress, in 1978.
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The longstanding struggle between Israelis and Palestinians often leave the rest of the world dumbfounded. 

If understanding is the key to peace, some Southern Oregonians are working hard for peace. 

Members of Peace House in Ashland present many programs on the conflict, including one coming up on March 11, a teach-in at Southern Oregon University.   It's in conjunction with the United Nations Club at SOU and other groups.

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 6, 2015

Getting Through The Day When Your Life Is "Caffeinated"

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"I just can't function without my morning coffee."  If you don't say that, you probably know someone who does. 

Journalist Murray Carpenter is among that crowd, now proudly addicted to caffeine for three decades.  Just what IS that stuff? 

In his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, Carpenter reveals that a tablespoon of pure caffeine would probably kill you. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Mar 9-13, 2015
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Thu March 5, 2015

Legendary Locals, Sleep Help, and A Dirt Band Founder: March 9-13 on JX

The series of "Legendary Locals" books takes in JPR's hometown; we'll talk to the author in the coming week. 

We'll also get some helpful hints on how to sleep better at night and meet one of the founding fathers of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

It's another big week on the Jefferson Exchange, March 9th through 13th.

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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu March 5, 2015

The Many Alternatives In Alternative Energy

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We still burn lots of coal to light our lights, but over time we put more energy (pun intended) into alternative sources of electricity. 

The city of Astoria, Oregon just added a hydroelectric turbine to its city water system.  Hey, as long as water is falling...

The city got help from the Energy Trust of Oregon on the project. 

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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu March 5, 2015

It's Beneath Us: Groundwater Awareness Week

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Maybe something as important as drinking water should get more than a week for recognition. 

But next week, March 8-14, is Groundwater Awareness Week across the country. 

Our region traditionally relies on surface water fed by snowpack, but groundwater grows in importance in drought years. 

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JeffX | March 5, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu March 5, 2015

Jordan Cove Backers Make Their Case

Jordan Cove as it looks today, with the bridge at North Bend in the background.
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It's the top environmental issue in the region at the moment: the plan for a liquified natural gas export terminal near North Bend, and a long pipeline (230+ miles) to supply it. 

The Jordan Cove project has several regulatory hurdles to clear before any digging starts. 

Environmental groups are arrayed against it, and finding many similar opinions in the area. 

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JeffX | March 4, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed March 4, 2015

Jackson County's Special Election On A Pot Tax

Tell people Election Day is less than a week away, and you'll get mostly blank stares. 

But it's true in Jackson County, which is voting on a measure to decide if marijuana should be taxed by the county. 

And it is not yet clear if the county would even have the power under the new Oregon marijuana law. 

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JeffX | March 4, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 4, 2015

Science, Reason, And "The Moral Arc"

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There are those people, past and present, who have insisted that humans need religion to keep people on a solid moral footing. 

Some of those people insist that science displacing religion has NOT been good for morals. 

This is a space into which Michael Shermer jumps, with his book The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom

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JeffX | March 3, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 3, 2015

Teaching Wildland Fire Prevention Young

Creating defensible space involves removing potential fuels between fire and structure.
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Wildland firefighting agencies frequently stress the importance of protecting rural homes from fire by clearing out "defensible space." 

So why not get the message across to a younger audience? 

Ruch School in the Applegate Valley plans to join with community partners to make the school grounds more fire resistant, with students taking part in the process. 

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