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 10, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
1:36 pm
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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
10:10 am
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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JeffX | March 3, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 3, 2015

Paying Attention On Colorectal Awareness Month

A colonoscopy in progress.
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Colorectal cancer kills around 50,000 people in the United States every year. 

It certainly can be treated when detected, which is why the push is on once again for people to get screened. 

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. 

Carestream Clinic in Medford performs an alternative prep and other procedures. 

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JeffX | March 3, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 3, 2015

Our Relationships And "Four Ways To Click"

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Humans are social animals; we've heard that more than a few times.  We simply function better when we're in groups. 

And recent scientific research shows it's not just teamwork… our brains develop different wiring through relationships, both good and bad. 

In her book Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships, psychiatrist Dr. Amy Banks writes of re-wiring our brains to encourage connection.

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

The New Wolf Census: 77

OR-7, Western Oregon's first resident wolf in modern times.
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The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves. 

At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard. 

But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue. 

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Small Biz Loans For Innovation

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The federal government makes money available to small businesses in a variety of ways. 

Those include funds to stimulate innovation and technological breakthroughs. 

Business Oregon, a state agency, provides a number of programs to help businesses access the federal funds.

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JeffX | March 2, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 2, 2015

Tim Palmer, The True Rivermaster

The Illinois River in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness.
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We could talk to Tim Palmer all day about the natural wonders of our region. 

But we only get him in one-hour increments, so we have to have him back from time to time. 

Tim is the author of the Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, another on California's rivers, and several other books on natural features that make our land unique. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Mar 2-6, 2015
10:56 am
Fri February 27, 2015

Wolves, First Friday, and YES On Jordan Cove: JX Mar 2-6

Even without specifically mentioning OR-7, our audience likes to talk about wolves.  We'll do so again in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

And since it's the first week of the new month, our First Friday Arts segment comes to life on Friday. 

Our listeners will come to attention on Thursday, when a rep from the group that wants to build the Jordan Cove gas terminal and pipeline visits.

Just another week on the Exchange... here are confirmed highlights:

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JeffX | February 27, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri February 27, 2015

College Break On Top Of The World

Dhaulagiri Mountain in Nepal.
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Not every college student spends breaks from classes on the beach. 

In fact, a group from Southern Oregon University got ready for the current academic year by spending three weeks at "the roof of the world" -- in Nepal. 

The trip was something of a joint venture of SOU's Civic Engagement and Outdoor Adventure Leadership programs. 

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