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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Boxing Day | 9:00
10:20 am
Wed December 24, 2014

JX Sub: Tinsel Tales 2

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And the Christmas glow continues into Hour 2 of the usual Exchange slot today:

NPR Tinsel Tales 2 presents another round of seasonal stories from NPR contributors past and present.
 

Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Holiday Sounds With Em Harriss

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Sure, the music business can be a grind. 

But making music sure is fun… especially during the holidays, when everybody seems to hum a tune. 

Ashland-based Em Harriss recently visited the JPR studio to play some of her own songs, along with holiday favorites. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel put together this segment of songs and interviews. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Growing The Food Project

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People donate a mountain of money and food during the holiday season.  But people need food all year long. 

The Ashland Food Project set out to address the need several years ago, with regular, predictable food pickups. 

Now the model is in place in several Rogue Valley cities, and being copied elsewhere. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed December 24, 2014

The Secret Sidekicks Of History

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From the First Lady who ran the White House after Woodrow Wilson's stroke to the husband who stayed grounded while Amelia Earhart took off, history is full of interesting "plus-ones." 

These unsung heroes of history are featured in text and art in The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

Authors Jenny Volvovski and Julia Rothman did most of the text work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Gypsy Soul With Holiday Music

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Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?  The melody arrives in our heads with the words for most holiday songs. 

We get a chance to hear holiday songs from some of this area's finest musicians in a pair of segments this week. 

JPR Music Director Eric Teel interviews Gypsy Soul and they play some of their songs in a special holiday session on today's Exchange. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Collaborating On Early Learning In Medford

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The formula is well-known, but not always easily applied: strengthen families, and you strengthen children as students. 

This is the basic premise of the West Medford Early Learning Collaborative, which includes a number of organizations in the neighborhood of Medford's Jackson Elementary School. 

An Oregon Community Foundation grant helped the collaborative get started. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue December 23, 2014

A Life Changed: "Who Knows Tomorrow"

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Lisa Lovatt-Smith had it all by her mid-thirties: great jobs, famous friends, a house in Paris. 

Then she visited an orphanage in Africa, and her life turned upside-down.  And she let it. 

Today Lovatt-Smith lives in a mud hut in Ghana, running the organization OAfrica, which assists orphans. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Oregon's OTHER College Football Champions

Sunday's parade in Ashland. Even Santa waves.
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The National Championship trophy for college football will reside in Oregon.  And not in Eugene--not yet, anyway. 

We're not talking about the "big" football championship in the NCAA. 

The NAIA national champions are the Raiders of Southern Oregon University, winners of a final game with Marian University of Indiana. 

It's a big deal for a program nearly unnoticed in a state where football fans go nuts over the Oregon Ducks of the NCAA. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Mount Ashland Opens Its Slopes

What Mount Ashland usually looks like around Christmas.
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This season at Mt. Ashland Ski Area is already longer than last winter's. 

Lack of snow last year made it impossible for the resort to ever open the slopes. 

And it's not like there's been a huge amount of snow so far… but enough to allow a limited opening (two of four lifts) on December 19th. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:47 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Avoiding The Tentacles of "Technocreep"

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Here's a question that is getting rarer in today's world: "how did you know my name?" 

In the age of Facebook and Google, we can find out lots of things about lots of people.  Oh, and they can do the same to us. 

Cyber expert Thomas Keenan helped write Canada's computer crime laws decades ago; he writes about how far things have come in his book Technocreep: The Surrender of Privacy and the Capitalization of Intimacy

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Artistry In Funding Art Education

Joshua Morton, art, and subject (Michael Franti).
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Josh Morton not only teaches art, he wants students to be able to continue their educations in art. 

So the Grants Pass High School teacher set up a scholarship fund to help his art students afford college. 

And he put his own artwork--heavy on the musical artists--up for auction to add to the scholarship fund.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Expanding The Zone of "Watchable Wildlife"

The Rogue at Touvelle State Park.
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How did a guy who worked as a wildlife biologist manage to leave millions of dollars for enhancing "watchable wildlife?"

By being a savvy buyer and seller of real estate.

The late Bob Mace worked for Oregon Fish and Wildlife for years, retiring in the early 80s.

And he left money and property behind when he died, so more people over time would be able to enjoy watchable wildlife.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Stories Of Another Civil War

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American readers have long devoured stories and books about our Civil War. 

Maybe it seems safe, because it was so long ago. 

But our planet is no stranger to civil conflicts, including the long battle between Tamil and Sinhalese factions in Sri Lanka; it only ended five years ago.

Joanna Luloff spent several years in Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer; her fictionalized accounts of events and people there is contained in her book The Beach at Galle Road

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Jefferson Exchange | December 22-26, 2014
10:55 am
Thu December 18, 2014

SOU Football, Learning Collaboratives, and Holiday Specials: Dec 22-26 on JX

We hope the SOU football team brings a trophy.  The Southern Oregon U. football squad sends reps to the studio to talk about playing in the National Championship on Monday.

It's part of our set of Christmas week offerings on The Exchange.  We'll also delve into a learning collaborative in Medford, and offer a couple of musical segments.

Here, minus links and pix, is the week:

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Stay-At-Home Grandmoms: Project Independence

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Oregon started Project Independence nearly 40 years ago, to help senior citizens stay in their homes, relatively independent. 

The aging of society will undoubtedly put new pressures on the program, but it just got an infusion of cash from the state legislature. 

State Senator Alan Bates is one of the champions of the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Answers For Oysters With Shell Trouble

A Pacific oyster in Washington state.
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It's a tough life for a newly hatched oyster.  Shellfish have 48 hours after hatching to form a shell, or they die. 

And current ocean conditions make it harder for the shellfish larvae to make shells. 

Ocean researchers including George Waldbusser at Oregon State just studied the factors. 

The increasing acidity of the oceans is one, but there are others to take into account. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Finding CEOs Are NOT Indispensable

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Remember the company that the state of Oregon is suing over the Cover Oregon failure? 

That's Oracle, and its president made $78 Million last year.  And he's not the top-paid CEO in America. 

Corporations and their boards justify high CEO salaries because of how much a good CEO is worth to a company's bottom line. 

Lawyer and professor Michael Dorff took a look at those bottom lines.  And in his book Indispensable and Other Myths, Dorff points out that the claimed connections are overblown. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Moving Forward On The Elliot Forest

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Oregon's Elliott State Forest will not be sold to timber companies, but it could very well get some new owner. 

The Oregon Land Board decided against a plan to sell the Elliott, but now a new proposal to seek another public buyer, or a public-private partnership, is in the works. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups strongly opposed the earlier sale idea. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

VENTSday: Torture + Weakening Bank Rules

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What did YOU make of the "torture report" of the Senate Intelligence Committee? 

And what do you think of Congress weakening rules on banks as part of the gigantic spending bill last weekend?  Those are the key questions on this week's VENTSday segment.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Christmas In The Old(ish) Country

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The 20th century came late to much of rural Ireland. 

Electricity did not arrive in some households until the 1960s and 70s. 

So a certain rustic quaintness remained in Irish society, and in its Christmas traditions. 

The traditions are brought to life in "A Celtic Christmas," playing another Christmas season on stages across the country. 

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