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 | December 23, 2013
10:22 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Behind The Numbers As Oregon Unemployment Declines

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Economist Guy Tauer from the Oregon Employment Department explains the current report on unemployment and the trends behind it.

Oregon's unemployment rate is only now dropping to levels last seen before the Great Recession. 

But there's still plenty of room for improvement; thousands of people are either looking for employment or new jobs to replace the ones they have. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 23, 2013
10:19 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Eating "Anything That Moves"

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Dana Goodyear describes the foods we're now eating and the ways we're preparing them in "Anything That Moves."

Remember a while back when we interviewed the author of a cookbook for bugs? 

Let's pick up that discussion once again, because interest in the subject is picking up momentum. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:29 am
Fri December 20, 2013

The Effects Of Salting Oregon Roads

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Jerry Marmon, Jeremiah Griffin and Gary Leaming detail the ODOT pilot project using salt on Siskiyou Summit.

What's good for driving may not necessarily be good for the vehicle, or the environment.

Salt is commonly used to help road crews get rid of snow and ice in colder climates, but Oregon began using it in recent years, in places like the frequently snowbound Siskiyou Summit. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:27 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Pesticide Use On Private Forests In Oregon

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Lisa Arkin and Peter Hayes discuss the effects of pesticide sprays on private forest land.

Public forests are managed with limits on their uses and are required to keep detailed records. 

Private forests, on the other hand, have to follow laws like the Oregon Forest Practices Act, but the records are less open to the public. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 20, 2013
10:26 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Keeping Them Down On The Farm (Bill)

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Dan Imhoff and Eric Shuck explain the (complicated) workings of federal farm bills.

Maybe by the time you read this, Congress will have completed work on a farm bill. 

But it certainly dragged its feet getting up to speed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:57 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Girl Scouts Beyond Bars

A Girl Scouts Beyond Bars troop in Texas.
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Cassandra Ross and Sarah Miller detail the Girl Scouts Beyond Bars program at Oregon's Coffee Creek prison.

Going to prison is no picnic, but it's hard on more than the person serving time. 

The Girl Scouts of America runs a program to help women in prison stay connected to their daughters, for the benefit of both.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:54 am
Thu December 19, 2013

Spotted Frog Take Two: Defending Protection

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Noah Greenwald from the Center for Biological Diversity makes the case for spotted frog listing.

And now the other side: our earlier conversation with Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams examined the resistance to the possible placement of the Oregon spotted frog on the endangered species list.

The frog (and its defenders) have been waiting a long time: it was first proposed for listing 20 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2013
10:48 am
Thu December 19, 2013

In The Studio With "A Celtic Christmas"

A previous staging of "A Celtic Christmas."
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Tomaseen Foley, William Coulter, Patrick D'Arcy and Alice Ryan bring "A Celtic Christmas" into our studio.

Maybe we're on the back side of the boom in interest in all things Irish.  But we don't see any waning of enthusiasm for the annual celebration called "A Celtic Christmas."

Ashland's own Tomaseen Foley started the show years ago, and brings the collection of stories, songs and dances to stages around the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:47 am
Wed December 18, 2013

What To Do About Oregon's Spotted Frog

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Klamath County Commissioner Tom Mallams weighs in on spotted frog habitat.

More troubles for the spotted frog. 

The Klamath County commissioners have voted unanimously against the idea of designating more than 56,000 acres in Oregon as critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2013
10:45 am
Wed December 18, 2013

VENTSday: Gun Control + Celebrating The Holidays

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Listeners vent on gun control and holiday season observances.

We want to know what you think about gun control in the year since Sandy Hook and how you celebrate (or don't) in the holiday season?

Our weekly ritual is renewed, as we throw a pair of topics on the table--in theory, unrelated--and open up the phone lines and the email box to gather your take on either or both of the issues.

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