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 16, 2013
11:10 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Human Trafficking: A Growing Global Problem

Credit Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund

Organizations who investigate such cases share their work on behalf of victims.

It is not easy to wrap our minds around the concept of human trafficking.

But figures indicate it is a legitimate criminal concern, and a rapidly growing one.  Call it slavery if you like… it has many attributes in common. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:50 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Jackson County Food Banks Reach 1-Million Pounds

Credit The Medford Food Project

John Javna shares the history and future of the Food Project concept.

The green bags caught on. 

A few years back, when John Javna and company started the Ashland Food Project, they kept count of how many pounds of food each drive collected.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:49 am
Fri December 13, 2013

The Polar Express Comes To Medford

Credit Rotary Club of Medford

Darren Ravassipour, Medford Rotary Club president, preview's the Polar Express event this weekend.

Even people who do not love trains can get excited about them as Christmas approaches.

Especially since the publication of the book "The Polar Express" and the movie version that followed.  The train to the North Pole (somewhat modified) comes to Medford's Railroad Park on Friday and Saturday nights. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 13, 2013
10:35 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival

Credit New Society Books

Author Giles Slade considers the disruptions that could take place if the warnings about climate change come to pass.

Just how hot will it get as climate change continues? 

Even if we don't notice the heat, what will rising sea levels do to coastal communities?  These are the questions Giles Slade considers in his book  American Exodus: Climate Change and the Coming Flight for Survival. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Look, Up In The Sky: Comics Students!

Benjamin Saunders catches up on academic work.
Credit University of Oregon

Department Director Benjamin Saunders and Assistant Professor Glynne Walley share where the program is going.

Funnies yes, but not a joke.

The University of Oregon seriously launched a comics and cartoon studies minor last year, the first of its kind in the country.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:05 am
Thu December 12, 2013

A Food Angel And An e-Chiever

Pamala Joy surrounded by the fruits of her labors.
Credit Ashlandfoodangels.org

Pamela Joy, with Ashland Food Angels is collecting food to help feed low income families in the Rogue Valley.

Thousands of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables and other food items are staying out of the trash and going straight to people in need, thanks to the help of one Ashland woman.

Pamala Joy, Director of the Ashland Food Angels, collects food from markets and bakeries around the Rogue Valley to help feed low income families.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2013
11:01 am
Thu December 12, 2013

T.R.'s Roots: "Heir To The Empire City"

Credit Perseus Books

Edward P. Kohn's book explores the early years that shaped U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt.

Any discussion of American President Theodore Roosevelt often goes straight to his tough-guy image. 

Yes, he charged up San Juan Hill in Cuba with a unit called The Rough Riders. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
11:04 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Childcare Least Affordable In Oregon

Credit Grant Barrett/Wikimedia

Jada Rupley, Oregon's Early Learning Director, responds to the lack of affordable child care and talks about efforts to change the situation.

Oregon can be an expensive place to raise a child.

In actual dollars, other states rank higher, but Oregon families pay a greater portion of their income for child care than in any other state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
11:00 am
Wed December 11, 2013

VENTSday: Snow Stories + Cell Phones On Planes

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Listeners vent BIG TIME on continued snow problems and cell phones on planes.

How was your week in the snow and how do you feel about cell phone use on planes?

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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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2013
10:56 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Just Like Mom Said, "Sharing Is Good"

Credit New Society Publishers

Beth Buczynski explains how sharing works, with a big assist from the Internet.

It's not just financial necessity that gets people thinking about sharing more things in their lives. 

Opening closets, cupboards and attics reminds us just how much STUFF we collect over the years. 

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