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 3, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 3, 2015

Paying Attention On Colorectal Awareness Month

A colonoscopy in progress.
Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

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
10:10 am
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.
Credit Oregon Fish & Wildlife

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.
Credit Public Domain

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.
Credit Wikimedia

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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JeffX | February 27, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri February 27, 2015

Appreciating Life In The Shadow Of Death

Credit Marilyn Schlitz

We often stumble over the right thing to say to the survivors of a person who just died. 

"They're in a better place," some people will say.  Are they?  As much as religion and desire speak of a beautiful afterlife, we just don't know. 

But a new documentary movie, "Death Makes Life Possible," explores the subject of death in depth. 

People who are approaching the end, and people who have nearly died and been revived, share their stories. 

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu February 26, 2015

"Poetry Out Loud" Packs 'Em In

Former Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Peterson congratulates a participate at an earlier Poetry Out Loud.
Credit Oregon Arts Commission via Vimeo

You certainly can enjoy poetry in silence, with just you and the poem present. 

But lots of people think poetry is meant to be read out loud.  And that's exactly what happens at the Poetry Out Loud contests across the country. 

A record 38 Oregon high schools are participating this year. 

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Airlift For An Ailing Turtle

Solstice at the aquarium in Oregon.
Credit Corinne Boyer/KLCC

The U.S. Coast Guard often makes headlines when it flies people to safety from hazards on the ocean. 

But the Coast Guard made headlines by flying a non-human to safety this week. 

Solstice the sea turtle arrived at Seaworld in San Diego this week, after some initial care at the Oregon Coast Aquarium

Solstice is an endangered olive ridley sea turtle.

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JeffX | February 26, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu February 26, 2015

Electric Cars And The Oregon Economy

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The people who drive electric cars certainly swear by their usefulness and economy. 

And their effects extend far beyond the vehicles wheels. 

Drive Oregon, always on the job of building the electric vehicle industry, says electrics have a profound effect on the Oregon economy and even the state budget. 

A report just released shows the figures to back up the case.

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed February 25, 2015

Criminalizing Homelessness In California

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Leaders of many cities refer to a nebulous "homeless problem."  And it appears the solution for some cities is to make being homeless a crime. 

The Policy Advocacy Clinic at the University of California-Berkeley just released a research report about the increase of laws criminalizing homelessness across California. 

The authors say the report shows California cities engaging in the practice more than cities in other states. 

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JeffX | February 25, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed February 25, 2015

A Biography Of PTSD

Credit Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

How do you live after you've almost died?  David Morris says that is one of the central questions within PTSD, post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Morris is a former marine who writes about PTSD and its prevalance in The Evil Hours.

Morris calls the book "a biography of PTSD;" it gives insights into the symptoms of PTSD and its astonishing frequency among service members in the post-9/11 period. 

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 8:00
11:04 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Women Entrepreneurs Team With Community Works

Credit Public Domain

The talk in a recovering economy often turns to how we can support and encourage entrepreneurs. 

This is nothing new for WESO, Women Entrepreneurs of Southern Oregon

WESO has been helping women start and maintain businesses for years now, and is moving into a new venture with activities and fundraising focused on the Dunn House women's shelter of Community Works.

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 8:30
11:02 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Race Awareness Week At Southern Oregon U.

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Black History Month and Race Awareness Week overlap this year at Southern Oregon University. 

SOU established a Multicultural Resource Center more than a decade ago, and continues to promote diversity on campus. 

A series of events on Race Awareness Week highlight the efforts. 

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JeffX | February 24, 2015 | 9:00
10:57 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Sustainability In Public Spaces

People flock to public fountains... just as in the days before indoor plumbing.
Credit Wikimedia

Designing cities around cars makes them efficient for drivers, but not entirely friendly to people on foot or bicycle. 

Recent decades marked a shift back toward pedestrian-friendly cities, and Mark Lakeman has been part of it. 

Lakeman works with cities to design sustainable public spaces, and he was an early consultant in the effort that led to Opportunity Village Eugene. 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

Innovation In Sexual Assault Handling At SOU

Sexual assault training exercise in the military.
Credit U.S. Navy

The rest of the country continues to take notice of the innovative programs for dealing with sexual assault in Ashland and at Southern Oregon University

The general approach: let the assault survivor call the shots on pace and depth of investigation. 

The city and SOU programs were featured on a national TV broadcast last month (20/20 on ABC). 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon February 23, 2015

"Ashland At Home" Studied By National Group

Ashland At Home volunteer assisting a client.
Credit Ashland At Home

The phrase "it takes a village" refers to the raising of children. 

But "villages" is also the term used for an approach to caring for the oldest members of society. 

Ashland At Home uses the village concept to help seniors stay in their homes later in life. 

And the program is now the focus of a national study on the effectiveness of villages. 

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JeffX | February 23, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon February 23, 2015

The World And Our Civil War

Credit Basic Books

The Civil War may have been the only full-fledged war fought on American soil, but the rest of the world was certainly watching. 

You've probably heard of the support for the North and the South from sympathizers in other countries.  The interest ran much deeper, with European leaders viewing the war as a chance to further (or defeat) democracy. 

Historian Don H. Doyle gives us this broader view in his book The Cause of All Nations: An International History of the American Civil War. 

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JeffX | February 20, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri February 20, 2015

Celebrating Diversity In Shasta County

Mien community members in traditional dress.
Credit CrossPointe Church, Redding

Shasta County is one of the whitest counties in California. 

But there are certainly pockets of diversity, including the presence of a Mien community with Asian roots. 

A celebration of the Mien community's acceptance began a dozen years ago in Lake Shasta, at the Multi-Cultural Celebration

It returns again this weekend (Saturday 11-3) to Central Valley High School.

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