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 | June 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

From Ditch Bank To Trail To ...?

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Rocky Houston talks trails, present and future.

One of the region's older trails is up for consideration as part of Oregon's system of State Designated Scenic Trails. 

The Sterling Mine Ditch Trail began life in Jacksonville's mining days, alongside the ditch built to carry water to hydraulic mining operations. 

The public can help decide if the trail will be included in the state system. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Mapping GMO and Non-GMO Crops

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Chris Hardy talks about GMO and non-GMO farms and their issues.

Jackson County voters decided to ban GMO crops in the county, but that is far from the end of the issue. 

Genetically modified crops are still the focus of great debate. 

The state of Oregon is considering moves to map GMO and non-GMO crops, to better keep them apart. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Sorry About That (Or Are They?)

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Ed Battistella advocates for fewer apologies, given more sincerely.

Did you hear the one about the politician who apologized?  Yeah, neither did we. 

Public official apologies are usually along the lines of "I'm sorry if anyone took offense..."  Notice the careful construction. 

Linguist Edwin Battistella of Southern Oregon University certainly noticed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Afghanistan, PTSD, and The Gulf Spill--in Opera

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Tiziana DellaRovere, Ethan Gans-Morse and Bill Ritch visit to discuss their opera.

An opera premiering in Portland in September is meant to be more than just theater with music; it is also meant to heal. 

"The Canticle of the Black Madonna" is a modern story of a soldier struggling with PTSD from the Afghanistan war… in his native Louisiana during the oil spill. 

The opera is the creation of composer Ethan Gans-Morse and librettist Tiziana DellaRovere of the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Looking Hard For People To Hire

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Jessica Nelson talks about mismatches between jobs and workers.

Both employers and potential employees are complaining about the current hiring climate in Oregon. 

The employers want workers and the workers want jobs, but there are mismatches. 

Many employers report difficulty filling jobs, because they require more skills than many of the available workers possess. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

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Katherine Baicker dives into the voluminous data of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment.

Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30-July 4, 2014
1:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Teacher Training, First THURSDAY, and "I'm Sorry": The Week on The Exchange

The week that includes the Fourth of July creates some challenges: on one hand, the Exchange crew only has to schedule four days of new material.

On the other hand, our First Friday Arts segment has to move to THURSDAY, so it doesn't fall on the holiday. 

Keep the need to call in with arts events a day early in mind... as you peruse the list of the rest of the week's attractions on The Jefferson Exchange... (pictures and web links sold separately).

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Californa Marine Sanctuary Expansions Considered

A humpback whale tail in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
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Maria Brown and Dan Howard describe the plans and process for expanding their National Marine Sanctuaries.

Sea creatures and their habitat already enjoy protection in federal marine sanctuaries off the California coast. 

Now those sanctuaries may expand, and people interested in the process can comment... for a few more days ('til June 30th... here).

The proposal would expand both the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The ABCs of Lightning

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Ryan Sandler and Mike Stavish explain how lightning works.

It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating. 

Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July. 

Before we get to the heart of lightning season, we're getting warnings about how WE should behave around lightning. 

Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Break-Making For The Brand-New Baker

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Josey Baker talks us through making our first loaves.

Maybe you like the IDEA of baking your own bread, but find the process daunting. 

We may have just the thing for you, a book on baking bread for beginners, Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker is a former science teacher; with a name like his, he might have been destined to make bread, and he does. 

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