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 | March 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Jackson County Prepares To Vote On Libraries

Main library in Medford.
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Cathy Shaw of Libraries For All Jackson County makes the case in favor of the library district vote in May.

Like so many other things, public libraries have become a political football in recent decades, subject to cutting or closing to balance local budgets. 

Jackson County lived through one round of library shutdowns in 2007, only to see libraries reopen with outsourced management and reduced hours. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

VENTSday: Whither Cover Oregon + Daylight Time

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Listeners attack and defend Cover Oregon and Daylight Saving Time.

Oregon's troubled health care exchange, Cover Oregon, continues to struggle. 

And many of us continue to struggle with the recent switch to Daylight Saving Time.  Those are the subject areas for the weekly free-for-all we call VENTSday. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Women, "Born To Receive" As Well As Give

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Amanda Owen explains what it takes for women to become receivers as well as givers.

Maybe Mom and Dad told us it's better to give than to receive, but there's a need for balance, isn't there?

Social worker/counselor/consultant Amanda Owen advises women in particular to counter their giving tendencies by allowing themselves to be on the receiving end of nurturing and generosity. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Closing Ranks On Colonoscopies

A colonoscopy in progress.
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Jason Parks talks about getting the Oregon legislature to pass a law on colonoscopy coverage.

The Oregon Legislature recently took a stand on colonoscopies. 

Not pro or con, mind you--medicine is quite convinced of the value of a picture of the large intestine.  What the legislature did is make sure that insurance companies will cover the cost of removing polyps discovered during the procedure. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Approaching The End With COHO

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Chaplain Fred Grewe talks about helping people assess life... when it is ending.

The organization that goes by "COHO" is not about fish. 

The name is an acronym for Choosing Options, Honoring Options: helping people make choices about the end of life that will be respected and followed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

China And "The Contest Of The Century"

The flag of China.
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Geoff Dyer details China's rise and the American response to it.

When Russia is not flexing its muscles, China is often the focus of incidents on the world stage. 

There are more people in China than any other country, and its economic growth has been nothing short of astounding.  And it is widely suspected that China wants to turn its economic might into other kinds of power. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Oregon's version of SNAP: the Oregon Trail Card.

Robyn Johnson talks about the effects of Oregon Trail ("food stamp") use in the state.

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

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

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

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George Brown and Lisa Arkin talk about the Eugene City Council passing restrictions on neo-nicotinoid pesticides.

It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Rainforests And "Ecosystem Services" From Standing Timber

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Dominick DellaSala and Henrik von Wehrten explain how temperate rainforests deliver "ecosystem services."

Throw another log on the fire of debate over proper use of forests in the region. 

Scientists from here and Germany just released a study making the case for the benefits of leaving trees standing. 

Our region is right smack in the middle of a band of temperate rainforests from the Redwoods to Alaska. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Friday, March 7
10:10 am
Fri March 7, 2014

Calling All (Actors/Singers/Painters/etc): First Friday In The Arts

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Arts events for the coming week are detail in First Friday.

The dawn of a new month means the approach of another First Friday Arts segment on The Jefferson Exchange. 

Here's the gist: Charlotte Duren and Geoffrey Riley run through a list of arts events submitted to the Community Calendar here at iJPR.org.

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