John Baxter

Jefferson Exchange Producer

John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of the split from a single station into three separate program services.  We're thrilled that John has taken a hiatus from his retirement to join JPR as interim producer of the Jefferson Exchange.

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It's a reality of life in our time that few parents get to stay home full-time with the kids.  So that makes child care very important to many families. 

The recent case of 43 children sickened by insecticide spraying at a Coos Bay daycare reminds us that things can and do go wrong in places where children receive care. 

Plenty of agencies are available to support and train providers, including the Oregon Early Learning Division and the Child Care Resource Network of Southern Oregon

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The supporters of the Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal put their application in front of a federal agency.  The federal agency said no. 

Then the 2016 election changed the direction of the federal government.  Now the Jordan Cove project is alive again, at least on paper... papers submitted once again to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. 

We examine the arguments for and against Jordan Cove and its 200 mile pipeline in separate segments. 

In this one, you hear from opponents of the project about why they are dead-set against pipeline and terminal. 

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We learn more and more over time about the ways in which we group things and people in our minds, often unfairly.  It's hard to know you've got a bias, if everyone around you has a similar mindset. 

Now stop and think about all the computer and phone apps and algorithms, and the ever-larger roles they play in our lives.  They do not make assumptions... but the people who create them DO. 

This is what Sara Wachter-Boettcher explores in her book Technically Wrong: Sexist Apps, Biased Algorithms, and Other Threats of Toxic Tech

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Douglas County government looks like a lot of other county governments in Western Oregon, but a change is in the offing. 

A "home rule" charter group proposes a shakeup.  If voters approve the change, the three-person board of paid commissioners would be replaced by a five-person board of volunteer county commissioners elected from specific electoral districts. 

It would potentially save the county money (in salaries), and bring the commissioners closer (physically, anyway) to the voters. 

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You don't have to tell any journalist that the world is changing. 

The days when they worked just for the next newscast or press run are long gone, thanks to the Internet. 

And this is the zone in which the Online News Association works. 

Southern Oregon University professor Erik Palmer just returned from the conference of the ONA, where he was identified as a "disruptive journalism fellow." 

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How far are YOU willing to go to get what you want... from a boss, from a mate, from a friend? 

When you're trying to get something from a superior, by definition, you're working UP the chain of command.  Or, to be blunt, you're sucking up. 

And guess what title Deborah Parker and Matt Parker chose for their book on the practice?  Yep, Sucking Up: A Brief Consideration of Sycophancy

As you might guess from the title, there's plenty of humor in this perusal of yes-man, flatterers, boot-lickers, and more. 

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We depend on language a lot, often taking for granted how speech works. 

It only takes one slight hiccup--in either speaking or hearing--for "excuse me while I kiss the sky" to become "excuse me while I kiss this guy." 

This is the research zone in which the University of Oregon's Melissa Baese-Berk works.  She's an associate professor in the Department of Linguistics, studying speech production and perception. 

An example of her work: trying to figure out if Neil Armstrong said "small step for A man." 

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In card games, getting an ace is usually a good thing.  In life, not so much... at least when ACE stands for Adverse Childhood Experiences. 

Therapists and community service providers increasingly pay attention to the ACEs people have had in their life. 

It's part of taking a "trauma-informed" approach to providing services from education to public safety. 

This is a focus of Southern Oregon Success, working to build resilient communities in the region. 

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The debate over solitary confinement brings us back around to a basic question about prisons: do we lock people up to correct their behavior, or only to punish them? 

Roughly 100,000 people are locked up alone in small cells every day, a situation Terry Allen Kupers explores in the book Solitary: The Inside Story of Supermax Isolation and How We Can Abolish It

Our region is home to California's only state "supermax" prison (Pelican Bay), so this is not a remote issue. 

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Once upon a time kids got the day off from school on Columbus Day.  Then we learned a bit more about Christopher Columbus, and his day got downgraded a bit. 

The post office will be closed on Monday October 9th, but not much else. 

On the Southern Oregon University campus, Indigenous Peoples Day will be observed instead, with a variety of ceremonies. 

Lupe Sims is the student who advocated for the observance. 

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A few gasps probably arose from the first crowd to see "Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo" in performance. 

It's a group of all men, dressed in ballet costumes normally worn by women. 

A recent documentary film about the troupe, "Rebels On Pointe," is the work of Southern Oregon University alum Bobbi Jo Hart.  The film shows at Varsity World Film Week in Ashland, which also coincides with Rogue Valley Pride Week

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We're often warned not to take the law into our own hands.  But it seemed appropriate to many Native American tribes to establish legal systems more tailored to tribal culture. 

The Yurok Tribal Court is one example of these efforts, several of which will are featured in a PBS documentary

Judge Abby Abinanti is the chief judge of the Yurok court. 

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Who could use a little levity about now?  Al Gini's answer might be: everyone. 

Gini ignores advice from many quarters and examines WHY humor is so important to us. 

His book is The Importance of Being Funny: Whey We Need More Jokes in Our Lives.  Gini teaches business ethics at Loyola University Chicago and delivers philosophy segments on radio. 

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If you want to start a conversation that you know will last a while, ask Josh Gross about favorite bands. 

He loves music, and across a wide spectrum of genres and styles. 

Josh makes music, and writes about music for the Rogue Valley Messenger.  And once a month, he visits the studio with "Rogue Sounds," a compilation of musical samples and news of coming band dates. 

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Hispanic History Month is unusual among declared months, because it begins in the middle of September and goes until the middle of October.  There IS a reason: September 15th is Independence Day for five Latin American countries. 

Many celebrations are planned for the month, and we invited several guests to talk about advancements in Latino society in the Rogue Valley. 

Milo Salgado works for WorkSource Rogue Valley and served on the Hispanic Interagency Committee of the Jackson County Community Services Consortium

Javier de la Rosa works in admissions at Rogue Community College.

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The academic year had not even begun for most West Coast colleges when President Trump announced he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA program.  Under DACA, President Obama suspended any moves to deport young people who had been brought into the United States illegally as children. 

In return, they registered with the government and agreed to work or attend college. 

College presidents uniformly condemned Trump's DACA decision, which puts pressure on Congress to do something. 

Linda Escot-Miranda is a Southern Oregon University student with some perspective on DACA and its impact. 

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Through triumph and ridicule, the "Greek system" of fraternities and sororities survives on many university campuses.  But the pressure on the system may be greater now than at any time in history. 

Excessive hazing, binge drinking, sexual assault, and racism have all been blamed on Greek houses in recent years. 

In True Gentlemen, John Hechinger investigates one particular fraternity, Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE).  He points to SAE's strong ties to Wall Street and major political figures, and widens the scope to question the future of the Greek system. 

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After a long and smoky fire season, plenty of us are more than happy to not even think about outdoor fires. 

But then we remember that fire is part of the ecosystems of the lands around us.  And as a reminder, this week marks the beginning of the annual Klamath River Prescribed Fire Training Exchange (TREX), hosted by the Mid-Klamath Watershed Council. 

So there will be smoke again in the Klamath River valley, just not as much as we saw over the summer. 

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Maybe you thought you'd do good things for the planet by buying an electric car, or at least a hybrid.  But what OTHER car might you have in your garage? 

This is a question explored by four economists, including David Rapson at the University of California at Davis. 

The team discovered that "attribute substitution" enters the picture: families that buy a fuel-efficient car may have a gas-burning SUV as their other vehicle. 

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If you want to understand the science behind climate change, you seek out a scientist, right?  Not necessarily. 

The debate over global warming leaks well beyond the bounds of science. 

Philip Kitcher is a philosopher, and Evelyn Fox Keller is a physicist and professor of the history and philosophy of science. 

They joined forces for a book called The Seasons Alter: How to Save Our Planet in Six Acts.  It places climate change into dialogues--reasonable dialogues--to help people better understand the arguments and dynamics. 

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