Coming Attractions: June 9-13 On The Exchange

Jun 5, 2014

Measles, student loans, and school lunches are among the topics planned for our next week on The Jefferson Exchange.

The schedule is still taking shape, but here... without the pretty pictures and working links... are the offerings confirmed so far:

Monday, June 9, 2014/8:00        National Wildland Fire Strategy
Wildland fires grab our attention and headlines easily.  They seem to get bigger and more numerous every year.  But away from the headlines, work has quietly been underway to develop a broad strategy for approaching fires and their causes.  The National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy ordered by Congress five years ago was recently released.  We hear details of the strategy and its implementation.

Monday, June 9, 2014/8:30        Measles Returns From The Brink
The year is not even half over, and there are already nearly as many measles cases in Oregon (five) as all of last year.  Which is a problem, when you consider that public health officials considered the disease "eliminated" 14 years ago.  For a dead disease, 280-plus cases across the country this year is a lot.  We visit with the Communicable Disease section of the Oregon Health Authority for details on the disease and the reasons it is returning.

Monday, June 9, 2014/9:00        The Student Loan Mess
Maybe you got a student loan or two to get through college.  A lot of people do.  But a TRILLION dollars?  That's the current debt load of all the people in the United States who took out student loans.  Joel and Eric Best, a father-and-son writing team, examine how we got here in their book "The Student Loan Mess."  The Bests combine their skills--sociologist and former banker--to zero in on the many contributing factors.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/8:00        Agreement Leads To New Timber Mill Activity
It's a rare thing when a timber mill adds another shift.  It's far rarer that an environmental group applauds the addition.  But Malheur Lumber is adding a shift at its mill in the eastern Oregon town of John Day, and an agreement with environmental groups played a part in the move.  The Western Environmental Law Center is one of them; WELC's Susan Jane Brown joins us.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/8:30        Lake Shasta Caverns Celebrate 50(?) Years
It seems a little weird to think of Lake Shasta Caverns reaching a 50th birthday.  Because the caverns themselves may be many millions of years old.  But their availability for public tours dates back only to 1964.  So we visit with the general manager of the attraction about what there is to see at the caverns.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014/9:00        Power Plant Limits Affecting Region
President Obama's announcement that power plants will have to abide by new carbon emission rules produced the predictable variety of reactions.  People concerned about climate change found something to like in the plan, and people concerned about the economy tanking found something to dislike.  Oregon and California have already made moves to address carbon emissions through state action.  We examine the potential impacts of the power plant rules in our region.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014/8:00        No School, No Lunch
Kids may be happy that school is out for the summer (or will be shortly).  But there's a downside, too, especially for children of low-income families.  Free or cheap school lunches disappear in most locations when the schools shut down.  We hear about the extent of summertime hunger, and learn about programs to help kids stay fed over the long vacation.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014/8:30        VENTSday
We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing

Wednesday, June 11, 2014/9:00        Make Me A Mother
The woman running through the airport put the security people on edge.  It turned out she was just eager to meet the baby she and her husband had just adopted from South Korea.  And that was just the beginning of the adventure.  Memoirist Susanne Antonetta was and is that mother.  The relationship with her child and the life changes it forced are the subject of her book "Make Me a Mother."

Thursday, June 12, 2014/8:00        Oregon's Road To HECC
Big changes are coming to public higher education in Oregon.  Some of those changes have already taken place, with the formation of separate governing boards for several of the state university campuses, and the creation of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.  But the big questions remain: will the changes do anything to improve program offerings or hold the line on tuition increases?  HECC executive director Ben Cannon and board chair Tim Nesbitt join us.

Thursday, June 12, 2014/9:00        Rookies In The Wild
Interstate Five may be the main travel artery in our region, but the Pacific Crest Trail is our sidewalk.  People come from far and wide to hike the PCT, for hours or even weeks.  John Riha and his son gave the PCT a whirl.  And that might not have been a great idea, in hindsight... neither was particularly trail-savvy, and they chose a portion through the rugged Trinity Alps.  At least John, who lives in Ashland, got a good story out of it... a story he tells in his book "Rookies in the Wild: Fear and Gloaming on the Pacific Crest Trail."

Friday, June 13, 2014/9:00        Poet And M.D. Neal Hall
The title of Neal Hall's book alone will make some people flinch: "Nigger For Life."  But the book of poetry lays out Dr. Hall's feelings about his hard work to get into and through medical school, and his feelings about how society rewarded him--or not--for his work.  His perception: de facto slavery still exists in America.