Coming Attractions: May 26-30 On The Exchange

May 23, 2014

Every weekday, we put up the items for the next day's Exchange, all pretty with pictures and links. 

Well, here's what the list looks like before the hairstyling and nail polish.

One polite reminder: plans can change for us and for our guests, so what you hear on the air could vary from this lineup...

Monday, May 26, 2014            Memorial Day: Blast(s) From The Past
Monday's Exchange is a throwback.  No, really… we're throwing the Memorial Day edition of the program into the archives, offering interviews from programs past.  At 8:00, Humboldt County's own Michael Kaufman regales us with tales of evergreens large and small.  His book, the first of two so far, is "Conifer Country."  At 9:00, from trees to people.  And not necessarily the nice people.  Simon Baron-Cohen presents his theories about the link between empathy and truly awful behavior in his book "The Science of Evil."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014/8:00        Unearthing Oregon's African-American History
African-Americans were simply not allowed to live in Oregon, under the exclusion laws passed early in the state's history.  But the enforcement of the laws was spotty, and there IS a record of black habitation in the face of racism.  The Oregon Black Pioneers and the State Historic Preservation Office are joining forces to make sure that history is highlighted and preserved.  In this interview, we hear about the program called "Preserving Oregon's African American Historic Places."

Tuesday, May 27, 2014/8:30        Undammed And Open For Recreation At Elk Creek
Land that was once meant to be underwater is now available for recreation by us land-based creatures.  Elk Creek Dam north of Medford was never finished; it was eventually dynamited so Elk Creek, a Rogue River tributary, could flow freely once again.  Now roads, trails and parking lots are open to the public for hiking, swimming and fishing.  The Army Corps of Engineers recently opened the land.  We get specifics on what amenities are available.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014/9:00        The Underwater Museum
We're a radio station, but oh boy, is this a visual story.  In fact, you'll want to click THIS LINK now to get an idea of the impact on the eye.  Jason deCaires Taylor works as an artist, but he's got an environmental bent, too.  So he's developed underwater sculpture gardens in tropical waters, sculpture gardens that combine the beauty of his art with the creatures that move in to make homes in the gardens.  The book on Taylor's efforts is "The Underwater Museum."

Wednesday, May 28, 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, May 28, 2014/9:00        The Berlin HIV Patients: "Cured"
Here's a pair of terms medical science has long sought to put in the same sentence: HIV and cure.  Not only sought, but succeeded.  Two men identified as "The Berlin Patients" received treatments that banished the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from their bodies.  Nathalia Holt, herself a research scientist working on HIV, tells the story of the two men and their treatments in "Cured."

Thursday, May 29, 2014/8:00        Fire Season Getting Close
Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season.  So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live.  But this fire season, which could be declared at any time, threatens to be a rough one.  It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought.  We gather fire officials from both sides of the state line to talk about preparations for fire season 2014.

Friday, May 30, 2014/8:00        Hacking For Community Good
The term "hacking" still has negative connotations, rather like "tagging."  But plenty of people who are turned onto technology are determined to rehabilitate the term.  Case in point: the National Day of Civic Hacking, set to take place this weekend (May 31-June 1).  "Civic Hacking?"  It's not a typo; join us as we find out just who is hacking what, and  how that translates into public good.

Friday, May 30, 2014/9:00        Do Your Laundry Or You'll Die Alone
So, you're sending a child off into the world once and for all.  What are your final words of advice?  How about "Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone?"  That's what Becky Blades offers to the world in her book by that name.  It all started with a letter to her own daughter, and grew into a book with many pages of sweet and poignant advice, interspersed with mixed-media art.  We'll catch up on laundry and talk to Becky about her work.