Exchange This Week: The "Voice of NPR", Flying Boys and Holiday Meals
The man who says "Funding for NPR..." is named Frank Tavares.
And he's one of our guests on the Jefferson Exchange this week (November 25-29), a week that also features the title character in the documentary "The Boy Who Could Fly" and not one, but two, chefs talking about their cookbooks on Thanksgiving eve.
Here's our full list of guests, with links, for the week:
Monday, November 25, 2013/8:00 Major Problem With Minor Smokers In Oregon
Young people are smoking cigarettes less in the United States and in Oregon, but Oregon has a particular issue to address: it ranks among the worst states in selling tobacco products to minors. And Lane County ranks high among the counties in cases of minors buying cigarettes in stores. So county health officials are considering moves--perhaps including license fees to stores--to further discourage teens from smoking.
Monday, November 25, 2013/8:30 Curbing Unnecessary Antibiotic Prescriptions
The medical powers-that-be are so concerned about bacteria developing resistance to antibiotics that Oregon has a program in place to discourage the unnecessary use of the drugs. The AWARE program (Alliance Working for Antibiotic Resistance Education) can reports some success, too. Oregon ranks way down on the list of states where unneeded antibiotics are prescribed. We'll discuss proper and improper use of antibiotics, and how the AWARE program works.
Monday, November 25, 2013/9:00 Frank Tavares, Fiction Writer/"Voice of NPR"
Frank Tavares is a professor of communication and a fiction writer, but you probably know him best as the "voice of NPR." Until very recently, all the announcements that began "funding for NPR…" were delivered in the sonorous tones of Mr. Tavares. A lot is happening in his life. Not only does NPR have a new underwriter voice, but Frank Tavares just released a book collecting some of his short stories, "The Man Who Built Boxes." He joins us to talk about all of his jobs.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013/8:00 Children And Health Insurance: CA/OR Look Good
Even before the Affordable Care Act fully takes effect, children in both of our states are getting more health insurance coverage. A study from the Health Policy Institute at Georgetown University shows growth in health insurance rates for children in both Oregon and California. We'll hear the reasons for the improvement... and what likely happens next.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013/8:30 Taking On The State Over Raw Milk
You can sell raw milk in Oregon, but because of health concerns--the milk is not pasteurized--the state controls such sales tightly. For example, farms can't advertise the fact that they sell raw milk. And so a Willamette Valley farmer who put information about her raw milk sales on her website drew warnings from the state. And now Christine Anderson is suing the state over the advertising ban. The Institute for Justice is giving her legal assistance. We visit with the dairy farmer and the attorney.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013/9:00 "The Boy Who Flies" Lands In Ashland
Spend a little time with a parachute, and you can become famous. Especially if you're the very first person in your country's history to attempt (and succeed) at paragliding. That is the story of one Godfrey Masauli, the first person to paraglide in the African country of Malawi. He has converted his success into motivational speeches, TED talks, and a film: "The Boy Who Flies." Godfrey and his film visit Ashland this week; he'll join us in the studio.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013/8:00 Getting The Railroad Show On Track
What IS it about trains? They're just like big trucks and busses on steel rails… but the people who love them think of them as far more than that. And people love trains either a little or a lot can find some thrills at this weekend's Rogue Valley Railroad Show. We visit with one of the organizers to talk about sights and sounds. We will avoid the term "choo choo."
Wednesday, November 27, 2013/8:30 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 JX@jeffnet.org.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013/9:00 Before The Big Meal, Wine And Cheese
Just in time for Thanksgiving, a chat on food… or two, come to think of it. We'll certainly have the wine and cheese courses covered, as we visit with Melanie Wanger, the author of "Hello Wine." And just to make sure the wine doesn't just go to our heads, we'll also bring in Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, the co-authors of "Cowgirl Creamery Cooks."
Thursday, November 28, 2013 Happy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Day is one of the few days each year when we do NOT broadcast The Exchange live. Trying to book live guests on a holiday is never easy, but we admit to looking forward to turkey and off-time as well. We dip into our stockpile of recordings for today's program.
At 8: Frank Partnoy on his book "Wait: The Art and Science of Delay."
Then at 9, astronomer Bob Berman considers the nearest star in his book "The Sun's Heartbeat." http://skymanbob.com/
Friday, November 29, 2013 The Day After Thanksgiving
What we said on Thanksgiving about booking guests? Pretty much the same on the day AFTER Thanksgiving, so we deliver another pair of items from the archives.
At 8: Robert Parham talks about his work helping guide former religious leaders who renounced their former beliefs; it's called The Clergy Project.
At 9: non-practicing lawyer Jay Erskine Leutze found himself practicing once again, to save a beautiful mountain from a mining plan. His book is "Stand Up That Mountain."