Exchange This Week: Women in politics, tracking OR-7 and the GMO perspective, straight from the farm

Jan 17, 2014

Here's what's coming up on the Exchange next week (January 20 - 24) Women in politics, tracking OR-7 and the GMO perspective, straight from the farm. 

Exchange producer Charlotte Duren and host Geoffrey Riley.
Credit ©Debra Thornton Photography

Monday, January 20, 2014/8:00                           A New Approach To Jail Funding In Klamath County
Klamath County is another of the counties constrained by a small public safety budget.  Now a group is proposing a fee on every household and business in the county to fund jail operations.  Citizens Organized for Public Safety--COPS--suggests a $144 dollar fee, not a levy based on property values.  COPS wants the item on the May election ballot.  Randy L. Shaw of COPS is our guest.

Monday, January 20, 2014/8:30            Race and Justice
Maybe we're not always talking nicely, but you have to admit, the election and re-election of Barack Obama certainly got us talking about race just a bit more.  In fact, Southern Oregon University made race its campus theme for the current academic year.  The year's events include the first annual Social Justice Conference this week, focused on racial inequities and community building strategies.  Marvin Woodard of the SOU Multicultural Resource Center joins us.

Monday, January 20, 2014/9:00            Women and Politics and Winning
It's often been said of the legislative process that (like sausage-making) it's best not to watch.  Now just imagine the process of getting a candidate elected.  There must be something fun about it, because Cathy Allen keeps doing it.  She is the president and owner of The Connections Group in Seattle and the veteran of many a political campaign.  Allen works primarily to get women elected and connected to the political process.  She joins us with stories from the campaign trail.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014/8:00            Pot Versus Fish
Marijuana versus the environment: who ever would have seen that coming?  But the first hurts the second, at least when illegal growing operations trash the landscape and nearby waterways.  The problem is particularly acute in Northern California's "Emerald Triangle," where efforts at stream and fish restoration are hampered by pot farms.  Scott Greacen of Friends of the Eel River joins us.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014/8:30            OR-7 Checks In (Through His Followers)
He's so famous, he doesn't even need a name: OR-7, Oregon's wandering wolf.  And California's, now and then.  The wolf also known as "Journey" continues to cover many miles around the region, his collar allowing wildlife experts to track his progress on both sides of the state line.  He might be getting bored... there are just no opportunities to find mates in OR-7's recent territory.  Oregon Fish and Wildlife Wolf Program Coordinator Russ Morgan visits to talk about the wolf's travels and future prospects.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014/9:00            Say This, Not That
Think about the number of times you meant to say something soothing or encouraging, and the person receiving took it the wrong way.  Was it them, or you?  It might have been you.  We often say the wrong thing at the right time, and frequently, a better choice of words would have made the difference.  Marriage and family therapist Carl Alasko has some ideas for getting the words right in his book  "Say This, Not That: A Foolproof Guide to Effective Interpersonal Communication.",,9781585429325,00.html

Wednesday, January 22, 2014/8:00        Teddy Abrams Leads The Britt
Teddy Abrams is the music director of the Britt Classical Festival, the winner of a three-conductor test drive last summer.  Still in his mid-20s, Abrams continues to make waves in the classical music world with his performing, composing and conducting.  The offerings at this year's Classical Festival will be announced Tuesday night, and Teddy Abrams joins us Wednesday morning.
Wednesday, January 22, 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, January 22, 2014/9:00        Pre-Emption: State of the State
Our commitment to covering news demands that we pre-empt the normal interviews in the 9:00 hour of the The Exchange, this day only.  California Governor Jerry Brown is set to deliver his State of the State Address at the Capitol in Sacramento.  The speech will be covered live (morning only) in the time slot usually reserved for our program.  We would also yield The Exchange's time for Oregon's governor, but John Kitzhaber's speeches tend to come just a little later in the day.

Thursday, January 23, 2014/8:30            Oregon Ranks Poorly In Education
A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause.  The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.  And some analysts point out that the use of different sets of numbers could have made the ranking even worse.  A rep from the National Center for Education Statistics joins us to explain the findings... and how they might be used.

Thursday, January 23, 2014/9:00            For The Benefit Of Those Who See
You're doing just fine with all five or your senses working (more or less).  Now take one away, and how well are you doing?  It is difficult for most of us to imagine what life is like for people lacking one of the senses, especially blind people.  Author Rosemary Mahoney profiles people who live with blindness, many in unsympathetic cultures around the world, in her book "For The Benefit of Those Who See."!for-the-benefit-of-those-who-see/c13tb

Friday, January 24, 2014/8:00            The Business of Medical Marijuana
Marijuana is a business in Oregon, like it or not.  And even though the regulatory environment is constantly shifting, there are people trying to make an honest dollar at it.  And they get a chance to compare notes at the upcoming Oregon Medical Marijuana Business Conference next week in Ashland.  We talk to organizers about the context and the issues.

Friday, January 24, 2014/9:00            GMO Perspective, Straight From The Farm
Howard Vlieger lives on the Iowa farm where he was born and raised.  But his worldview extends far beyond the fields.  Vlieger is considered a "student of the soil," constantly looking for ways to make agriculture better for all involved.  His work extends to testing of GMO (genetically modified) crops, and GMO Free Jackson County, Rogue Farm Corp, and ECOS brings him to the region next week for several events focused on farming and GMOs.  He will be our guest.