"Hotel Hell," No Butts On Beaches, & A Topic You Pick: This Week on The Exchange

Jul 31, 2014

A recap of Gordon Ramsay's visit to Southern Oregon  for his "Hotel Hell" series is among the offerings  of The Jefferson Exchange during the week of August 8th.

You'll also hear about getting cigarettes off Oregon's public beaches, and can help us pick one of the VENTSday topics for Wednesday morning (vote with a post at our Facebook page).

It's another big week... here, minus all the window dressing, is the list so far:

Monday, August 4, 2014/8:00        Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Abuse
While much of the focus on illegal drug abuse went to meth and heroin, prescription drugs came along and became a huge problem.  The opioids--Oxycontin and the like--are responsible for much of the illegal drug trade.  And medical professionals have teamed up to curb the trade, through groups like the Opioid Prescribers Group in the Rogue Valley.  Acupuncturist Joshua Graner at Kolpia Counseling Services is part of the effort.  He joins us to talk about the approaches, which differ from patient to patient.  

Monday, August 4, 2014/8:30        "Hotel Hell" In The Applegate Valley
"Gordon Ramsay Checks Into a Hotel Run By Hippies," reads the promo headline for Fox TV's "Hotel Hell" airing tonight (August 4).   Who are they calling hippies?  The owners of the Applegate River Lodge west of Medford, it turns out.  Ramsay, the flamboyant chef and restauranteur, attempts to help divorced business partners Joanna and Richard Davis hold the business together.  Joanna Davis joins us.   

Monday, August 4, 2014/9:00        Doctor/Poet 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.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014/8:00        Health Insurance Without The Profits
One of the major gripes about the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare--is that it does not include a public option, a Medicare-style single-payer element.  Many of the people who like the concept of single-payer health care do not like the concept of for-profit insurance companies.  There are non-profit insurance co-ops out there, including Health Republic Insurance.  Health Republic will begin signing up customers in the next round of insurance signups in the fall.  CEO Dawn Bonder joins us.   

Tuesday, August 5, 2014/9:00        "I Wear The Black Hat"  **THIS SEGMENT POSTPONED/ILLNESS**
Longtime fans of Superman gasped when the character actually committed murder in the most recent movie.  That was unthinkable to generations of comic-book readers, but a typical move for today's crop of anti-heroes.  Even our old heroes take on a dark tint in today's world.  Writer Chuck Klosterman not only noticed, he finds himself gravitating to the darker characters.  He documents the trend in his book "I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined)."  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014/8:00        Tracking English Language Learners
Plenty of evidence suggests that students who enter school speaking a language other than English can face some long-term educational challenges.  But in Oregon, the records are incomplete.  English language learners are reclassified as English-proficient students once they've mastered the language.  And the federal government only requires tracking for two years after reclassification.  Oregon State University's College of Education just received a grant to investigate further.  Professor Karen Thompson joins us.  

Wednesday, August 6, 2014/8:30        VENTSday with Audience Topic
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.
This week's topics include one chosen by our listeners; votes will be taken through Monday at our Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014/9:00        Why Some Important Workers Are "Invisibles"
Most people like to be recognized for a job well-done.  A bonus, a free dinner, even a certificate saying we accomplished something.  But there's a whole class of workers who do NOT get noticed, precisely because they're doing their jobs.  And when they mess up, that's when we learn of their very existence.  Think interpreters, fact-checkers, and anesthesiologists.  David Zweig profiles these people and their work in his book "Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion."  

Thursday, August 7, 2014/8:00        Oregon Beaches Go Non-Smoking
The fresh salt air.  The sound of the waves crashing on the shore.  The smell of cigarette smoke.  Two of those will continue at Oregon ocean beaches, and it's probably not the smoke.  The state parks department proposes ending all smoking on Parks property along the ocean... which is almost all of Oregon's coastline.  This follows a similar smoking ban in inland state parks.  A public comment period is open through late August; we hear the next steps in the process.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014/8:30        Medford Still In Recession's Grip
Oregon seems to take longer to emerge from recessions than the rest of the country.  And Medford seems to take longer than other Oregon metro areas.  While the Medford area showed strong growth until the recession, a recent report shows it still struggling to get back to that success.  University of Oregon economist and report author Tim Duy joins us with analysis.  

Thursday, August 7, 2014/9:00        "Commit To Win"
While it's probably true we can't reach all of our goals, we can at least make sure we've done everything in our power.  And Heidi Reeder is determined to help people on that end.  Reeder, a communications professor at Boise State, is the author of "Commit to Win: How To Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals."  Reeder says it's about putting wishing behind and taking a more forthright approach.  

Friday, August 8, 2014/8:00        Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Lots of people love the expression "the buck stops here."  Oregon's state treasurer is one person who can really say it.  Whatever the legislature decides to take in and spend, somebody's got to mind the store.  That's the treasurer's job, and at the moment, it's Ted Wheeler's job.  Wheeler takes a rare Southern Oregon excursion; he joins us in the studio.