Old Growth, Overpopulation, And Hobby Lobby: July 7-11 On The Exchange

Jul 3, 2014

A study focused on ending old growth logging, World Population Day, and reactions to the Hobby Lobby case are among the highlights of the week on the Jefferson Exchange, July 7-11, 2014.

What follows is the list--still a-building--just before the Independence Day weekend.

Guests and segments can change with little notice; we'll add pretty pictures and links the day prior to air.

Monday, July 7, 2014/8:00        Ending Old-Growth Logging
The most contentious portion of the debate over forest management concerns old-growth timber.  Can the timber industry be healthy without cutting down ancient trees?  Scientists, including Dominick DellaSala at Ashland's Geos Institute, say yes.  Geos and other organizations just teamed up on a study showing that old-growth logging could be phased out in Alaska's Tongass National Forest in just six years.  You'll hear the details of the study, and its applicability to other forests.  

Monday, July 7, 2014/8:30        Helping The Holly Come Back
Façade upgraded, check.  Roof beam repaired, check.  Medford's Holly Theatre is coming back to life, slowly but surely.  The Holly is not yet open for performances, but is open for tours.  And those are impressing visitors and helping bring in dollars to finish the restoration.  Theatre manager Randy McKay joins us for an update on the progress.  

Monday, July 7, 2014/9:00        Paradise In Plain Sight
Remember the book and movie "Being There?"  The main character is mistaken for a genius because he speaks about life as a garden… but that's because gardening is all he knows.  We'll give Zen Buddhist priest Karen Maezen Miller credit for a broader knowledge of life than that.  But she, too, finds many parallels between life and gardening.  And she shares the comparisons with us in her book "Paradise In Plain Sight: Lessons From A Zen Garden."   

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/8:00        Swim Guide For Summer
On those hot days, it's hard to resist a swim in a cool body of water.  But findings of toxic algae and high bacteria levels in area lakes and rivers make a few swimmers more cautious.  The Rogue Riverkeeper program is set up to help... with The Swim Guide.  The web page and smartphone app lets swimmers see the latest information on water quality at a number of swimming spots in the Rogue, Illinois, and Applegate Valleys.    

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/8:30        Hobby Lobby/Contraceptive Reactions
Who knew a place with the rhythmic name of "Hobby Lobby" could cause such an uproar?  But that's what happened recently, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby stores do not have to cover certain contraceptives in their employee health plans.  The outcry from reproductive rights groups has been sharp.  We get reactions from Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014/9:00        "The Reckoning" In Accounting
The art of accounting is a very old and useful one.  It helps us know where the money goes, in personal and business and governmental accounts.  But as accounting grew in stature and usefulness, efforts to get creative with numbers also grew.  Historian and MacArthur "Genius" award winner Jacob Soll tracks both trends, and how they have affected corporations, countries and entire economies.  Soll's book is "The Reckoning: Financial Accountability and the Rise and Fall of Nations."  

Wednesday, July 9, 2014/8:00        Oregon's New Housing Law
Discrimination in rental housing is banned under law.  But landlords in Oregon could refuse to rent to people who got rental assistance through the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program.  That ended effective July 1, when the Housing Choice Act went into effect under Oregon law.  Now potential renters no longer have to ask "do you take Section 8."  We hear what prompted the law, and how it works.  

Wednesday, July 9, 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 JX@jeffnet.org.

Thursday, July 10, 2014/8:00        Charging Boaters More In Oregon
The greater fuel efficiency of cars means fewer gallons of gas are being sold, so less tax money gets set aside for road-building.  It's an issue on the water, too… recreational boating has increased in Oregon in the past five years, but fuel tax revenue declined.  And so did motorboat registrations.  So the state marine board approved a motorboat registration fee increase.  We hear about the increase, and where the money goes.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014/8:30        Cleaning Up Behind The Mine
It's one of the sharper debates in extractive industries: what happens to land that has been mined.  Think about strip mines and mountaintop-removal mining.  Now think happier thoughts, because Oregon rewards companies that do good work in reclaiming mined land.  We get the word on the program from DOGAMI, the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries.  

Thursday, July 10, 2014/9:00        Straight From The Earth
So maybe you're not a big vegetable enthusiast.  But this time of year, there's just so much good produce to be had, as gardens large and small begin delivering their wares.  It's a great time to get up to speed on recipes "Straight From The Earth."  Which is, by the way, the title of a book from Myra Goodman and Marea Goodman from the famous Earthbound Farm in California.  

Friday, July 11, 2014/8:00        World Population Day
We welcome you to World Population Day!  And you, and you, and you…  you get the idea here.  Earth is home to an estimated 7.2 Billion people, and today is the day several organizations want people to consider the impacts.  Those organizations include the Center for Biological Diversity, which encourages people to post pictures of the impacts online with the hashtag #CrowdedPlanet.  

Friday, July 11, 2014/8:30        The Doctor Will See You Now...
The next time you wait just a little too long for the doctor, consider the fate of our Victorian ancestors.  Maybe the waits were shorter, but what was the quality of their care?  That question, and others, are answered by a "Victorian Medical Practices" tour offered at the Beekman House in Jacksonville.  The Jacksonville Heritage Society set it up.