Teacher Training, First THURSDAY, and "I'm Sorry": The Week on The Exchange

Jun 26, 2014

The week that includes the Fourth of July creates some challenges: on one hand, the Exchange crew only has to schedule four days of new material.

On the other hand, our First Friday Arts segment has to move to THURSDAY, so it doesn't fall on the holiday. 

Keep the need to call in with arts events a day early in mind... as you peruse the list of the rest of the week's attractions on The Jefferson Exchange... (pictures and web links sold separately).

THE JEFFERSON EXCHANGE, June 30-July 4, 2014
Monday, June 30, 2014/8:00        From Ditch Bank To Trail To...?
One of the region's older trails is up for consideration as part of Oregon's system of State Designated Scenic Trails.  The Sterling Mine Ditch Trail began life in Jacksonville's mining days, alongside the ditch built to carry water to hydraulic mining operations.  The public can help decide if the trail will be included in the state system.  An open house is set for July 8th at the Jacksonville library.  State trails coordinator Rocky Houston joins us.  

Monday, June 30, 2014/8:30        Mapping GMO And Non-GMO Crops
Jackson County voters decided to ban GMO crops in the county, but that is far from the end of the issue.  Genetically modified crops are still the focus of great debate.  The state of Oregon is considering moves to map GMO and non-GMO crops, to better keep them apart.  But there's resistance to the idea.  Anti-GMO campaigners Chris Hardy and Elise Higley join us to explain.  

Monday, June 30, 2014/9:00        Sorry About That (Or Are They?)
Did you hear the one about the politician who apologized?  Yeah, neither did we.  Public official apologies are usually along the lines of "I'm sorry if anyone took offense..."  Notice the careful construction.  Linguist Edwin Battistella of Southern Oregon University certainly noticed.  And he wrote the book on apologies: "Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology."  We delve into the words and the impact of apologies.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014/8:00        Going Up The Country (Fair)
What a difference a single letter can make.  Take "R" for example.  Oregon is loaded with county fairs, but add the R in there, and there's only one Oregon COUNTRY Fair.  And it is coming back to the woods near Veneta for the 45th time, the weekend of July 11th.  We'll discuss the history of what began as a renaissance fair, and what is offered this year.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014/8:30        Teacher Education Lags In Oregon
The ongoing focus on raising the quality of American public education generally falls on teachers.  And a recent report rated more than 2,000 teacher training programs across the country.  None of the top 100 are located in Oregon.  Oregon's Chalkboard Project is dedicated to improving education, including raising the level of teacher education.  We hear a reaction from the director of the Chalkboard Project's Teach Oregon program.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014/9:00        Snorkeling Far From The Rogue Valley
Rich Schieber and his wife Sharon loved living in the Rogue Valley.  They also loved snorkeling.  You can see a bit of a mismatch here… snorkeling is more interesting in tropical waters, and Oregon has none of those.  So the Schiebers packed up and moved to Maui to enjoy their pastime.  Now they're back in Oregon, and Rich is the proud author of a book called "Mask, Fins, & Snorkel," a lavishly illustrated guide to snorkeling on Maui.  

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/8:00        Opportunity Village Eugene Measurements
It took longer than its supporters envisioned, but Opportunity Village Eugene finally got off the ground, and has a track record now.  The village is a place for homeless people to stay while they look for permanent housing.  It's a constant challenge for Eugene's large homeless population.  We visit with OVE supporters to talk about the successes and setbacks of the project so far.  

Wednesday, July 2, 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.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014/9:00        Making Movies In The Rogue Valley
Who needs Hollywood when you have the Rogue Valley?  Not Gary Lundgren.  The director of "Calvin Marshall" and "Redwood Highway" and his producer/wife Anne Lundgren enjoy making films in Southern Oregon, and they are using Kickstarter to raise the funds for another movie.  "Black Road" is envisioned as a thriller set in the future, in the "lawless State of Jefferson."  Gary Lundgren drops by to talk about making movies close to home, and "Black Road" specifically.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014/8:00        First Friday Arts (On Thursday, Yes)
Ashland gets another community theater group, and musician Justin Gordon plays some of his music.  Those are the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment.  And then there's the BIG highlight that needs to be mentioned: since the First Friday this month is the Fourth of July, First Friday moves to the first THURSDAY of the month.  We list events in the arts for the coming month and invite listeners to call or email with more events.  Peter Wickliffe of Thanks for the Memories Theatre in Ashland visits.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014/8:30        Bracing For The Sparks
If only the Declaration of Independence had been signed in March.  Then we'd have fireworks in the part of the year when it's not so hot and dry.  Alas, we celebrate independence on July 4th.  Even in towns where fireworks are illegal--like Ashland--firefighters keep a sharp eye out for sparks around the holiday.  Ashland Fire Marshal Margueritte Hickman joins us.  

Thursday, July 3, 2014/9:00        When The Food Is Truly "Done"
Your dinner plan was perfect… good foods, a good mix of flavors, and all healthy to boot.  But then it just didn't turn out right.  The food was either over- or underdone.  Food writer James Peterson has just the book for you: it's called "Done. A Cook's Guide to Knowing When Food is Perfectly Cooked."  

Friday, July 4, 2014            Holiday Archives For The Fourth
The Exchange staff declares independence from work on the Fourth of July.  We'll take the day off, but air a pair of interviews from previous programs.  At 8:00: former Register-Guard columnist Bob Welch writes and talks about hiking the Pacific Crest Trail throughout Oregon in "Cascade Summer."  At 9:00, science historian Robert Proctor points out the many falsehoods delivered by the tobacco industry in defense of cigarettes, in his book "Golden Holocaust."