Trains, Condors, And Black Women: May 5-9 On J.X.

May 1, 2014

Another big week is coming to The Jefferson Exchange (J.X. in our internal shorthand), and here's your advance look.

This is the list--not quite complete yet--that we send out to other media outlets, minus the pictures and manicured web links.

Feel free to peruse the list, and make plans to listen!


Jefferson Exchange for May 5-9, 2014

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Stations in Oregon: KSJK-Talent, AM 1230; KAGI-Grants Pass, AM 930; KTBR-Roseburg, AM 950; KRVM-Eugene, AM 1280.  Also heard in Klamath Falls on a translator at 91.9 FM.

Stations in California: KNHM-Bayside/Eureka, 91.5 FM; KMJC-Mt. Shasta, AM 620; KSYC-Yreka, AM 1490; KPMO-Mendocino, AM 1300; and KJPR-Lake Shasta City/Redding, AM 1330.

The program is also heard live on the internet at Program information, online comment areas and links to podcasts can be found at, also through Facebook and Twitter.

What follows is a partial list of confirmed guests; content may change without notice.

Monday, May 5, 2014/8:00        Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger
One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem.  That's still a hard one to figure out.  But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities.  Like the "Empty Bowl Supper" planned for later this week in Ashland.  The organizers join us to explain the event and who it benefits.

Monday, May 5, 2014/8:30        The No Side On Josephine County's Jail Levy
Josephine County voters have a chance to beef up the public safety system through higher property taxes in the May 20 election.  Measure 17-59 would raise taxes for five years to put more staff--and more inmates--in the county jail and juvenile system.  We visited with the YES side last week.  We visit with the NO side, represented by the group We're For a Constitutional Government.

Monday, May 5, 2014/9:00        The Promise Of A Pencil
Just a few years ago, Adam Braun looked down the road to a rich life, in the monetary sense.  He'd been working at hedge funds since he was 16, and a Wall Street career seemed pre-ordained.  Then Adam traveled through India, and met a boy who wanted a pencil.  Just a pencil.  Now Adam Braun is the head of the non-profit Pencils for Promise and the author of a book about its school-building activities, "The Promise of a Pencil."

Tuesday, May 6, 2014/8:00        Defensible Space In Case Of Fire
Oregon girds for the start of fire season every year about this time.  If the gathering drought and the recent hot weather are any guide, it could be an intense fire season.  The Keep Oregon Green Association is determined to keep any fires as small as possible.  An association rep joins us to talk about the steps to protecting a forest home from fire.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014/8:30        Yuroks Reach Out To California Condors
There are still several steps to take, but California's North Coast could be home to California condors once again.  The Yurok tribe recently signed agreements with state and federal agencies that might lead to releases of the big birds on Yurok ancestral land.  Condors did live there a very long time ago, before modern pesticides forced the birds to the edge of extinction.  We talk with tribal reps about what happens next.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014/9:00        The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook
A recent report indicated that fewer people hunt and fish than used to, especially in Oregon.  The situation may force the state Fish & Wildlife department to raise fees to compensate.  The act of hunting itself continues to attract both devotees and passionate opponents.  Author Miles Olson explores hunting for food--without the terms "sport" and "game" in his book "The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook."

Wednesday, May 7, 2014/8:00        Making Mini-Docs On Local Issues
Longtime Ashland residents Mark and Cici Brown turned their interest in regional events--and their video skills--into a series of documentaries.  Those include a look at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's emergency tent construction after a theater damage incident several years ago.  That doc and two more will be shown at the Ashland library Thursday.  The Browns join us to talk about making mini-docs in their town.

Wednesday, May 7, 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, May 7, 2014/9:00        Reforming Health Care, Continued
The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics.  But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.  The whole point of health care and health insurance reform is to make quality health care and maintenance available to all people, and to make it affordable.  University of Massachusetts economist Dr. Gerald Friedman studies the issue and advocates for single-payer health insurance.  he visits the Rogue Valley next week and with the Exchange today.

Thursday, May 8, 2014/8:00        Invisible Women: Black Women In America
The recent controversy over race and the NBA--it got a team owner banned for life--reminded us that the issue of race always simmers, never cools.  And notice: African-American men get much of the attention.  That is one of the main points of Michigan State professor Kristie Dotson.  She comes to Southern Oregon University this week as part of the exploration of the campus theme of race.  Dotson posits that US Black women and girls are largely unknowable.  We'll explore her position in an extended chat on race in America.

Thursday, May 8, 2014/9:00        Friends Of Passenger Trains In America
If the "Back to the Future" movies had been correct, we'd have flying cars by now.  But we don't even have true high-speed trains in America… Amtrak's 150 mph "Acela" on the East Coast does not quite count.  But trains do have plenty of fans, and more riders with each passing year.  Amtrak, the national passenger railroad, celebrates National Train Day on Saturday.  We observe the occasion by bringing in a member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers to discuss the many issues facing travel by train in America.

Friday, May 9, 2014/8:00        "Maker Culture" At The Rogue Hack Lab
How many people have a workshop in their homes anymore?  Broaden the focus to workshops OUTSIDE the home, and the answer might be different.  A growing interest in tinkering and building leads to talk of a "maker culture" and "maker space."  The Rogue Hack Lab is a maker space... we learn about it and what goes on there from a couple of participants.

Friday, May 9, 2014/9:00        Living With ADD: "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not"
A recent discussion on ADHD on The Exchange focused on the big picture: the numbers of people diagnosed with the condition, and how fast that number is rising.  We take another look at attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with psychologist Wes Crenshaw.  "Dr. Wes" focuses on family therapy, with an emphasis on teenagers.  His exploration of treatment for ADHD is the subject of the book "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not."