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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:50 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Artistry In Funding Art Education

Joshua Morton, art, and subject (Michael Franti).
Credit Josh Morton/Facebook

Josh Morton not only teaches art, he wants students to be able to continue their educations in art. 

So the Grants Pass High School teacher set up a scholarship fund to help his art students afford college. 

And he put his own artwork--heavy on the musical artists--up for auction to add to the scholarship fund.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:45 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Rehab For A Fish (Habitat)

The Rogue at Touvelle State Park.
Credit Wikimedia

Lots of people like to fish.  And a bunch of them like to make sure there will be fish around for years to come. 

The Rogue Flyfishers is such a group. 

It participates in a number of stream rehabilitation projects around the region, to improve fish habitat. 

Those include restoration at the Mace Trust property along the Rogue near Lower Table Rock. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:38 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Stories Of Another Civil War

Credit Workman Publishing

American readers have long devoured stories and books about our Civil War. 

Maybe it seems safe, because it was so long ago. 

But our planet is no stranger to civil conflicts, including the long battle between Tamil and Sinhalese factions in Sri Lanka; it only ended five years ago.

Joanna Luloff spent several years in Sri Lanka as a Peace Corps volunteer; her fictionalized accounts of events and people there is contained in her book The Beach at Galle Road

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Stay-At-Home Grandmoms: Project Independence

Credit Garry Knight

Oregon started Project Independence nearly 40 years ago, to help senior citizens stay in their homes, relatively independent. 

The aging of society will undoubtedly put new pressures on the program, but it just got an infusion of cash from the state legislature. 

State Senator Alan Bates is one of the champions of the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Answers For Oysters With Shell Trouble

A Pacific oyster in Washington state.
Credit University of Washington

It's a tough life for a newly hatched oyster.  Shellfish have 48 hours after hatching to form a shell, or they die. 

And current ocean conditions make it harder for the shellfish larvae to make shells. 

Ocean researchers including George Waldbusser at Oregon State just studied the factors. 

The increasing acidity of the oceans is one, but there are others to take into account. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Finding CEOs Are NOT Indispensable

Credit University of California Press

Remember the company that the state of Oregon is suing over the Cover Oregon failure? 

That's Oracle, and its president made $78 Million last year.  And he's not the top-paid CEO in America. 

Corporations and their boards justify high CEO salaries because of how much a good CEO is worth to a company's bottom line. 

Lawyer and professor Michael Dorff took a look at those bottom lines.  And in his book Indispensable and Other Myths, Dorff points out that the claimed connections are overblown. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Moving Forward On The Elliot Forest

Credit Michael Richardson/Wikimedia

Oregon's Elliott State Forest will not be sold to timber companies, but it could very well get some new owner. 

The Oregon Land Board decided against a plan to sell the Elliott, but now a new proposal to seek another public buyer, or a public-private partnership, is in the works. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups strongly opposed the earlier sale idea. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

VENTSday: Torture + Weakening Bank Rules

Credit guernicamag.org

What did YOU make of the "torture report" of the Senate Intelligence Committee? 

And what do you think of Congress weakening rules on banks as part of the gigantic spending bill last weekend?  Those are the key questions on this week's VENTSday segment.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed December 17, 2014

Christmas In The Old(ish) Country

Credit acelticchristmas.com

The 20th century came late to much of rural Ireland. 

Electricity did not arrive in some households until the 1960s and 70s. 

So a certain rustic quaintness remained in Irish society, and in its Christmas traditions. 

The traditions are brought to life in "A Celtic Christmas," playing another Christmas season on stages across the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Diversity On The Road Ahead

Credit Wikimedia

The work doesn't change much over time, but the workers do. 

The highway signs that once said "men working" are now non-gender specific. 

And with good reason… more women now work on road construction crews. 

In fact, the Institute for Women's Policy Research just recognized Oregon and Maryland for their state laws that push for more women and minorities on the crews. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Back To Square One For Josephine Libraries

Credit keepourlibrariesopen.com

What next for libraries in Josephine County

They've already been shut out of the county budget and run as a non-profit for several years. 

And a recent vote to create a library district--as Jackson County did--failed with voters. 

That leaves new efforts to raise money, or budget cuts, or both. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Enlightening Minds In North Korea

Credit Random House

Suki Kim is one of the few people who lives in the West and possesses good knowledge of North Korea. 

She's traveled there as a journalist for more than a decade, and spent time there teaching English to college students. 

Every day they sang a song about North Korea's leaders that is also the title of her new memoir: Without You, There Is No Us.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Roving From The Rogue To...

Credit Rogue Rovers

Farming in harmony with nature can take some special tools. 

Take the FarmDogg, for example.  The what? 

It's a light duty electric all-terrain vehicle designed to get farm workers around farms. 

And it is the creation of Rogue Rovers, with offices in Ashland, Oregon and Brazil. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

SOU Lauded For Sexual Assault Response

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The terms "sexual assault" and "campus" keep showing up in news headlines. 

College leaders, police and Congress are taking notice. 

A recent Senate hearing featured testimony from Southern Oregon University about the school's program for dealing with sexual assault, called "Campus Choice."

It is a partnership with City of Ashland police and the "You Have Options" program, which puts victims in control of the investigations into their assaults. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Boot Camp For Meaningful Life

Credit New World Library

Somehow, we've reached a point in history when people are busier than ever, yet still bored. 

Sounds like we could use a little meaning in our lives, a little purpose. 

Psychotherapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel has a few ideas on that front. 

He offers an eight-week course called Life Purpose Boot Camp to help people get more meaning out of life. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Flu Season Deepens

Credit CDC

Not the news anybody was hoping for: this influenza season could be a bad one. 

The federal Centers for Disease Control made the announcement recently. 

Part of the issue is a potential mismatch between this year's flu strains and vaccines. 

The vaccines are prepared well in advance, and the flu making people sick is not always the flu targeted by the vaccines. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

No Money, No Problem: The Abundance Swap

Credit Wikimedia

Picture a holiday bazaar at which no money changes hands.  Having trouble? 

Such an event already exists, including an example from the Rogue Valley. 

The Abundance Swap returns to Ashland for its 13th edition this weekend (December 14th). 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Putting Play Into Your Work

Credit New World Library

Maybe it's been a long time since you played hopskotch or tiddly winks. 

And that's a problem, potentially. 

The ways of play are valuable in shaping young brains, and they can continue to help as we age. 

The book Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life suggests ways to use dreaming (hop), experimenting (skip), and taking action (jump) to make our work more play-like and joyful.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15-19, 2014
10:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

SOU in Senate, Limping Libraries, and Costly CEOs: Dec 15-19 on JX

Southern Oregon University sends a speaker to the U.S. Senate, Josephine County Libraries consider the future, and CEOs make more than they are worth.  Not a bad starting list of topics for a week of the Jefferson Exchange.

And we'll continue to add to the list.

Here's the rundown for the week so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Providing An OASIS For Threatened Salmon

Credit Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Bringing sensitive wildlife back from the brink is no easy task. 

Slow and steady is the approach for the people working to help coho salmon populations recover in Oregon. 

The people of the OASIS program (Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling) cover a lot of distance and endure some tough conditions just to get accurate fish counts. 

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