The Jefferson Exchange

News & Info: Mon-Fri • 8am-10am | 8pm-10pm

JPR's live call-in program devoted to current events and news makers from around the region and beyond. Participate at:  800-838-3760.  Email: JX@jeffnet.org.   Check us out on Facebook.

Or suggest a guest for The Exchange.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
521e16663465f6164e000001|520a4926e1c8fe28f54011b0

Pages

Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 8:00
1:42 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

The Rogue River.
Credit BLM/Wikimedia

Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 27, 2014 | 9:00
1:39 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Break Out The Swatches: "Pantone On Fashion"

Credit Chronicle Books

Lush color and high fashion… described on the radio. 

We do feel the need to stretch ourselves from time to time. 

And this time we'll be talking about the Pantone system for matching colors in use for decades. 

Colors from Cyber Yellow to Jet Black and their uses in fashion are profiled in Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design.

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Sen. Merkley Makes His Case

Credit Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB

In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Sen. Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Soaring With The Southern Oregon Rep Singers

Credit YouTube

It started the way a lot of arts organizations start: some people with a love of music decided to put on a concert or two. 

By now that number is up to dozens for the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

SORS (think flying) brings together some of the most talented singers in the Rogue Valley and beyond, performing some of the major vocal pieces in the classical pantheon. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Plastic In The Global Ocean

Pretty above, contains more plastics below.
Credit Wikimedia

Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.   And that's not just metaphor. 

Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface. 

And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Coaches For The Rest Of Life

A coach, yes... but not a life coach.
Credit Wikimedia

Coaches are the people who stand on the sidelines at athletic contests, exhorting the athletes under their direction to perform their best. 

When you think about it, it's no surprise that the concepts of coaching have expanded far beyond sports. 

Life coaches have been around for years, helping people do their best in life or work. 

Sandy Abell is the founder of Inside Jobs Coaching Company based in Medford. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 23, 2014

Religion In Poetry With Mary Szybist

Credit lclark.edu

It can be tricky writing about religion in the best of circumstances; people tend to have strongly-held beliefs. 

Think of how much trickier it is to write about religion through poetry. 

Mary Szybist not only did it, she won the National Book Award for poetry last year, for Incarnadine

She brings her talents to Ashland tonight (October 23) for an appearance sponsored by the Chautauqua group. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Walking To End Domestic Violence

Credit Wikimedia

There are lots of "awareness months" for physical and societal ills, and with good reason. 

When you think about it, some of the issues we face are only handled when we all know what we're talking about. 

Domestic violence can only be addressed by admitting that it happens. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, with some key events in several communities.

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

VENTSday: Voter ID + Armed Campus Police

Credit guernicamag.org

Now that Oregon is already voting, it seems a good time to ask your feelings about voter ID laws and curtailments to early voting. 

And on an unrelated topic, let's talk about whether college security forces should be armed.  Those are this week's VENTSday subjects.

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

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 22, 2014

"Every Idea Is A Good Idea"

Credit Tarcher/Penguin

Lots of people--maybe all of us--get the occasional creative spark. 

But creative sparks without a plan are just fireworks, right? 

Tom Sturges has a few ideas about channeling creativity. 

Sturges is a veteran of the music industry, and he taps the talents of musicians and songwriters and more for his book Every Idea is a Good Idea.

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

The No Position On Legal Pot

Credit Wikimedia

Oregon can at least look to two other states for ideas about what might happen if voters legalize marijuana. 

Washington and Colorado both voted pot legal two years ago, learning a number of lessons since legalization. 

Passage of Measure 91 in Oregon's November election would add the state to the other two. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Cancelling The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt

Credit Public Domain

A proposal to expand bear hunting in the spring in southwestern Oregon recently died after quite a bit of controversy. 

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife ultimately decided there was too much risk to orphan young bears during nursing season. 

Animal rights groups worked hard for the decision. 

Read more
JPR Music
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Early Days: "Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones"

Credit Viking Books

The Rolling Stones are still rocking, drawing huge crowds to concerts. 

But today's band lacks a key figure from its early days: guitarist Brian Jones. 

Jones died in 1969, shortly after the other founding members kicked him out of the Stones. 

His large musical contributions to the shaping of the band and his bumpy personal life are detailed in Paul Trynka's book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Evidence of human habitation from 14 millenia ago. What kind of evidence? Uh, better listen...

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ashland Heads For A Bag Ban

California recently passed a statewide ban on plastic bags, but Oregon still handles the issue on a city-by-city basis. 

And Ashland is joining the list of cities banning single-use bags, effective November 6th. 

Stores and shoppers are already practicing for life after the ban. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RVTD Asks For Tax Money

Credit Nicholas Blah/Flickr

A federal grant allowed the Rogue Valley Transportation District to add bus service in the evenings and on Saturdays to its schedule. 

But grants expire, and now it's time for another funding source. 

So RVTD is asking voters to approve a five-year property tax levy so the additional service can continue. 

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Art Robinson And the Missed Interview

Credit Robinson campaign

Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home.

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Gas And Its Costs This Winter

Credit Marina Burity/Wikimedia

Quite a few of us heat our homes with natural gas in the winter. 

And winter is not far away. 

So how much can we expect to pay for the heat this year? 

It can vary a bit from year to year. 

So we'll visit with a rep from the American Gas Association

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 20-24, 2014
4:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Bag Bans, No On Pot, and Yes On Merkley: JX October 20-24

Excitement should be building in the region about now. 

Ballots are arriving in Oregon mailboxes, and candidates are running left and right (literally, not politically) to make their cases for election. 

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visits The Exchange to make his pitch for reelection this week (we're awaiting a return message from Monica Wehby's staff). 

The NO side on Oregon's marijuana measure also speaks up, and we hear about plastic at the checkout counter (disappearing) and in the ocean (still there). 

Here's our list, still in development:

Read more
Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

SOU Puts Time Pressure On Scholarship Campaign

People seem to respond well to deadline pressure, so why not provide some for a fundraising campaign? 

That's the thinking at the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

SOUF is mounting a 100-hour campaign for the SOU scholarship... in this case, SOU stands for "Supporting Opportunities for Undergraduates." 

Read more

Pages