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Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 8:00
5:12 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Coaches For The Rest Of Life

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

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Jefferson Exchange | October 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:57 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Religion In Poetry With Mary Szybist

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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. 

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

Walking To End Domestic Violence

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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.

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

VENTSday: Voter ID + Armed Campus Police

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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. 

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

"Every Idea Is A Good Idea"

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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.

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

The No Position On Legal Pot

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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. 

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

Cancelling The "Siskiyou Plus" Bear Hunt

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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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

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

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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

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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. 

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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. 

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

RVTD Asks For Tax Money

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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. 

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

Art Robinson And the Missed Interview

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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.

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

Gas And Its Costs This Winter

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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

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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:

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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." 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kevin Talbert Mounts Indy Campaign For Commissioner

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Not a single Democrat signed up to run for the two open seats for Jackson County Commissioner in this year's primaries. 

But the Republicans will not run unopposed after all. 

A Democrat got on the ballot by write-in in Commissioner Position 1, and Kevin Talbert is on the ballot for Position 3 as an Independent (with a capital I, the party; Kevin points out that he's still a registered Democrat). 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Oregonians Share More Than They Think

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Our country is deeply divided politically, and Oregon is just like any other state.  Or is it? 

When you ask people around the state about the values they hold dear, the answers are often similar, despite factors like political party. 

The Oregon Values Project discovered this in its most recent once-a-decade assessment of values among the state's citizens. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

"Two Talking Wolves" Sit And Stay A Bit

The "Talking Wolves" of the title are actually humans. Gray wolves are somewhat fuzzier.
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Take a journalist who covers conservation issues and pair him up with a wildlife biologist who specializes in species recovery, and what do you call the duo? 

They chose (or somebody chose for them) "Two Talking Wolves."

Todd Wilkinson is the journalist wolf, Bob Ferris is the biologist. 

They visit the Rogue Valley to talk about their work and their concerns for the planet. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

VENTSday: Ebola Handling + Election Influences

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Your turn to talk: tell us what you think of how our government and others are handling the Ebola virus... and/or what influences you when deciding how to vote in this or any election.

Those are this week's two VENTSday topics.

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 | October 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hearts Of Gold: "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy"

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Remember that scene in "Gone With the Wind" where Scarlett O'Hara shoots the soldier? 

There's a real-life parallel, in which a woman named Belle Boyd (her real name) shot a soldier in her parlor. 

Her story is just one of several tales of real-life women involved in the fighting of the Civil War; always behind the scenes, frequently in great danger. 

Karen Abbott tells the tales in her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.

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