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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 8:00
1:01 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Climate Change And Highways

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Continued climate change will impact many things, transportation among them.

High sea levels, landslides, and wildfires can and do close roads.  So the Federal Highway Administration is funding studies of potential climate change impacts in several states.  California is one of them, and CalTrans will present updates on the process this week on the North Coast. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 8:30
12:53 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Long Road To Jordan Cove

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The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.

But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons.  State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 9:00
12:47 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

From The Future: "The Collapse Of Western Civilization"

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Try to imagine the Earth we're leaving for future generations.  What might things look like in the 24th century?

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, both historians of science, take a stab at this question in their book "The Collapse of Western Civilization." 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:00
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides

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Crag Law Center's Chris Winter joins us.

Complaints about pesticide use are fairly common around farms and forests.  But a complaint about pesticide use on the Oregon coast is headed for court, with a unique approach.

Property owners in Gold Beach filed suit, challenging portions of the state's Right to Farm and Forest Law.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:30
12:53 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

West Nile Virus In Oregon

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OHA Dr. Emilio DeBess joins us.

70 percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms.  That's the good news.

The bad news is that the people who do show symptoms can become very sick and take weeks to recover... and some can develop complications that lead to death.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 9:00
12:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Love For Dogs That's Just "Off The Leash"

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Author Mathew Gilbert shares his dog park stories.

Who can resist a dog, with that fuzzy, warm face?  A few people, actually.

Count Matthew Gilbert among them.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Festival Of Eugene

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Krysta Albert gives us the rundown on the event.

Summer festivals continue across the region. Eugene steps up the activity late this week with the Festival of Eugene.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:30
1:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Keeping The Wolverine Off The Endangered List

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Nick Cady of Cascadia Wildlands joins us.

The federal Endangered Species Act seems to make everybody unhappy these days.  Extractive industries don't like the way it changes the way they do business (think logging and the spotted owl).

And environmental groups are frequently frustrated by the federal government's slow moves to protect sensitive species.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 9:00
1:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

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Domenica Marchetti shares her new cookbook.

Put aside the meat and potatoes for a while, we need to talk about vegetables.  And when you hear about Domenica Marchetti's book, you'll understand that need.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Southern Oregon's World Of Wine

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Asante's Sue Mendenhall gives us the details on the event.

The growth of the region's wine business gives residents and visitors alike ample chances to open a bottle.

And the regular events are supplemented by special gigs, like the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival this week.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:30
1:13 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Medford Looks At Sign Regulations

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Bill Mansfield joins us to discuss the study.

Sign technology has gotten so good, some electronic signs offer an experience similar to watching TV.

And that's the problem for some people… the signs can be distracting to drivers as the pass by.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 9:00
1:05 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The End Of Absence

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Author Michael Harris shares his book.

The connected life is just great… with a smartphone nearby, we need never be fully "away" from friends and loved ones. Sigh.

Writer Michael Harris says there's a unique opportunity for people of the "straddle generation."

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 8:00
1:21 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

The Value Of A Burning Forest

After the fire is out, what then?
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Sean Stevens of Oregon Wild shares the benefits.

It's hard to think about the benefits of a forest fire when it's bearing down on your house or filling the air with smoke. 

But fire is a natural part of the life cycle of forests. 

And it is one that got pushed aside for many years, in favor of fire suppression. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 8:30
1:16 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Giving Money To The City Council (Legally)

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City Council member John Michaels discusses both sides of the issue.

Think of the joys of being a city council member: you get to study difficult issues, you get to spend time in meetings, you get to interface with members of the public, often when they're angry. 

And you don't get paid. 

It is that last issue that a couple of members of the Medford City Council want to explore. 

John Michaels and Bob Strosser, both soon to depart the council, think perhaps a few dollars could sweeten the allure of a council seat. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 18, 2014 | 9:00
1:11 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Explosion Green

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Author David Gottfried shares his work in the green building movement.

We've got many more people on the planet and many more devices requiring electricity, but electricity us is NOT rising sharply in the developed world. 

That's because we've gotten good at energy conservation. 

The green building movement figures heavily in the more efficient use of energy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Storm Large Sings Classical At Britt

Storm Large at Occupy Portland.
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Storm Large talks about music and showbiz.

With a name like Storm Large, can you have anything but a big personality? 

She's probably been asked that before, so we'll have to come up with a few more questions. 

Storm Large is the Portland-based singer/writer/entertainer with a big following. 

She'll perform Kurt Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" at the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville tonight (August 15). 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

How Honest Are We?

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Olivia Shjeflo describes the Honesty Index.

It might sell a few more bottles of tea, but it sets up a good question: how honest are we? 

The organic beverage Honest Tea started researching this a few years ago. 

The company sets out coolers of its products, asking people not to take any. 

You can guess what happens next... or maybe not. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Afghanistan Through A Journalist's Eyes

Samangan province in Afghanistan.
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Edward Girardet describes his experiences in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan has been called "the graveyard of empires," because many a powerful country occupied Afghanistan, and NONE left on good terms. 

Journalist Edward Girardet arrived in Afghanistan shortly before the Soviet Union invaded more than 30 years ago.  After the USSR left, it ceased to be the USSR. 

Edward Girardet has fared better, despite frequent trips to Afghanistan, getting to know the country and the people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Gonorrhea Infections Zoom In Southern Oregon

The bacteria that causes gonorrhea, under a microscope.
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Dr. Sean Schafer details the rise in gonorrhea cases.

An increase in gonorrhea cases of 18 percent is enough to cause concern among health workers. 

And that is the number for Oregon between 2012 and 2013. 

Now consider the increase in Josephine County: 270 percent in the same period. 

And that's not the highest... Jackson checks in with a 387 percent increase and Douglas County leaped 1,050 percent. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu August 14, 2014

Blocking Mines On Scenic Streams

The North Fork of the Smith River is one of the targets for mining.
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Morgan Lindsay details mining plans, and the opposition to them.

Some of the prettiest waterways in our region could also be the richest in other ways. 

Hard-money ways, because of potentially valuable mineral contents. 

And miners have shown an interest in extracting some of the hard-rock riches of the streams. 

Which is why environmental groups including KS Wild just delivered thousands of letters to federal agencies, requesting a mineral withdrawal. 

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