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Jefferson Exchange | August 4, 2014 | 8:00
11:48 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Abuse

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While much of the focus on illegal drug abuse went to meth and heroin, prescription drugs came along and became a huge problem. 

The opioids--Oxycontin and the like--are responsible for much of the illegal drug trade. 

And medical professionals have teamed up to curb the trade, through groups like the Opioid Prescribers Group in the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 4, 2014 | 8:30
11:45 am
Fri August 1, 2014

"Hotel Hell" In The Applegate Valley

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"Gordon Ramsay Checks Into a Hotel Run By Hippies," reads the promo headline for Fox TV's "Hotel Hell" airing tonight (August 4).  

Who are they calling hippies? 

The owners of the Applegate River Lodge west of Medford, it turns out. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 4, 2014 | 9:00
11:41 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Doctor/Poet Neal Hall


The title of Neal Hall's book alone will make some people flinch: "Nigger For Life." 

But the book of poetry lays out Dr. Hall's feelings about his hard work to get into and through medical school, and his feelings about how society rewarded him--or not--for his work. 

His perception: de facto slavery still exists in America.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

"Godspell" And More: First Friday In The Arts

The "Godspell" cast in rehearsal.
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We list some arts highlights for August.

A new production of "Godspell" opening at Medford's Randall Theatre is among the highlights of this month's First Friday Arts segment on The Exchange.

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

New Boss, New Look At Ashland "Tidings"

Say goodbye to the broadsheet; tabloid is coming to the Daily Tidings.

Bert Etling talks his newspaper past and the future of the "Tidings."

Ashland's daily newspaper is getting a new boss and a new look.

Incoming editor Bert Etling revealed on The Jefferson Exchange that the Daily Tidings will switch from a broadsheet to a tabloid format on Tuesday, August 12.

It's one of several changes coming to the small-town daily, including the hiring of Etling.

The paper has not had its own editor for most of the last decade. 

It shared Bob Hunter with its sister paper, the Mail Tribune of Medford. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 1, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Letters Of Note

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Shaun Usher shares his love of letters.

Maybe writing letters is becoming a lost art, but it's still an art. 

And we can appreciate the masterpieces, both contemporary and historical. 

Shaun Usher certainly does. 

He compiles letters from near and far, from people famous and not, on his blog site Letters of Note

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Jefferson Exchange | August 4-8, 2014
11:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

"Hotel Hell," No Butts On Beaches, & A Topic You Pick: This Week on The Exchange

A recap of Gordon Ramsay's visit to Southern Oregon  for his "Hotel Hell" series is among the offerings  of The Jefferson Exchange during the week of August 8th.

You'll also hear about getting cigarettes off Oregon's public beaches, and can help us pick one of the VENTSday topics for Wednesday morning (vote with a post at our Facebook page).

It's another big week... here, minus all the window dressing, is the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Fixing Up The Old Alma Mater

Craig Morris lays out the rebuilding plan at SOU.

It's still a struggle for state universities to get the money to run all their programs. 

Getting money for construction is another matter. 

Southern Oregon University just embarked on another round of renovation, thanks to the Oregon Legislature. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Questioning Health Insurance Rate Hikes

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Jesse O'Brien explains the workings of the health insurance rate review process.

As we move further into the age of health insurance reform, the arguments just keep coming. 

One concerns individual health insurance rates: will they go up? Down? Stay the same? 

Excellent question. 

Oregon insurers propose a variety of new rates for 2015, and they're all over the map. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 31, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ashland's Drought Summit

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Mike Faught fields many questions about water conservation.

The euphemism "D word" went out of favor early in this calendar year. 

Public officials and water managers just came right out and said "drought" when it became clear the winter would not deliver the usual amount of snow and rain. 

California's governor made his drought declaration before the end of January, and efforts to conserve water have been widespread. 

The City of Ashland is one of several jurisdictions making special moves to encourage conservation. 

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