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Thanksgiving Thursday/Friday
11:38 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Holiday Special: "Five Farms"

Harvesting corn in Iowa.
Credit Five Farms/Wesley Horner Productions

We wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at The Jefferson Exchange and JPR. 

We are especially thankful for a couple of days off, and we'll replace the Exchange for Thursday and Friday with holiday specials. 

The public radio documentary "Five Farms: Stories From American Farm Families" will take our place, both daytime and evening. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Oregon Employment Takes Off

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The last time Oregon's employment shot up this high, Bill Clinton was president, and "Waterworld" was in movie theatres. 

Figures from the state Employment Department show October of this year adding nearly 10,000 to Oregon payrolls. 

Several sectors of the economy performed better than economists expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

VENTSday: Police Shootings + What You're Thankful For

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It's time we had a chat about the NEXT police shooting, and how to prevent it from happening.  That's one of this week's VENTSday topics. 

For the other, break out the list of things you're thankful for. 

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.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed November 26, 2014

Extreme Novel-Writing Explained

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You can apply the term "extreme" to just about anything. 

Witness "extreme sports" and "extreme couponing." 

But "extreme noveling?"  Yep. 

Chris Baty invented the practice, known through National Novel Writing Month. 

His tips on the practice are contained in his own non-fiction book, No Plot? No Problem! Revised: A Low-stress, High-velocity Guide to Writing a Novel in 30 Days. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Why So Many Homeless Students

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The most recent numbers show more Oregon students are homeless than a year earlier. 

737 more students, to be exact… more than the populations of most elementary schools. 

Medford's Maslow Project is an organization dedicated to fulfilling at least some of the needs of homeless young people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Taking People To Court Over Lynxes

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Somebody must keep a running total of court cases against federal agencies. 

We'd guess the Fish & Wildlife service is certainly up there with the most-sued agencies. 

Witness the recent filing of a suit by the Western Environmental Law Center over the Canada Lynx. 

The groups suing want Fish & Wildlife to expand the amount of critical habitat for the big cat.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 25, 2014

End Of Life Care: "Bringing Bubbe Home"

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When we allow ourselves to think about death, we often choose to think about relatively happy circumstances: dying at a ripe old age, at home, in bed, surrounded by family. 

In real life, it's seldom that way.  80 percent of Americans die in hospitals or nursing homes. 

Debra Zaslow did not want that fate for her grandmother, her bubbe. 

So she brought the 103-year-old woman home, to live out her final days there.  The poignant story is told in Zaslow's book Bringing Bubbe Home. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Oregon Leads In NOT Over-prescribing Antibiotics

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There are ways in which you do NOT want your state to be on the bottom of the list nationally. 

But Oregon is last in one category, and state health officials are quite proud of it. 

The rate of unnecessary antibiotic use in Oregon is the lowest in the country. 

The state's Public Health Division keeps track of the numbers and encourages doctors to keep them low.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

I Hear That Train A-coming...

Amtrak in its early days.
Credit Drew Jacksich/Wikimedia

There's an old connection between trains and the holidays. 

Think of all the pictures you've seen of model trains running around Christmas trees. 

In the Rogue Valley, Thanksgiving is the holiday associated with trains. 

Because Thanksgiving weekend is the time the Rogue Valley Model Railroad Club and other train groups present the Rogue Valley Railroad Show at the Medford Armory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Bread As Currency

Credit Chronicle Books

Remember when people called money "bread"? 

Author/baker Malin Elmlid might singlehandedly revive the use of the term. 

Because she's been trading her loaves of homemade bread--actual baked bread--for goods, and services, and even stories. 

She tells about the process in her book The Bread Exchange.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sing Out With The Rogue Valley Chorale

Credit Rogue Valley Chorale

It's beginning to look a lot like… and you can finish the phrase. 

You probably heard the tune in your head as you read it. 

Music and Christmas go together like Santa and sleighs, and many musical groups will sing in the season.

Count the Rogue Valley Chorale among them. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

U of O Resident Elder Ramon Ramirez

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Not everybody gets to go to college.  So certain segments of life and knowledge are just hard to find on campuses. 

Which is why the University of Oregon runs an Elder-in-Residence program. 

It brings to campus an elder from a community that traditionally has little representation in higher education. 

This year's EIR is Ramon Ramirez, founder of PCUN, Oregon's farmworkers union. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Using (Not Giving In To) The Dark Side

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We're often counseled to be pleasant and polite, and not let ourselves rage at the people and situations that cause consternation. 

Maybe a little rage is a good thing. 

So say the authors of The Upside of Your Dark Side

They point out that the positive emotions are generally good for us and the world at large.  But the negative emotions that can fire us up have their uses, too. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24-28, 2014
2:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Week On The Exchange

Turkey and all the leftovers are not far away now. 

Our week on The Exchange includes antibiotic usage, suing over lynx protection, and end-of-life care, among other subjects. 

Plus, for the first time in years, we're subbing a different program for The Exchange on the holidays Thursday and Friday. 

Here's the full list...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Un-Damming The Salmon

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EXTRA: Watch the dam demolition.

Before we fully understood anadromous fish, the kind that swim upstream to spawn, we put a lot of obstacles between them and their spawning grounds. 

Dams big and small went up on creeks and rivers, preventing fish passage. 

Now many dams are coming down, including one on Cottonwood Creek in Tehama County. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife oversaw the project, which returns five miles of stream to spawning habitat. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Elder Abuse Numbers Climb In Oregon

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Elder abuse numbers continue to rise in Oregon. 

It is true that the senior population is growing as well, but the abuse trend is still cause for concern. 

Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation watches the trends and the cases. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Hair Of The Dog? "Expectation Hangover"

Credit New World Library

Nothing like getting your hopes up about something in your life, only to have reality dash those hopes onto the rocks. 

Christine Hassler calls that an Expectation Hangover

Hassler's book by that name tracks the various sources of the problem, and suggests ways to get the expectations to better match the likely outcomes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sprucing Up Streetscapes In Medford

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The skyline of Medford has certainly changed in just a few years. 

The Higher Education Center, the Lithia Motors headquarters and the coming Jackson County Health Services building are among the structures giving the city a different look. 

Now the skyline could use some complementary streetscapes, at least in the view of the Metro Medford Downtown Association

MMDA would like to see the formation of an Economic Improvement District to bring in money from property owners to dress up the sidewalks and amenities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

VENTSday: Net Neutrality + Oregon's Tax "Kicker"

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Type "net neutrality" into a search engine, and get nearly 20 Million hits. 

The topic heated up again recently when President Obama suggested the FCC should treat the Internet like a utility, so everybody pays the same rates; nobody pays more for higher speeds.  In other words, preserve the current state of net neutrality.

Vent on that in this week's VENTSday segment, or tell the world your thoughts on the tax "kicker" law that might return some of Oregon's tax collections to taxpayers.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Coexistence With Wildfire

California's Rim Fire in 2013.
Credit Inciweb.org

The recent report on coexistence with wildfire may bring you up short. 

For one thing, it points out the big differences between our approaches to wildfire and other disasters. 

We gird against earthquakes and coastal storms, for example, but don't try to stop them. 

The attitude toward fire is different, and generally does not involve urging people to build homes farther from fire zones. 

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