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Jefferson Exchange | December 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Putting Play Into Your Work

Credit New World Library

Maybe it's been a long time since you played hopskotch or tiddly winks. 

And that's a problem, potentially. 

The ways of play are valuable in shaping young brains, and they can continue to help as we age. 

The book Hop, Skip, Jump: 75 Ways to Playfully Manifest a Meaningful Life suggests ways to use dreaming (hop), experimenting (skip), and taking action (jump) to make our work more play-like and joyful.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 15-19, 2014
10:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

SOU in Senate, Limping Libraries, and Costly CEOs: Dec 15-19 on JX

Southern Oregon University sends a speaker to the U.S. Senate, Josephine County Libraries consider the future, and CEOs make more than they are worth.  Not a bad starting list of topics for a week of the Jefferson Exchange.

And we'll continue to add to the list.

Here's the rundown for the week so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Providing An OASIS For Threatened Salmon

Credit Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

Bringing sensitive wildlife back from the brink is no easy task. 

Slow and steady is the approach for the people working to help coho salmon populations recover in Oregon. 

The people of the OASIS program (Oregon Adult Salmonid Inventory and Sampling) cover a lot of distance and endure some tough conditions just to get accurate fish counts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Suction Dredging Targeted For Oregon Ban

A suction dredge at work.
Credit KIamath Riverkeeper

Get ready for a big debate over suction-dredge mining in the next session of the Oregon legislature. 

Gold miners are fond of using suction dredges in streams; conservation groups, working to protect water quality and fish, do not like them. 

And a task force recommends banning suction dredging on key streams in Western Oregon, including the Rogue River. 

Rogue Riverkeeper Program Director Forrest English helped write the task force report. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Small Farms That Make Big Bucks


Maybe you've always been interested in farming, but just didn’t have the land for it. 

You might not need that much. 

Organic farmer Jean-Martin Fortier runs a "micro-farm" in Quebec, with only about an acre and a half of permanent planted space. 

Yet the farm makes enough money to feed Fortier's family. 

And he shares the secrets and techniques in his book The Market Gardener.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

A Step Between: ResolutionCare

Credit Public Domain

We're well acquainted with the terms "intensive care" and "hospice." 

But there's another term that could easily be placed between them: palliative care. 

That's the process of making people comfortable as they approach the end of life, but they are not quite ready for hospice. 

Eureka physician Dr. Michael Fratkin created ResolutionCare to improve palliative care offerings. 

A crowdfunding campaign to help boost the new effort ends this week (and it will reach the goal, he announced on air). 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

VENTSday: Gas Tax Hike + Limiting Voter Initiatives


With gas prices so low, why NOT raise gas taxes?  That's one argument we'll explore in this week's VENTSday.

The other: the idea of making it harder to put voter initiatives on the ballot.

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.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or emailing

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Jefferson Exchange | December 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Happiness By Design

Credit Hudson Street Press

Lots of researchers approach the subject of happiness from many different fields, but economics? 

When you stop to think about it, much of the discussion of happiness in our time focuses on economic matters, like how much money we make. 

So Paul Dolan, an economist by training, is uniquely positioned to add to the discussion. 

And add he does, in his book Happiness By Design.

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Adding To Farm To School Programs

Credit kcmckell/Live Aloha

Maybe kids really do like healthy food better when they understand where it comes from. 

And when they grow it themselves. 

That's the business of Rogue Valley Farm to School. 

That organization and Rogue Farm Corps are getting grants to continue their work from the Oregon Community Foundation

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Priced Out Of Childcare In Oregon

Credit Wikimedia

Oregon's long lag in recovering from the recession keeps median wages down. 

Unfortunately, Oregon is also a state in which child care costs are high relative to income. 

Not only is the picture not improving, it could be getting worse. 

Those are among the findings in a report out of the Secretary of State's Audit Division

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Jefferson Exchange | December 9, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue December 9, 2014

What To Know BEFORE Eating Wild Mushrooms

Matsutake mushroom=edible.
Credit Catapult Films

When in doubt, throw it out. 

That's the first rule of eating mushrooms from the wild. 

There are plenty of other rules to keep in mind if you either venture to the woods to get your own mushrooms, or get them from someone else. 

The Oregon Mycological Society focuses on edible fungi. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 8, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

John Fischer on Winter Weather

John Fischer with Geoffrey Riley in 2011. You can grow a beard when you no longer work in TV.

This time a year ago, the Rogue Valley was digging out from a snowstorm and freeze that closed schools for most of a week. 

This year is different.  EVERY year is different. 

Which is why we like to bring somebody with weather knowledge onto the show to talk about what we might expect from the winter ahead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 8, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Polar Express Stops In Medford

Credit Rotary Club of Medford

Kids and adults alike thrilled to the book "The Polar Express" when it hit the bookstores. 

The thrill remains, nearly 30 years and a feature movie with Tom Hanks later. 

Now many towns across the country offer their own "Polar Express" attractions in the Christmas season, including an event at Medford's Railroad Park next weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon December 8, 2014

A Revolution In Raising A Kid

Credit Morgan James Publishing

The Baby Boomers had it pretty good as kids… no depression or world war, an affluent society, and parents who often just told them to be home in time for dinner. 

The cares and concerns of the world have changed over time, to say nothing of how technology has changed life. 

The changes add layers of complexity to the already complex job of parenting. 

In Revolutionize Your Child's Life, executive and personal development coach Peggy Caruso offers tips for modern-day parents. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Musical "Wonderful Life", Seasonal Singing and More: First Friday For December

Ed Dunsavage and Leslie Kendall play a couple of gigs in December, and sing songs in our studio (16:40 in the recording).
Credit Belle Fiore Winery

"It's a Wonderful Life" in a musical, voices raised in song, and oh yeah... Christmas is coming.  

Must be time for our First Friday Arts segment for December. 

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 | December 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Christmas Trees Beyond Imagining

Credit Providence Foundation

Think about all the Christmas trees of your lifetime.

Think about them all in one place at the same time. 

Now you have some idea of what the Providence Festival of Trees in Medford looks like. 

The festival, now in its third decade, is a fundraising for the Providence Community Health Foundation, which supports care at the Providence hospital in Medford. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Aasif Mandvi: "No Land's Man"

Credit Chronicle Books

Aasif Mandvi has an amazing capacity to make people laugh, a skill he displays as a "correspondent" for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. 

But like any funny guy, he worked hard and shed a few tears along the way. 

It's a story he tells in his book No Land's Man: A Perilous Journey through Romance, Islam, and Brunch

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Jefferson Exchange | December 8-12, 2014
11:21 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Winter Weather Previews, Expensive Child Care, and Fun In Your Work: Dec. 8-12 on The Exchange

Winter is technically a couple of weeks away, but its weather is here already.  We'll bring in one of our meteorologist friends to talk about that on this week of The Exchange.

We'll also explore the ongoing issue of Oregon being one of the states where child care just costs a lot to obtain.

And one of our author guests will discuss keeping a sense of play in our work.

Here is the rough outline for the week of December 8th on the show:

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Getting Cars Ready For Winter Conditions

Credit Geoffrey Riley/JPR

Nothing like a little cold snap to remind you that it's time to get the car in shape for winter. 

Modern cars actually take pretty good care of themselves, with all their electronic diagnostics and computers. 

And Zach Edwards at Ashland Automotive is quite familiar with all the gadgets under the hood (engine included). 

We visit with Zach from time to time to get up to date on car care and maintenance. 

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Jefferson Exchange | December 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Making The Case Against A Gas Pipeline

An artist's conception of the Jordan Cove terminal as proposed.
Credit Veresen, Inc.

Energy projects are often controversial to begin with. 

But when the energy project involves a long pipeline carrying gas taken from the ground by fracking, it's just that much more contentious. 

So while the Jordan Cove natural gas terminal and Pacific Connector gas pipeline already passed one level of environmental review, there's a lot more work ahead, and more to be said. 

There'll be a lot of talking at a series of upcoming hearings around the region. 

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