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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Restoring School Art Programs In Oregon

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Denise Baxter and Michelle Boss Barba describe "Studio to School."

When the budget ax falls on schools, it tends to fall first on the programs that are not seen as essential to learning, music and art among them. 

School funding and some programs are slowly rebounding from the recession, but many schools do without. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Do Your Laundry Or You'll Die Alone

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Becky Blades takes us through the highlights of her book.

So, you're sending a child off into the world once and for all. 

What are your final words of advice? 

How about Do Your Laundry or You'll Die Alone?

That's what Becky Blades offers to the world in her book by that name. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

On The Verge Of Fire Season

It will happen; the only question is: how much?
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Bob Schumacher and Daniel Berlant survey what could be a rough fire season ahead.

Southern California is adjusting to the realities of a year-round fire season. 

So far, we do not have to face that reality where we live. 

But this fire season, which could be declared at any time (already underway south of the state line) , threatens to be a rough one in Oregon and California. 

It comes after several years of low rain and snowfall, and arrives during a drought. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Uses (And Abuses) Of Psychedelic Drugs

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Matt Vogel and Martin Ball talk about the renewed interest in psychedelic drugs.

The "Psychedelic 60s" are way behind us, and Timothy Leary died a generation ago. 

But the class of drugs that fascinated Leary--psychedelics like LSD--still fascinate some people today. 

Research and reporting on psychedelics is on an upswing, and an "Exploring Psychedelics in Culture, Religion, and Science" conference is planned for Friday at Southern Oregon University. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Living Up To The Name At "Help Now!"

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Larry Kahn explains the work of Help Now! Advocacy Center.

When the going gets tough but your basic needs are addressed, where do you turn? 

Plenty of agencies can feed, house, or clothe you... but trickier situations require a different kind of agency. 

Help Now! Advocacy Center in Medford helps people--often poor people--through crisis situations in their lives.  It often takes a single phone call.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Healing, And Winning Awards For It

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Dr. Yvonne Fried and Bill Feagin explain why Ashland's hospital wins awards for wound care.

There are so many ways to damage a human body. 

And a whole lot of ways to fix bodies, too. 

Asante Ashland Community Hospital just won an award for the success of its Center for Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

VENTSday: Veterans' Care + Presidential Protests

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Listeners vent on veterans' care and protestors vs the president.

Fixing the federal VA's care of veterans and the limits of protest (presidential) are the topics of VENTSday this week.

The VA issue is hot nationally, and a court ruling against people who protested President Bush in Jacksonville in 2004 was just handed down.

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 28, 2014

The Berlin HIV Patients: "Cured"

HIV under an electron microscope.
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Nathalia Holt brings us into the world of HIV treatment and research.

Here's a pair of terms medical science has long sought to put in the same sentence: HIV and cure. 

Not only sought, but succeeded. 

Two men identified as "The Berlin Patients" received treatments that banished the Human Immunodeficiency Virus from their bodies. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Recovering Oregon's African-American History

Richard Bogle and Family, prominent in Oregon and Washington in the 19th Century.
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Kim Moreland and Kuri Gill explain the historic preservation program.

African-Americans were simply not allowed to live in Oregon, under the exclusion laws passed early in the state's history.  But the enforcement of the laws was spotty, and there IS a record of black habitation in the face of racism. The Oregon Black Pioneers and the State Historic Preservation Office are joining forces to make sure that history is highlighted and preserved.  

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Jefferson Exchange | May 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Elk Creek, Undammed And Open For Recreation

Elk Creek Dam, notched so Elk Creek flows freely through it.
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Justin Stegall and Jim Buck detail the amenities at Elk Creek Park.

Land that was once meant to be underwater is now available for recreation by us land-based creatures.Elk Creek Dam north of Medford was never finished; it was eventually dynamited so Elk Creek, a Rogue River tributary, could flow freely once again.

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