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

Oregon Vaccine Exemptions Tighten

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Stacy de Assis Matthews explains the new law on non-medical exemptions for child vaccines in Oregon.

Parts of our region lead the country in avoiding vaccines. 

Ashland is especially high in the incidence of parents seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.  That may change under a law that goes into effect next week. 

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

Getting To Class Without The Car

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Cheryl Carlich talks about college students and their increasing desire to get around without cars.

Anybody who ever tried to find a free parking spot near a major university can understand why many people opt not to drive to campus. 

Parking is scarce and often expensive. 

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

Evolutionary Origins Of Depression

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Jonathan Rottenberg explains the possible link between evolution and depression.

When you look at the life span of the human species, we're still pretty young. 

It wasn't so long ago that our ancestors faced threats from disease and predators.

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

Cardiac Care For Heart Month

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Dr. Brian Morrison talks about the science of cardiology, and the daily care of the heart.

Forget the symmetrical hearts (filled with chocolates), those are SO last week.

But February IS American Heart Month, a time for all of us to focus on what our real (as opposed to our metaphorical ones) need.

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

Klamath County Prepares For Drought

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Commissioner Tom Mallams lays out the bleak prospects for water users in drought-bound Klamath County.

California got there first, but Oregon is not far behind: declaring drought before winter is even over. 

Gov. Jerry Brown made the California declaration in mid-January.  Gov. Kitzhaber has only made declarations for four Oregon counties so far: Klamath, Lake, Harney and Malheur. 

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

Help With The Tax Return

If only filing brought this.
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David Artgetsinger talks about the features of the tax prep help offered by AARP Foundation.

We can't put off filing our income tax returns much longer. 

April 15th is less than two months away, and Uncle Sam takes a dim view of the “better late than never” attitude. 

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

Trying To Turn Bee Concern Into Legislation

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Aimee Code of Xerces Society talks about efforts to reform pesticide use that will help bees.

The killing of tens of thousands of bees in the Portland area last year sparked widespread concern about the use of pesticides. 

And the concern translated to regulation, but so far, no legislation.  A bill to toughen up some pesticide laws just got watered down in the Oregon legislature.

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

VENTSday (on Thursday): Teacher Strikes + Universal Pre-K

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Listeners VENT on whether teachers should strike, and if we need pre-kindergarten for all kids.

Teachers are on strike in Medford, but should they be allowed to strike, anywhere?  And does universal pre-kindergarten confer all the benefits promised? 

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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

How To Work A Room

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Susan RoAne guides us through getting to know "strangers" with sincerity.

We often speak admiringly of people who can “work a room”... navigating a business or social gathering, impressing others as the move along. 

Somebody must have written a book about how to do that well.  In fact, somebody did.  Susan Roane even registered the trademark to the name How to Work A Room.

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

E-Cigarettes Legislation Dies in Oregon Legislature

An E-cigarette and various bottles of fuel.
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Rep. Phil Barnhart explains his opposition to e-cigarettes, and why the bills died in the legislature.

Oregon's short 2014 legislative session will end without new regulations on new cigarettes. 

Electronic or “E-cigarettes” came on the market fast enough to catch many regulators by surprise.

Yes, there is nicotine in the devices, but no actual tobacco.  Users do inhale burned nicotine and other substances, but in the form of vapor, not smoke. 

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