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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Celebrating Birds In The Rogue Valley

A starling pauses to reflect.
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John Alexander and Brandon Breen discuss the mission of the Klamath Bird Observatory and the events of the Mountain Bird Festival.

The abundant wildlife of our region is there to be looked at, if you have the means. 

And it doesn't take much in either means or time to watch birds. 

Birders revel in the sighting of birds both common and rare, and there's no special training involved. 

The Klamath Bird Observatory will try to help prospective birders take flight in the first-ever Mountain Bird Festival, coming to the Ashland area over Memorial Day weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Tuberculosis In History: "The Remedy"

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Thomas Goetz tells the tale of Robert Koch, Arthur Conan Doyle, and tuberculosis.

More than a century ago, a diagnosis of tuberculosis meant almost certain death for the patient. 

Medical science desperately searched for a cure. 

Then physician Robert Koch announced success: he could stop TB.

Another physician, Arthur Conan Doyle, took great interest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Talking Computers To Help Dispatchers

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Justin Bates explains the advantage of text-to-speech dispatching.

Think about the stress levels incurred by emergency dispatchers: they need to dispatch emergency workers WHILE they are still taking details of the incident over the phone. 

Seconds count in emergency services, and that overlap costs time. 

Emergency Communications of Southern Oregon dispatches first responders in Jackson County, and ECSO has a new tool. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Oregon Innovation At The Smithsonian

California is represented at the Smithsonian; what will Oregon send?
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ScienceWorks' Chip Lindsey talks about the collaboration with the Smithsonian.

Coming soon to the Smithsonian: the innovation and invention of Southern Oregon. 

The region is one of several around the country that will be represented at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. 

Scienceworks Hands-On Museum received a grant to research and produce a video showing the history and future of innovation in the area. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 22, 2014

State+Fed+Local Pot Laws=Confusion

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Leland Berger explains what's been happening with Oregon marijuana laws.

You can forgive the casual observer for being confused about marijuana laws in our region. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana laws. 

Neighboring Washington allows pot for personal use. 

Oregon and California both have medical marijuana dispensaries, sort of. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Southern Oregon Economic Forecast

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Mark Dennett gives his predictions for Rogue Valley economic growth.

Economists frequently make predictions about the direction the nation's economy will go. 

Such predictions are harder to come by at the local level. 

But marketing consultant Mark Dennett takes a stab at predicting the pathway ahead of the Southern Oregon economy. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

VENTSday: Your Election Analysis

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Listeners vent on Oregon primary election results, heavy on environmental concerns.

The ballots will have been counted by the time our VENTSday segment airs. 

So it's no mystery what we'll discuss with listeners: the results of the May 20th primary election in Oregon. 

From primaries for governor and U.S. Senator to Jackson County's GMO measure, there's much to talk about.   California listeners can talk about issues and candidates in their primary, still two weeks away.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 21, 2014

What To Talk About

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Rob Baedeker shares laughs and conversation advice. Lots of laughs.

We have it so much better than every other animal: we have the gift of speech. 

Although it's hard to believe it's a gift when we're standing in an elevator or other enclosed space with a stranger. 

What is wrong with us? 

Maybe not much, other than not knowing what to say. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

Marine Mammals Sick And Stranded

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Jeff Boehm explains the issues showing up in marine mammals in California this year.

Sick and stranded seals and sea lions are found from time to time along the West Coast. 

But usually not as many as are turning up this year. 

The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito reports 446 of the animals brought into the center this year. 

That's already a record, and the year is not even half over. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 20, 2014

The Scourge Of Sea Star Wasting Disease

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Jim Burke describes the gruesome effects of Sea Star Wasting Disease.

Sea stars--starfish--are in trouble in much of the West Coast. 

Sea star wasting disease causes the animals to lose arms and ultimately disintegrate, and scientists do not know yet what causes it. 

Oregon's population of sea stars had been left unscathed until recently. 

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