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Jefferson Exchange | July 24, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu July 24, 2014

How To Stop Hating Yourself

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It's one thing to be hard on yourself, and take setbacks and criticism to heart. 

It's another thing entirely to actually hate yourself. 

Author Anneli Rufus is one of many people who struggled with low self-esteem all her life. 

And while she does NOT recommend going all the way to the other end of the spectrum, she does think it's high time to close what may be an epidemic of self-loathing. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed July 23, 2014

Expanding The Oregon Caves

Miller's Chapel inside the Oregon Caves.
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It takes a very long time to make a cave. 

All that dripping and calcifying takes hundreds of thousands, even millions of years. 

But making the legal boundaries of the Oregon Caves bigger only takes an act of Congress. 

And Congress is on it; the Senate just passed the Oregon Caves Revitalization Act and sent it on to the house. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 23, 2014

VENTSday: Sick Leave + GMO Labeling

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The Lane County Commissioners and Eugene City Council provide one topic for discussion this week: paid sick leave, who should provide it, and which level of government should regulate it.

And if that's not enough controversy, we'll also talk GMO food labeling on this week's edition of VENTSday.

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 | July 23, 2014 | 9:00
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Wed July 23, 2014

Building Good Will At Goodwill

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The inventory at Goodwill Industries of Southern Oregon will soon include a very large pair of shoes. 

Those currently belong to Gayle Byrne, soon to retire as the organization's president. 

During her 37-year tenure, Byrne more than tripled the number of stores and expanded the service area and number of people helped by Southern Oregon Goodwill. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 8:00
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Tue July 22, 2014

Suing To Help The Bull Trout

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Environmental groups are keeping their own and government lawyers busy. 

Cascadia Wildlands and other groups recently announced an intention to sue the Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management over the bull trout. 

The groups say the land agencies need a "timeout" to consider how projects on the lands they manage would affect the threatened trout. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue July 22, 2014

Where CFLs Go When They Die

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We can certainly save a bunch of energy and money using modern light bulbs. 

They are uniformly more efficient than the old incandescent bulbs. 

And--in theory, anyway--they last long enough to cover the addition upfront expense of buying them. 

But the compact fluorescent bulbs (CFL) contain some toxic substances that require more attention to disposal. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 22, 2014 | 9:00
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Tue July 22, 2014

A Mind For Numbers -- Yes, YOU

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Okay, non-math students, stop making those gagging sounds and listen up.  Your case is not hopeless. 

Barbara Oakley is now an engineering professor, but she's one of those people who flunked math in high school. 

Yet she turned things around as an adult, and points the way for other people to do the same. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:00
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Mon July 21, 2014

Medford Considers Dog (Owner) Sanctions

An American Pit Bull Terrier.
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Just because the Medford City Council backed down from a dog fight does not mean it's done with dog issues. 

The council chose not to enact a ban on certain aggressive dog breeds earlier this year, after hearing a fair amount of barking (sorry) from dog owners. 

But issues with dogs remain in town. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 8:30
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Mon July 21, 2014

Southern Oregon U's New President

Dr. Roy Saigo
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Roy Saigo stepped into the college president's office at a time of upheaval: both faculty and students were unhappy about many issues. 

And that was at his LAST job. 

Dr. Saigo inherits a similar situation as the interim president at Southern Oregon University, following program cuts and a faculty vote of no-confidence in the previous president. 

Saigo has work cut out for him in a time of change across the Oregon state university system. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21, 2014 | 9:00
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Mon July 21, 2014

Tech Will Save Us: Smaller/Faster/Lighter/Denser/Cheaper

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In a world of finite resources and a (so far) continually expanding human population, something has to give. 

The case is often made that people will simply have to get by with less... fewer creature comforts, more bare-bones lifestyles. 

Robert Bryce is having none of it. 

Bryce points to many cases in which technology figured out solutions that did not involve deprivation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:00
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Fri July 18, 2014

Tough Decisions At Start Of Library District

Library HQ in Medford.
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The property taxes assessed for library operations in Jackson County will be the maximum allowed, 60 cents per thousands dollars of assessed value. 

Jackson County voters approved the formation of a library district in the May election, and supporters rejoiced. 

Then they took a look at the task at hand, and it's a big one. 

The library district, through its board, formally got the responsibility of running the county libraries on July 1, just a month and a half after the election. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 8:30
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Fri July 18, 2014

Rewarding A Drive For Science

A still from Rachel Lertora's video.
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Do you love science?  Or at least like it a lot? 

We keep working as a society to engender interest in the STEM fields--science, technology, engineering and math. 

And an Oregon student, Rachel Lertora from Astoria, is a finalist in a national science competition climaxing on 4-H National Youth Science Day. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 18, 2014 | 9:00
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Fri July 18, 2014

Your (Re)Defining Moments

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"I was born to do this!"  Have you ever said that? 

Maybe someone else in your life said it? 

We can argue with the concept of being destined for anything, but it is a concept Dennis Merritt Jones embraces. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 21-25, 2014
2:05 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Meet The New Boss, Recycling CFLs and More: The Week On The Exchange

Southern Oregon University's new president pays a visit to the basement AND we get a lesson in recycling the little fluorescent light bulbs.

Plus, the bull trout gets ANOTHER lawsuit on its behalf and the Oregon Caves may get to expand. 

These are among the many highlights of The Exchange during the week of July 21st.

Minus the pictures and direct links, here's the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu July 17, 2014

Bringing Broadband To The Rural Coast

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Just because you live in a rural area doesn't mean you have to live with slow Internet service. 

Actually, in a lot of cases, it does. 

Not by design… it's just that providing broadband service in rural areas just doesn't add up financially for would-be providers. 

So it takes some goosing from public coffers to get broadband to remote areas. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Translating Medical Into English--And Other Languages

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Not all the people who show up at the doctor's office or ER speak English. 

Oregon law recognizes this, and requires certified medical interpreters to be on hand when medical professionals treat non-English speaking patients. 

But that's easier said than done, with interpreters in short supply. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 17, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu July 17, 2014

Hard Times: Oregon's Disappearing Lake Abert

Lake Abert in 2010.
Credit Ron Larson

We knew some bodies of water would get smaller in drought years. 

But one Oregon lake in particular is taking it hard: Lake Abert in Lake County. 

It is Oregon's only saltwater lake, and it is disappearing. 

The lake has lost 99% of its water from its full pool volume, and is now too salty to support what life did occupy it.  The causes are more complicated than just weather patterns. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 16, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed July 16, 2014

Riding Beyond Cancer

Horseback riding is not for everybody, but it's good for a lot of people. 

Horses, like therapy dogs, can be helpful companions for people with a variety of health challenges. 

The organization Riding Beyond pairs up horses with women dealing with breast cancer treatments... with some encouraging results. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 16, 2014 | 8:30
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Wed July 16, 2014

VENTSday: Drone Regulations + Reintroducing Grizzlies

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Which would bother you more, your neighbors flying drones over your house, or meeting a grizzly bear in Yosemite?

Never mind... you can comment on both issues in this week's VENTSday segment on the Exchange.

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. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Catching The Catfishers

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Not everybody relishes the wild-west nature of the Internet. 

Sure, it's fun to see old friends on Facebook, but how much information on you is being collected?  Short answer: a lot. 

Tyler Cohen Wood works for the Department of Defense on cyber-security and social media issues. 

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