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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

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Oregon Medical Examiner Dr. Karen Gunson walks us through the illegal drug death report.

If deaths caused by drug abuse are dropping in Oregon, it's a very slow drop. 

The State Medical Examiner's office recently released its annual report on drug-related deaths, covering the year 2013. 

There was exactly one fewer death caused by drugs than the year before, but there are some bright spots within the numbers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Beating Cancer With Gene Sequencing

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Jeff Tyner and Elie Traer talk about the complexity of beating AML, a kind of leukemia.

Beating some types of cancer involves thinking small… VERY small. 

Down to the gene level and below, in the case of acute myeloid leukemia, or AML. 

The "Beat AML" team at Oregon Health Sciences University researches how gene sequencing could help interrupt or even stop the growth of AML. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Creative Writing On A Grim Time: "Redeployment"

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Phil Klay describes his Iraq experience and the making of "Redeployment."

Just including the word "soldier" in the same sentence as "Iraq" conjures up many images for most of us. 

For Marine Corps veterans, the images are first-person.  Phil Klay served in Iraq during the surge, and came home to finish his Master of Fine Arts degree. 

Klay puts it to good use in a collection of short stories called Redeployment.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 9, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

"Maker Culture" At The Rogue Hack Lab

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Rogue Hack Lab participants talk about the doings at the lab.

How many people have a workshop in their homes anymore? 

Broaden the focus to workshops OUTSIDE the home, and the answer might be different. 

A growing interest in tinkering and building leads to talk of a "maker culture" and "maker space." 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 9, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Race On The Stage

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Theater professor Eric Levin discusses race and theater in history and the present.

Can you imagine a white actor playing a part in blackface in today's world? 

That change is one example of the evolution of attitudes toward race in America. 

And entertainment has been part of the change. 

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

Living With ADD: "I Always Want To Be Where I'm Not"

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Dr. Wes Crenshaw talks about how he and other clinicians diagnose and treat ADD.

A recent discussion on ADHD on The Exchange focused on the big picture: the numbers of people diagnosed with the condition, and how fast that number is rising. 

We take another look at attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder with psychologist Wes Crenshaw. 

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

Invisible: Black Women In America

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Kristie Dotson leads us into a chat on racism and ignorance.

The recent controversy over race and the NBA--it got a team owner banned for life--reminded us that the issue of race always simmers, never cools. 

And notice: African-American men get much of the attention. 

That is one of the main points of Michigan State professor Kristie Dotson. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Expanding Passenger Rail In America

Amtrak's "Coast Starlight" en route from Los Angeles to Seattle. The train stops in Redding, Klamath Falls, and Eugene.

Arthur Poole and listeners swap stories about trains and how they can be improved.

If the "Back to the Future" movies had been correct, we'd have flying cars by now. 

But we don't even have true high-speed trains in America… Amtrak's 150 mph "Acela" on the East Coast does not quite count. 

But trains do have plenty of fans, and more riders with each passing year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Making Mini-Docs On Local Issues

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Cici and Mark Brown describe making their mini-documentaries on Ashland subjects.

Longtime Ashland residents Mark and Cici Brown turned their interest in regional events--and their video skills--into a series of documentaries. 

Those include a look at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's emergency tent construction after a theater damage incident several years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

VENTSday: Death Penalty + Moving Away

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Listeners vent on the death penalty and whether they'd like to move out of state.

Did the botched execution in Oklahoma affect your views on the death penalty? 

And are you unhappy enough with the state you live in to move?

Those are the key questions before you in this week's VENTSday segment.

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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