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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 8:30
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Fri May 16, 2014

Foster Care Month And Differential Response

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Lane, Klamath and Lake Counties are the first in Oregon to adopt a Different Response Model that could reduce placements of children in foster care.

May is Foster Care Month, a chance to discuss the events that lead to foster care for kids. 

Reports of child abuse and neglect require a response from child welfare authorities. 

But it is not always the same response.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 16, 2014 | 9:00
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Fri May 16, 2014

Inside Mental Health Care: "Sherry Goes Sane"

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We debate the proper treatment of mental illness a fair amount in this country. 

Sherry Joiner can shed some light on the debate from the patient point of view. 

Joiner emerged from a turbulent childhood with some serious mental challenges. 

After years of episodes, she finally got the treatment she needed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:00
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Thu May 15, 2014

Poaching The Redwoods

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Not all poachers are hunters, and not all targets of poaching are animals. 

Case in point: redwood trees in Northern California. 

The high value of burl and bunion growths on the giant redwoods is proving irresistible for some people. 

So they are entering the state and national redwood parks at night to poach the wood, from trees both living and dead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 8:30
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Thu May 15, 2014

A Regional Look At The National Climate Report

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Denial does not equal defense. 

Global warming may still be denied by some segments of the population, but the evidence of its existence is overwhelming. 

And that evidence includes the recent release of the National Climate Assessment.

The report shows the effects of climate change reaching to every one of the 50 states. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 15, 2014 | 9:00
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Thu May 15, 2014

Living Large In "The Big Tiny"

A mobile tiny house in Portland.
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Maybe it was predictable that there would be a backlash against the so-called "McMansions" of several years ago. 

But WHAT a backlash! 

Instead of 2,000-plus square foot houses for small families, there's a trend very much in the other direction. 

Call it the Tiny House Movement. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 8:00
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Wed May 14, 2014

Nixing Road Work Along The Sensitive Smith

River and road are constant companions along U.S. 199.
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The Redwood Highway through California's Smith River canyon provides jaw-dropping scenic views.

And it's a bit of a bear to drive. 

So the state of California made plans to widen some of the tightest sections of the highway. 

Cue the controversy: those sections are tight because of the steepness of the canyon walls. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 8:30
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Wed May 14, 2014

VENTSday: U of O Rape Allegations + WiFi In Parks

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The University of Oregon dismisses three men from its basketball team, though the DA does not file sexual assault charges against them.

And state and national parks consider offering more WiFi service.  These are the topics of 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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Jefferson Exchange | May 14, 2014 | 9:00
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Wed May 14, 2014

Recruiting and Retaining High-Tech Business

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The region has its share of industrial parks, but the "technology park" envisioned for White City is out of the ordinary. 

The idea is to draw businesses dealing in advanced technology to the park, either retaining existing tech businesses, or drawing new ones. 

The emphasis on business retention and recruitment is very much on the tech field of late. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:00
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Tue May 13, 2014

Flying To (okay, Near) The Stars With SOFIA

SOFIA in flight.
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Ever take a red-eye flight? 

It's just no fun flying for hours in the darkness, sitting in an airline seat not designed for restful sleep. 

Now try to imagine flying all night and staying awake ON PURPOSE. 

That's what happens aboard SOFIA, the Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy.   Think of it as the INFRA red-eye.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 8:30
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Tue May 13, 2014

Changing The Anti-Mosquito Formula

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A problem spot for mosquitoes on the Oregon coast will get limited spraying this year, AND some re-engineering to remove places where stagnant water can collect.

The mosquito issue on the Oregon coast flared again recently, even before the mosquitoes are out in force. 

Last summer's mosquitoes at the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge harassed residents and tourists alike. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 13, 2014 | 9:00
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Tue May 13, 2014

The Savvy Insomniac

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Some nights the sleep just won't come, and nothing from warm milk to counting sheep will help. 

Health journalist Lois Maharg can relate. 

Maharg struggled with sleep--and therefore struggled to cope in the daytime--for years. 

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

Drug Abuse Deaths Stable In Oregon

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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
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Mon May 12, 2014

Beating Cancer With Gene Sequencing

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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
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Mon May 12, 2014

Creative Writing On A Grim Time: "Redeployment"

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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
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Fri May 9, 2014

"Maker Culture" At The Rogue Hack Lab

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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
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Fri May 9, 2014

Race On The Stage

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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
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Fri May 9, 2014

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

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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
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Thu May 8, 2014

Invisible: Black Women In America

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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
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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.

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
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Wed May 7, 2014

Making Mini-Docs On Local Issues

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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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