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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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Jefferson Exchange | May 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Reforming Health Care, Continued

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UMass economist Gerald Friedman lays out the case for single-payer health systems.

The national debate about reforming the health care system tends to veer automatically into politics. 

But there are important realms left behind when that happens: medicine and economics.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Defensible Space In Case Of Wildfire

A house with defensible space... note the fire-blackened brush in the foreground.
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Kristin Babbs of Keep Oregon Green lays out defending homes from wildfires.

Oregon girds for the start of fire season every year about this time. 

If the gathering drought and the recent hot weather are any guide, it could be an intense fire season. 

The Keep Oregon Green Association is determined to keep any fires as small as possible. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Yuroks Reach Out To California Condors

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Chris West and Tiana Williams detail the behavior of condors and their importance to the Yuroks.

There are still several steps to take, but California's North Coast could be home to California condors once again. 

The Yurok tribe recently signed agreements with state and federal agencies that might lead to releases of the big birds on Yurok ancestral land. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 6, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue May 6, 2014

The Compassionate Hunter's Guidebook

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Miles Olson joins us to talk about hunting with compassion.

A recent report indicated that fewer people hunt and fish than used to, especially in Oregon. 

The situation may force the state Fish & Wildlife department to raise fees to compensate. 

The act of hunting itself continues to attract both devotees and passionate opponents. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Filling An Empty Bowl For Hunger

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Zoe Alowan and Julie Wiley describe the Empty Bowl Supper for hunger on May 9.

One of the most productive agricultural countries on Earth has a hunger problem. 

That's still a hard one to figure out. 

But until someone comes up with a set of permanent solutions, fundraisers will be held to help feed the people in our communities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

The NO Side On Josephine County's Jail Levy

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John Taft and Judy Ahrens explain their opposition to the jail levy in Josephine County (17-59).

Josephine County voters have a chance to beef up the public safety system through higher property taxes in the May 20 election. 

Measure 17-59 would raise taxes for five years to put more staff--and more inmates--in the county jail and juvenile system. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon May 5, 2014

The Promise Of A Pencil

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Adam Braun talks about making sacrifices so other people can learn, and live well.

Just a few years ago, Adam Braun looked down the road to a rich life, in the monetary sense. 

He'd been working at hedge funds since he was 16, and a Wall Street career seemed pre-ordained. 

Then Adam traveled through India, and met a boy who wanted a pencil.  Just a pencil. 

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