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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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Jefferson Exchange | May 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

First Friday In The Arts For May

Mandolin and guitar are the featured instruments of Raccoon Venom.
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Phone calls and songs from "Raccoon Venom" punctuate this edition of First Friday.

First Friday this month features another musical guest, the folk-punk (?) group Raccoon Venom from Ashland. 

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Changing The Perceptions Of Mental Illness

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Pat Garoutte talks about the myriad issues facing mental health patients and their loved ones.

The things we learn about mental illness tend to come from movies or the news. 

Sadly, mental illness hits the headlines when a person suffering from mental illness commits a notable crime. 

There is still a stigma attached to mental illness, and still a problem with mentally ill people ending up in jail instead of treatment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Master Gardeners Strut Their Stuff

Could your garden look like this?
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Sherri Morgan, Ron Bombick and Jody Willis chat about gardening, gardeners... and budget issues.

Spring has sprung... weeks ago for most of us.  How are YOUR allergies? 

But there's still plenty to do in the current growing season, and plenty of advice to be had from people who actually know what they're doing in a garden.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 5-9, 2014
4:01 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Trains, Condors, And Black Women: May 5-9 On J.X.

Another big week is coming to The Jefferson Exchange (J.X. in our internal shorthand), and here's your advance look.

This is the list--not quite complete yet--that we send out to other media outlets, minus the pictures and manicured web links.

Feel free to peruse the list, and make plans to listen!

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Jefferson Exchange for May 5-9, 2014

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

A Real Tourism Campaign For Our Mythical State

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Nick Salmon lays out his vision for Travel Jefferson, a tourism campaign across the state line.

Forget the political implications of a "State of Jefferson" for a moment. 

What would that state be like as a tourism destination?  Spectacular! 

And an effort to promote the many attractions of the region is starting up under the name Travel Jefferson.

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Quick: Define "Journalist"

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Stover Harger, III talks about the changes in journalism and in defining "journalist."

If you hang out at the city council meeting and send a few tweets about the proceedings, does that make you a journalist? 

That's a question the Oregon Government Ethics Commission wants to answer. 

Public bodies around the country are struggling with how to define who is and is not a journalist. 

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Jefferson Exchange | May 1, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Adopted Children "Carried In Our Hearts"

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Dr. Jane Aronson spreads the word about adoption: the work, the kids, the need.

There are many reasons people adopt children, and many adoptions are now overseas ones. 

Dr. Jane Aronson is a pediatrician who specializes in adoption; she founded the Worldwide Orphans Foundation. 

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