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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

VENTSday: Free Speech v Terrorism + Internet "Eraser" Laws

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The terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine looms large in this week's VENTSday: how do we keep speech free when threatened with violence?

Our other topic this week concerns Internet "eraser" laws like the one that just took effect in California, allowing minors to remove their posts from web sites.  Is that a proper place for government?

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

The Mechanics Of Reversing Climate Change

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Just how warm can the planet get?  And just how badly do we NOT want to find out? 

Those are some of the key questions as the Earth and its residents come to grips with climate change. 

Yreka geologist Kevin Downing says we should be considering moves like carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

He'll present his views at an upcoming meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Money For Oregon Residential Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction projects give fires no place to burn.
Credit NW Fire Blog

Forestry workers on both sides of the state line give constant reminders about the value of clearing away potential fire fuels on rural property. 

The whole concept of "defensible space" means putting that space between a rural home and the possibility of destruction. 

So the Oregon Department of Forestry offers some financial incentives to reduce fuels. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Most recent numbers from the EPA show 877 million pounds of pesticides used in agriculture in the USA annually.
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Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Encouraging Students To Drive Less

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College campuses can be fun for walking, but driving… that's another matter. 

Streets clog easily, and parking can be tricky to find, at least free parking. 

Which is why Southern Oregon University just started a Drive Less Connect program. 

The general approach is to convince students to find ways to get to campus that do not involve private vehicles. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Real Estate Rebound In Rogue Valley

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Your local real estate agent is probably looking a little more relieved of late. 

The recession whacked the home sales market hard, and the whack lasted a while. 

But now home sales, particularly in the Rogue Valley, are picking up--as are prices--and realtors can draw a breath or two. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Touring With Janis Joplin

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Try explaining the sound of the late singer Janis Joplin to someone who has never heard her.  Not easy, is it? 

No one else put out that distinctive mix of pain, passion, and raw power. 

Joplin died at age 27 decades ago... but not before she met and worked with John Byrne Cook. 

His work as musician, crew member, and road manager put him in Janis Joplin's orbit at the height of her career. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Medicaid Expands Transgender Procedures In Oregon

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The Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's brand of Medicaid for low-income households, now covers medical procedures for transgender people. 

As of January 1, OHP covers the cost of sexual reassignment surgery. 

The insurance plan will also cover hormone therapies and suppression of puberty. 

Not every Medicaid plan covers such procedures. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

MFR Smashes Old Air Traveler Record

Allegiant is one of four airlines serving MFR.
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We doubt ORD or PDX are feeling any pressure to keep up, but MFR is a busy place. 

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport picked up the pace in 2014. 

The year ended up setting a record for number of travelers, by a wide margin; 664,423 passengers in all used the airport. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Oregon Prepares For Legal Weed

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A new year is here, but legal pot is still about six months away in Oregon. 

Voter passage of Measure 91 last November set the date for legal marijuana for personal use at July 1st. 

And a lot has to happen before then to get users, sellers and authorities ready. 

Attorney Robert McVay has been tracking pot issues for a long time, on the pro-pot side. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Jan 12-16, 2015
5:08 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Janis Joplin, Police Cameras, and More: Jan 12-16 on JX

Some interviews we'd really like to have are just plain impossible.  We can't, for example, book Abraham Lincoln.  Or Janis Joplin, for the same reason.

But in Joplin's case, we can talk to someone who knew her.  And we'll do just that, on Monday.

We'll also talk to a Rogue Valley police chief who put body cameras on his officers months ago.

Those are just a few highlights for the week on The Exchange.  Here's the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MLK And The Voting Rights Act Remembered

The audience at the 2014 Ashland event.
Credit Ashland MLK organizers

Expect this year's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday to provoke a lively discussion of race and equality in America. 

The months since the last celebration featured police killings of unarmed black men, protest marches in the streets, and more. 

The celebration of MLK day in Ashland (January 19) will include a commemoration of the passage of the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Housing The Homeless at The Egan Warming Centers

Thomas Egan, memorialized by the warming centers.
Credit Egan Warming Centers

Many communities with significant homeless populations also lack significant shelters to house them. 

But the situation changes when the temperature drops. 

Eugene is home to the Egan Warming Centers, named for a homeless man who froze to death several years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Medical Tourism And "Patients With Passports"

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If your doctor won't recommend a medical procedure you want, you can go to another doctor. 

But would you travel to another country for the procedure? 

And how about if your insurance required you to travel abroad for medical work? 

It happens in today's world, a trend called "medical tourism." 

And as you'd expect, it opens several cans of worms, examined in the book Patients With Passports.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 7, 2015 | 8:000
10:10 am
Wed January 7, 2015

SOREDI on Boosting Business

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In or out of recession, there's a constant discussion of helping  businesses to start and grow.  But just what does that entail? 

The people at Southern Oregon Regional Economic Development, Inc.--SOREDI--can tell us, and will. 

SOREDI plans a business conference later this month. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 7, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed January 7, 2015

VENTSday: Driverless Cars + Limitless (almost) Campaign Spending

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Does the idea of a "driverless car" freak you out, or sound like a luxury, like having a chaffeur?  Tell us what you think on this week's VENTSday. 

OR take up the issue of campaign spending limits, just raised again by Congress. 

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 7, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed January 7, 2015

Texting For Fictional Characters

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Modern technology has profoundly changed our lives. 

Voice conversation is practically passe' now, replaced by the text message. 

Now imagine if texting had arrived a century or more ago.  Mallory Ortberg does just that on the web, at the-toast.net.  

She imagines F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald trading message, as well as fictional characters.  

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Expanding E-Cycling In Oregon

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We don't seem to feel the same sense of loss parting with old computers that we do when parting with old cars. 

Maybe that's due in part to the fact that we're often stuck with spare parts when the computers give out. 

And that leads to some decisions about what to do with those. 

Oregon's e-cycle program for recycling electronics expanded at the start of the year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

Economy Stuck In Rural Oregon

A road in rural Klamath County.
Credit Gary Halvorson/Oregon State Archives

Oregon's economy took a long time to recover from recession, but total employment numbers are now roughly back to where they were pre-recession. 

But not everywhere. 

Rural Oregon, often timber-and-resource dependent, is still stuck in a number of ways. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 6, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 6, 2015

"A Family Sketch" From Mark Twain

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You've probably read at least a little Mark Twain. 

Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn were required reading for decades of American students. 

But Twain's work was not focused solely on fictional characters. 

He turned his attention to the people around him for "A Family Sketch," just one of the components of A Family Sketch and Other Private Writings, now in print. 

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