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JeffX | February 11, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed February 11, 2015

Consent-Based Sex Education

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The plethora of news stories on campus sexual assaults should tell us something is missing from the sex education process. 

Kansas psychologist Dr. Wes Crenshaw says it's time to focus on consent-based sex education. 

He's bringing out a new book on the topic, and the challenges for both teens and parents in the age of the Internet. 

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JeffX | February 10, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Invites Farmers Into Hemp Business

Industrial hemp field in France, where it is legal.
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Laws against marijuana don't just harsh some people's mellow. 

They also have largely prohibited the growing of marijuana's sister, hemp, for industrial purposes. 

State of Oregon agriculture officials are now taking applications from farmers and growers who want to get into the hemp business, which is still illegal under federal law. 

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JeffX | February 10, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Waiting For Disaster With CERT

Fire or flood, CERT stands ready for multiple situations.
Credit courtesy of Cal Fire

Recent heavy rains and winds reminded many of us of the need to be prepared for disasters of all kinds. 

It if for just such situations that many communities host Community Emergency Response Teams, or CERTs. 

Ashland started a CERT after a devastating flood in early 1997. 

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JeffX | February 10, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue February 10, 2015

End-of-Life Care And Religion

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Even if we don't get all we want out of life, we should be able to make some choices about how it ends. 

End-of-life directives allow us to have some say in how we are treated medically as death approaches. 

COHO--Choosing Options, Honoring Options--works to ensure people's choices are honored. 

COHO Rogue Valley will offer a public forum next week about blending choices with religious traditions. 

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JeffX | February 9, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon February 9, 2015

Vaccination Exclusion Day In Oregon: Feb 18

After February 18th in Oregon: no shot, no exemption, no school.
Credit James Gathany/CDC

The whole country is talking about vaccines and vaccine exclusions, now that measles cases are popping up all over. 

And it's one of the diseases we thought vaccines got rid of. 

Parents of public school kids in Oregon face a February 18th deadline to vaccinate their kids.

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JeffX | February 9, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon February 9, 2015

Prosthetics For The 21st Century

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Watching a double-amputee run in the Olympics three years ago proved the quality of modern prosthetics. 

They are a far cry from the wooden legs of ages past. 

Forest Sexton is up on the state of the art in prosthetic technology. 

His company Spectrum O & P (Orthotics and Prosthetics) delivers the goods to people who need new limbs. 

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JeffX | February 9, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon February 9, 2015

Blending A Family With "More Love, Less Panic"

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Claude Knobler and his wife already had two kids of their own when they decided to adopt a little boy from Ethiopia. 

In the process of trying to mold him as a human being, Claude realized the impossibility of trying to make a person turn out a certain way... even with his biological kids. 

He tells the story of realizing this in his memoir More Love, Less Panic

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JeffX | February 6, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri February 6, 2015

Pianos, a Premiere, and More: First Friday In The Arts

Alexander Tutunov (with Daniel Swayze) is the namesake for the SOU piano concert series.
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The Tutunov Piano Series in Ashland presents a Valentine's concert and Camelot Theatre stages a world premiere.  Must be time for First Friday In The Arts.

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. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

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JeffX | February 6, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri February 6, 2015

Pursuing Peace With RV Peace Choir

The choir performing in Ashland, below the Shakespeare theaters.
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The term "choir" usually denotes a group of singers attached to a church or school. 

Not so with the Rogue Valley Peace Choir

The group is a non-denominational choir of singers who don't audition, but can carry a tune. 

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JeffX | February 6, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri February 6, 2015

"Ouch" vs "Oooh": The Science of Touch

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Ever notice how one person's back rub is another person's torture? 

We respond to the sense of touch in very different ways. 

The light touch of a loved one pleases; the light touch of a spider can make us scream. 

David Linden, a previous guest and the author of The Compass of Pleasure, explores the systems for registering touch in his book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind.

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Jefferson Exchange | Feb 9-13, 2015
5:16 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Vaccines, Sex Ed, and Loving Introverts: Feb 9-13 on JX

Vaccines are very much in the news of late, and Oregon's coming deadline for getting kids shots or removing them from school only adds to the headlines.

That's one of the featured interviews in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also visit with "Dr. Wes" about consent-based sex education, and learn about how introverts approach love relationships.  Yeah, some of us already know.

Here are the week's highlights so far:

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Jefferson Exchange for February 9-13, 2015

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu February 5, 2015

On Wings Of Eagles: Winter Wings 2015

One of the perennial stars of Winter Wings.
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For some people, an interest in birds starts early in life. 

Take Richard Crossley for example.  He got hooked on birding at age 7 in England, now lives in the United States and pursues his passion here… in photos, in books, and in video. 

Crossley will be the keynote speaker at the annual Winter Wings Festival in Klamath Falls starting February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu February 5, 2015

Britt Prepares Classical Festival Offerings

Teddy Abrams at work.
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Great things are expected out of the Britt Classical Festival in Jacksonville this summer. 

Summer 2014 was a smash under first-year conductor Teddy Abrams, and he is back for a second year at the podium. 

Britt announces the classical offerings Thursday night, and we might be able to pry a few details out of Teddy Abrams ahead of time. 

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JeffX | February 5, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu February 5, 2015

The Weight-Loss Guru: "It Was Me All Along"

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Andie Mitchell stepped on a scale on her 20th birthday and saw 268 pounds on the dial. 

So she took action, and ended up losing about half her body weight over time. 

She still loves food, cooks plenty of it, and writes about it at her blog "Can You Stay For Dinner?" 

Her journey to the present day is detailed in her book It Was Me All Along.

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed February 4, 2015

Jackson County Considers Wolf Damage Payments

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Not so long ago, there were no wild wolves in Jackson County.  There are still fewer than a dozen, say wildlife officials. 

But Jackson County commissioners are considering setting up a system to compensate ranchers for livestock losses to wolves. 

Rob Klavins at the group Oregon Wild is experienced with such systems from his work on wolf recovery in Northeast Oregon. 

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed February 4, 2015

VENTSday: Tribal Casinos + Graduation Rates

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Everybody has something to say about the Coquille Tribe's plan for a casino in Medford, it seems.  Tuesday night features a public input meeting in Medford, and we'll have one of our own on VENTSday, live on Wednesday morning.

And that's only one hot topic for this week.  The other: our high school graduation rates (72% for Oregon, 80% in California) and how to bring them up.

VENTSday is our weekly forum for you to vent (politely) on topics in the news.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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JeffX | February 4, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed February 4, 2015

The "Nanny Whisperer" Helps Find Good Childcare

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Children are not made of glass, but they are certainly precious and fragile. 

Parents worry a great deal about doing the best for their kids, and finding people to care for their kids when they are not around. 

The search for quality childcare is deconstructed in the book Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: A Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child.

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue February 3, 2015

Making A Legislative Case For Tuition Relief

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The last couple of decades have been hard on college students. 

The cost of higher education--even at public universities--skyrocketed. 

As a result, average student debt roughly tripled between 1990 and 2010. 

Which is why most sessions of the Oregon Legislature feature a rally by college students in support of tuition breaks. 

Associated Students of Southern Oregon University plan such a rally with other groups at the state capitol on February 12th. 

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue February 3, 2015

World Premiere: "A Question of Words"

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The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is known for the occasional world premiere of a new play. 

But this time a smaller community theater is the one trotting out a new work. 

Camelot Theatre in Talent is the first company to put on a fully-staged version of Richard Manley's "A Question of Words."

The play has been heard in the Rogue Valley before... it was one of the plays in the 2013 Ashland New Plays Festival, as a staged reading. 

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JeffX | February 3, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue February 3, 2015

Gearing Up For Shakespeare Season

Guys and Dolls is one of this year's OSF offerings.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Sword fighters, craps players, and history's most famous queen will join many other characters on stage at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during the coming season in Ashland. 

OSF plays hit the stages later in the month, and the company is cranking up to full speed to get ready. 

We visit with OSF reps Lydia Garcia and Julie Felise Dubiner to talk about the general challenges of running a professional theater company in a small town... and this year's crop of 11 plays. 

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