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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Travel And Toke: Rick Steves Backs Oregon Pot Measure

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Any statewide vote on legalizing marijuana for personal use is going to draw attention. 

Oregon's vote on Measure 91 in November already had plenty of that. 

Now it gets more, from an unlikely source. 

Public TV and radio travel expert Rick Steves is weighing in on the issue, on the Yes side. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Election 2014: Alan Bates/Oregon Senate Race

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Campaign season is in full swing, with election day just a month down the horizon. 

One of the more closely-watched legislative races in Oregon is a re-match in Senate District 3. 

Incumbent Alan Bates faces Dave Dotterrer for the second time, after a narrow victory four years ago. 

The race could flip control of the Oregon Senate from the Democrats to the Republicans. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 2, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Food From A Box: Gro-Volution And Aeroponics

Tomatoes and Lettuce growing in an aeroponics system.
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You've probably heard of hydroponics--growing plants in a water solution without soil. 

And there's aquaponics, combining hydroponics with a fish tank. 

Now we'll focus on aeroponics… growing plants in air and mist.  No soil, no water bath.  Confused yet? 

A Southern Oregon company called Gro-Volution is gearing up for a revolution in the field of aeroponics to grow food crops. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Back To The Dorms For Senior Citizens

A cohousing community in Nevada City, California.
Credit The Cohousing Company

A lot of us did just fine living in dormitories in college. 

But as we got older, the appeal of living so close to other people diminished. 

And then… kids move out and people slow down (and don't want to cook dinner so often). 

Cohousing for seniors is a concept catching on all over the country. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 1, 2014

VENTSday: Local Pot Taxes + Permits For Wilderness Journalism

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Oregon doesn't even have legal marijuana for personal use, but several cities have passed local pot taxes.  That's topic one for this week's VENTSday.

Topic two: the proposal from the U.S. Forest Service to charge high fees ($1000 plus) for shooting photos or videos in wilderness areas.

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

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Jefferson Exchange | October 1, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 1, 2014

A Tandem Jump With The "Parachute" Creator

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The world of work continues to change, and so does the process of securing a new job. 

But the famous book What Color Is Your Parachute continues to evolve with the times. 

The original version of the book helped job hunters in the early 1970s. 

The book and original author Richard Nelson Bolles are still around, both constantly evolving. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Rapid Response To Avert Another Klamath Fish Kill

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It's a mouthful to say or spell "ichthyophthirius multifiliis," so most people just pronounce it "ick." 

Long or short, it's the name for a disease capable of killing fish by the thousands in the drought-stressed Klamath River

And there's evidence of a significant ich infestation in the river again this year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Coming Back From Spinal Cord Injury

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Spinal cords get special attention in the month of September, because it is Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month. 

Jason Roy works to spread the awareness. 

Twice in his life he was seriously injured, his spinal cord damaged. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue September 30, 2014

What's Next "After Capitalism"

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Raising questions about replacing capitalism with something else often leads to labels of "socialist" or "communist"… and probably a few other terms. 

But American-born Dada Maheshvarananda is at peace with the question. 

And the answers he provides in his book After Capitalism: Economic Democracy in Action.

Maheshvarananda builds upon an earlier theory that is often shortened to "Prout:" Progressive Utilization Theory. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

A State-Backed Retirement Plan For Oregon?

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Oregon's state treasurer says a good guideline for retirement savings is to multiply the last year of earnings by eight. 

That's the number that should be in the bank upon retirement. 

But Ted Wheeler's research shows that half of Oregonians have less than $25,000 saved up for retirement. 

Wheelers says the situation could lead to a "generational crisis" of poverty-stricken senior citizens. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Bringing The "Imagination Library" To Kids

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A few simple steps early in life can make a big difference in a child's eventual success. 

Like reading: getting kids interested in reading while they're very young pays dividends in educational performance throughout their lives. 

The Eugene Public Library just started up its own version of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

It not only encourages reading, it gives out free books. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Learning "How The Poor Can Save Capitalism"

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Maybe the one percent have all the money, but the other 99 percent do most of the consumer spending. 

That gives them economic power, if not political power.  And it is power than can be wielded. 

Entrepreneur and poverty activist John Hope Bryant has a few ideas on how that power can be used. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 29-October 3, 2014
10:40 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Fish, First Friday, And Capitalism From Two Angles: The Week On JX

Fish in the Klamath River face challenges from the low water, Friday is the First Friday in October--so we'll talk arts events--and two different authors will talk about capitalism.

It's shaping up to be another good week on the Jefferson Exchange.

Here again, minus the pretty pictures (we add those later)... the list in development:

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Mount Ashland Looks Ahead To A Real Winter

Mount Ashland's bleak snowpack, seen late last winter.
Credit Mt. Ashland Ski Area

Fall arrives with rising hopes for a good winter in the mountains. 

Last year's scant snowpack prevented the Mount Ashland Ski Area from opening--for even a single day--for business. 

That prompted a number of changes within the organization, including a change in management. 

New GM Hiram Towle is now in place and making plans for the coming ski season. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Restoring Weed After The Boles Fire

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The best thing that can be said about the Boles fire sweeping through Weed on September 15 is that nobody died or suffered a serious injury. 

But losing 148 homes is not an event from which a community recovers overnight. 

There's a long road ahead before the lost homes are rebuilt, and the community will bear a permanent scar.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Shopper To The Stars: "I'll Drink To That"

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Betty Halbreich's once-glamourous life bottomed out after she and her dashing (and philandering) husband divorced.  Now what? 

The answer came from the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, which picked Halbreich to run its first personal shopping service. 

Suddenly she was the personal shopper to the stars. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rethinking A Wildfire Hazard Zone

Ashland's Oak Knoll Fire destroyed 11 homes in 2010.
Credit Oregon.gov

The recent fire that destroyed nearly 150 homes in Weed confirmed what we already knew: what we think of as "wild" fire can also spread within cities. 

Even before the Boles Fire swept through Weed, the city of Ashland began plans to expand its designated Wildfire Hazard Zone

Ashland Fire & Rescue proposes putting the entire city in the zone.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Refocusing "Eyes To Burma"

Eyes To Burma founder Fred Stockwell with children in Mae Sot.
Credit eyestoburma.org

It's a long way from Southern Oregon to Burma. 

But the organization "Eyes to Burma" is based in Ashland. 

It is dedicated to making life better for poor people living in a garbage dump across the border from Burma in Thailand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Quilts For Kids In Nepal

Credit Quilts For Kids Nepal

Americans can be big-hearted people, judging by our annual charitable donations of roughly a third of a Trillion dollars. 

But some donors need some tangible proof of their largesse. 

Quilts for Kids Nepal provides that, and a way for poor women to make money from their skills. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

The New Rogue Valley Commuter Line

Commuters now have a bus option between Grants Pass and Medford.
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Two bucks gets you a one-way ride from, say, Medford to Ashland. 

Now the same expenditure can get you all the way from Medford to Grants Pass, or vice-versa. 

The Rogue Valley Commuter Line started service in early September. 

It offers cheap rides for the car-free between two of the Rogue Valley's major cities. 

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