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Jefferson Exchange | July 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed July 16, 2014

VENTSday: Drone Regulations + Reintroducing Grizzlies

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Listeners vent on drones and grizzlies.

Which would bother you more, your neighbors flying drones over your house, or meeting a grizzly bear in Yosemite?

Never mind... you can comment on both issues in this week's VENTSday segment on the Exchange.

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. 

We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Catching The Catfishers

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Tyler Cohen Wood gives tips on protecting your identity online.

Not everybody relishes the wild-west nature of the Internet. 

Sure, it's fun to see old friends on Facebook, but how much information on you is being collected?  Short answer: a lot. 

Tyler Cohen Wood works for the Department of Defense on cyber-security and social media issues. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Fire Season Intensifies

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Brian Ballou and Dennis Matheson call in from the fire camps.

July and August can be tricky months to try to schedule interviews with firefighters and their bosses. 

The region's propensity for high heat AND dry lightning often converge in raging wildfires in the month of July.   

And true to form, we scheduled an interview shortly before new fires forced evacuations in Shasta and Klamath Counties.

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Sexual Assault Options Program Successes/Challenges

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Carrie Hull and Corey Falls explain the "You Have Options" program.

One of the features of the "You Have Options" sexual assault program pioneered by Ashland Police is its speed.  Or lack, actually. 

"You Have Options" gives sexual assault victims the option of choosing NOT to press charges immediately after the incident. 

And that "go slow" option puts the program in conflict with rules that govern sexual assault reporting on college campuses. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue July 15, 2014

The "New Approach" To Legal Marijuana In Oregon

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Peter Zuckerman and Darian Stanford make the case for legal marijuana.

Signatures are still being counted, but it appears nearly certain that Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize marijuana for personal use in the November election. 

New Approach Oregon is behind the campaign for the measure. 

It calls its approach "the new gold standard" for its careful construction: marijuana for users, taxes for government, prohibition for minors. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Ashland Considers Pot Taxes

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Rich Rosenthal lays out the council approach on marijuana.

Oregon law allows cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries until the spring of 2015. 

So, many of them did… more than 150 jurisdictions banned dispensaries, rather than deal with the legal complications of dealing with a substance illegal under federal law, but allowed by state law. 

Ashland stands apart; the city council is considering a package of regulations on marijuana--even recreational marijuana, if it is legalized. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

Revamping Rogue Valley Highways 99 & 140

Oregon 99 on the north end of Ashland.
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Gary Leaming and Ian Horlacher describe the corridor plans.

The roads that are fine for today's traffic could become clogged if no plans are made for future traffic. 

Fortunately, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is looking down the road (so to speak) a bit. 

Two of the main highways in the Rogue Valley, Oregon 140 and Oregon 99, are both due for new "corridor plans." 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon July 14, 2014

"A Very Principled Boy" (And A Traitor)

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Mark Bradley introduces us to Duncan Lee.

He was bright, he was patriotic, he was trusted in American intelligence services. 

So why did Duncan Lee turn against the United States? 

That's a question that has been wrestled over for several generations. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Hashtagging World Population Day

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Stephanie Feldstein explains the #crowdedplanet campaign.

We welcome you to World Population Day! 

And you, and you, and you…  you get the idea here. 

Earth is home to an estimated 7.2 Billion people, and today (July 11) is the day several organizations want people to consider the impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | July 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri July 11, 2014

The Doctor Will See You Now...

Medical workers test a serum in a lab, a century ago.
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Carolyn Kingsnorth discusses Victorian medicine.

The next time you wait just a little too long for the doctor, consider the fate of our Victorian ancestors. 

Maybe the waits were shorter, but what was the quality of their care? 

That question, and others, are answered by a "Victorian Medical Practices" tour offered at the Beekman House in Jacksonville. 

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