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Jefferson Exchange | March 13, 2014 | 8:30
11:15 am
Wed March 12, 2014

The Case Against A Jackson County GMO Ban

Sugar beets in the field.
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John Watt from Good Neighbor Farmers--opposed to the measure--joins us.

Jackson County is the only county in Oregon to hold its own vote on whether to ban genetically modified (GMO) crops. 

And it will likely be the last, since the Oregon legislature banned further local votes.  But measure 15-119 is an interesting test case. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 13, 2014 | 9:00
11:13 am
Wed March 12, 2014

From Drug Prosecutor To LEAP-er

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Inge Fryklund joins us prior to a couple of events in Weed (California).

Complaints about America's longstanding war on drugs are common. 

And some of the complaints come from people who were soldiers in that war. 

Inge Fryklund of Bend prosecuted members of drug gangs in Chicago and met opium growers in Afghanistan. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Jackson County Prepares To Vote On Libraries

Main library in Medford.
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Cathy Shaw of Libraries For All Jackson County makes the case in favor of the library district vote in May.

Like so many other things, public libraries have become a political football in recent decades, subject to cutting or closing to balance local budgets. 

Jackson County lived through one round of library shutdowns in 2007, only to see libraries reopen with outsourced management and reduced hours. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

VENTSday: Whither Cover Oregon + Daylight Time

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Listeners attack and defend Cover Oregon and Daylight Saving Time.

Oregon's troubled health care exchange, Cover Oregon, continues to struggle. 

And many of us continue to struggle with the recent switch to Daylight Saving Time.  Those are the subject areas for the weekly free-for-all we call VENTSday. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Women, "Born To Receive" As Well As Give

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Amanda Owen explains what it takes for women to become receivers as well as givers.

Maybe Mom and Dad told us it's better to give than to receive, but there's a need for balance, isn't there?

Social worker/counselor/consultant Amanda Owen advises women in particular to counter their giving tendencies by allowing themselves to be on the receiving end of nurturing and generosity. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Closing Ranks On Colonoscopies

A colonoscopy in progress.
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Jason Parks talks about getting the Oregon legislature to pass a law on colonoscopy coverage.

The Oregon Legislature recently took a stand on colonoscopies. 

Not pro or con, mind you--medicine is quite convinced of the value of a picture of the large intestine.  What the legislature did is make sure that insurance companies will cover the cost of removing polyps discovered during the procedure. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Approaching The End With COHO

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Chaplain Fred Grewe talks about helping people assess life... when it is ending.

The organization that goes by "COHO" is not about fish. 

The name is an acronym for Choosing Options, Honoring Options: helping people make choices about the end of life that will be respected and followed. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 11, 2014

China And "The Contest Of The Century"

The flag of China.
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Geoff Dyer details China's rise and the American response to it.

When Russia is not flexing its muscles, China is often the focus of incidents on the world stage. 

There are more people in China than any other country, and its economic growth has been nothing short of astounding.  And it is widely suspected that China wants to turn its economic might into other kinds of power. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Food Stamp Cuts Past and Future

Oregon's version of SNAP: the Oregon Trail Card.

Robyn Johnson talks about the effects of Oregon Trail ("food stamp") use in the state.

The latest federal figures show more than 47 million Americans receiving "food stamps," the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). 

But that number is already smaller than a year earlier. 

Few people celebrate the reduction, because it has less to do with life circumstances improving than with Congress simply voting to cut the program. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Eugene Takes Action On Pesticides

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George Brown and Lisa Arkin talk about the Eugene City Council passing restrictions on neo-nicotinoid pesticides.

It's not easy to say "neonicotinoid pesticide," perhaps harder still to pass legislation regulating it. 

The Oregon Legislature backed off new regulations on the pesticides, opting instead for further study and a task force. 

This is the class of pesticides blamed for a major bee kill near Portland in Summer 2013. 

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