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Jefferson Exchange | March 14, 2014 | 8:30
3:59 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Foreclosure Prevention Program Expands In Oregon

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Neighbor Works Umpqua joins us to share how this works.

Seven years after the first signs of the Great Recession, we're still talking about people in trouble with their mortgages. 

And we're still talking about programs to help those homeowners. 

The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department (OHCS) is expanding a program to help underwater mortgagees keep their homes.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 14, 2014 | 9:00
3:53 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Rosie Perez And An Unpredictable Life

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Actress Rosie Perez joins us to talk about her life.

The actress Rosie Perez is always a ray of sunshine in her movies and TV shows. 

But the sunny disposition emerged from a life that began with some storm clouds.  Her mentally ill mother put her in a children's home when she was very young... and the story just gets more harrowing from there. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 13, 2014 | 8:00
11:19 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Bringing Modern Medicine To The Remote Philippines

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Medford physician Theresa Chan joins us to share her experience.

The modern world is taken for granted in our region.

But it has barely penetrated into remote areas in other parts of the world. 

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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


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


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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