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Jefferson Exchange | November 8, 2013
10:46 am
Fri November 8, 2013

Elizabeth Gilbert On "The Signature Of All Things"

Credit Viking Books

Elizabeth Gilbert talks about her new novel and life after "Eat, Pray, Love."

Botany, exploration and desire in the 19th century. 

There's a basis for a novel, and that's exactly what Elizabeth Gilbert wrote. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:42 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Crime On Rails: Murder In Lower 13

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Larry Mullaly and Victoria Law talk about a 1943 murder that still reverberates in Oregon.

The famous robbery-turned-murder outside Ashland may be Oregon's most famous railroad crime story, but there are others. 

Including the story of "Murder in Lower Birth 13," which is the title of a presentation on the 1943 crime, November 8th at the Ashland Library. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:38 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Understanding The Latest Western Climate Pact

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

Dan Jacobson of Environment California talks about efforts to stop global warming.

The inability of Congress to agree on much of anything slows down legislation in many fronts. 

Climate change is one of these, and political leaders in the West are not waiting around. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2013
10:34 am
Thu November 7, 2013

The Narcissist In Your Life

Credit Tarcher Penguin Books

Linda Martinez-Lewi describes spotting narcissists (it's not hard) and dealing with them.

Use, abuse, dispose. 

Family therapist Linda Martinez-Lewi says that is the cycle of the true narcissist, a person with little or no empathy or ability to form a true connection with other people. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:55 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Encouraging Bicycle Tourism In Oregon

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Harry Dalgaard talks up Travel Oregon's "Bike Friendly Business" program.

So maybe you run errands or even get to work on your bicycle. 

But the idea of taking longer trips--actually taking vacations on a bicycle--is on the rise. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:52 am
Wed November 6, 2013

VENTSday-Election Results + Spying On Our Allies


Listeners vent on the off-year elections and spying on allies.

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.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2013
10:44 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Helping Veterans Collect On Their Benefits

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Kevin McCormally and Melissa Smith discuss retirement benefits for veterans and all of us.

Veterans Day is less than a week away, and this year, vets will have a chance to get a realistic picture of the benefits for which they are eligible. 

A recent poll showed that a majority of vets are not working with full knowledge of their pending Social Security benefits, or the upside to delaying the age to begin receiving benefits. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:10 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Shaping Oregon's Willamette Valley Passenger Rail Corridor

Talgo train designed for Oregon.
Credit ODOT

ODOT Passenger Rail Project Manager Jim Cox outlines the state of rail now, and some possible futures.

California is going for the big enchilada in passenger trains, true high speed rail. 

Oregon's ambitions, like its population figures, are a bit more modest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:05 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

OSF Play To Great White Way

Jack Willis as LBJ in the original OSF staging.
Credit Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Bill Rauch talks about the birth of "All The Way," and the process of taking it to Broadway.

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets "Breaking Bad." 

The star of the recently completed TV show will play Lyndon Baines Johnson in "All The Way" on Broadway later this fall. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 5, 2013
1:01 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Conifers Of The Pacific Slope

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Michael Kauffman helps us tell our conifers apart, and why our region is home to so many.

When you're really interested in trees with seed cones, it sure helps to live in our region. 

And Michael Kauffman does. 

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