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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:51 am
Wed January 29, 2014

VENTSday: Plastic Bag Bans + Anti-Smoking Campaigns

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Listeners chime in on anti-smoking programs and attempts to ban plastic bags.

California considers a statewide ban on plastic grocery bags, and Oregon gets a lousy grade for its anti-smoking efforts. 

Those news items provide the basis for this week's VENTSday segment. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:45 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Excuse Me, Doctor...

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Dr. Melissa Clarke talks health care, with an emphasis on forming a partnership with your doctor.

Even before anybody uttered the phrase "Obamacare," we were peppered with advice about how to navigate the health care system. 

The advice included directions on how to take more control of our health care--not just our insurance.  That bit of advice is still being given, even by the MDs themselves. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:00
11:04 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Smarter Freshmen At U. Of Oregon

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Jim Rowlands at the U. of Oregon explains the approach to bringing in higher-achieving freshmen.

Students entering the University of Oregon as freshmen this year are more accomplished than their predecessors, at least by the numbers. 

This year's freshman class set records for grade point average and SAT scores. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 8:30
11:02 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Oregon Traffic Fatalities Running Low

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Troy Costales from ODOT explains how highway traffic fatalities are tallied.

Before the turn of the century, Oregon's annual number of traffic fatalities was generally worse than the national average. 

What a turnaround.  The preliminary numbers for last year show a number--316--that has been this low only once since World War II. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28, 2014 | 9:00
11:00 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Getting Past The "Secrets and Lies"

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Jane Isay reveals hers and others findings about people keeping secrets and layering lies on top of them.

Think about a time when someone shared a long-held secret. 

Were you blown away by the truth?  Jane Isay listened as her husband explained his homosexuality, then helped him keep the secret as they stayed married for another ten years. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 28-31, 2014
10:52 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Electric Cars, Hovercraft, & More: The Rest Of The Week

The Exchange crew: Geoff and Charlotte (L to R).
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It's not ALL vehicles, but we will discuss electric cars and hovercraft on the Jefferson Exchange later in the week. 

For the benefit of our listeners who like to plan ahead, here's our plan as of Monday morning...

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:46 am
Mon January 27, 2014

SOREDI Boosting Business

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Alex Pawlowski details the business-boosting practices of SOREDI.

Several recent signs indicate the economy may be picking up steam. 

And that is welcome news to people in the business of helping business. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:43 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Farmers + Enviros = Pesticide Stewardship Partnerships

Crop spraying on the farm.
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Allison Hensey of the Oregon Environmental Council explains the workings of pesticide stewardship partnerships.

More than 50 years after Rachel Carson published "Silent Spring," we're still debating the proper use of pesticides. 

And the debate often puts environmental groups and farmers at odds with each other. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:37 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Who And How: Emergency Preparedness Summit

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Sandi Doughton, Bill Lokey and Rob Schwartz discuss preparing for major disasters.

There's a fine line between encouraging preparedness and creating panic. 

Our region sits atop a major earthquake fault, the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:35 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Business Of Medical Marijuana

Alex Rogers and Anthony Johnson talk about working with Oregon's medical marijuana program.

Marijuana is a business in Oregon, like it or not. 

And even though the regulatory environment is constantly shifting, there are people trying to make an honest dollar at it. 

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