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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Bringing Kids' Stories To Life

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Kids tell lots of stories, but those tend to be one-on-one kinds of events. 

A nonprofit called Stories Alive encourages literacy in children by making productions out of their stories. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:40 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Going For The Gold: The "New 49ers"

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The first mention of "The New 49ers" came in a discussion of water quality on a recent Exchange. 

Like the 49ers of old, they are in search of gold in the region's rivers. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 29, 2014 | 8:00
10:56 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Ashland Considers Gun Regulations

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Last year provided a good demonstration of what often happens to gun-control legislation in Congress. 

The aftermath of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut included an increase in public sentiment for some kinds of gun legislation, including universal background checks for gun sales. 

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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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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...

Credit Xlibris

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

Credit University of Oregon

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

Credit Ken Lund

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"

Credit Doubleday

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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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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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

Credit Mark Lincoln

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

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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Jefferson Exchange | January 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:32 am
Fri January 24, 2014

GMO Perspective Straight From The Farm

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Howard Vlieger lives on the Iowa farm where he was born and raised. 

But his worldview extends far beyond the fields. 

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Your Thoughts Welcome
4:17 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Suggest A Guest For The Jefferson Exchange

Your guest here...?
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We not only want your questions and opinions on The Exchange, we want your input.  

If there's a guest you'd like to hear on the program, tell us about him or her.  

Keep a couple of questions in mind:

  • Is the topic one that will be of interest to a listening audience in our corner of the world?
  • Is the guest credible and reasonably well-informed on the topic?
  • Is the combination of guest and topic likely to spark a lively and informative discussion?

So who would you like to hear on The Exchange?

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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:41 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Celebrating Crab Season

Credit U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Better late than never. 

Oregon's Dungeness crab season got started two weeks late to give the crab time to get a bit bigger. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:38 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Oregon Rank In Education Falls

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A recent report from a national group should give Oregon educators pause. 

The report shows the state ranking 40th in student achievement, which is not welcome news.   California came in 33rd in the same list.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:33 am
Thu January 23, 2014

For The Benefit Of Those Who See

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You're doing just fine with all five or your senses working (more or less). 

Now take one away, and how well are you doing? 

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Britt Festivals
9:15 am
Wed January 22, 2014

Britt Announces 2014 Classical Season

Banjoist Bela Fleck performs his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra on August 8th

Britt Festivals' 2014 classical festival will strike out in new and adventurous directions under new Music Director Teddy Abrams, with guests soloists including banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck, and a complete performance of Mahler's massive Symphony Number 1.

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Jefferson Exchange | January 22, 2014 | 8:30
12:20 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

VENTSday: Legal Marijuana + Drought Strategies

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Is it time to talk seriously about legalizing marijuana in your state?

And what changes are you prepared to make if the regional drought should continue?  Let's get your thoughts...

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