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Jefferson Exchange | September 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Shopper To The Stars: "I'll Drink To That"

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Betty Halbreich's once-glamourous life bottomed out after she and her dashing (and philandering) husband divorced.  Now what? 

The answer came from the luxury store Bergdorf Goodman, which picked Halbreich to run its first personal shopping service. 

Suddenly she was the personal shopper to the stars. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Rethinking A Wildfire Hazard Zone

Ashland's Oak Knoll Fire destroyed 11 homes in 2010.
Credit Oregon.gov

The recent fire that destroyed nearly 150 homes in Weed confirmed what we already knew: what we think of as "wild" fire can also spread within cities. 

Even before the Boles Fire swept through Weed, the city of Ashland began plans to expand its designated Wildfire Hazard Zone

Ashland Fire & Rescue proposes putting the entire city in the zone.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Refocusing "Eyes To Burma"

Eyes To Burma founder Fred Stockwell with children in Mae Sot.
Credit eyestoburma.org

It's a long way from Southern Oregon to Burma. 

But the organization "Eyes to Burma" is based in Ashland. 

It is dedicated to making life better for poor people living in a garbage dump across the border from Burma in Thailand. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Quilts For Kids In Nepal

Credit Quilts For Kids Nepal

Americans can be big-hearted people, judging by our annual charitable donations of roughly a third of a Trillion dollars. 

But some donors need some tangible proof of their largesse. 

Quilts for Kids Nepal provides that, and a way for poor women to make money from their skills. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

The New Rogue Valley Commuter Line

Commuters now have a bus option between Grants Pass and Medford.
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Two bucks gets you a one-way ride from, say, Medford to Ashland. 

Now the same expenditure can get you all the way from Medford to Grants Pass, or vice-versa. 

The Rogue Valley Commuter Line started service in early September. 

It offers cheap rides for the car-free between two of the Rogue Valley's major cities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

VENTSday: Trust In Media + Rich People In Congress

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A recent poll shows that trust in the mass media is at an all-time low (ouch).

And a recently published list shows that even the poorest member of Congress is more than halfway to being a millionaire.

Does either or both of these trends get you fired up, either in the positive or negative?  Let's hear from you in our VENTSday segment.

Every Wednesday, we clear the guest chair and open the phone lines and email box for listener comment on a pair of topics in the news. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Taking Advantage of "Living Opportunities"

A Living Opportunities client at her regular job.
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We've traveled a long way from the time when people with developmental and intellectual disabilities spent their lives in "training schools" or other facilities away from the general population. 

Medford-based Living Opportunities is one of the organizations that participated in the shift. 

The non-profit works with clients to live, work and play as independently as possible, and is in the process of training similar organizations for the same work. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Restoring Old Barns The Right Way

Power saw? No thanks. Great-great grandpa didn't use one, either.
Credit Restore Oregon

The old barn looking a little saggy?  Reach for a two-by-four. 

Oh wait… the really interesting old barns tend to pre-date modern developments like standardized dimension lumber. 

And that's why Restore Oregon offers workshops on activities like barn restoration.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Purchasing Policies That Help The Environment

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Since consumers get more careful over time about what's in the products they buy, it's only natural for governments to show that level of care. 

That's the thinking in Oregon state government. 

The Procurement Services people who buy goods for the state are now directed to avoid buying toxic substances where possible... using owl decoys instead of rat poison, for example. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Celebrating Present And Future: "Techtoberfest"

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Technology will save us all.  Or will it? 

Can we have a beer and a pretzel while we think about it? 

Beer and pretzels and technology talk will be abundant this week (September 26th) as Sustainable Valley Technology Group rolls out its first-ever "Techtoberfest." 

SVTG works to attract and assist clean businesses that can provide jobs in the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Getting Former Soldiers To "Stand Down"

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Our attitude toward the military has come about-face since the Vietnam war. 

Where once we reviled soldiers and blamed them for the unpopular war, we now praise service members as heroes, without question. 

But once they settle back in society, they still have need to be met. 

And "stand down" events are designed to connect them to services to meet those needs. 

The North Coast Stand Down comes to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds next weekend (October 3-5). 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Tracking Senior Financial Exploitation

Credit Garry Knight

We've been hearing for some time about how people take financial advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. 

And it's more than anecdote, it's demonstrable fact. 

Oregon now has back-to-back year-long reports on senior financial exploitation, and the latest shows a rise in incidents from the year before. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

The Surviving Half Of "Elvis & Ginger"

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Elvis Presley's electrifying entry into popular culture contrasted sharply with his muted exit: discovered dead on a bathroom floor, overweight, drug-addled, and in poor health. 

Ginger Alden discovered Elvis on that bathroom floor. 

She was the last of Elvis's loves; he had given her an engagement ring in their months together. 

Alden recounts their whirlwind romance and strange existence in her book Elvis & Ginger.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22-26, 2014
11:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bus Rides, "Techtoberfest," and Elvis's Last Sweetie: The Week on The Exchange

The beginning of the Rogue Valley Commuter Line, "Techtoberfest" to celebrate tech industry, and a chat with Elvis Presley's fiancee mark the week of September 22nd on the Exchange.

And we're just getting started.

Below, minus the fancy pictures and boldface web links, is the list for the week (so far).   More to come...

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2014
10:51 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Past Favorites: Persecution Myths and World Government

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The Exchange takes a single day's rest from live broadcasting for staffing reasons today. 

But we pull up some notable interviews from the past for your enjoyment.  

At 8: Notre Dame professor Candida Moss rebuts the tales of Christian persecution through the ages in her book The Myth of Persecution.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Medford's New Downtown Art and Sound Event

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Medford comes alive this weekend (September 19-20) with a brand-new event. 

The downtownART+SOUND (that's how the organizers spell it) will present music and visual arts at a number of venues around Medford. 

Those include an art display at the Holly Theatre, the first real event at the Holly in nearly three decades. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Blazing Trails With ATA

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Some of us are leaders, some are followers. 

Some walk trails, and some blaze them. 

Put the Applegate Trails Association into the "blaze" category. 

ATA members put in a lot of time and effort, leading hikes and working to make new trails. 

The association's main efforts are focused on the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), designed to allow a continuous hike from Jacksonville to Grants Pass. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

On The Battle Lines With "Soldier Girls"

Credit Simon & Schuster

The 21st century American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represented a departure from the American military adventures of the past. 

Put aside the political for a moment and consider the gender issue: both wars featured large numbers of American women in uniform for the first time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

12 Bottles = Full Bar

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Anybody who drinks alcoholic beverages can describe what a bar looks like… especially the profusion of bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. 

Now imagine making a home bar out of just 12 bottles. 

Not only can it be done, the makers of the web page 12 Bottle Bar have been demonstrating the practice for several years, and have written a book on the same subject. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

VENTSday: Fire Prevention + Domestic Abuse

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The big fire in Weed practically demands our focus on this week's VENTSday segment, as does the separate issue of how we perceive people who stay in abusive relationships.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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 JX@jeffnet.org.

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