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10:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Early Days: "Brian Jones: The Making Of The Rolling Stones"

Credit Viking Books

The Rolling Stones are still rocking, drawing huge crowds to concerts. 

But today's band lacks a key figure from its early days: guitarist Brian Jones. 

Jones died in 1969, shortly after the other founding members kicked him out of the Stones. 

His large musical contributions to the shaping of the band and his bumpy personal life are detailed in Paul Trynka's book Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Excitement Over Old Caves

Evidence of human habitation from 14 millenia ago. What kind of evidence? Uh, better listen...

In a world that applauds the latest and greatest, it's refreshing to see a big celebration over some decidedly old information: humans living in south central Oregon more than 14,000 years ago. 

They left a few bits of evidence of their existence in the Paisley Caves. 

And those caves have now been added to a list of the country's most important places. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Ashland Heads For A Bag Ban

California recently passed a statewide ban on plastic bags, but Oregon still handles the issue on a city-by-city basis. 

And Ashland is joining the list of cities banning single-use bags, effective November 6th. 

Stores and shoppers are already practicing for life after the ban. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

RVTD Asks For Tax Money

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A federal grant allowed the Rogue Valley Transportation District to add bus service in the evenings and on Saturdays to its schedule. 

But grants expire, and now it's time for another funding source. 

So RVTD is asking voters to approve a five-year property tax levy so the additional service can continue. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Gas And Its Costs This Winter

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Quite a few of us heat our homes with natural gas in the winter. 

And winter is not far away. 

So how much can we expect to pay for the heat this year? 

It can vary a bit from year to year. 

So we'll visit with a rep from the American Gas Association

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Jefferson Exchange | October 20-24, 2014
4:41 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Bag Bans, No On Pot, and Yes On Merkley: JX October 20-24

Excitement should be building in the region about now. 

Ballots are arriving in Oregon mailboxes, and candidates are running left and right (literally, not politically) to make their cases for election. 

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley visits The Exchange to make his pitch for reelection this week (we're awaiting a return message from Monica Wehby's staff). 

The NO side on Oregon's marijuana measure also speaks up, and we hear about plastic at the checkout counter (disappearing) and in the ocean (still there). 

Here's our list, still in development:

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

SOU Puts Time Pressure On Scholarship Campaign

People seem to respond well to deadline pressure, so why not provide some for a fundraising campaign? 

That's the thinking at the Southern Oregon University Foundation.

SOUF is mounting a 100-hour campaign for the SOU scholarship... in this case, SOU stands for "Supporting Opportunities for Undergraduates." 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Kevin Talbert Mounts Indy Campaign For Commissioner

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Not a single Democrat signed up to run for the two open seats for Jackson County Commissioner in this year's primaries. 

But the Republicans will not run unopposed after all. 

A Democrat got on the ballot by write-in in Commissioner Position 1, and Kevin Talbert is on the ballot for Position 3 as an Independent (with a capital I, the party; Kevin points out that he's still a registered Democrat). 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Oregonians Share More Than They Think

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Our country is deeply divided politically, and Oregon is just like any other state.  Or is it? 

When you ask people around the state about the values they hold dear, the answers are often similar, despite factors like political party. 

The Oregon Values Project discovered this in its most recent once-a-decade assessment of values among the state's citizens. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

"Two Talking Wolves" Sit And Stay A Bit

The "Talking Wolves" of the title are actually humans. Gray wolves are somewhat fuzzier.
Credit Oregon State University

Take a journalist who covers conservation issues and pair him up with a wildlife biologist who specializes in species recovery, and what do you call the duo? 

They chose (or somebody chose for them) "Two Talking Wolves."

Todd Wilkinson is the journalist wolf, Bob Ferris is the biologist. 

They visit the Rogue Valley to talk about their work and their concerns for the planet. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

VENTSday: Ebola Handling + Election Influences

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Your turn to talk: tell us what you think of how our government and others are handling the Ebola virus... and/or what influences you when deciding how to vote in this or any election.

Those are this week's two VENTSday topics.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 15, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Hearts Of Gold: "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy"

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Remember that scene in "Gone With the Wind" where Scarlett O'Hara shoots the soldier? 

There's a real-life parallel, in which a woman named Belle Boyd (her real name) shot a soldier in her parlor. 

Her story is just one of several tales of real-life women involved in the fighting of the Civil War; always behind the scenes, frequently in great danger. 

Karen Abbott tells the tales in her book Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Spreading Effectiveness In Approaching Sexual Assault

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Ashland, Oregon is not one of the major cities of the United States. 

But it is a leader in at least one field: the investigation of sexual assault crimes. 

The city's "You Have Options" program is drawing attention and requests for information from law enforcement all over the country. 

Now the country comes to Ashland for the 2014 Southern Oregon Sexual Assault Symposium

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Jefferson Exchange | October 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon's World-Class Skeptic

Fact: NOT made of green cheese.
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Maybe we don't talk about "flying saucers" anymore, but there are plenty of subjects that produce a spirited debate over physics versus psychology. 

That second field is the home of Dr. Ray Hyman, emeritus professor at the University of Oregon. 

Hyman is a fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, and he dedicated much of his career to studying why people believe strange things. 

So it comes as no surprise that Ashland's secular-humanist Jefferson Center invited him to speak. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Catching Up With A Hiking Master

Jennifer Pharr Davis way up the trail.
Credit Blue Ridge Hiking Co. via YouTube

You might enjoy hiking with Jennifer Pharr Davis, but don't plan on keeping up with her. 

She's ambitious on the trail… even holds the record for the fastest traversing of the Appalachian Trail. 

And she named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year in 2012. 

And she'll visit the Rogue Valley later this week for a series of library talks. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Remembering The Ongoing Needs Of Haiti

A supply drop in Haiti soon after the 2010 earthquake.
Credit Defense Department/Public Domain

The world learns about major tragedies like the Haiti earthquake of 2010… then the news media move on. 

Attention focuses on the latest disaster. 

Former Medford resident Kurt Hildebrand could not move on. 

His wife, Wilda Mondestin, is from Haiti, and they worked together on a large earthquake response through the Mennonite Central Committee

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Jefferson Exchange | October 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Meeting The "Blue Collar Nomad"

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Jake Kaida is a man on the move. 

He travels the lower 48 states and parts of Canada in search of work and spiritual fulfillment. 

And he sets some of the tales of his travels down in the book Blue Collar Nomad

The book comes with a CD of music by Matthew Tavis Johnson, a pianist and composer. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Channeling Janis And Jimi

Vivia Font channels Grace Slick with "Jane Doe."
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Vivia Font not only admires Janis Joplin and other singers of the 60s and 70s. 

She gets to BE Janis and the others in her show "Jane Doe." 

And there's some "John Doe" in here too… Font's stage show includes Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix, too.

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

Delivering Information And Babies In Southern Oregon

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Giving birth is as natural as… well, having a baby. 

Making connections to all the people who can help a mother give birth… that can be trickier. 

Is your family doctor the right person?  Should you find an obstetrician, a midwife, a doula? 

Southern Oregon Birth Connections is all about delivering answers to those questions (and delivering healthy babies, too). 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 10, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 10, 2014

A Book For Parents Of Gay Kids

Credit Chronicle Books

We have traveled a long way--light years, almost--in our views of gay, lesbian, and transgender people in America. 

But the parents of LGBTQ people can still handle their childrens' coming-out with pain and confusion. 

This is a Book for Parents of Gay Kids is as straightforward as its title. 

The book is in question-and-answer format, to help parents move ahead in their relationships with their kids. 

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