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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:11 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Moving SLEEPS Around Eugene

Credit Lulu Vision

The back-and-forth of the Eugene SLEEPS protest continues.  SLEEPS, Safe Legally Entitled Emergency Places to Sleep, features people camping in public places around the city of Eugene.   

A judge ruled that demonstrators have the right to remain overnight in Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza.  But then Lane County commissioners ordered the entire plaza closed for cleaning.  Commission Chair Sid Leiken explains the county's approach to SLEEPS and its issues.

Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:08 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Stink Bug Invasion

The brown marmorated stink bug.
Credit Steve Jacobs / Penn State University

There are stink bugs, and then there are stink bugs.  Our region is home to a native variety, but a foreign interloper concerns insect researchers.  The non-native stink bugs could eventually reproduce in great numbers, causing problems for homes and agriculture.  Oregon State University horticulturists are working on the issue.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 12, 2013
12:04 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Considering Syria More Carefully

The flag of Syria.
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The news about Syria came so fast this week, news organizations struggled to keep up.  Just as Congress returned for a likely vote on authorizing military action, Syria showed a willingness to consider putting its chemical weapons under international control, perhaps rendering an American attack moot.  We'll get two viewpoints on Syria in this interview--from Arcadia University professor Samer Abboud, who studies politics and the economy in Syria and other countries, and from Veterans for Peace past national president Leah Bolger.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:15 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Siskiyou Secession Talk

The flag for the would-be State of Jefferson features not a pair of Xs, but a double-cross.
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The "State of Jefferson" concept never translated into an actual state, but the idea is alive and well.  Siskiyou County Supervisors recently voted to pursue seceding from California, due to frustrations with a perceived lack of attention from the federal and state governments.  How far will it go?  You'll hear from supervisors pro and con.  

Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:11 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

VENTSday-Nullification + Tobacco Sales To Minors

On VENTSday, listeners are the guests.
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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 JX@jeffnet.org.
THIS WEEK:
+Nullification of federal and state laws by state & local officials
+Tobacco sales to minors and how to stop them

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Jefferson Exchange | September 11, 2013
4:01 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

At The End Of The Sewer Pipe

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As much as we'd like to think the contents of our toilets just go away when we flush, there is no such place as "away."  But communities around our region continue to look for ways to treat sewage and other waste products in ways that benefit the environment.  The efforts include the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and the Biocycle Farm of the Metropolitan Wastewater Management Commission in the Eugene area.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 10, 2013
8:07 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Keeping Yreka's Past Safe For The Future

Yreka's Carnegie Library nearly finished in 1915.
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There's a lot of history in our region, and a lot of reminders of it--some of those in pretty rough shape from the passage of time.  And there's often more enthusiasm than money available for restoring historic sites.  The Yreka Historic Preservation Corporation works to preserve pieces of the past in its city, including a historic church given to the corporation a few years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 10, 2013
7:59 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Putting The Brakes On Bullying Of LGBT Students

The Lotus Rising Project pushes for social change and equal rights, led by young people.
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Kids don't need much of a reason to pick on each other, but the concern heightens when teasing turns to bullying.  A number of programs work to ease bullying in schools, including several programs of the Lotus Rising Project, which seeks to make life better for lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender (LGBT) people in Southern Oregon.

Jefferson Exchange | September 10, 2013
7:54 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Treme In A Hot Skillet

HBO series and New Orleans cuisine come together in Treme.
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The TV series "Treme" on HBO portrays life in New Orleans, which is heavily flavored by the unique local cuisine.  A companion book, called Treme: Stories and Recipes from the Heart of New Orleans, lays out New Orleans recipes from a number of chefs, from Crispy Kale to Sweet Potato Turnovers.     Staff writer, story editor and book author Lolis Eric Elie joins us to talk about the appeal of the city, the neighborhood, the series... and the food.  Oh, the food.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2013
5:32 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

No Refuge For Ducks In Klamath Basin

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The drought in the Klamath Basin this summer only worsened the situation of too many entities seeking use of the same water.  Somebody loses, and this year, the losers include ducks in the federal wildlife refuges in the area.  You'll hear the scope of the problem from the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2013
5:26 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Oregon Wild Campaigns Against Clearcuts

A clearcut on private land in the Oregon Coast Range.
Credit Tim Giraudier / Oregon Wild

Congress returns to business today, and a key item of business for the region is up for consideration.  Members of Congress from both parties in Oregon support a plan to divide the former O & C lands managed by the federal government, with a portion managed intensively for timber (and county revenue).  Opponents are mounting a campaign against the measure, under the banner "Oregon Home of the Clearcut."

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Jefferson Exchange | September 9, 2013
5:21 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Living In The Funny Pages

Francesco Marciuliano gets inside the minds of dogs with his latest book.
Credit medium-large.com

Dogs did not really write the poems in "I Could Chew on This," we're reasonably sure.  Just as cats did not write the poems in "I Could Pee on This."  Francesco Marciuliano wrote them all, just as he writes the daily "Sally Forth" comic strip in newspapers across the country.  Marciuliano is clearly a busy guy, but he'll spend an hour with us talking about his work and the creative process. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:32 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Ug The Caveman, And Other Arts Events

Camelot Theatre's current show depicts a ~possible~ origin for theater itself.
Credit Camelot Theatre

It's the first Friday of another month, time for our First Friday Arts Segment… we run down a list of events in the performing and visual arts and invite listeners to add to the list, or add details to items you've heard.  This month, a busy one: Ug the Caveman Musical, Man of La Mancha, 'Swonderful, and more...

Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
11:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Small Business Help Hits The Road

Banner for the Governor's Marketplace Roadshow.
Credit State of Oregon

Political leaders often talk about making life easier for small business owners.  Oregon's governor sends people who can help on the road.  The "Governor's Marketplace Roadshow" visits Grants Pass, Klamath Falls and Eugene in the weeks ahead, putting state and federal agency representatives face-to-face with business owners.  You'll hear who attends and what kinds of help they can expect.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 6, 2013
10:55 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Being Good To The Bees

A bee buzzing near a lemon tree.
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The recent pesticide-caused bee deaths in northern Oregon underscored the importance of bees to agriculture… and so to us and our food supply.  No education on this point is necessary for the people at Wild Bee International in Eagle Point.  You'll hear about the group's work with bees, and what it hopes to accomplish for bees and all of us who depend upon them.  Other beekeepers and bee fans join in the discussion.

Jefferson Exchange | September 5, 2013
5:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Inside the 2012 Race to the White House

Before the talk about the 2016 presidential election turns serious, can we look back?  Washington Post correspondent Dan Balz enjoyed great access to both major-party campaigns during the last election cycle, and he shares the access with readers in his book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

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