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Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Tongue Firmly In Cheek: "Science For Her"

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If you're looking for actual lessons in science, skip Megan Amram's Science for Her

If you're looking for some good hard laughs, check out the book. 

We did, and could not stop ourselves from booking Megan as a guest. 

Her comedy writing is featured on TV's "Parks and Recreation," and the book looks like the Cosmopolitan magazine staff took over the textbook department. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Monica Wehby's Case For The U.S. Senate

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In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term. 

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

(Sort of) Ghost Stories For Halloween

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Ghosts and goblins and more will take to the streets tonight.  Naturally: it's Halloween. 

But sometimes things happen to people that they simply can't explain.  Who you gonna call? 

In Oregon, the choices include Oregon Paranormal, which attempts to explain or at least debunk weird happenings. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

"The Invisible History Of The Human Race"

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A debate is always possible when someone insists either of themselves or the human race "it's just my nature." 

But… it's a debate because it is still not settled. 

How much of what humans do is determined by genetics, and how much by culture--or something else? 

Journalist Christine Kenneally dives into this very deep pool in her book "The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures." 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3-7, 2014
11:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Burning Biomass, Food Networks, and First Friday: November 3-7 on JX

The first week of November features our usual smorgasbord of offerings for the ear. 

We start on Southern Oregon University's biomass cogeneration proposal, visit with the Rogue Valley Food System Network, and outline November events in our First Friday Arts segment.

And we're just getting started... below is the list, before we dress up the individual items...

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

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A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

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

Art Robinson Runs For Congress, Take 3

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Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home. 

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

Reading To Open Up A "World Of Possible"

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A lot of us grew up reading "The Weekly Reader" and similar publications in elementary school. 

And the company that brought us that and more is still in the game, encouraging young people to read. 

Scholastic is the company, and the creator of the initiative "Open a World of Possible." 

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tonia Moro's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

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Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Tonia Moro got onto the ballot by write-in to become the Democratic nominee for  Commissioner Position 1. 

She faces Republican Rick Dyer (he joined us October 28) and two other candidates. 

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

VENTSday: Money in Politics + Tagging/Vandalizing Nature

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Election day is less than a week away now, and it's time we had a talk about money in politics

While we're at it, let's hear your thoughts on the recent "artwork" and other vandalism incidents in public outdoor spaces.

These are this week's topics for VENTSday.

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.

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

Not Quite Boys: "The Underground Girls Of Kabul"

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When you live in a culture where the birth of a boy is celebrated and the birth of a girl is mourned, why NOT pretend to be a boy? 

It happens more than you might think in present-day Afghanistan. 

Girls are presented to the world as boys, getting a taste of freedom and respect in a place that has almost none for women. 

The Underground Girls of Kabul explores the phenomenon. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rick Dyer's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

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Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Rick Dyer is the winner of the Republican primary for  Commissioner Position 1. 

He faces Democrat Tonia Moro and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes

Trail building on a previous project.
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Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue Trail might be the first built with bikes in mind. 

Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too. 

And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Jackie Woodson: "Brown Girl Dreaming"

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Jacqueline Woodson grew up in South Carolina and New York, and never felt completely a part of either place. 

Then again, she grew up in the 1960s and 70s, as civil rights legislation shoved Jim Crow laws into the dustbin. 

Woodson tells her story of the times and her experiences in verse, in the book Brown Girl Dreaming. 

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

Getting To Know Oregon Rivers

The Rogue River.
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Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water. 

He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers. 

Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream. 

It's called Field Guide to Oregon Rivers.

Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work. 

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

Break Out The Swatches: "Pantone On Fashion"

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Lush color and high fashion… described on the radio. 

We do feel the need to stretch ourselves from time to time. 

And this time we'll be talking about the Pantone system for matching colors in use for decades. 

Colors from Cyber Yellow to Jet Black and their uses in fashion are profiled in Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design.

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

Sen. Merkley Makes His Case

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In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term.

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Sen. Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Soaring With The Southern Oregon Rep Singers

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It started the way a lot of arts organizations start: some people with a love of music decided to put on a concert or two. 

By now that number is up to dozens for the Southern Oregon Repertory Singers

SORS (think flying) brings together some of the most talented singers in the Rogue Valley and beyond, performing some of the major vocal pieces in the classical pantheon. 

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

Plastic In The Global Ocean

Pretty above, contains more plastics below.
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Dr. Giora Proskurowski knows the oceans, from top to bottom.   And that's not just metaphor. 

Dr. Proskurowski is a University of Washington professor who has studied everything from vents on the ocean floor to plastic trash floating on the surface. 

And he'll deliver a talk about the plastic part this weekend in Coos Bay. 

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

Coaches For The Rest Of Life

A coach, yes... but not a life coach.
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Coaches are the people who stand on the sidelines at athletic contests, exhorting the athletes under their direction to perform their best. 

When you think about it, it's no surprise that the concepts of coaching have expanded far beyond sports. 

Life coaches have been around for years, helping people do their best in life or work. 

Sandy Abell is the founder of Inside Jobs Coaching Company based in Medford. 

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