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Jefferson Exchange | June 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Results of Oregon's Medicaid Expansion

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Katherine Baicker dives into the voluminous data of the Oregon Health Insurance Experiment.

Oregon's 2008 Medicaid (Oregon Health Plan) expansion offered a gift to health researchers. 

Since people either got Medicaid coverage or didn't by lottery, large numbers of people--thousands--would be available to test the results of health insurance coverage (or not) on previously uncovered populations. 

Bottom line: the covered people are not a whole lot healthier, but they made more use of health care services and spent less of their own money. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 30-July 4, 2014
1:50 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Teacher Training, First THURSDAY, and "I'm Sorry": The Week on The Exchange

The week that includes the Fourth of July creates some challenges: on one hand, the Exchange crew only has to schedule four days of new material.

On the other hand, our First Friday Arts segment has to move to THURSDAY, so it doesn't fall on the holiday. 

Keep the need to call in with arts events a day early in mind... as you peruse the list of the rest of the week's attractions on The Jefferson Exchange... (pictures and web links sold separately).

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Californa Marine Sanctuary Expansions Considered

A humpback whale tail in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
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Maria Brown and Dan Howard describe the plans and process for expanding their National Marine Sanctuaries.

Sea creatures and their habitat already enjoy protection in federal marine sanctuaries off the California coast. 

Now those sanctuaries may expand, and people interested in the process can comment... for a few more days ('til June 30th... here).

The proposal would expand both the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

The ABCs of Lightning

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Ryan Sandler and Mike Stavish explain how lightning works.

It's exciting to watch lightning strike, but its effects can be devastating. 

Just witness the flock of wildfires that started in our region late last July. 

Before we get to the heart of lightning season, we're getting warnings about how WE should behave around lightning. 

Because we sure can't do anything about ITS behavior. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Break-Making For The Brand-New Baker

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Josey Baker talks us through making our first loaves.

Maybe you like the IDEA of baking your own bread, but find the process daunting. 

We may have just the thing for you, a book on baking bread for beginners, Josey Baker Bread

Josey Baker is a former science teacher; with a name like his, he might have been destined to make bread, and he does. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

OR-7 And Friends: Wolf Management Goals

OR-7 before he became a family wolf.
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Russ Morgan details the workings of Oregon's wolf program.

Right between Mother's Day and Father's Day, wildlife officials confirmed that Oregon's most famous wolf is a father. 

OR-7, the wandering wolf, found a mate and is rearing pups in the Cascades. 

The news punctuated a busy period for wolves in both of our states. 

California wildlife officials announced endangered species protection for gray wolves... even though none are known to exist in the state. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

VENTSday: Sick/Maternity Leave + Highway Funding

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Listeners comment on our VENTSday topics.

Some of us may be afraid to take days off from work when we're sick, because we have no paid sick leave. 

And the roads on the way to work may be poth0le-strewn, because of deficiencies in highway funding.  These are the topics of this week's VENTSday segment.

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Don't Eat It, Juice It!

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Robin Asbell takes us into the kitchen for juicing lessons.

If your kitchen counter is getting crowded, yours may be one of the many homes that now contains a juicer. 

Sales of the devices ballooned over the last several years, giving consumers a way to pulverize foods into drinks. 

Chef/author/instructor Robin Asbell hopes it's not a fad. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Traffic Cameras That Change The Lights

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Alex Georgevitch describes the workings of the new traffic light systems.

Anybody who's been driving for a while learns to look for the devices buried in the pavement that trigger changes in traffic lights. 

But those old devices--you know, make sure your car is directly over the sensor--are being replaced. 

Now cameras are being used to gauge traffic waiting for a green light. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Stream Bacteria Levels Rise To Unhealthy

Bear Creek and the I-5 viaduct in Medford.
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Greg Stabach describes the water quality issues in Bear Creek and some neighboring streams.

And now, another effect of the drought: higher bacteria levels in streams. 

It figures... less water means less dilution of naturally-occurring bacteria, and warmer water promotes the growth of bacteria. 

But several streams around the region are showing unsafe levels of bacteria. 

Those include a handful of Rogue Valley streams. 

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