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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.

A History Of Solar Energy-A LONG History

Oct 1, 2013
Pink Sherbet Photography

Don't be too impressed with solar panels on your roof.

Photovoltaic technology may be relatively new in human history, but a lot of lower tech preceded it. 

Civilizations as far back as ancient China found ways to make maximum use of the sun's power in their homes and lives. 

State Prison Culture Comes To The County Jail

Oct 1, 2013
California DCR

Journalists have the differences between "jail" (shorter-term stays, generally pre-trial) and "prison" (longer stays, post-conviction) hammered into them. 

But California's prison/jail realignment is narrowing the differences between the institutions. 

Measuring The Special Session Accomplishments

Oct 1, 2013
M.O. Stevens/Wikimedia

While the federal legislature (Congress) struggled with October 1 deadlines, Oregon's governor chose the prior day to call the state legislature into special session on taxes and public pensions. 

As the session started, the outcome was very much in doubt. 

Geoffrey Riley/JPR

There are few middle-of-the-road (sorry) opinions about the concept known as "road diet."

This is the process of taking a four-lane road and turning it into a two-lane road with center turn lane and expanded bike lanes. 

Art Robinson And The Widespread Urine Test

Sep 30, 2013
Polk County GOP

Art Robinson's research at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine focuses on the human metabolism, in the hope of finding treatments and cures for diseases.

The institute recently mailed requests for urine samples to every household in Josephine County.

Graham Hughes/Wild California

The California Department of Transportation--CalTrans--plans to widen portions of highways 197 and 199 in the Smith River Canyon in Del Norte County.

And them's fighting words for environmental groups, which are challenging the widening projects for their potential impacts on the Smith, one of the country's wild and scenic rivers.

Farm To School & "The Siskiyou Challenge"

Sep 26, 2013
kcmckell/Live Aloha

School kids are learning more about where their food comes from through the Rogue Valley Farm to School program. 

And since neither farmers nor schools have a lot of spare money on hand, RVF2S has to find ways to support itself. 

U of California

You've heard plenty about the challenges in public higher education: nearly universal reductions in state support, resulting in fewer programs and higher tuition. 

The University of California and its supporters just fired up a campaign called "Promise For Education," designed to raise money through social media and the concept of crowdsourcing. 

The Leaf Project

The Oregon Legislature adjourned last summer, and in the minds of some observers, left some work on the table. 

So Governor Kitzhaber called legislators back to work, hoping they'll use Monday's special session to pass reform in the public employee retirement system (PERS) and a package of new taxes. 

BuzzFarmers

The Eugene City Council voted this week to pass an ordinance allowing small camps for the homeless.

The ordinance would give the council the authority to create multiple volunteer-run camps for up to 15 people… if a tryout with a first camp goes well. 

Ashland Vacation Rentals Face New Restrictions

Sep 25, 2013
bizmology.hoovers.com

Ashland property owners who rent out their homes as vacation rentals are now required to conduct business more like hotel owners.

The Ashland City Council recently passed new restrictions on vacation rentals, including business licenses, land-use approvals, and collection of a lodging tax. 

Kelly Piet Photography

Given the earlier fights, it was probably predictable that the days leading up to the activation of the federal Affordable Care Act--"Obamacare"--would be filled with more fights over the law.

While the Congressional efforts to implement or de-fund the law continue, we bring in guests to talk about some of the specifics of the law and its effect on services just for women. 

On The Road: Rethinking Rest Areas

Sep 24, 2013
Ken Lund

"Rest Area 6 Miles Ahead" is a welcome sign to many a traveler in need of a visit to the facilities. 

And after a quick turnaround, you're on the road again.  But can rest areas do more and be more to travelers?   The semi-independent state agency Oregon Travel Experience is betting on a "Yes".  OTE spent the summer assessing the offerings at the state's traveler rest areas and the other amenities it manages, with an eye toward future improvements.  

guernicamag.org

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.

Oregon's Dark Secret: Legal Slavery

Sep 24, 2013
R. Gregory Nokes

We all know the story of pre-Civil War America: there were slave states and free states.

But the line between them got a lot blurrier in the newer territories, including Oregon.

A Push To Recycle (More) Plastic

Sep 23, 2013
European Parliament

A few minutes on the lips, and then… where?

Where does that plastic bottle go when you're done with it?  Often to a landfill, even in a recycling-heavy state like Oregon.

New Money For Tribal Justice And Safety

Sep 23, 2013
stockmonkeys.com

The federal government just awarded millions of dollars in grants to American Indian tribes around the country, including several in Oregon.  The money is earmarked for law enforcement and crime prevention practices, and those program areas can be very broadly defined.

Remembering Feminist Writer Tillie Olsen

Sep 23, 2013
University of Nebraska Press

Tillie Olsen is no longer with us, but her work remains fresh and alive.

The writer of short fiction and non-fiction works is described by some people as a feminist author, but that's an oversimplification.  Her work reflects a deep understanding of women and poor people, still relevant today.  Her daughter Kathie Olsen will join us to talk about the recent collection Tell Me a Riddle, Requa I, and Other Works.

Enter The Future: Genetic Testing/Counseling

Sep 21, 2013
Journal of Cellular Biology

While we argue about insurance and payments, medical science continues to advance into the future.

Genetic testing is now available to patients in the Rogue Valley, through a partnership between Oregon Health & Science University and Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center

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