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Jefferson Exchange | June 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu June 19, 2014

School Of... Blues?

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons at work.
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Music and music talk with Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons.

Summer and camp go together like chocolate and vanilla, or something like that. 

And along with the usual summer camp offerings, there are opportunities for young people to sharpen their music skills. 

Think "School of Rock" in warmer weather. 

And the variety of musical genres might surprise you. 

They include a blues and folk camp offered by the Rhapsody Program out of Seattle. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A Week To Celebrate Pollinators

Cynthia Orlando and Mike Kroon talk about plants to attract pollinators.

How much of what we take for granted in the plant world would disappear without pollinators? 

We probably don't want to find out. 

Problems with bee colony die-offs in recent years pointed out the many things bees and other pollinators make possible. 

Those accomplishments are celebrated during Pollinator Week this week. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

VENTSday: Iraq Options + Self-serve Gasoline


Listeners vent on Iraq and self-serve gas.

Iraq may be headed for civil war, and Oregonians have mixed feelings about self-serve gas. 

Those are the general topics of this week's VENTSday. 

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 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed June 18, 2014

A People's History Of The Peculiar

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Nick Belardes tells us the joy of finding obscure facts.

Thomas Jefferson and Christopher Columbus both make appearances in a new book, but not in the manner you might expect. 

It turns out Jefferson's grandson was an axe murderer, and history really has little record of Columbus. 

That's what Nick Belardes tells us in his book A People's History of the Peculiar. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Mapping Earthquake Zones Anew On Oregon's Coast

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Jason McClaughry explains the value of much more detailed maps of the Oregon coast.

The Southern Oregon Coast is prone to earthquakes. 

Geologists are absolutely clear on that, with a lot of evidence to support them. 

But some of the evidence is now being updated, using high-tech methods not previously available. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Finding County Funding Solutions

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Patrick Sieng describes some of the options considered for shoring up county funding.

The public safety situation is dire in some Oregon counties. 

Some, like Josephine, simply can't afford to put deputies on patrol for more than a single shift on weekdays. 

Major crimes go unreported and uninvestigated, and criminals go unpunished. 

The Association of Oregon Counties brought reps from all of Oregon's 36 counties together last week in Hood River (June 9-10) to talk about possible approaches to improve county funding and services. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue June 17, 2014

A Hand Up From Business Coaching And Consulting

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Gary Einhorn explains some of the key elements in small business success.

So you have an idea for a business, and you take the first steps to get it started. 

Where to turn for advice and assistance? 

A number of economic development organizations offer mentoring programs to provide "training wheels" to startups. 

That's the business Gary Einhorn of Ashland is in. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

The Square Mile Project

What's the story of your square mile?
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Patricia Acklin explains the workings of the Square Mile Project.

There's probably a good story on every square mile of the Earth. 

And Pat Acklin and her students went looking for those stories. 

Acklin teaches at Southern Oregon University, and she led students through something called "The Square Mile Project." 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Taking Southern Oregon Archaeology National

Chelsea Rose working in the field.
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Chelsea Rose, Meg Watters and Allan Maca discuss the fun (and pressure) of Time Team America.

It's not exactly playing in the dirt, but it's close. 

Archaeology allows its practitioners to spend time literally digging up pieces of our history. 

And Southern Oregon University archaeologist Chelsea Rose is getting noticed for it. 

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Jefferson Exchange | June 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Kvetching About Life In The Arts

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Greta Beigel talks about life at the keyboard: piano and typewriter, as a journalist.

Greta Beigel spent much of her career writing about the work of other people. 

Beigel worked as an arts reporter and editor for the New York Times. 

But she also harbored her own talents in the arts, as a concert pianist. 

And she pulls the disparate parts of her life together in one memoir. 

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