Jefferson Monthly

Jefferson Monthly Feature
2:28 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Beating Back The Winter Blues

Over 14 million Americans, more than the population of Portugal, are thought to be suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Rebekah Dodson was 12 years old when she started noticing how much her mood was affected by the seasons. The daughter of a military officer, Rebekah lived on the Mildenhall Air Force Base in Littleport, England. On the cusp of puberty then, she realized that the darker it got outside the more irritable, grumpy, and tired she felt. Rebekah told her parents, and her pastor, that she was plagued by anxiety and dark thoughts.

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Inside The Box
3:35 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Love And The Technology Revolution

According to the RAND Corporation, a nonprofit research and analysis think-tank that claims to have “invented the Postwar World,” the year 2015 is going to be awesome. This is the year I’ll be able to clone myself and get bionic biceps. With advanced brain scanning, I’ll copy everything I know (shouldn’t take long) and imprint it onto my clone’s brain. Through gene therapy, I’ll slow down my aging process and speed up my clone’s, stopping him at a younger version of myself so that he can do any physical labor that I don’t have time to take care of with my bionic biceps.

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Theatre
3:31 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

The Pecan Puff Mystery

Pecan puffs were my father’s favorite Christmas cookie. We kids all liked them, but Daddy loved them. So much so that our grandmother couldn’t keep him supplied during Christmas season.

In the middle of December, the stack of Granny’s cookbooks appeared on the kitchen counter, scraps of paper with additional recipes scrawled in her round script stuck between their pages. Then she’d decide on the year’s varieties, up to a dozen, and compile her list of necessary ingredients.

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Jefferson Almanac
3:24 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

My Christmas Statement

Why don’t dentists, optometrists, insurance agencies, doctors and lawyers give out gift certificates?

Oh look, only twelve minutes left of the Christmas shopping season. If you are like me, still staring at your hands when you should be out buying a gift for someone on your list (my list is called a “hit list” —that gives you an idea of how I view the whole gift giving process), you tell yourself you have plenty of time to find other things to do instead of shop. Our kids are older, so the pressure to have a million presents under the tree, each holding the possibility of a pony, is somewhat lessened. Oh they still want presents but what those might be, I don’t really want to know.

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First...The News
2:59 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Why There's No Yelling

When the dust clears, do we really know any more than we did when it started?

On our weekly Wednesday VENTSday segment, I make a point of telling Jefferson Exchange listeners that they are welcome to call and weigh in on the topics of the day, but to vent “politely.” Once in a while, somebody misses that modifier and lets loose with some cutting remarks, occasionally directed at the opinions or tone expressed by another caller. I’m happy to say that’s a rarity.

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Recordings
2:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Best Of 2014

 

Eric Teel 

Director FM Program Services / Music Director / Host, Open Air

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Tuned In
10:53 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Remembering Car Talk’s Tom Magliozzi

Along with the solid car advice he dispensed on the radio show with his brother, Tom often took on the additional roles of philosopher king, life adviser, moral scold and family counselor.

Tom Magliozzi who, along with his brother Ray, hosted NPR’s Car Talk for the last 37 years, died November 3, 2014 from complications of Alzheimer’s Disease.  He was 77 years old.

In announcing this sad news for the national public radio community, NPR celebrated the life of one of its most popular radio personalities in a special tribute Car Talk program and in produced segments on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
3:19 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Weed Recovers

The Boles fire that swept through the Siskiyou County town of Weed on September 15 left a swath of devastation through this community of 3,000 that sits in the shadow of Mount Shasta.
Eric Teel/JPR

On Monday morning, September 15, 2014, Siskiyou County was buffeted by battering winds. In Fort Jones, west of Yreka, I felt like Dorothy in Kansas as I tried to scatter feed to the chickens. I thought wind like this will start something, and hoped we would get to the end of the day with no new fires. Fire season was still raging with many county fires still going, even after the previous week’s much needed rain. Later I got a call from a friend who had heard that Weed was on fire.

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Inside The Box
11:18 am
Sat November 1, 2014

The Ultimate Question

What is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything?

In Douglas Adam’s novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, researchers from a “pan-dimensional, hyper-intelligent race of beings”, construct a super computer called Deep Thought. The greatest computer of all time and space, Deep Thought is designed to calculate the answers to the universe’s deepest philosophical questions that even the race of highly intelligent beings are unable to answer such as: Why are we here? How did we get here? From where? What is the meaning of life?

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Theatre
11:10 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Great Society

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (Kenajuan Bentley) and President Johnson (Jack Willis) confer about the Voting Rights Act in Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Great Society. (Ensemble, gallery, Richard Elmore, Wayne T. Carr, Jonathan Haugen)
Credit Jenny Graham

Robert Schenkkan’s All the Way brings to the stage Lyndon Johnson’s first year as President. Though the office is thrust upon him by Kennedy’s assassination, LBJ channels his political genius and immense energy into passing Kennedy’s languishing Civil Rights Act, then wins reelection by a landslide. High on these successes, the Johnson we meet at the start of The Great Society is reminiscing about his boyhood fascination with rodeo bull-riding.

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First...The News
10:46 am
Sat November 1, 2014

From The Archives

Jefferson Exchange Producer Charlotte Duren, and Host, Geoffrey Riley

With Halloween over and done with and Thanksgiving right around the corner, this time of year always makes me want to hunker down in my apartment and bake good food while listening to good radio. This hibernation also gets me thinking of some of my favorite shows on the Jefferson Exchange this past year. So, as the weather gets dark and stormy and you’re looking for some cozy listening, here are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling

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Jefferson Almanac
10:35 am
Sat November 1, 2014

Place

Home used to be the ultimate place.

I have a new nearby option for Vietnamese food. I can walk to a corner parking lot and order my pho from Tam’s Place. But it’s not a place, at least not for anyone but Tam. It’s a food truck.

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Recordings
11:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Sampling The Regional Festival Circuit

Sturgill Simpson captivating the crowd at Pickathon's Woods Stage.
Eric Teel/JPR

As you might assume, I see a heck of a lot of live music each year. It’s an absolute blessing to be able to see so many amazing performers showcasing their ability at venues throughout Oregon and northern California. Last summer, I had the opportunity to experience my first true multi-day music festival: Pickathon. Held at privately owned Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, Pickathon is a sight to behold. Three days of music, managed crowd density, no plastic, free water, reusable serving dishes for all food vendors, composting sites, solar panels, and on and on...

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Listener Announcements
9:57 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Aiming High

Voices from leaders in the public broadcasting community echo the work that JPR seeks to accomplish on a daily basis.

Depending on the speed of the US Postal Service in delivering this month’s Jefferson Monthly to your mailbox, JPR will either be in the final days of our Fall Fund Drive or will have just completed the campaign.  As we reach out to our listeners once again to ask for your continued support, it’s always energizing to step back from the day-to-day to remind ourselves of the big picture.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
11:53 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Providing A Home Between Homes For Shelter Animals: Volunteer Foster Families Save Lives

Shanti Shunn with foster dog Pork Chop, and family dogs Puck and Tucker. The Shunns are among the many Friends of the Animal Shelter foster families who provide a temporary “home between homes” for dogs, puppies, cats, and kittens.

In Liisa and Shanti Shunn’s East Medford backyard, the couple’s three dogs—Dobby, Tucker, and Puck—leap and jump for the treats that Shanti offers. While these three dogs are permanent residents in the Shunn household, usually they share their home with foster dogs as well. In fact, Dobby is what Liisa and Shanti affectionately call a “foster failure”—a foster dog that they ended up adopting.

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First...The News
11:39 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Objective News

Whatever became of “objective” news reporting? You know, the kind that just gives you the facts, without any slant or bias, the kind we used to have back in the good old days?

In this current era of shouting-heads cable TV shows and hot-talk radio and incendiary blog posts, when everyone with a Twitter account can make news, it’s understandable to pine for the lost paradise of “objective” journalism.                                                                                                                                                  

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Theatre
11:29 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Ashland New Plays Festival

In its twenty-third season, Ashland New Plays Festival promises that ANPF 2014 will offer the most entertaining and edifying program yet.  To kick off the nine-day-long celebration, on Friday, October 17, OSF’s Dan Donohue will be interviewed by John Rose for a Theatre Talk.  The event will take place at 310 Oak Street, Ashland, and tickets are moving fast. 

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Theatre
11:19 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Remembering Jim Giancarlo

No summary of his considerable accomplishments can begin to capture Jim's extraordinary spirit.
Credit Tom Lavine

The biography of Jim Giancarlo paints a portrait of the artist from a very early age. His boyhood fascination with producing neighborhood shows, his immersion in visual arts at SUNY Buffalo, his ongoing aspiration to be a writer—all were father to the multi-talented man who speculated recently, “Maybe the Creator’s plan is no plan at all.  Maybe ‘He’ just loves creating beauty.”

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Inside The Box
9:28 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Deep Learning Is The Cat's Meow

Grumpy Cat, Mr. Dewing's favorite cat meme.

“Deep learning is a set of algorithms in machine learning that attempt to model high-level abstractions in data by using model architectures composed of multiple non-linear transformations.”

If that makes perfect sense to you, you’re way smarter than me and should probably be working as a computer scientist at Google or something. If you actually do work for Google, good for you. If not, you’re likely still smarter than me (not much to brag about), but it’s me on this side of the page who’s responsible for explaining all that gobbledygook about “deep learning”.

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Jefferson Almanac
9:24 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Passenger Pigeons, Past And Prologue

I’d like you to summon into your mind’s eye the greatest animal spectacle you’ve ever seen. Was it a cloud of Snow Geese filling the sky over the Klamath Basin?  Maybe you’ve been to Jackson Hole, and seen a great herd of elk in the shadow of the Grand Tetons.  Perhaps it was nothing more exotic than a swirling flock of starlings, one of those amazing “murmurations” that form over roosts along the Rogue River on winter evenings.

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