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The Jefferson Monthly is JPR's members' magazine featuring articles, columns, and reviews about living in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as a calendar of cultural events and program listings for JPR's network of radio stations. The publication's monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To support JPR and receive your copy in the mail each month become a Member today!

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Theatre
2:20 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Telling The Story: Oregon Shakespeare Festival Actors Engage In A Different Narrative

'Telling the Story' offers a bonus: brief tours through the inner workings of several of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s most imaginative productions in recent years.

Actors strive onstage to “tell the story” laid down by the playwright and envisioned by the director. In an illuminating new book by Mary Z. Maher and Alan Armstrong, Telling the Story, twelve actors from the Oregon Shakespeare Festival have been invited to contribute to a different narrative, one that takes place before and behind the scenes. This composite account begins with the circumstances that propelled them into acting then describes the multi-faceted, idiosyncratic processes, which, leavened with dashes of luck, have supported their onstage success.

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Recordings
12:22 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

The New Basement Tapes – Linking The Old And The New

Lost on the River: The New Basement Tapes - an album produced by T Bone Burnett featuring a collective of musicians recording under the moniker The New Basement Tapes—Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James and Marcus Mumford.

The New Basement Tapes is a group of musicians brought together by T Bone Burnett to write music to Bob Dylan lyric’s created during the Basement Tapes era. To fully understand the new, we start with the story of the old.

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Inside The Box
12:08 pm
Sun February 1, 2015

Taking A Byte Out Of The Internet

Every email and text we send, every picture and video we take, every Twitter and Facebook posting we make—all of it is stored out in “the cloud”.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A “bit” is the smallest unit of digital information. Put 8 bits together and you get a “byte”. Amass a billion bytes and you have a “gigabyte”. A thousand gigabytes is a “terabyte” (TB), which is the storage capacity of the hard drive in an average desktop computer today. Now imagine a billion 1TB hard drives. Together, all of those hard drives have the storage capacity of 1 zetabyte. 

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First...The News
11:51 am
Sun February 1, 2015

What Is A Clock?

Here you can see what NPR broadcasts at various points in the hour, and what is available for local stations like JPR to cover and replace with local material.
Credit NPR

The correct response to that headline is “well, duh…” But bear with me here; the clock I’m talking about is not mechanical, and does not hang on the wall. When public radio people say “clock,” they really mean “schedule.” And the changing of the clocks a few months back made for some changes in the news programming you hear on JPR.

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Jefferson Almanac
11:33 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Ten Lessons For Climate Activists From The American Robin

It’s good to be common: the American Robin is one of the most common and widespread native birds in North America.
Credit Daniel Marquard

For climate activists, this feels like the last moment. This summer, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its latest report, covering Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability, using by far the most sobering language to date. Among the impending risks that it identifies with “high confidence” are:

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Tuned In
10:10 am
Sun February 1, 2015

Gaining Momentum

In 2015, the work we do here at JPR will align with a broader vision of who we are.

As I sit down to write this month’s column, we’ve just welcomed a new year.  It’s a time for all of us here at JPR to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year and set goals for 2015.  2014 was a good year here at JPR.  We grew listener support and underwriting significantly for the first year since the Great Recession.  This allowed us to strengthen our weekend programming, implement 24-hour service on all our stations, expand and improve our local news coverage, welcome a new environmental reporter to our newsroom and replace obsolete equipment at several critical transmission sites

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
3:53 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

All I Want For Valentine's Day Is A Trip To The Coast

Sunset at Coquille Point, Bandon.
Susan Langston

Well, what I really want for Valentine’s Day is a trip to the Bahamas.

Jamaica, Hawaii, Costa Rica—those places would be fine too. But since the price of air travel seems to be going up—especially around the holidays—as gas prices are going down, local romance is a lot more affordable.

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Theatre
10:06 am
Thu January 1, 2015

Performance News 2015

Valerie Rachelle
Credit Oregon Cabaret Theatre

Valerie Rachelle met Jim Giancarlo eight years ago at the Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts.  As Artistic Director of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre, Giancarlo was auditioning students; Rachelle was directing and choreographing for PCPA’s Theatrefest.  He invited her to guest direct for OCT, but Rachelle had to decline—she would turn eight months pregnant during rehearsals for the show in question.  Circumstances for her OCT debut finally clicked late in 2012 with The Winter Wonderettes.

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Science & Technology
4:26 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

The Selfie(ish) Generation

I find myself wondering: what does a generation of self-obsessed, ego-maniacs produce?

“Britney Spears Instagrams Selfie With New Boyfriend”

That was the headline that caught my eye recently while scrolling through my Twitter feed. No, I’m not a fan of Britney Spears. I don’t follow her on Twitter (but I do follow The Huffington Post, which posted the story). I dislike her music. I find her stage apparel distasteful. I hate that we live in a world in which she has become wealthy and famous for being a solipsistic attention whore.

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First...The News
4:05 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

One Year And Counting: Looking Back

Mary Shaffer and sons Gabriel and Rio with a haul of donated groceries in the Food Project's distinctive Green Bags.
Credit Paul Giancarlo

October marked one year since I returned to the Rogue Valley from Europe to take up my new assignment at Jefferson Public Radio: to add local and regional news features to JPR’s broadcast of NPR's Morning Edition. 

Looking back over this past year, I think we’ve been successful at bringing JPR listeners interesting news and compelling stories about issues and events from around the region.

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Tuned In
3:24 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Engineers And Journalists

A recent post on NPR’s All Tech Considered caught my eye. It was called Silicon Valley’s Power Over The Free Press: Why It Matters written by Elise Hu. The piece focused on how the Silicon Valley’s large tech companies, specifically Facebook and Twitter, are now controlling the distribution of the news and information people receive and pay attention to. And, as you might imagine, this is not a great thing.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
4:00 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

The Future Of Education In Oregon

As we head into a new year with new challenges, new hopes—and new national and state imposed guidelines for education—there are people and programs you’ll be inspired to read about.

Ask the chief education officer for the Oregon Education Investment Board what challenges Oregon’s K-12 education system faces today, and Nancy Golden has many unsettling statistics and professional observations to share. Originally from New York, articulate, and fast-talking, Golden points out that nearly one in four children in Oregon is living in poverty, the graduation rate in Oregon’s high schools is only 68.5 percent (which is the second to last in the nation, and substantially lower than the national average of 78.2 percent, according to the U.S.

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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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