John Baxter

Jefferson Exchange Producer

John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of the split from a single station into three separate program services.  We're thrilled that John has taken a hiatus from his retirement to join JPR as co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.

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It's not a bar fight, exactly, but it is a beer fight.  Or competition, let's say. 

Microbreweries are finding some difficulty in getting people to buy their beers in stores, so they're focusing attention on direct sales: people come into the taproom or brewery and buy beer there. 

Which limits the choices in stores and in bars that serve many different beer brands. 

Larry Chase of Standing Stone Brewing Co. in Ashland also sits on the board of the Brewers Association in Oregon. 

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The very term "trophy hunting" can lead to some confusion: does it mean a hunter won a trophy for good shooting?  No, actually. 

It means a hunter pays a fee to kill an animal, and gets to keep a part of the animal's body as a trophy.  Like a head stuffed and mounted on a wall. 

Trophy hunters claim some conservation benefits for their practices; hunting does get people out of doors. 

But new research involving Oregon State University and other institutions points to the contradiction of conservation alongside the practice of killing animals for sport. 

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Is advertising an art or a science?  The case can be made for either or both. 

Marketing has made huge strides in developing consumer behavior, and creating "needs" where there previously weren't even desires. 

Now the business itself has been turned on its head by the Internet and adbots and algorithms.  Ken Auletta, long a writer on the media in books and in the New Yorker, looks at the fate of advertising in our time in Frenemies: The Epic Disruption of the Ad Business (and Everything Else)

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The term "leafy neighborhood" came into common use a couple of years ago.  It signifies what a lot of people want: some cool shady trees to blunt the harsh urban/suburban experience. 

Well, there's a problem there: research indicates that urban tree cover is diminishing, just as the planet is getting warmer. 

David J. Nowak studies this and other trends for the U.S. Forest Service. 

Stories Of Southern Oregon: Poetry Inspired By Vietnam

Jun 11, 2018

The mountains are fun to look at and the ocean's cool. 

But it's the people who really make our region what it is.  We meet some truly colorful characters through Stories of Southern Oregon, compiled for the Southern Oregon Digital Archive by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 

Maureen returns with Paul Tipton, a Vietnam veteran who talks about writing poetry inspired by his experiences in that war. 

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You have to give credit to the people among us willing to try anything. 

Because they are probably the kinds of people who first discovered wine.  Would YOU have taken a risk and tried drinking grape juice that appeared to have gone bad?  Somebody did, and look at the fun we've had ever since. 

Journalist Kevin Begos followed some ancient leads and found himself on the trail of a big story: the history of wine.  The tale unfolds in Tasting the Past

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How are you feeling lately?  That's a question more easily asked of an individual than a whole community, but somebody's trying. 

A community health assessment is being prepared for Jackson and Josephine Counties, to help hospitals and other health care organizations figure out community needs. 

Right now the process is in the acquisition phase... getting info from people living in the community. 

Jefferson Regional Health Alliance is one player in CHA process. 

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Oregon is producing way more cannabis than its population can use.  The state's U.S. attorney said so recently, and warned the federal government would crack down on the black market, particularly growers sending product out of state, illegal under federal and state law. 

Law enforcement aside, the glut of pot has sent prices sharply lower, affecting the solvency of cannabis-based businesses. 

Peter Gendron leads the Oregon SunGrowers Guild and Peter Gross runs Green Valley Wellness in Talent. 

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"You're so lucky, you're a genius."  Ever said that to somebody? 

There's a pervasive sense that some of us are gifted, and some of us are simply not.  Not so, says Allen Gannett. 

He's a big believer in big data, and he's used that data to figure out that the really successful people in the world are NOT necessarily geniuses. 

Gannett studied the methods and outcomes of people who achieved commercial success, and put what he learned into a book: The Creative Curve: How to Develop the Right Idea at the Right Time.

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Congress rewrote chemical safety laws a couple of years ago, with instructions to the Environmental Protection Agency to work to reduce testing of chemicals on animals. 

Instead, reports indicate animal testing is now more common, with many more animals being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals. 

Animal rights groups have expressed concern, and so has the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine.  Kristie Sullivan of PCRM will join us. 

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Mike (we'll only use his last name) spent a long time dealing with bipolar disorder before doctors truly understood his condition. 

If you break a leg or come down with a disease that confines you to bed, people generally know what to do.  But that's physical illness.  Mental illness presents a different set of challenges in diagnosis and treatment. 

All of the members of Southern Oregon Compass House in Medford learned this firsthand.  Once a month, we visit with clubhouse members and staffers to explore issues in mental illness, issues we're often hearing about for the first time. 

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Rates of some sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) dropped sharply during the years when concerns about HIV and AIDS peaked.  People used condoms and other prevention methods. 

Then science discovered how to better treat HIV — it is no longer a death sentence — and concerns abated. 

So it should surprise no one that rates of some STDs hit an all-time high in California last year.  That's a major concern for the state Department of Public Health

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Blooms of harmful algae in waterways have been more of an inconvenience in our region so far.  Generally, the blooms only stop people from swimming and fishing in their favorite spots. 

But across the country, the problem is growing. Salem had to renew its water advisory on Wednesday after toxic algae showed up in the city's water supply. Its previous advisory ended just four days earlier.

The Environmental Working Group calls the spread of harmful algal blooms an epidemic.  Oregon has had a program to track blooms and inform the public for years now. 

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Wes Montgomery is a big deal to jazz musicians.  Pat Matheny once said he learned to play guitar by listening to "Smokin' at the Half Note," by Wes Montgomery with the Wynton Kelly Trio, recorded in the mid-60s. 

The sounds are recreated in an offering from the Siskiyou Music Project, featuring pianist Thor Polson and the Ed Dunsavage Trio, with Ed on guitar. 

Thor and Ed agreed to get up early to share some of the sounds of the session in our studio. 

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It's easy to take the wide-open views of our region for granted.  So it's a rude awakening when they disappear under new subdivisions or other construction. 

Rural places with outstanding values have lots of friends, including in the Coalition of Oregon Land Trusts

COLT members welcome the public to come out and see some of the places protected on Get Outdoors Oregon Day, Saturday, June 9. 

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Jackie Robinson is celebrated every year for a major first: the first African-American player in major league baseball. 

But other black players were breaking into pro baseball around the same time, just not in the majors.  Artie Wilson, one of the best shortstops in pro baseball, played minor league ball in Oakland (California) starting in 1948. 

He is the subject of Singles and Smiles: How Artie Wilson Broke Baseball’s Color Barrier.  Gaylon Wilson is the author and our guest. 

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Marveling at the nearby homes with solar panels will soon become a thing of the past in California. 

Because the state will begin requiring solar panels on all new homes constructed in 2020 and beyond. 

That puts California out in front of states in requiring clean energy distribution across the landscape. 

The California Solar & Storage Association is understandably happy about the change. 

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With a population just under 40 million, California has more people than Canada.  And Iraq and Poland, too. 

So it should surprise no one to find that feelings rise from time to time in favor of splitting California up.  Or off. 

The Yes California campaign seeks to turn California into an independent country; the resurgent State of Jefferson movement just wants to break off the Northern part--preferably with parts of Southern Oregon--into a new state. 

Do they have enough common ground to work together? 

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Heroin overdose deaths in Jackson County jumped early this year.  Ten deaths by the end of April equals the total of the previous two years combined. 

The spike raises the possibility that fentanyl, a strong synthetic opioid, has gotten into the local drug trade. 

Jackson County Health and Human Services tracks the numbers and looks for reasons; Asante Health System runs substance abuse prevention and treatment programs; Humboldt Area Center for Harm Reduction works to reduce problems with substance abuse on the North Coast. 

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One of the more notable ballot measures in California's November election could be a real chicken fight.  Because it is all about the treatment of farm animals, chickens included. 

Signatures are in, but a proposition number has yet to be assigned to the "Cage-Free California" referendum. 

It would go beyond the guidelines of 2008's Proposition Two, by specifying that egg-laying hens, breeding pigs, and veal calves must be raised outside of cages. 

Prevent Cruelty California, which backs the measure, is a coalition of several animal rights groups. 

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