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Weekday mornings, this lively two-hour interactive program is devoted to issues facing the State of Jefferson, the Northwest, the nation and the world. In the first hour, the host trades views with callers on a wide range of topics. In hour two, fascinating guests join in the discussion.

Weekday mornings, this lively two-hour interactive program is devoted to issues facing the State of Jefferson, the Northwest, the nation and the world. In the first hour, the host trades views with callers on a wide range of topics. In hour two, fascinating guests join in the discussion.
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Ashland, OR

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Weekday mornings, this lively two-hour interactive program is devoted to issues facing the State of Jefferson, the Northwest, the nation and the world. In the first hour, the host trades views with callers on a wide range of topics. In hour two, fascinating guests join in the discussion.

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English

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Jefferson Public Radio 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, OR 97520 541-552-6782


Episodes

How Seismology Helps Us Understand Volcanoes

10/18/2017
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Volcanoes not only erupt and spew objects into the air; they also move the ground. Quite a bit, in some cases. So there's often some shaking with the baking . Those are approximately the words of seismologist Stephen McNutt. He delivers the first of this year's geology lectures at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, explaining how seismologists study volcanoes.

Duration: 00:15:32


Rogue Valley-Based Program Makes Cheap Heat Available

10/18/2017
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One of the many options for reducing your utility bills is the installation of a ductless heat pump. It's like the old heat pump that heats and cools your home, but... ductless. A short-term program called Energize Rogue is set up to help people buy the ductless heat pumps at reduced cost, in Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas Counties. Spark Northwest is part of the effort, and Allied Comfort Pro handles installations.

Duration: 00:18:17


Oregon Investigator Creates "The Child Finder"

10/18/2017
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Some of the themes and incidents in Rene Denfeld's life are reflected in her recent novel The Child Finder. Denfeld is a licensed investigator in Oregon, and she has devoted herself to helping death penalty inmates, sex trafficking victims, and children in need. She adopted three children out of foster care. Denfeld's book is receiving critical acclaim while she tours in support of the book.

Duration: 00:38:15


Report Urges Caution In Fish Trap-and-Haul Programs

10/17/2017
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When migratory fish populations keep dropping and dams get in the way of their spawning journeys, fish managers often resort to "trap and haul." It is what it sounds like: trap the fish below the dam, take them by truck or barge or helicopter to the water above the dam. Now two-way trap-and-haul is recommended for sensitive salmon species in dam-happy California. And a report from UC-Davis recommends caution in that process. Robert Lusardi is the lead author of the report.

Duration: 00:17:15


Jordan Cove Re-Application: The Yes Side

10/17/2017
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Once more with feeling: the battle is renewed over the proposal for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal at North Bend. If built, Jordan Cove would take gas from a long pipeline across Western Oregon, chill it to a liquid, and pump it into ships for sale overseas. Last year the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nixed the project. Then Donald Trump moved into the White House and put new people in FERC. So the applications have been re-submitted. Project opponents...

Duration: 00:22:15


A Prosecutor Examines Wrongful Convictions: "Blind Injustice"

10/17/2017
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"Innocent until proven guilty" is the law of the land. But there's a reason to keep that statement in quotes. Society at large has a tendency to assume some degree of guilt whenever a person is arrested. Mark Godsey spent his career working to put guilty people behind bars, and seriously doubting that any innocent people ended up there. Then he reluctantly ran the Kentucky Innocence Project. It changed his life. Godsey writes about what he has learned in Blind Injustice: A Former Prosecutor...

Duration: 00:41:46


China Shuts The Door On American Recyclables

10/16/2017
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Maybe you never knew where the stuff from your recycled bin ended up... until the recent news from China. China has taken a lot of stuff off the hands of other countries, including nearly half the plastic waste created by the rest of the world. Now the Beijing government says too much of the waste was dirty and/or hazardous, and it is closing the scrap window for many items. That creates issues for recyclers, like Rogue Disposal & Recycling , and regulators, like the Oregon Department of...

Duration: 00:22:19


The Squeaky Wheel: Spotting A Dishonest Mechanic

10/16/2017
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Even if you can change a tire or swap out a car battery, there's a good chance your knowledge of the other stuff inside your car is limited. That's why we take our cars to somebody else for repair. But how do you know for sure that the repair you got was the repair you needed? Stories abound of technicians doing unnecessary work on vehicles. Zach Edwards employs repair technicians at Ashland Automotive . And in a special edition of The Squeaky Wheel, he shares tips on what to watch for when...

Duration: 00:05:18


Genomics Changes Our View Of People In The Past

10/16/2017
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Maybe you've taken one of those DNA tests that tells you where your ancestors lived. They can contain a few surprises... for individuals, and for humans as a species. The science of genomics is ripping up some assumptions about the upright inhabitants of the Earth, and where they've lived and loved. Adam Rutherford explains in his book A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived .

Duration: 00:41:14


Why Drug Prices Are Hard To Regulate

10/13/2017
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The reaction was sharp and negative when Turing Pharmaceuticals raised the price of one of its drugs... from $13.50 per pill to $750.00. The company CEO was later sent to jail, but not for the drug prices. Regulators appear powerless to affect drug prices. Or did, until California passed a state law to require drugmakers to provide more information and time when they raise prices. We discuss drug prices and how they are set with Mariana Socal of the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health . We...

Duration: 00:22:11


Scripts, Actors, And Audiences Converge In Ashland

10/13/2017
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"Let's go watch people read scripts out loud," may not be everyone's idea of a good time, but it packs in the crowds in Ashland. Especially for the Ashland New Plays Festival , which returns with four new plays this week (October 18-22). Audiences get to hear new works, and their authors get to hear the works out loud, with audience reactions. Beth Kander is this year's host playwright.

Duration: 00:16:57


How "Big Chicken" Changed How We Eat

10/13/2017
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Nobody likes to be called a big chicken, and there's a good chance the poultry industry won't appreciate the term, either. But journalist Maryn McKenna says the power and practices of the business lend themselves to the name. She uses it for the title of her book, too: Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats . Note the focus on antibiotics, still used in chickens at a time when doctors are warning against the casual...

Duration: 00:41:02


Weed Gets Infrastructure Money From Feds

10/12/2017
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Maybe the big infrastructure bill President Trump promised has not emerged. But specific projects are getting approved, including in our region. The city of Weed has some money coming from the federal government , $2.4 Million for improvements in and around the South Weed Interchange. How much of an effect can working on one interchange have on the local economy? The city says up to 80 jobs.

Duration: 00:17:12


Compass Radio For November: Off The Streets

10/12/2017
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Our society came to the conclusion that keeping people locked up in mental hospitals was unfair. But the system that followed can hardly be called a system. People with mental illness don't often go to the hospital, but they can end up on the streets or in jail. Compass House in Medford offers an alternative... a "clubhouse" model in which people help themselves and each other back from mental illness.

Duration: 00:13:24


The Mendocino View Of The Firestorm

10/12/2017
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By Friday morning, the wine country fires collectively had become the deadliest outbreak of fires in California history, to no one's surprise. Eight of the deaths occurred in Mendocino County, in the Mendocino Lake Complex Fires. The number is expected to go up, and more days of fire lie ahead, unless the weather forecast is very wrong. Residents who had to flee the fires took shelter in Ukiah and Willits. Ashley Tressel has been covering the story for the Ukiah Daily Journal.

Duration: 00:08:44


Exchange Exemplar: "The Upside Of Your Dark Side"

10/12/2017
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Everyone from our parents to our doctors often counsel us to be positive. And just look at the tone on social media sites: be happy! Those negative emotions do have their uses, though. Todd Kashdan and Robert Biswas-Diener point out how, in their book The Upside of Your Dark Side . Robert Biswas-Diener joined us a few years back to demonstrate how those "negative" emotions can produce positive results.

Duration: 00:40:56


Congress, Timber Industry Fight Canadian Lumber

10/11/2017
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It's not quite a trade war; not yet, anyway. But there are bad feelings between the United States and Canada over softwood lumber. The stuff used to build our houses comes across the border with Canadian subsidies, says the U.S. Lumber Coalition. And the United States is ready to slap tariffs up to 27% on the Canadian lumber as a result. Oregon mill towns might see some relief, welcome news to Swanson Lumber in Glendale. Oregon Senator Ron Wyden supports action on the Canadian lumber.

Duration: 00:17:07


Malheur Refuge Movie Comes To Rogue Valley

10/11/2017
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There's almost as much buzz about the movie on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge takeover as there was about the takeover itself. Armed protestors took control of the refuge in January 2016 and held it for more than a month. David Byars made a documentary about the takeover, "No Man's Land." It already played film festivals in Klamath Falls and elsewhere, and has picked up some awards. The film will be the closing event at Varsity World Film Week, Friday (October 13th) at 7:30 in Ashland.

Duration: 00:21:26


A Rolling Retirement In "Nomadland"

10/11/2017
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Think of it as the "gig economy" on wheels: older people supplementing meager retirement income by traveling the country in vans and campers, taking odd jobs here and there. Sound like retirement to you? Journalist Jessica Bruder hit the road with the weekday warriors to document their patchwork employment. The result is the book Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century . It's a lifestyle that may become familiar to more people, with the skads of baby boomers retiring every...

Duration: 00:41:13


The State Of Child Care In Oregon

10/10/2017
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It's a reality of life in our time that few parents get to stay home full-time with the kids. So that makes child care very important to many families. The recent case of 43 children sickened by insecticide spraying at a Coos Bay daycare reminds us that things can and do go wrong in places where children receive care. Plenty of agencies are available to support and train providers, including the Oregon Early Learning Division and the Child Care Resource Network of Southern Oregon .

Duration: 00:16:44

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