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Jefferson Monthly

SEPT 2013
SEPT 2013
The Jefferson Monthly is a magazine mailed monthly to the members of the JPR Listeners Guild, the non-profit organization that supports JPR's service to the region. The magazine features 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 public radio stations. In addition to the members of the JPR Listeners Guild, the Jefferson Monthly is distributed via area businesses and available in public libraries throughout the region. The publication's monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To become a member of the JPR Listeners Guild and receive your copy in the mail each month visit our ePledge page.
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Wisdom through Stories by Paul Westhelle
I was sitting on my couch one recent Friday morning enjoying a cup of coffee and checking my email when a StoryCorps segment on Morning Edition grabbed my attention and reminded me why public radio matters.
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Both Side of the Aisle by Christina Ammon
If a small town store is a reflection of a community, then looking around the Ruch Country Store, one gets the sense of the diverse set of people who live in the surrounding areas. On a small, recycled magazine rack, back issues of The New Yorker sit next to copies of American Rifleman.
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Dying with Grace by Jennifer Margulis
On a sunny day last March over a hundred mostly gray-haired people file into an auditorium at Asante’s Smullin Health Education Center in Medford. A large screen behind the stage projects the afternoon’s agenda: HAVING THE CONVERSATION. On stage are two empty armchairs, violet with pale blue dots, a white rug, and a hospital gurney. On the gurney lies a manikin, its hairless head resting incongruously against a flowered pillow. For some reason I find this detail heartbreaking.
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Zero Tolerance and the FCC by Paul Westhelle
We seem to live in the age of “zero tolerance.” A zero tolerance policy imposes automatic pre-determined punishment for infractions of a rule or law, forbidding people in positions of authority from exercising discretion or changing punishments to fit the unique circumstances or history of any given infraction.
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Ghosts of the Gold Rush by Angela Decker
In January of 1852, mule-packers John Poole and James Cluggage, owners of ‘Jackass Freight,’ were carrying supplies from the Willamette Valley to Sacramento, California. They stopped to camp near what is now Jacksonville, and, while digging for water, struck gold. The men quickly staked a claim on the land in what turned out to be the biggest gold discovery in the state. When word got out, miners from all over the country headed toward southern Oregon to make their fortune.
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NPR During the Dogs Days by Paul Westhelle
This summer as families break out the GPS (or road maps, if you’re old school) and hit the road for the mountains, rivers and beaches, NPR has a great selection of interesting radio series planned to inspire lively conversations and fill the silence during those long road trips. Here’s a taste of what’s on deck.
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Carbon Controversy: Should the Northwest Grow Markets for Forest Biofuels? by Amelia Templeton
Behind the noisy cafeteria at Illinois Valley High School stands a small silver silo that looks like it ought to hold a grain crop. This public school in southern Oregon is one of about a dozen in the Northwest heated almost entirely by wood pellets.
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Lost in Translation by Paul Westhelle
I recently exchanged email with a JPR listener who was frustrated that one of our translators was experiencing a degraded signal. After our communication, I thought it might be useful to dedicate my column this month to explaining how translators work and why recent developments have caused difficulties for some translators JPR has operated for decades.
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Biodiversity on the Frontier by Daniel Newberry
The state of Jefferson coincides roughly with one of the world’s most biodiverse areas: the Klamath-Siskiyou region. This 19,400 square mile area—extending roughly from Roseburg to the north, the Southern Oregon coast to the west, Medford to the east, Redding to the south—has been designated an Area of Botanical Significance by the International Union of Conservation of Nature and has even been proposed as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
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TOTN Bids Farewell by Paul Westhelle
In late March, NPR announced that it will discontinue production of Talk of the Nation at the end of June. Over its 21-year run, Talk of the Nation has made a powerful contribution to public radio and set the standard for high quality call-in talk programming.
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