Medford Still In Recession's Grip
The Jefferson Exchange: August 7, 2014 Hr 1B:
Oregon seems to take longer to emerge from recessions than the rest of the country. And Medford seems to take longer than other Oregon metro areas. While the Medford area showed strong growth until the recession, a recent report shows it still struggling to get back to that success. University of Oregon economist and report author Tim Duy joins us with analysis.
How To "Commit To Win"
The Jefferson Exchange: August 7, 2014 Hr2 :
While it's probably true we can't reach all of our goals, we can at least make sure we've done everything in our power. And Heidi Reeder is determined to help people on that end. Reeder, a communications professor at Boise State, is the author of Commit to Win: How To Harness the Four Elements of Commitment to Reach Your Goals. Reeder says it's about putting wishing behind and taking a more forthright approach.
Tracking English Language Learners
VENTSday: Gun Laws + Gaza/Zionism (Listener Choice)
The Jefferson Exchange: August 6, 2014 Hour 1B:
For the first time, listeners chose one of this week's topics for VENTSday, and it's a big one: we'll talk about Zionism, the creation of a Jewish homeland, in the context of the recent battles in Gaza. We'll also let listeners vent on California proposal to take guns away from someone who shows signs of mental illness. We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. We bring the topics, you bring the opinions. One more time, this week's topics:
- What should happen to unsnarl the constant fighting between Israel and the Palestinians?
- Should family members be able to petition a judge to take firearms away from people who show signs of harming themselves or others?
Why Some Important Workers Are "Invisibles"
The Jefferson Exchange: August 6, 2014 Hour 2:
Most people like to be recognized for a job well-done. A bonus, a free dinner, even a certificate saying we accomplished something. But there's a whole class of workers who do NOT get noticed, precisely because they're doing their jobs. And when they mess up, that's when we learn of their very existence. Think interpreters, fact-checkers, and anesthesiologists. David Zweig profiles these people and their work in his book Invisibles: The Power of Anonymous Work in an Age of Relentless Self-Promotion.
Health Insurance Without The Profits
The Jefferson Exchange: August 5, 2014, Hour 1:
One of the major gripes about the Affordable Care Act--Obamacare--is that it does not include a public option, a Medicare-style single-payer element. Many of the people who like the concept of single-payer health care do not like the concept of for-profit insurance companies. There are non-profit insurance co-ops out there, including Health Republic Insurance. Health Republic will begin signing up customers in the next round of insurance signups in the fall. CEO Dawn Bonder joins us.
The Heart Of Fire Season (We Hope)
The Jefferson Exchange: August 5, 2014, Hour 2:
It's been a busy couple of weeks for firefighters in the region. The Oregon Gulch fire is one of those rare ones that involves both states, and it's a big one. It is also far from the only big one burning; crews are working fires in many places in both states. We'll spend the hour visiting with people from firefighting agencies in both Oregon and California, getting a handle on fire behavior and firefighting.
Breaking The Cycle Of Opioid Abuse
"Hotel Hell" In The Applegate Valley
The Jefferson Exchange: August 4, 2014, Hour 1B:
"Gordon Ramsay Checks Into a Hotel Run By Hippies," reads the promo headline for Fox TV's "Hotel Hell" airing tonight (August 4). Who are they calling hippies? The owners of the Applegate River Lodge west of Medford, it turns out. Ramsay, the flamboyant chef and restaurateur, attempts to help divorced business partners Joanna and Richard Davis hold the business together. Joanna Davis joins us.