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Rivers/Candidates/Human Race History: Oct 27-31 On JX

The man who once introduced us to California's glaciers is back with an up-close-and-personal of Oregon rivers.  That's one highlight of this week (October 27-31). 

We also visit with several more political candidates (yep, some are listed a second time after re-scheduling). 

And we wrap up with a history of the human race, and the influences that shaped us. 

Here's the list, a work in progress:

Monday, October 27, 2014/8:00        Getting To Know Oregon Rivers
Flowing or frozen, Tim Palmer likes water.  He joined us a while back to talk about his exploration and book on California glaciers.  Now he's back with another book that focuses downstream.  It's called "Field Guide to Oregon Rivers."  Palmer got to know 120 Oregon streams for the work.  He joins us to discuss highlights.  

Monday, October 27, 2014/9:00        Break Out The Swatches: "Pantone On Fashion"
Lush color and high fashion… described on the radio.  We do feel the need to stretch ourselves from time to time.  And this time we'll be talking about the Pantone system for matching colors in use for decades.  Colors from Cyber Yellow to Jet Black and their uses in fashion are profiled in "Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design." We visit with one of the authors.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/8:00        Rick Dyer's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner
Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners.  The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run.  Rick Dyer is the winner of the Republican primary for  Commissioner Position 1.  He faces Democrat Tonia Moro and two other candidates.  Dyer joins us to explain his positions.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/8:30        A (Legal) Trail For Mountain Bikes
Sure, there are plenty of trails available to mountain bikes in Southern Oregon, but Mountain of the Rogue trail might be the first built with bikes in mind.  Officially, anyway.  Illegal trails have been constructed, too.  And that's part of the story of the Mountain of the Rogue... that its creation is meant to divert would-be trail builders.  We get the full story in our studio.  

Tuesday, October 28, 2014/9:00        "Brown Girl Dreaming"
Jacqueline Woodson grew up in South Carolina and New York, and never felt completely a part of either place.  Then again, she grew up in the 1960s and 70s, as civil rights legislation shoved Jim Crow laws into the dustbin.  Woodson tells her story of the times and her experiences in verse, in the book "Brown Girl Dreaming."  She visits with excerpts and stories.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/8:00    Tonia Moro's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner
Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners.  The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run.  Tonia Moro got onto the ballot by write-in to become the Democratic nominee for  Commissioner Position 1.  She faces Republican Rick Dyer and two other candidates.  Moro joins us to explain her positions.  

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/8:30    VENTSday
VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics.  They can range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome.  We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014/9:00    Not Quite Boys: "The Underground Girls Of Kabul"
When you live in a culture where the birth of a boy is celebrated and the birth of a girl is mourned, why NOT pretend to be a boy?  It happens more than you might think in present-day Afghanistan.  Girls are presented to the world as boys, getting a taste of freedom and respect in a place that has almost none for women.  "The Underground Girls of Kabul" explores the phenomenon.  Journalist Jenny Nordberg covered the story for the New York Times and wrote the book.  She joins us.   

Thursday, October 30, 2014/8:30        Art Robinson's Race For Congress
Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio.  He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield.  Which are the towns the two men call home.  Rep. DeFazio spoke to us on October 9th, now Robinson makes his case.  

Thursday, October 30, 2014/9:00        Reading To Open Up A "World Of Possible"
A lot of us grew up reading The Weekly Reader and similar publications in elementary school.  And the company that brought us that and more is still in the game, encouraging young people to read.  Scholastic is the company, and the creator of the initiative "Open a World of Possible."  We learn about the pieces of the campaign and its hashtag, #sharepossible.  

Friday, October 31, 2014/9:00        "The Invisible History Of The Human Race"
A debate is always possible when someone insists either of themselves or the human race "it's just my nature."  But… it's a debate because it is still not settled.  How much of what humans do is determined by genetics, and how much by culture--or something else?  Journalist Christine Kenneally dives into this very deep pool in her book "The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures."  She pays a visit to talk about her concepts.  

Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.