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With Halloween over and done with and Thanksgiving right around the corner, this time of year always makes me want to hunker down in my apartment and bake good food while listening to good radio. This hibernation also gets me thinking of some of my favorite shows on the Jefferson Exchange this past year. So, as the weather gets dark and stormy and you’re looking for some cozy listening, here are some of my favorites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

Organic: A Journalist’s Quest to Discover the Truth behind Food Labeling

What does it really mean when you see “organic” slapped on a product in the store? Journalist and University of Oregon professor Peter Laufer went in search of the
answer to that particular question. http://ijpr.org/post/what-it-means-be-

I’ll Drink to That: A Life in Style, with a Twist

Personal shopper to the stars Betty Halbreich shares her adventurers and nearly 40-years working at luxury store Bergdorf Goodman. http://ijpr.org/post/shopper-stars-ill-drink

Not To Be Missed

NPR film critic Kenneth Turan shares what he calls the 54 best films of all time. Be prepared to be surprised. http://ijpr.org/ post/movies-not-be-missed

The Longest Date: Life as a Wife

Cindy Chupack wrote five seasons of scripts for HBO’s famed “Sex and the City.” Chupack shares her real life dating ups and downs and what made it into the show. http://ijpr.org/post/longest-date-forever-maybe

I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens

Ever wonder what your cat is thinking? Francesco Marciulano, humorist, author and comic strip (“Sally Forth”) writer channels the inner thoughts of our beloved pet. http://ijpr.org/post/what-your-kitten-really-thinking

Just My Typo

The entire meaning of a sentence can be undone by a typographical or proofreading error. But the verbiage that results can certainly be funny. Drummond Moir collected a bunch of good ones in his book. http://ijpr.org/post/fun-goofs-just-my-typo

Unworthy: How to Stop Hating Yourself

Author Anneli Rufus takes on the epidemic of self-loathing and her own struggles with low self-esteem. http://ijpr.org/post/ how-stop-hating-yourself

Sorry About That: The Language of Public Apology

Saying “I’m Sorry” can be hard for anyone. Linguist Edwin Battistella of Southern Oregon University wrote the book on apologies. http://ijpr.org/post/sorry-about-or-are-they

 The Numberlys

Prolific writer, filmmaker and illustrator William Joyce shares his imaginative chronicle of a group of friends who create the alphabet in a land once ruled by stuffy numbers. It began as an app and is now a book and a short film. http://ijpr.org/ post/visit-william-joyce

The Big Tiny

A backlash against the so-called “McMansion.” It’s a Tiny House Movement. Dee Williams embraced it when she built her own 80-square foot house. Dee tells the story. http://ijpr.org/post/living-large-big-tiny

Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies

The term “founding fathers” rolls off the tongue pretty easily. But women played a big role, too. Longtime broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts follows a book on these women for adults with an illustrated version for younger readers.  http://ijpr.org/post/ cokie-roberts-and-founding-mothers

The Boy Who Flies

Spend a little time with a parachute, and you can become famous. Especially if you’re the very first person in your country’s history to attempt (and succeed) at paragliding. Godfrey Masauli, the first person to paraglide in the African country of Malawi converted his success into a film, The Boy Who Flies.  http://ijpr.org/post/boy-who-flies-lands-ashland

A Story Lately Told

Was there ever a chance Anjelica Huston would not end up in movies? She tells the story of her early years in the first part of a two-part memoir.  http://ijpr.org/post/ anjelica-huston-story-lately-told

I hope this list sends you back to re-listen and maybe reminds you of some of your favorites. Happy holidays and thanks for your continued listening!

The Jefferson Exchange is always looking for new and interesting guests. If you know that person or maybe you are that person...we’d like to hear from you. Send us an e-mail to jx@jeffnet.org with a short description and your contact information.

Charlotte Duren grew up in the Seattle area and previously worked as a reporter for NPR stations in Salt Lake City and Wrangell, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Oregon University in 2010 where she spent her mornings as a student board operator for the Jefferson Exchange. Charlotte is responsible for booking guests on the Jefferson Exchange and is always looking to hear from community members about interesting events and issues going on in and around the state of Jefferson.