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Exchange Unpainted: The Week's Highlights In The Raw

We do a little manicuring before we put our daily listings for the NEXT edition of the Jefferson Exchange on the Web. 

But people frequently ask us for a further look ahead.  So here's our list of planned guests and events for the rest of the week... still a work in progress.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014/8:30        VENTSday
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.  It's VENTSday on The Jefferson Exchange, and you participate by calling 1-800-838-3760 or 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014/9:00        Freedom And Dialogue In A Polarized World
To understand a person, walk a mile in their shoes.  Not a lot of shoe-swapping going on in the world today, is there?  Historians assure us there have been other periods of polarization in American history (see: Civil War), but we have to live in this one.  Unless we can do something about it.  Sharon Schuman introduces us to the concept of "dialogic freedom" in her book "Freedom and Dialogue in a Polarized World," which points the way to understand the viewpoints of others.    

Thursday, March 20, 2014/9:00        Cokie Roberts And The Founding Mothers
The term "founding fathers" rolls off the tongue pretty easily in our country.  Franklin, Washington, Jefferson… we can all name some of the men who helped found the republic.  But women played a role, too, despite the very different gender relations of the 18th century.  Longtime broadcast journalist Cokie Roberts follows a book on these women for adults with an illustrated version for younger readers, "Founding Mothers: Remembering the Ladies."  Cokie Roberts herself joins us.  

Friday, March 21, 2014/9:00        Trapped Under the Sea
History is filled with stories of massive public works projects that cost lives to complete.  The building of the Brooklyn Bridge alone killed some two dozen workers.  The cleaning up of Boston's filthy harbor was made possible by a long undersea tunnel for sewage... a tunnel workers had to traverse in order to complete the project.  Neil Swidey tells the story of their nearly impossible mission in the book "Trapped Under the Sea."    

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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.