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Highlights In Low Tech: The Exchange March 24-28

Before we put up the pretty pictures and the hypertext links, we first have to book guests for the Jefferson Exchange, and keep a list of who we plan to feature on the program.
So here below, the list for the week of March 24th through 28th.  Consider it a work very much in progress... we do get the occasional surprise that requires us to cancel or re-schedule a guest. 
Monday, March 24, 2014/8:00        State Of The Art In Saving Lives
The people we once called "ambulance attendants" became "firefighters," and "EMTs," and "first responders."  The mission--saving lives--remains the same.  But the titles and the equipment evolve over the years, and the people involved in emergency medical work train and compare notes frequently.  We catch up on the latest trends in the business with family and emergency medicine physician Dr. Paul Rostykus.  

Monday, March 24, 2014/8:30        Ashland And A Culture Of Peace
Celebrations of peace draw crowds in Ashland.  Maybe the city should help encourage them, goes the thinking.  Some city residents are pushing for the creation of a Culture of Peace Commission (CPC).  We explore the thinking behind the commission, and what it might do if created.  

Monday, March 24, 2014/9:00        The Naked Truth
That "club card" at the grocery store let the store know the kinds of things you are likely to buy, so it can offer you a coupon for a future purchase.  And that's just one example of the ways in which data about us can predict future behavior.  We put a whole lot of data out there through computer and social networks, and it can be and is used to make predictions.  That has its uses, but can be scary as well.  Patrick Tucker of "The Futurist" magazine looks at both uses in his book "The Naked Truth."  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014/8:00        Protecting Older Buildings From Earthquakes
The old buildings that give downtown areas character in places like Ashland are often made of brick.  And there's a potential problem: older buildings made of unreinforced masonry are prone to heavy damage in earthquakes.  Ashland building officials are beginning to think in terms of seismic renovations to bring older buildings up to current building codes.  We talk with Ashland's building official about what that process might entail.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014/8:30        Diabates Alert Day
March 25 is Diabetes Alert Day across the country.  For more than a quarter of a century, Americans have used this day to get tested to see if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.  We get the details of the test, and what to do with the information.  

Tuesday, March 25, 2014/9:00        Your Body Book
When the warning light goes on in your car, you reach for the owner's manual, don't you?  It sure would be great if we had that kind of manual for the human body.  Mission accomplished...  Physical therapist Doranne Long puts what she's learned about the human form and how to keep it working into the book "Your Body Book."  

Wednesday, March 26, 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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014/8:00        Remembering Crescent City's 1964 Tsunami
It's not a happy memory, but it's an important one: a tsunami wiped out downtown Crescent City, California on this date in 1964.  A huge earthquake in Alaska caused the tsunami.  The coordinator of the Del Norte County Museum joins us to talk about the immediate effects of the tsunami, and the long aftermath of the disaster.    

Thursday, March 27, 2014/9:00        Doctors Versus Addicts
While we stayed focused on heroin and other illegal drugs, prescription painkiller leaped to the top of the list of most-abused drugs in America.  Efforts to bring the so-called "opiod" (synthetic opium) drugs under greater control led to the formation of the Opiod Prescribers Group in Jackson and Josephine Counties.  The group works with doctors to limit the circumstances in which medical patients receive prescriptions for addictive drugs.  We visit with group members to discuss process and success.  

Friday, March 28, 2014/8:00        Railroading At Josephine Libraries
Long before Interstate Five, the railroad was the main artery of commerce in the region.  Railroads remain important to the working of the nation, and bring excitement to trackside observers.  The Grants Pass branch of Josephine Community Libraries will host a series of programs on trains and railroads called "All Aboard" in the coming months.  Train buff and library volunteer Robert Herning tells us what's coming 'round the bend.     

Friday, March 28, 2014/8:30        Bad Films AND Bad Music
There's high culture, and then there's something else.  We'll assume Ashland's Ed Polish is drawn to the "something else."  Polish is the head of Ashland's Bad Film Society, and he's preparing a music special for JPR (on April Fool's Day, natch) called "Sleazy Listening."  Polish joins us to talk about his adventures in low culture.  

Friday, March 28, 2014/9:00        "Warrior Pose" For A War Correspondent
Brad Willis roamed the world covering wars and other difficult situations for NBC News, before a broken back and failed surgery sidelined him.  And that was just the beginning of his difficulties.  A diagnosis of cancer made him believe the end was near.  So he changed his focus.  Brad Willis became Bhava Ram, and immersed himself in yoga to heal his mind and body.  He tells his story in the book "Warrior Pose: A War Correspondent's Memoir."  

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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.