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Wolves, Earthquakes, and First Friday Arts: Feb 2-6 on JX

More wolves in Oregon means fewer protections for wolves in parts of the state.  That's one topic we'll explore on the Jefferson Exchange the week of February 2nd.

We'll also get reminders of the looming Cascadia Earthquake, now that it's 315 years since the last one.

And our First Friday Arts segment lays out a cornucopia of arts events.

That's not all... below is the still-developing list for the week.

Monday, February 2, 2015/8:00        More Wolves, Fewer Restrictions In Oregon
OR-7 is a trailblazing wolf.  Now other wolves have followed him from Northeast Oregon to establish new home territories in our part of the country.  In fact, there are enough wolves in Eastern Oregon now (7 breeding pairs) for the state to change wolf protections.  Cascadia Wildlands and other groups continue to push for wolf protection.  We hear the reaction to the changes coming to wolf management.  

Monday, February 2, 2015/9:00        Cascadia Quakes Past and Future
It's not an anniversary anybody celebrated, and it certainly is not one anyone wants to re-enact.  But January 26th marked 315 years to the day since the last big earthquake along the Cascadia Subduction Zone.  Scientists tell us that time gap means Cascadia is due, if not overdue, for another major shaking.  Oregon Emergency Management continues to warn of the likely destruction by such a quake.  OEM's Kim Lippert joins us once again to discuss science and preparation.  

Wednesday, February 4, 2015/8:30    VENTSday
Listeners are always welcome to phone or email The Exchange to join our discussions.  But our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center.  We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.  Topics 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, February 4, 2015/9:00    The "Nanny Whisperer" Finds Quality Childcare
Children are not made of glass, but they are certainly precious and fragile.  Parents worry a great deal about doing the best for their kids, and finding people to care for their kids when they are not around.  The search for quality childcare is deconstructed in the book "Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer: A Practical Guide for Finding and Achieving the Gold Standard of Care for Your Child."  Therapist and author Tammy Gold lays out things that parents can do to boost their own parenting skills... and identify good skills in potential hires.  Gold visits The Exchange with a synopsis.

Friday, February 6, 2015/8:00        First Friday Arts For February
The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region.  Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days.  The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.  Join the free-for-all by calling with details about arts events in your town... 800-838-3760 around the region, 541-552-6782 in the Rogue Valley, or by email at JX@jeffnet.org.

Friday, February 6, 2015/9:00        "Ouch" vs "Oooh": The Science of Touch
Ever notice how one person's back rub is another person's torture?  We respond to the sense of touch in very different ways.  The light touch of a loved one pleases; the light touch of a spider can make us scream.  David Linden, a previous guest and the author of "The Compass of Pleasure," explores the systems for registering touch in his book "Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind."  He leads us into the dual brain systems--sensory and emotional--that engage with our sense of touch.  

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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.