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Wolves, First Friday, and YES On Jordan Cove: JX Mar 2-6

Even without specifically mentioning OR-7, our audience likes to talk about wolves.  We'll do so again in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

And since it's the first week of the new month, our First Friday Arts segment comes to life on Friday. 

Our listeners will come to attention on Thursday, when a rep from the group that wants to build the Jordan Cove gas terminal and pipeline visits.

Just another week on the Exchange... here are confirmed highlights:

Monday, March 2, 2015/8:00    The New Wolf Census: 77
The latest gray wolf census just arrived in Oregon, and it shows exactly what scientists expected: more wolves.  At an estimated minimum census of 77, it's not like there are wolves in every backyard.  But the number is enough to concern livestock owners, yet still low enough that groups like Oregon Wild want wolf protections to continue.  OW's executive director visits.     
http://www.oregonwild.org/wildlife/wolves  http://tinyurl.com/2014oregonwolves

Monday, March 2, 2015/8:30    Small Biz Loans For Innovation
The federal government makes money available to small businesses in a variety of ways.  Those include funds to stimulate innovation and technological breakthroughs.  Business Oregon, a state agency, provides a number of programs to help businesses access the federal funds.  An agency rep joins us with details. http://www.oregon4biz.com/Innovate-&-Create/R&D-Business/SBIR/

Monday, March 2, 2015/9:00    Tim Palmer On Rivers
We could talk to Tim Palmer all day about the natural wonders of our region.  But we only get him in one-hour increments, so we have to have him back from time to time.  Tim is the author of the Field Guide to Oregon Rivers, another on California's rivers, and several other books on natural features that make our land unique.  He speaks at the Craterian in Medford later this week, and we get another visit to talk about rivers and glaciers and trees and more.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2015/9:00    Our Relationships And "Four Ways To Click"
Humans are social animals; we've heard that more than a few times.  We simply function better when we're in groups.  And recent scientific research shows it's not just teamwork… our brains develop different wiring through relationships, both good and bad.  In her book "Four Ways to Click: Rewire Your Brain for Stronger, More Rewarding Relationships," psychiatrist Dr. Amy Banks writes of re-wiring our brains to encourage connection.  We pick her brains about our brains.  

Wednesday, March 4, 2015/8:30    VENTSday
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, March 4, 2015/9:00    Science, Reason, and "The Moral Arc"
There are those people, past and present, who have insisted that humans need religion to keep people on a solid moral footing.  Some of those people insist that science displacing religion has NOT been good for morals.  This is a space into which Michael Shermer jumps, with his book "The Moral Arc: How Science and Reason Lead Humanity toward Truth, Justice, and Freedom."  In the book, Shermer argues that the scientific quest for information has made people and society more moral.   

Thursday, March 5, 2015/9:00    Jordan Cove Backers Make Their Case
It's the top environmental issue in the region at the moment: the plan for a liquified natural gas export terminal at North Bend, and a long pipeline (230+ miles) to supply it.  The Jordan Cove project has several regulatory hurdles to clear before any digging starts.  Environmental groups are arrayed against it, and finding many similar opinions in the area.  We invited representatives of the companies involved to join us with the rationale for Jordan Cove and the pipeline.  

Friday, March 6, 2015/8:00    First Friday Arts
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, March 6, 2015/9:00    Getting Through The Day When Your Life Is "Caffeinated"
"I just can't function without my morning coffee."  If you don't say that, you probably know someone who does.  Journalist Murray Carpenter is among that crowd, now proudly addicted to caffeine for three decades.  Just what IS that stuff?  In his book "Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us," Carpenter reveals that a tablespoon of pure caffeine would probably kill you.  That's one of a great many things he knows and shares in the book.  Grab a cup of something and join our discussion with him.  

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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.