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Wolves, Winnemem Wintu, And "Revolution": JX May 11-15

Wolves, an unrecognized (by the federal government) tribe, and non-violent revolutions are among the topics in this week of the Jefferson Exchange.

We'll also hear about real evidence of the Biblical flood Noah experienced, how to get the kids to play nicely, and how to find the good in just about anybody.

The week's guests and topics are still developing... here's the list so far:

Monday, May 11, 2015/8:30        Oregon's Wolf Plans Considered
The fate of the gray wolf stands in sharp contrast to that of the northern spotted owl.  While conservation groups seek to move the owl from threatened to endangered, the gray wolf could move in the other direction.  But are a few dozen wolves in Oregon enough to consider a stable population?  Under the current rules, yes.  Russ Morgan is the Wolf Coordinator for Oregon Fish & Wildlife.  He joins us once again with details of wolf management, and the numerical triggers that change the management approach.

Monday, May 11, 2015/9:00        Lemons To Lemonade: "Finding The Good"
A recent guest pointed out that gravestones contain the year of birth, the year of death, and a dash in between.  And it's up to us to determine what that dash represents.  Heather Lende can (and will) tell us all about that.  Her stint as an obituary writer for a small-town newspaper taught her a lot about what's important in life; she shares the knowledge in her book "Find The Good."  We get the secrets of good obituary writing... and living the lives that make for interesting obituaries.  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015/8:30        Winnemem Wintu Plight On TV
The concerns of California's Winnemem Wintu Tribe get an airing on public TV with the creation of the film series "Standing On Sacred Ground."  The title is apt for the tribe, which is not currently federally recognized, and concerned about plans to raise Shasta Dam.  The resulting raising of the lake would inundate what few historic sacred sites the tribe still has access to.  Tribal leaders join us to talk about the issues and the film coverage.   

Tuesday, May 12, 2015/9:00        Revolutions Of The Kinder Variety
Not all revolutions are violent.  We're reasonably sure the blood loss was minimal in the recent revolution in electronics and technology.  "Revolution" is Southern Oregon University's campus theme this academic year, and the subject is near and dear to the heart of the final speaker, Jeremi Suri.  Dr. Suri teaches about transformations in society; through migration, technology, education, and more.  His talk tonight (May 12th) on campus is about "Revolution, Public Opinion, and Power: Historical Lessons for the Future."  He joins us in the studio for a preview.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/8:00        Getting In Front Of College Debt
You've heard plenty about the rising levels of debt college students face as they enter the workforce.  Getting ready for the situation BEFORE graduation can make a big difference.  Janay Haas teaches financial literacy at Coalition For Kids in the Rogue Valley.  She visits to lay out steps for preparing to pay back student loans.  

Wednesday, May 13, 2015/8:30        VENTSday
The passage of a gun control bill in the Oregon legislature made three legislators instant targets for recall campaigns.  An appropriate use of the recall?  Tell us on VENTSday.  Or give your thoughts on surcharges on traffic tickets, a big issue in California right now.  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, May 13, 2015/9:00        Peaceful Parent, Happy Siblings
Maybe you can still hear the voice of your parents in your head: "if you kids don't stop fighting..."  Sibling rivalry is common and frequently intense, but it doesn't have to be.  So says psychologist Dr. Laura Markham, the author of "Peaceful parent, Happy Sibling."  The book explains the issues that can arise between siblings, and suggests ways to reframe the situations to provide peace in the family.  Dr. Markham joins us to talk about her approach.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015/8:30        The Evidence Of Noah's Flood
It's possible we got a few of the names and details wrong, but Noah's flood, as depicted in the Bible, was a real thing.  So says David Montgomery, geologist at the University of Washington.  He's written a book on the flood called "The Rocks Don't Lie," and he brings a lecture by that name to Southwestern Oregon Community College this week (May 16th).  He details the evidence that shows a really REALLY big flood really happened.  

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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.