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JX Advance: Mammoths And More, April 30-May 4

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Woolly Mammoths and another First Friday Arts segment headline another full week of Jefferson Exchanges, April 30-May 4.

What follows is a partial list of confirmed guests; content may change without notice.

Monday, April 30, 8 a.m. — Sexual Harassment Common In Restaurant Business    

Lots of us work in restaurants at some point in our lives.  And at the moment, it's one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy.  Also one of the most likely to spur complaints of sexual harassment.  The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) tracks issues for restaurant workers and has plenty to report on the prevalence of sexual harassment.  Evelyn Rangel-Medina is the director of ROC-California and is our guest.   

Monday, April 30, 8:30 a.m. — Mental Health Workers Want More Attention On Farmers

Federal farm bills are by nature monsters.  They contain federal attitudes toward farming and food in thousands of avenues, from crop insurance to food stamps.  What you might NOT expect in a farm bill is a discussion of suicide.  But there's a call for attention to mental health care in our rural areas; by some counts, farmers commit suicide at several times the rate of the general population.  Michael Rosmann is a clinical psychologist and a farmer, providing his services through AgriWellness, Inc. and Ag Behavioral Health.  He talks to us about the issues farmers face, and how mental health professionals and the farm bill can address them.  

Monday, April 30, 9 a.m. — UK vs US: Who Speaks "True" English?

Did you leave your bumbershoot in the boot of your car?  If the phrase makes immediate sense, you might be British.  We share a language with the United Kingdom, but there are many differences in the version we speak in the United States.  Lynne Murphy is perfectly situated to research and write about the differences, being from here and living there, in England.  Her blog "Separated by a Common Language" grew into a book, The Prodigal Tongue.  We get Lynne Murphy on the phone to talk about the antagonism between wings of English speakers.   

Tuesday, May 1, 8:30 a.m. — Tracking The Extinct Giants Of Oregon

Giants once roamed the Earth in our region.  Woolly mammoths and mastodons, elephant-like creatures, were common until humans hunted them to extinction.  Evidence of their presence can still be found, including mammoth tracks on a dry lake bed in Lake County (Oregon).  University of Oregon paleontologist Gregory Retallack has been investigating the tracks, which indicate mammoths traveling in a group (and one might have been limping).  Dr. Retallack shared his findings in a new article; he visits with details.  

Tuesday, May 1, 9 a.m. — Author Provides Ideas For Action On Climate Change

We're urged to "think globally, act locally," but climate change is still a massive thing to wrap our minds around.  How DO we express our concerns at the local level in ways that make a difference?  Mary DeMocker has a few ideas for you.  She is the author of "The Parents’ Guide to Climate Revolution: 100 Ways to Build a Fossil Free Future, Raise Empowered Kids, and Still Get a Good Night's Sleep."  You might tell from the title that the book is both serious and lighthearted.  The author joins us for a perusal of those 100 ways.

Wednesday, May 2, 8 a.m. — Restorative Justice Practitioners Compare Notes

Our society oscillates in our approach to criminal justice, between punishment and rehabilitation.  The concept of "restorative justice" takes rehabilitation a step further.  It involves healing the harm done by crime, when possible, and reintegrating offenders into society, sometimes with face-to-face meetings between people on both ends of a criminal act.  The Resolve Center for Dispute Resolution and Restorative Justice in Medford (formerly Mediation Works) organized the upcoming Northwest Justice Forum.  Restorative justice is central to the mission of the forum.  Resolve's Raphaelle Kunkel and Cara Walsh visit.

Wednesday, May 2, 8:30 a.m. — Diversity Found Lacking In California Higher Ed

Latinos are California's largest single minority group.  But Latinos can be hard to find among the faculty and administration of California's public colleges, both two- and four-year.  And that's not the only group under-represented.  69% of students are diverse, but 60% of college faculty and senior leadership are white.  The Campaign for College Opportunity documents the trends in a recent report.  Michele Siqueiros is the president of the organization; she joins us to explain the report's findings and implications.  

Thursday, May 3, 8 a.m. — Nutrition Group Asks FDA About Vitamin D And Premies

It is possible that additional doses of vitamin D could reduce the risk of babies being born prematurely.  But nobody who makes or sells vitamin D can make that claim, the federal government has not approved it.  With mounting evidence, the Organic & Natural Health Association recently petitioned the Food and Drug Administration to allow vitamin D products to claim reduced risk for pre-term birth.  Karen Howard, the executive director of the association, visits with details.   

Thursday, May 3, 9:40 a.m. — Josh Gross Presents Rogue Sounds For May

Josh Gross is a musician, but we dare not ask who his influences are.  We might be listening all day.  Safe to say that Josh loves music in many forms, and he gets to demonstrate it by making his own AND by covering the music of others in his work for the Rogue Valley Messenger.  We plug Josh into the Exchange once a month in a segment we call Rogue Sounds.  He visits with news of bands coming to play the Rogue Valley and beyond.  

Friday, May 4, 8 a.m. — First Friday Arts For The Month Of Blooming Flowers

The days are longer, the weather is (mostly) warmer, and the outdoor concert season is not far away.  About a month away, it seems.  But there are plenty of arts events to see, hear, and celebrate in May.  And we provide airtime to talk about them in our First Friday Arts segment.  It's what the Web calls "user-generated content"... we open the phone lines at 800-838-3760 and invite people to call with details on events large and small, on stage or in galleries, in the month of May.  Listen for details of events near you, or grab a phone and call them in.

Friday, May 4, 8:30 a.m. — PCT Section Hikes Outlined In New Book

Maybe you're not quite ready to duplicate the trip Cheryl Strayed took in "Wild": hiking the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert to Washington.  So you could be a "section hiker," taking trips on shorter sections of the PCT.  Philip Kramer has a book for you, his newly-released "Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail: Northern California
Section Hiking from Tuolumne Meadows to Donomore Pass."  It's part of a series that lays out the whole PCT in sections.  The author visits with some of the highlights from the book and the famous trail.  

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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.
April Ehrlich is an editor and reporter at Oregon Public Broadcasting. Prior to joining OPB, she was a news host and regional reporter at Jefferson Public Radio.