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Rethinking Our Most Important Plumbing Appliance

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The toilet is a wonder of science and engineering: we deposit our bodily wastes, then turn a handle and send the waste away.

All fine and good, but only about half the world's population has access to a fully functioning toilet attached to a working sewage disposal system. And even the good ones use fresh water, a precious commodity growing more precious all the time.

Can this toilet be fixed? Efforts are underway, as science writer Chelsea Wald reveals in Pipe Dreams: The Urgent Global Quest to Transform the Toilet. The author joins us for a discussion of a topic that is still taboo in many quarters.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.