Geoffrey Riley

News Director | Jefferson Exchange Host

Geoffrey Riley began practicing journalism in the State of Jefferson nearly three decades ago, as a reporter and anchor for a Medford TV station. It was about the same time that he began listening to Jefferson Public Radio, and thought he might one day work there. He was right.

Geoff came to JPR as a backup host on The Jefferson Exchange in late 2000, and he assumed the full-time host job at the beginning of 2010. The two hours of the Exchange allow him to join our listeners in exploring issues both large and small, local and global. In addition to hosting The Exchange, Geoff oversees JPR’s news department as its News Director.

Geoff is a New York native, with stints in broadcast news in Missouri, Alabama, and Wisconsin before his arrival in Oregon. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 28, 2014 | 8:00
10:52 am
Wed August 27, 2014

iPads In Kindergarten In Eagle Point

iPad actual size. Child somewhat smaller than kindergartner (18 months).
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Welcome to kindergarten, kid; here's your iPad. 

We suspect the wording will be somewhat different, but that is the essence of what will happen this year in the Eagle Point School District. 

The district is moving to full-day kindergarten when classes start next week. 

And all 300 or so kindergartners will have regular access to iPads and similar devices as part of the learning process. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 28, 2014 | 8:30
10:47 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Why African-Americans Are Rare In Oregon

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About 13 percent of the American population is African-American.  In Oregon, 2 percent.  Yes, TWO. 

A law excluding black people from Oregon stayed on the books until 1926. 

That is one of many startling facts in the Oregon Humanities program "Why Aren't There More Black People in Oregon?  A Hidden History." 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 28, 2014 | 9:00
10:39 am
Wed August 27, 2014

What Your Kitten Is Really Thinking

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When we're not busy cooing over our pets, we often wonder what they're thinking. 

If only they could express themselves verbally. 

Enter Francesco Marciulano, humorist, author and comic strip ("Sally Forth") writer. 

His latest book in a series of books of poems by dogs and cats is I Knead My Mommy And Other Poems by Kittens

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Jefferson Exchange | August 27, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Closing A Gap In The Blood Supply

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Jared Schultzman talks about blood supplies and donations.

Autumn is closing in, and blood banks need to close a gap in blood supply. 

Blood supplies frequently dip in the summer, as regular blood donors skip appointments for vacations and other reasons. 

The Red Cross in the Northwest is beating the drum to bring in donors. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 27, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

VENTSday: Police Equipment + Earthquake Preparedness

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Listeners vent on police equipment and earthquake preparedness.

Should local police departments be equipped with military-grade weapons and vehicles?  How about body cameras? 

That's one discussion topic for this week's VENTSday. 

The other is earthquake preparedness, and how prepared you feel you are. 

We do not schedule guests for Wednesday at 8:30, because that's the time for VENTSday, your chance to vent (politely, please) on a pair of topics in the news. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 27, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Fun With Goofs: "Just My Typo"

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Drummond Moir gives us buckets of typos.

The entire meaning of a sentence can be undone by a typographical or proofreading error. 

But the verbiage that results can certainly be funny. 

And in this age of auto-correction, there's a whole new dimension to typos, like “Blessed are the meek, for they shall irrigate the earth.” 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 26, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Deer (Over)Crossing

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Peter Murphy describes the overcrossing project.

Highway workers post signs warning of deer along rural roads. 

But do people really slow down when they see the signs? 

The large numbers of deer hit by cars and trucks suggest the answer is no. 

So the Oregon Department of Transportation--ODOT--wants to give deer a safe place to cross one highway where the carnage is especially acute. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 26, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Medicaid For Transgender Services

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Danielle Askini lists the new procedures covered.

While the arguments continue over health insurance, Oregon just took a big step. 

The state version of Medicaid, the Oregon Health Plan, will now cover more procedures for transgender patients. 

The coverage includes treatment for gender dysphoria, the basic condition in which people feel their gender identities conflict with their birth gender. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 26, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Approaching Death With Open Minds And Hearts

One of the pictures in "A Portrait of Dying."
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Mary Landberg describes her work.

Working with people approaching death is not for everyone. 

But it is a role hospice nurse Mary Landberg embraces. 

She has worked for years to ease the passage of her patients and ease the fear of death for patients, for family, for all of us. 

Landberg's efforts include the book Enduring Love: Inspiring Stories of Love and Wisdom at the End of Life.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Climate Change And Highways

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Rob Holmlund, Aldaron Laird and Louis White detail the climate change study process.

Continued climate change will impact many things, transportation among them.

High sea levels, landslides, and wildfires can and do close roads. 

So the Federal Highway Administration is funding studies of potential climate change impacts in several states. 

California is one of them, and CalTrans will present updates on the process this week on the North Coast. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

The Long Road To Jordan Cove

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Nathan Matthews and Forrest English explain opposition to the Jordan Cove project.

The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.

But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons. 

State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan. 

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon August 25, 2014

From The Future: "The Collapse Of Western Civilization"

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Erik Conway describes the collapse from a future perspective.

Try to imagine the Earth we're leaving for future generations.  What might things look like in the 24th century?

Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, both historians of science, take a stab at this question in their book The Collapse of Western Civilization.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:00
1:00 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Challenging Right To Farm Over Pesticides

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Crag Law Center's Chris Winter joins us.

Complaints about pesticide use are fairly common around farms and forests.  But a complaint about pesticide use on the Oregon coast is headed for court, with a unique approach.

Property owners in Gold Beach filed suit, challenging portions of the state's Right to Farm and Forest Law.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 25, 2014 | 8:30
12:54 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

The Long Road To Jordan Cove

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The decision on whether there will be a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal in Coos Bay is still a while off.

But public officials in a position to influence the decision will certainly know the pros and cons.  State and federal officials are getting an earful on the Jordan Cove LNG terminal and pipeline plan.  Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber recently met with a delegation from environmental groups. 

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 8:30
12:53 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

West Nile Virus In Oregon

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OHA Dr. Emilio DeBess joins us.

70 percent of people who become infected with West Nile Virus show no symptoms.  That's the good news.

The bad news is that the people who do show symptoms can become very sick and take weeks to recover... and some can develop complications that lead to death.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 21, 2014 | 9:00
12:50 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

A Love For Dogs That's Just "Off The Leash"

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Author Mathew Gilbert shares his dog park stories.

Who can resist a dog, with that fuzzy, warm face?  A few people, actually.

Count Matthew Gilbert among them.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Festival Of Eugene

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Krysta Albert gives us the rundown on the event.

Summer festivals continue across the region. Eugene steps up the activity late this week with the Festival of Eugene.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 8:30
1:07 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Keeping The Wolverine Off The Endangered List

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Nick Cady of Cascadia Wildlands joins us.

The federal Endangered Species Act seems to make everybody unhappy these days.  Extractive industries don't like the way it changes the way they do business (think logging and the spotted owl).

And environmental groups are frequently frustrated by the federal government's slow moves to protect sensitive species.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 20, 2014 | 9:00
1:02 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

The Glorious Vegetables of Italy

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Domenica Marchetti shares her new cookbook.

Put aside the meat and potatoes for a while, we need to talk about vegetables.  And when you hear about Domenica Marchetti's book, you'll understand that need.

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Jefferson Exchange | August 19, 2014 | 8:00
1:17 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Southern Oregon's World Of Wine

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Asante's Sue Mendenhall gives us the details on the event.

The growth of the region's wine business gives residents and visitors alike ample chances to open a bottle.

And the regular events are supplemented by special gigs, like the Southern Oregon World of Wine Festival this week.

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