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 | September 23, 2014 | 8:00
11:11 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Restoring Old Barns The Right Way

Power saw? No thanks. Great-great grandpa didn't use one, either.
Credit Restore Oregon

The old barn looking a little saggy?  Reach for a two-by-four. 

Oh wait… the really interesting old barns tend to pre-date modern developments like standardized dimension lumber. 

And that's why Restore Oregon offers workshops on activities like barn restoration.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2014 | 8:30
11:05 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Purchasing Policies That Help The Environment

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Since consumers get more careful over time about what's in the products they buy, it's only natural for governments to show that level of care. 

That's the thinking in Oregon state government. 

The Procurement Services people who buy goods for the state are now directed to avoid buying toxic substances where possible... using owl decoys instead of rat poison, for example. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 23, 2014 | 9:00
11:01 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Celebrating Present And Future: "Techtoberfest"

Credit Harland Quarrington/Wikimedia Commons

Technology will save us all.  Or will it? 

Can we have a beer and a pretzel while we think about it? 

Beer and pretzels and technology talk will be abundant this week (September 26th) as Sustainable Valley Technology Group rolls out its first-ever "Techtoberfest." 

SVTG works to attract and assist clean businesses that can provide jobs in the Rogue Valley. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Getting Former Soldiers To "Stand Down"

Credit Robert Neff/Fifth World Art

Our attitude toward the military has come about-face since the Vietnam war. 

Where once we reviled soldiers and blamed them for the unpopular war, we now praise service members as heroes, without question. 

But once they settle back in society, they still have need to be met. 

And "stand down" events are designed to connect them to services to meet those needs. 

The North Coast Stand Down comes to the Humboldt County Fairgrounds next weekend (October 3-5). 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Tracking Senior Financial Exploitation

Credit Garry Knight

We've been hearing for some time about how people take financial advantage of vulnerable senior citizens. 

And it's more than anecdote, it's demonstrable fact. 

Oregon now has back-to-back year-long reports on senior financial exploitation, and the latest shows a rise in incidents from the year before. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon September 22, 2014

The Surviving Half Of "Elvis & Ginger"

Credit Penguin Books

Elvis Presley's electrifying entry into popular culture contrasted sharply with his muted exit: discovered dead on a bathroom floor, overweight, drug-addled, and in poor health. 

Ginger Alden discovered Elvis on that bathroom floor. 

She was the last of Elvis's loves; he had given her an engagement ring in their months together. 

Alden recounts their whirlwind romance and strange existence in her book Elvis & Ginger.

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Cause Is Melting Glacier
11:30 am
Sun September 21, 2014

Mount Shasta Mudslide Reaches McCloud River

The river of mud across one of the closed roads near Mount Shasta.
Shasta-Trinity National Forest

UPDATED | Monday 5 PM

Sediment from the weekend mudslide on Mount Shasta reached Lake McCloud and the lower McCloud River early Monday.  The water is likely to stay cloudy for weeks.

The Saturday slide covered two roads near Mount Shasta, and caused the National Weather Service to issue a Flash Flood Watch, which was lifted Sunday evening.  State highway 89 remains open.

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Boles Fire Fully Contained
8:10 am
Sat September 20, 2014

Weed Prepares To Reopen Schools

An entire neighborhood in Weed is reduced to ashes by the Boles Fire.
Courtesy of Cal Fire

UPDATED | Monday 5 PM

Schools in Weed will open for students again on Tuesday morning (9/23), the first day back to school since a fire raced through town and destroyed dozens of homes.

Weed Elementary School was damaged in the fire, with one portable classroom destroyed.  School officials report power, water, phone and Internet all functioning at the school.  Because of fire debris in some neighborhoods, school officials will not allow children to walk to WES.  Similar restrictions are in place for students traveling to Weed High School through the restricted area.

City crews were scheduled to begin removing household hazardous waste from the burned-over area today (Monday).  The city continues to work with the county and state to develop a recovery plan for Weed.  Repairs to infrastructure are already underway.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 22-26, 2014
11:00 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Bus Rides, "Techtoberfest," and Elvis's Last Sweetie: The Week on The Exchange

The beginning of the Rogue Valley Commuter Line, "Techtoberfest" to celebrate tech industry, and a chat with Elvis Presley's fiancee mark the week of September 22nd on the Exchange.

And we're just getting started.

Below, minus the fancy pictures and boldface web links, is the list for the week (so far).   More to come...

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Jefferson Exchange | September 19, 2014
10:51 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Past Favorites: Persecution Myths and World Government

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The Exchange takes a single day's rest from live broadcasting for staffing reasons today. 

But we pull up some notable interviews from the past for your enjoyment.  

At 8: Notre Dame professor Candida Moss rebuts the tales of Christian persecution through the ages in her book The Myth of Persecution.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Medford's New Downtown Art and Sound Event

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Medford comes alive this weekend (September 19-20) with a brand-new event. 

The downtownART+SOUND (that's how the organizers spell it) will present music and visual arts at a number of venues around Medford. 

Those include an art display at the Holly Theatre, the first real event at the Holly in nearly three decades. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

Blazing Trails With ATA

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Some of us are leaders, some are followers. 

Some walk trails, and some blaze them. 

Put the Applegate Trails Association into the "blaze" category. 

ATA members put in a lot of time and effort, leading hikes and working to make new trails. 

The association's main efforts are focused on the Applegate Ridge Trail (ART), designed to allow a continuous hike from Jacksonville to Grants Pass. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu September 18, 2014

On The Battle Lines With "Soldier Girls"

Credit Simon & Schuster

The 21st century American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan represented a departure from the American military adventures of the past. 

Put aside the political for a moment and consider the gender issue: both wars featured large numbers of American women in uniform for the first time. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

12 Bottles = Full Bar

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Anybody who drinks alcoholic beverages can describe what a bar looks like… especially the profusion of bottles in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. 

Now imagine making a home bar out of just 12 bottles. 

Not only can it be done, the makers of the web page 12 Bottle Bar have been demonstrating the practice for several years, and have written a book on the same subject. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

VENTSday: Fire Prevention + Domestic Abuse

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The big fire in Weed practically demands our focus on this week's VENTSday segment, as does the separate issue of how we perceive people who stay in abusive relationships.

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics. 

They can 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 541-552-6782 or emailing JX@jeffnet.org.

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Jefferson Exchange | September 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Feminism, Activism, And "Take Me To Mercy"

Credit Kathie Olson

We learned about the life, feminism and activism of the late Tillie Olsen last year from her daughter, Kathie Olsen. 

Kathie is an author in her own right, with a new book based on some of the social justice themes her mother embraced. 

Take Me To Mercy: How The Carrie Nation Changed My Life is set amidst the women's movement of the 70s. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Language Immersion Arrives in Central Point

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"Immersion" programs in schools do not involve throwing students in actual water. 

But they do end up in a pool of students who speak either English or another language, and the class is taught in both languages. 

Language immersion programs are fairly common, but brand new in the Central Point school district. 

Jewett Elementary is home to a first-grade class taught primarily in Spanish, with a mix of English- and Spanish-speaking children. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue September 16, 2014

(More) Fresh Food With Food Stamps

A frequent complaint about "food stamp" programs (Oregon Trail in Oregon, CalFresh in California) is that users can buy processed or otherwise less-than-wholesome foods. 

Which is why the Fresh Rewards program exists. 

It encourages Oregon Trail card holders to buy fresh produce, by matching part of the value of the purchase, stretching the value of the card. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 16, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Getting To Know "The Man From Mars"

Credit Penguin Books

Before "Star Wars," we had "Star Trek." 

Before "Star Trek," we had flying saucers to think about… and worry about appearing in real life. 

Chalk that worry up as a success for one Ray Palmer. 

As a writer and editor on some of the country's premier fantasy and science fiction publications, he cranked out a lot of influential material in the mid-20th century. 

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Jefferson Exchange | September 15, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon September 15, 2014

Celebrating Books And Authors (And Readers)

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Maybe books on paper are becoming passé, but people still love to read. 

Witness the voter creation of a special district to keep libraries open in Jackson County earlier this year. 

Another library, the Hannon Library at Southern Oregon University, celebrates books and their makers with its third Ashland Book and Author Festival

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