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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Conservatives have complained for decades that college campuses are hotbeds of liberal, even radical, thought.

The conservative group Turning Point USA decided to take action.  It started up a web entity called "Professor Watchlist," so the public can peruse news stories delivered about various university professors who have advanced a liberal agenda to the detriment of conservative students. 

Turning Point USA has a chapter at the University of Oregon; student organizer Jacob Vandever gives his view of the effort and how the watchlist is developed. 

Sociology professor John Bellamy Foster is the first UO professor on the list. 

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The U.S. Air Force was not a good fit for Larry Wardwell.  Ditto for working in intelligence, the government kind. 

LSD showed some possibilities, though... and soon young Larry embarked on a journey that took him around the world in search of higher understanding, at the side of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, among others. 

Larry Wardwell tells the story in his memoir Confessions of a Closet Yogi

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Bees get credit for a lot of good deeds. 

But supplying the drinks for a party?  Indeed, one of humankind's oldest beverages traces its lineage back to bees, and that's mead. 

Nectar Creek in the Willamette Valley makes meads of many flavors for responsible comsumption. 

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Army.  Navy.  Marines.  Army Air Force. 

It took a lot of people to win the war that started for the United States 75 years ago today at Pearl Harbor.  And the list of services gets even longer when you add in the Merchant Marine. 

USMM ships and people helped supplies get through during the war, and the service suffered casualties at a greater rate per capita than any other branch. 

Toni Horodysky, whose husband served in the Merchant Marine in WWII and Vietnam, started a web page tracking USMM history

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Anti-Trump protests on the streets.  Anti-pipeline protests on the edge of the reservation. 

Just two examples of people taking their disagreements and disappointments public.  Free speech, protected by the first amendment, right? 

This VENTSday, December 7th, let's hear your thoughts on IF there is a line protestors can cross, and what that line is.  Are there situations and places where protest ceases to be free speech and becomes something else? 

Call the show live at 800-838-3760, email JX@jeffnet.org... or, if you can't make it live, take the survey below or record a message at 541-552-6331. 

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Society has come a long way in acknowledging the lives and realities of people who change gender. 

Similar attention is focused on their life partners in the book Housewife: Home Remaking in a Transgender Marriage

Eugene's Kristin Collier wrote it, sharing the story of how her husband became her wife.  Her partner had a journey, but so did Kristin and their kids. 

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Vanessa Silberman is a road warrior. 

She's already played 120 shows with her voice and guitar, and the year's not even over yet. 

Her work in alt rock has been compared to Nirvana and Neil Young, among other artists. 

Silberman plays a couple of shows in Ashland this week. 

Snow came down to valley floor level in some areas of the region overnight (December 5-6). 

Several school districts have announced schedule changes for today.

Here is the list:

  • Ashland Schools, 2-hour delay
  • Butte Falls Schools, 2-hour delay
  • Prospect Schools, 2-hour delay
  • Jackson Co. Schools District 9, normal schedule, bus routes serving higher elevations will use snow routes and designated staging areas

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If you don't feel like you've seen all sides of the confrontation over the Dakota Access Pipeline, Shifting POV has a remedy for you. 

SPOV is an Ashland-based collective of filmmakers, and its principals have been recording the events at the DAPL protest sites with virtual reality cameras... so a 360 degree view of the events. 

Jeris JC Miller and Aaron Moffatt were tear-gassed by police with cameras rolling.  But they felt it was important to document the events. 

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It's easy to be dazzled by the visuals of a movie and lose track of how great an influence the music exerts on our emotions. 

That's Joby Talbot's job as score composer... assist the mood while not overwhelming it.  Oh, and make the music work in time with the on-screen action. 

Talbot lives in Ashland and sees his work go worldwide... including in the coming animated feature "Sing." 

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The term "old growth" is one often used and perhaps less-often understood. 

Just big trees?  Big trees and spotted owls? 

No and not quite are the answers; Joan Maloof provides a bunch more in her book Nature's Temples

Maloof is the director of the Old-Growth Forest Network, dedicated to preserving forests undisturbed by humans from coast to coast. 

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California public employees belonging to SEIU Local 1000 planned a one-day strike for Monday (December 5th), and ultimately called it off in favor of further bargaining with the state. 

Issues on the table: raises, gender pay differences, and employee health-care payments.  SEIU is the largest public employee union in California. 

John Frahm of the Humboldt and Del Norte Central Labor Council has a broad view of labor and its challenges in his part of California

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The planned and averted one-day strike by state workers in California is the exception, not the rule, in our time. 

Strikes used to be much more common because union membership used to be much more common.  But union membership has slid over three decades, and so has union influence. 

Management professor Raymond Hogler at Colorado State University argues that declining unions means a declining middle class.  He makes a strong case in his book The End of American Labor Unions

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Jews make up less than one percent of Oregon's population. 

So a minority, but definitely an influential one.  Oregon Jews include political leaders, philanthropists, and the man who brought the NBA to Portland (Harry Glickman). 

These stories and more are featured in Ellen Eisenberg's book The Jewish Oregon Story: 1950-2010

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Christmas trees, holiday plays, art sales... and there's GOT to be a Nutcracker or two on stage this month. 

December is a HUGE month in the arts world, and we dedicate our First Friday Arts segment to listing as many events as possible.  We meaning... you. 

First Friday is all about the phones... grab one and call the show at 800-838-3760 to talk about the arts event you care about. 

It's a big party, and the more events, the merrier. 

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The Ashland singing duo known as Accapellaré chose a very appropriate name. 

Because Jeffri Lynn Carrington and Zoé La Terreur travel without musical instruments, only their voices. 

And they happily sing a cappella in venues large and small, with plans for a European tour next spring. 

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Wednesday December 7th marks the 75th anniversary of the bombing of the American fleet at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 

The attack launched the U.S. involvement in World War II. 

But there's a story to be told about the events that led up to that day, and Craig Nelson tells the story in his book Pearl Harbor: From Infamy to Greatness

The work starts long before Pearl Harbor, during the days of the First World War, to detail the events and trends that led to the second. 

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Well, that was fast.  One week after the election, the Coos Bay City Council voted to move ahead with replacing its worn out sewage treatment (wastewater) plant. 

The council had been deadlocked before the election over a plan to allow a private company to operate a new plant. 

Andrew Sheeler of The World in Coos Bay was part of the team covering the issue (and taking abuse from the players over his reporting). 

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The election season of 2016 served up surprises by the truckload. 

One of them was the realization that mass media is not so mass anymore... each of us has our own choices in media, and the choices often give plenty of opinion with facts. 

Which brings up another point: how do you KNOW when you're getting facts?  Bogus news stories on pop-up media gained traction in an already fragmented media world. 

These are issues that come up in the teaching of Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi at Southern Oregon University, where Ebbi "Mohammad" Zamani is a student. 

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For generations of Americans, it's pleasant to be able to talk about Vietnam without the word "war" behind it. 

That war cost 58,000 American lives and tore the social fabric of the country. 

Now historian Christopher Goscha presents Vietnam: A New History

The book teaches a great deal about a country with a rich history and many different ethnic groups and languages. 

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