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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JeffX | March 23, 2015 | 9:00
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Loving Rivers Around The World

The Moselle River curls around the Hochkessel, a hill in Germany.
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Big Muddy. Old Man River.  We give affectionate nicknames to our rivers, and those are just for the Mississippi. 

Dr. Kurt Fausch can relate to the affection; in fact his recent book is called For the Love of Rivers

Fausch is an ecologist at Colorado State University, and his book goes beyond national borders to detail how rivers and their ecosystems are intertwined. 

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JeffX | March 20, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri March 20, 2015

Environmental Issues With Drought Management

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It surprised absolutely no one when California leaders announced drought emergency measures this week. 

Precipitation has been paltry for several years now, and the winter snowpack that would normally feed streams through the summer is virtually nonexistent. 

Groups focused on the environment, including Earthjustice, raise some issues with the official approach to drought. 

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JeffX | March 20, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri March 20, 2015

Thinning To Reduce Fire Danger And Produce Fuel

The Rim Fire alone burned more than a quarter of a million acres in 2013.
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The concept of "fire season" has become more fluid over the years, particularly in California. 

Unusually warm weather with little precipitation means parts of the state are prone to wildfire year-round. 

Assembly member Brian Dahle, who represents much of the North end of the state, wants to reduce fire danger and provide fuel for biomass power generation. 

That involves reducing the fuel loads in the forests of the Sierra Nevada, which involves cutting at least some trees. 

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JeffX | March 20, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 20, 2015

A Comprehensive History of Love Songs

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Ted Gioia spent many years writing a trilogy of books about music. 

That's probably okay by him… after all, the history of music took eons to make. 

Gioia may have saved the best for last… an examination of love songs through the ages, appropriately called Love Songs: The Hidden History

From the misty origins to "She Loves You (yeah yeah yeah)" and beyond, it's a rich vein. 

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JeffX | March 19, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu March 19, 2015

Spring Break In The Company Of Whales

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Stand by for whale arrival.  Gray whales provide viewing opportunities in the Pacific a couple of times a year, and one of those times is coming up. 

Oregon State Parks is getting ready for Spring Whale Watching Week, March 21-28. 

The whales are on their way north to the Gulf of Alaska once again. 

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JeffX | March 19, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu March 19, 2015

"An Inner View" for Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Day

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The Vietnam war was a nightmare for America two generations ago. 

And it was even worse for the people who fought it, largely reviled by the American public. 

That attitude has changed… now there's a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Day on March 30th. 

The date will be observed in  Roseburg with an event featuring the creators of "Viet Nam: An Inner View," a multimedia project of producer Lea Jones and combat veteran Mark Waszkiewicz. 

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JeffX | March 19, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu March 19, 2015

Missing Out On E-Connections (And Not Caring)

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Christina Cook is an absolute radical, in today's terms. 

Two years ago, she cut herself off from email, data and the Internet… for a whole month! 

She's back online, but with a greater understanding of how to balance today's technology with real-world human connections. 

She shares the understanding with the rest of us in her book The Joy of Missing Out.

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JeffX | March 18, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed March 18, 2015

"Boots On The Ground" In A Good Sense

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Many communities host "Stand Down" events for homeless veterans, and most are held late in the year, just as the weather is turning colder. 

So it is with the North Coast Stand Down, set for early October in Ferndale. 

But the organizers are getting a head start on this year's event with a "Boots on the Ground" campaign. 

It's a literal thing: the idea is to buy boots for veterans in plenty of time for the autumn event. 

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JeffX | March 18, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed March 18, 2015

VENTSday: The Iran Letter + Daylight Time

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Not many people write letters anymore.  But the one Republican members of the Senate wrote to the leaders of Iran sure started a ruckus.  That's one of this week's VENTSday topics. 

The other: are you okay with Daylight Saving Time, or would you like to park permanently in Standard Time, with no twice-a-year clock setting? 

Our weekly VENTSday segment puts the listeners front and center. 

We throw a pair of topics on the table, and let callers and emailers vent--politely--on those topics.  Topics range from the global to the hyper-local, and all responsible opinions are welcome. 

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JeffX | March 18, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 18, 2015

Opening Up To Celebrate Sunshine Week

It's all about letting the public's business see the light of day.
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Let the sun shine in.  And in this case, we refer to the sun metaphorically. 

This is "Sunshine Week" across the country, the week journalists and other lovers of public documents and meetings celebrate successes in putting and keeping the public's business before the public eye. 

It's not always easy... even when documents are considered part of the public record, public agencies often put up either a fight or a high price to obtain those documents. 

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 17, 2015

Keeping The "Happy Smiles" Going

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Having good teeth is about much more than a pretty smile. 

So many health issues depend on good dental health. 

The Rogue Valley's La Clinica will be able to continue to offer free dental care to school children in Jackson County through its "Happy Smiles" program. 

The program just got a grant to allow it to continue. 

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 17, 2015

Blooms Too Early For Bees

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The official start of spring is not until Friday, March 20th.  But the weather in much of the region has been spring-like for weeks. 

And that means flowers are blooming, and fruit trees are ready for pollination by bees. 

Trouble is, the bees aren't ready. 

Sarah Red-Laird, the Rogue Valley's "Bee Girl," is concerned the bees will not have enough to eat later in the year. 

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JeffX | March 17, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 17, 2015

Making A New(ish) Home In "Bettyville"

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George Hodgman was happy living in Brooklyn and working as a book and magazine editor. 

And his mother, Betty, was also happy, living her very different life in tiny Paris, Missouri. 

They ended up under the same roof again when George lost his job and Betty lost her driver's license in her early 90s. 

The renewal, the struggle, and George's flat-out lousy caregiver skills are all fair game in his memoir, Bettyville.

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JeffX | March 16, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon March 16, 2015

Celebrating Early College Programs

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The determined high school student can leave high school with a diploma in one hand, and college credits in the other. 

Early college programs abound, and in fact are celebrated during Early College Week, next week (March 22-28). 

Rogue Community College is one of the many institutions that offers early college. 

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JeffX | March 16, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon March 16, 2015

Diving Into The AIFF Line-Up

A detail from the "Back On Board" poster.
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Greg Louganis got off the Olympic diving board and dove into making films. 

He and his documentary, "Back on Board: Greg Louganis" will be featured when the Ashland Independent Film Festival returns, April 9th through 13th. 

The film details Louganis's odyssey as an openly gay HIV-positive athlete.

The festival has grown in size and stature over the years, making it attractive to both filmmakers and filmgoers. 

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JeffX | March 16, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon March 16, 2015

Resetting The Body's Hormones

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Dr. Sara Gottfried visited a few years ago to talk about her book on hormones. 

She is REALLY serious about hormones, and how getting them balanced can make a huge difference in health and life. 

Her latest book is The Hormone Reset Diet, with a set of specific suggestions on how to eat to maximize the positive effects of hormones in the body... and lose some weight along the way. 

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JeffX | March 13, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri March 13, 2015

Dirt Band Founder John McEuen

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John McEuen was there at the very beginning, the dawn of dirt. 

Okay, not dirt itself, but the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. 

McEuen is a founding member of NGDB, and he plays Ashland Friday Night (March 13). 

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JeffX | March 13, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 13, 2015

Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Compare Notes

Falling timber revenue played a part in the creation of the ONLC.
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Thin staffing and funding often provide pressure on non-profit organizations and their workers. 

It helps when they can gather periodically to compare notes and approach foundations for funding. 

And that is exactly what happens at the annual Oregon Nonprofit Leaders Conference, returning to Medford in a few weeks. 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu March 12, 2015

Gambling Recovery Services For Latinos

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As Oregon's Latino population grows, so do the numbers of people with issues to address. 

Those issues include problem gambling. 

Many services to help habitual gamblers are aimed at English speakers, but now the Oregon Health Authority and the lottery are joining forces with a Latino group to provide additional services, primarily through the Oregon Problem Gambling Resources site. 

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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu March 12, 2015

What Early Head Start Grants Are Supposed To Do

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When we're really young, our brains grow by leaps and bounds… in normal conditions. 

Now imagine what happens to a growing child's brain if conditions are sub-standard. 

Giving all children a shot at a good life is the aim of Head Start programs.  And Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants from the federal Office of Head Start are meant to expand programs for the youngest kids. 

An Oregon partner just got a grant to help programs in Jackson, Josephine, and Klamath Counties, among others. 

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