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 | April 29, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed April 29, 2015

The State Of Giving In The State Of Oregon

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There are SO MANY charities looking for help, either from money or volunteers. 

And now there is a book that gives a broad picture of the situation in the state of Oregon. 

State of Giving: Stories of Oregon Volunteers, Donors, and Nonprofits is a description of current conditions and a manifesto for greater civic engagement. 

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JeffX | April 28, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue April 28, 2015

Pumping Groundwater In Klamath Drought

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The upper Klamath Basin figures to suffer through another drought this year. 

And when the skies don't deliver, groundwater is called upon to make up the difference. 

The Klamath Water and Power Authority pays irrigators to pump groundwater through its Water Use Mitigation Program. 

But the amount KWAPA is prepared to pay for is more than twice what the Oregon water agency recommends. 

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JeffX | April 28, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue April 28, 2015

Relief Efforts From The U.S. To Nepal

Nepal before the recent earthquake.
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The death toll from the earthquake in Nepal continues to climb by the hour. 

And the search for dead and survivors is accompanied by growing efforts to assist the living, many of them displaced by the destruction of their homes. 

American Red Cross and other aid organizations mobilize for such disasters. 

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JeffX | April 28, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue April 28, 2015

Raj Patel Has Food Issues

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Raj Patel eats, just like the rest of us.  But he also thinks a lot about food, where it comes from, and who controls it. 

Patel has seen many approaches to food and hunger from several sides; he worked for the World Bank and the United Nations, then protested against those organizations.

Patel will talk about food insecurity, GMOs, and more when he comes to Southern Oregon University later this week. 

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JeffX | April 27, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon April 27, 2015

Filing Suit To Clear The Air

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The defendant name has changed, but the lawsuit is the same. 

A pair of Lane County teenagers are suing Oregon's governor (now Brown, not Kitzhaber) over climate change. 

Chernaik v Brown would require the state to develop a plan for dealing with greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. 

The suit is the brainchild of Our Children's Trust, based in Eugene. 

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JeffX | April 27, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon April 27, 2015

A Conversation On Marriage Then And Now

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"Marriage" has almost become a fighting word in modern America. 

We've certainly had a number of political and court battles over the institution and who is entitled to it. 

Oregon Humanities takes on the topic as part of its "Conversation Project" series, with stops in Medford and Grants Pass on Tuesday. 

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JeffX | April 27, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon April 27, 2015

Hard To Say: "I Don't Know"

We venture into the archives once again for this hour of the Exchange. 

Leah Hager Cohen helped us explore three of the most fearsome words in the English language. 

No, not "I Love You."  The words are also the title of Cohen's book: I Don't Know

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JeffX | April 24, 2015
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Fri April 24, 2015

Friday = Love + Economics x Love + Age

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We turn to our (voluminous) vault of previous interviews for the Exchange of Friday, April 24.  And both of the segments that came up ready for air deal with love and relationships, but from VERY different perspectives.

In hour one: Marina Adshade turns her economist's mind loose on relationships... her popular blog led to a book by the same name, Dollars & Sex.

In hour two: Suzanne Braun Levine, who writes about women in "second adulthood," writes about their love lives in How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50

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JeffX | April 23, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu April 23, 2015

Meeting Legislators (Again) On Funding And Tuition

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The Oregon Legislature is getting closer to completing the state budget for the next two years (it takes effect July 1st). 

But before budget adoption, the budget writers will travel the state, getting an earful from people who want more money for their programs. 

The Ways & Means Committee's road show comes to Springfield Thursday, Klamath Falls Friday, and Grants Pass Saturday, and students from Southern Oregon University plan to be on hand in Grants Pass. 

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JeffX | April 23, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu April 23, 2015

Funding State Universities By Outcomes

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While supporters of higher education in Oregon ask for more money for the system, the system itself is changing. 

By this summer, all seven of the state universities will have their own governing boards. 

And, by decision of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (pronounced "heck"), their future funding will be based in part on the numbers of degrees they confer--not on simple enrollment. 

Outcome of students will affect input of dollars.

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JeffX | April 23, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu April 23, 2015

A New Look At An (Unloved) Old King

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When your father is a Henry and your brother Richard The Lionheart, you have big shoes to fill. 

King John of England does not measure up historically. 

But he did give in to the nobles and sign the Magna Carta, the basis for many a modern constitution. 

Historian Stephen Church tells the monarch's story anew in King John and the Road to Magna Carta.

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JeffX | April 22, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed April 22, 2015

Earth Day For The Mill Creek Forest

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Earth Day is here once again, the 45th anniversary of the first celebration. 

One of the many recommended activities for the day is to plant a tree. 

That kind of work is a regular thing in the Mill Creek forest in the Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. 

The restoration work is meant to preserve the mighty redwoods for many years to come.  But the work does involve removing some trees, too. 

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JeffX | April 22, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed April 22, 2015

VENTSday: Earth Day + Presidential Campaign Length

It's been 45 years since the first Earth Day.  How are we doing, Earth and its inhabitants? 

That's one of this week's VENTSday topics.  The other: tell us how you're liking all the presidential campaign coverage, nearly 10 months before the first primary.  

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. We bring the topics, you bring the opinions.

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JeffX | April 22, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed April 22, 2015

Thinking About "Happiness"

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One of our country's founding documents addresses our right to the pursuit of happiness. 

Notice it doesn't say we have a right to obtain and possess happiness. 

Much has been written and said about happiness through history, and now French philosopher Frederic Lenoir weighs in. 

With his Happiness: A Philosopher's Guide, Lenoir goes back in time for a history lesson, and up to the present day for thoughts on pursuit and possession. 

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JeffX | April 21, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue April 21, 2015

Maria Muldaur, Post-Midnight

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The sweet voice coming out of the radio implored us to "send your camel to bed." 

That was Maria Muldaur, in her smash hit of 1974, "Midnight at the Oasis." 

Muldaur is still singing that song and many others, and brings her show to Mt. Shasta (Friday April 24th) and Ashland (Saturday) later this week. 

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JeffX | April 21, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue April 21, 2015

Redding's Firereel Film Festival

Redding's Cascade Theatre hosts Firereel.
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When you're a younger film festival, you start a little smaller. 

So the Firereel Film Festival in Redding shows short films exclusively, May 1st and 2nd. 

But there are 30 of those films to watch, along with filmmaking workshops and other events to attend. 

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JeffX | April 21, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue April 21, 2015

Shakespeare Comes Alive (In A Sense)

Cast in stone, yet still flesh and blood.
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For a guy who died nearly 400 years ago, William Shakespeare has some serious staying power. 

Southern Oregon University just expanded its Shakespeare focus with the creation of the ShakespeareAmerica Institute. 

Now that institute and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival are joining forces for a symposium called "Much Ado About Shakespeare In Contemporary America," coming May 2nd. 

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JeffX | April 20, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon April 20, 2015

Assessing Tsunami Readiness--And Finding Issues

The tsunami of December 2004, coming ashore in the Maldives.
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When--not if--the Cascadia subduction zone in our region produces an earthquake, it will likely also produce a tsunami. 

And a recent report indicates varying degrees of evacuation readiness in coastal communities. 

Dr. Nathan Wood at the U.S. Geological Survey is the lead author of the report. 

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JeffX | April 20, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon April 20, 2015

Putting Distance Between Kids And Toxics

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The sale of lead-based paint ended nearly four decades ago in America. 

Until that time, there were great concerns--justified--about children eating paint chips and suffering the effects of lead poisoning. 

Concerns remain about other products that could expose children to toxic substances. 

And the Oregon Environmental Council is concerned enough to back a bill in the legislature clamping down on such products. 

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JeffX | April 17, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri April 17, 2015

Not Just Good: The Best Of The Best In Art

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The art students descending on Medford's Rogue Gallery today (April 17th) aren't just good.  They are the best of the best. 

Which is what gives the title to the 30th annual Best of the Best Student Art Show

Students from 15 high schools across Southern Oregon not only get a chance to see their art works displayed together, they get their works judged by professional artists. 

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