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 7, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue April 7, 2015

Barbara Marx Hubbard on "Conscious Evolution"

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Think about your own worldview of 17 years ago, and how much it's changed. 

The futurist Barbara Marx Hubbard has certainly observed some changes in herself, along with the human race. 

The book she wrote 17 years ago, Conscious Evolution, has been revised and re-released to take all the changes into account. 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon April 6, 2015

Arbor Week In Oregon

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When your state is known for its trees, just one day for Arbor Day is not enough. 

So both Oregon and California take a full week to celebrate trees and all they provide to the planet. 

Arbor Week is this week in Oregon (April 5-11). 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 6, 2015

Getting Kids Outside, To RAP

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A comedian once remarked that the federal agency responsible for nearly everything outdoors is the Department of the Interior. 

Jokes aside, the agency is working to get more people--especially young ones--out of doors. 

The Bureau of Land Management's "Take It Outside!" program includes the RAP camps for 8th graders this summer. 

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JeffX | April 6, 2015 | 9:00
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Mon April 6, 2015

Author Jane Hamilton On Life And Fiction

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One of Jane Hamilton's college professors said Hamilton would write a novel one day. 

The professor was not actually talking TO Hamilton at the time, but she certainly followed through. 

The Book of Ruth won awards and got a boost from Oprah Winfrey's book club. 

And she followed that success with the acclaimed A Map of the World

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri April 3, 2015

Nell & Jim & You: First Friday In The Arts

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Country singers Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally call what they do "new old country music." 

And they'll perform it for an audience in Ashland Friday night (April 3rd). 

Before that, though, they'll be our featured guests on our First Friday Arts segment. 

The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month.  From gallery displays to throat singing to dance, all are welcome.

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri April 3, 2015

The Music Of Cornflower, In The Studio

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Rogue Valley-based one-man-band Cornflower needs little for his act: microphone and looping recorder. 

All the sounds come from him, layered over in multiple tracks. 

If you think that sounds like Bobby McFerrin, you're on the right track. 

Cornflower trained with McFerrin a while back.  Now Cornflower plans a spring tour, with dates already set for Ashland, Grants Pass, and Portland. 

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JeffX | April 3, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri April 3, 2015

Non-Profits For Today And Tomorrow

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Think fast: name a non-profit.  Chances are the first thing that came to mind was a charitable organization. 

But Donnie Maclurcan, social sciences professor and head of the Post Growth Institute, sees a future in which many organizations are not about making profits. 

And he's currently in the middle of a training program to start or revitalize non-profits. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Apr 6-10, 2015
5:32 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Nukes, Trees, And Jane Hamilton: JX April 6-10

The ongoing buffet that is The Jefferson Exchange lays out another set of delectable dishes for the first full week of April.

Highlights include a visit with a lifelong anti-nuclear weapons campaigner.

And we'll observe Arbor Week in Oregon (California celebrates in March).

And award-winning author Jane Hamilton visits, too.  Below, minus the pictures, is our still-developing menu...

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JeffX | April 2, 2015 | 8:00
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Thu April 2, 2015

Just HOW Much Warmer We Are

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It's a different world we're leaving our kids. 

A warmer one, certainly. 

A recent report from Environment Oregon shows that Oregon is clearly warmer than it was generations ago... and the Millennial generation reached adulthood in the hottest ten years in the last century. 

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JeffX | April 2, 2015 | 8:30
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Thu April 2, 2015

Bringing Theater Back To The Hometown

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Kate Jopson left the small town of Etna behind to pursue a career as a theater producer. 

Now she plans to combine her career and the community that produced her. 

National Arts Strategies named Kate a Creative Community Fellow, charged with using creativity to approach community issues. 

So Kate plans a production of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" back in Etna, to address the ongoing water struggles in Siskiyou County. 

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JeffX | April 2, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu April 2, 2015

Set The Table: Modern Jewish Cooking

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Just in time for Passover (and Easter) weekend: a book about new approaches to Jewish cooking. 

Some of the cuisine has been around for thousands of years, but tastes and health concerns forced some new thinking. 

So Leah Koenig, writer and cookbook author, pulled together 175 recipes for her book Modern Jewish Cooking

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JeffX | April 1, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed April 1, 2015

Resiliency (And Repetition) In The Ashland Watershed

Marking trees for removal as part of AFR.
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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.  The City of Ashland does not want a hot fire to burn across the mountain side that provides its water, and it's impossible to prevent all fires. 

So the city and partners are thinning and burning the watershed in the Ashland Forest Resiliency Stewardship Project to reduce fire fuels. 

The project is now five years old, and a recent federal grant will allow it to continue and expand. 

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JeffX | April 1, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed April 1, 2015

For All Fools' Day: All-Subjects VENTSday

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Since we created the VENTSday segment on the Exchange, it has never fallen on April Fools' Day. 

This year is different, and we plan to take advantage of the situation. 

We'll go along with a gag and open VENTSday up to WHATEVER topic our listeners desire to discuss. 

A basis in fact and the usual tact are required... but let 'er rip: what do you want to tell the world on an issue near and dear to you? 

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JeffX | April 1, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed April 1, 2015

The Act Of "Becoming Steve Jobs"

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What made Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, such a visionary in electronics and computing? 

Ask a thousand people, you might get a thousand different answers. 

Brent Schlender and Rick Tetzeli may have interviewed nearly that many people in compiling their book Becoming Steve Jobs.

The authors promise a more nuanced view than the standard "half-genius, half-jerk" take on the late Jobs.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Making Markets For Carbon Trading

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Even if you know the basics of carbon taxes and fees--to charge polluters for putting carbon in the air--the details can blow some smoke into your brain. 

Tom Bowerman at Policy Interactive has a grasp of the details. 

He wrote bills currently before the Oregon legislature that would set up carbon cost mechanisms. 

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JeffX | March 24, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Commenting On Klamath NF's Fire Recovery Plans UPDATED with Open House Plans

The Happy Camp Complex, last summer.
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The fires are cold, but the scars remain.

Several fires burned large swaths of the Klamath National Forest during the summer and fall of 2014.

Now the Forest Service proposes rehabilitation projects in those areas: The Westside Fire Recovery Project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is out and comments are open until the middle of April.

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 31, 2015

Tough Times For Papers, Even On Campus

The modern version of a morning paper.
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It's a tough business climate for journalism. 

How do you get people to buy the information you offer when they can get so much online, for free? 

The situation affects journalists-in-training, too, like at the Southern Oregon University online publication "The Siskiyou."

It ceased printing a paper version several years ago, and now faces additional pressures to deliver or face downgrades. 

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JeffX | March 31, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 31, 2015

Religion + Medicine = "Bad Faith"

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Religion and medicine agree that life is sacred. 

But they disagree on HOW to express that sacredness. 

Some religious practices and beliefs do not allow the administration of modern medicine. 

M.D. Paul Offit knows from his practice, and he wrote a book on it: Bad Faith.

It explores the collision points between medicine and religion. 

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JeffX | March 30, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon March 30, 2015

A Bird In The Binoculars To Celebrate The Season

Turkey vultures return when the carcasses they feast on are no longer frozen.
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Even if you didn't notice the blooming flowers and warmer temperatures, you might have heard the singing of birds as spring settles into the region.

A bunch of migratory species show up in the springtime, and the people of the Klamath Bird Observatory go out to... uh, observe.

In fact, KBO leads "Talk and Walk" events to share the highlights of the seasonal birds.

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

Conservationist Concern Over Klamath Fire Follow

The Happy Camp Fire from space; infrared imaging makes the smoke disappear.
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Count on a lot of comments on the Westside Fire Recovery Project in the Klamath National Forest.

The project would involve salvage logging and other activities in three major areas burned by fires in the summer of 2014.

We talked to the forest bosses in a previous segment; now we hear the concerns of KS Wild and other conservation groups.

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