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 | November 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 24, 2014

Bread As Currency

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Remember when people called money "bread"? 

Author/baker Malin Elmlid might singlehandedly revive the use of the term. 

Because she's been trading her loaves of homemade bread--actual baked bread--for goods, and services, and even stories. 

She tells about the process in her book The Bread Exchange.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Sing Out With The Rogue Valley Chorale

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It's beginning to look a lot like… and you can finish the phrase. 

You probably heard the tune in your head as you read it. 

Music and Christmas go together like Santa and sleighs, and many musical groups will sing in the season.

Count the Rogue Valley Chorale among them. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

U of O Resident Elder Ramon Ramirez

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Not everybody gets to go to college.  So certain segments of life and knowledge are just hard to find on campuses. 

Which is why the University of Oregon runs an Elder-in-Residence program. 

It brings to campus an elder from a community that traditionally has little representation in higher education. 

This year's EIR is Ramon Ramirez, founder of PCUN, Oregon's farmworkers union. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 21, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Using (Not Giving In To) The Dark Side

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We're often counseled to be pleasant and polite, and not let ourselves rage at the people and situations that cause consternation. 

Maybe a little rage is a good thing. 

So say the authors of The Upside of Your Dark Side

They point out that the positive emotions are generally good for us and the world at large.  But the negative emotions that can fire us up have their uses, too. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 24-28, 2014
2:45 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Week On The Exchange

Turkey and all the leftovers are not far away now. 

Our week on The Exchange includes antibiotic usage, suing over lynx protection, and end-of-life care, among other subjects. 

Plus, for the first time in years, we're subbing a different program for The Exchange on the holidays Thursday and Friday. 

Here's the full list...

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Un-Damming The Salmon

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EXTRA: Watch the dam demolition.

Before we fully understood anadromous fish, the kind that swim upstream to spawn, we put a lot of obstacles between them and their spawning grounds. 

Dams big and small went up on creeks and rivers, preventing fish passage. 

Now many dams are coming down, including one on Cottonwood Creek in Tehama County. 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife oversaw the project, which returns five miles of stream to spawning habitat. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Elder Abuse Numbers Climb In Oregon

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Elder abuse numbers continue to rise in Oregon. 

It is true that the senior population is growing as well, but the abuse trend is still cause for concern. 

Oregon's Office of Adult Abuse Prevention and Investigation watches the trends and the cases. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 20, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Hair Of The Dog? "Expectation Hangover"

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Nothing like getting your hopes up about something in your life, only to have reality dash those hopes onto the rocks. 

Christine Hassler calls that an Expectation Hangover

Hassler's book by that name tracks the various sources of the problem, and suggests ways to get the expectations to better match the likely outcomes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Sprucing Up Streetscapes In Medford

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The skyline of Medford has certainly changed in just a few years. 

The Higher Education Center, the Lithia Motors headquarters and the coming Jackson County Health Services building are among the structures giving the city a different look. 

Now the skyline could use some complementary streetscapes, at least in the view of the Metro Medford Downtown Association

MMDA would like to see the formation of an Economic Improvement District to bring in money from property owners to dress up the sidewalks and amenities. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

VENTSday: Net Neutrality + Oregon's Tax "Kicker"

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Type "net neutrality" into a search engine, and get nearly 20 Million hits. 

The topic heated up again recently when President Obama suggested the FCC should treat the Internet like a utility, so everybody pays the same rates; nobody pays more for higher speeds.  In other words, preserve the current state of net neutrality.

Vent on that in this week's VENTSday segment, or tell the world your thoughts on the tax "kicker" law that might return some of Oregon's tax collections to taxpayers.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 19, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed November 19, 2014

Coexistence With Wildfire

California's Rim Fire in 2013.
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The recent report on coexistence with wildfire may bring you up short. 

For one thing, it points out the big differences between our approaches to wildfire and other disasters. 

We gird against earthquakes and coastal storms, for example, but don't try to stop them. 

The attitude toward fire is different, and generally does not involve urging people to build homes farther from fire zones. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Recognizing Racism--And Correcting

Ahjamu Umi speaking in Portland.
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Oregon's history with people of color is a bumpy one. 

Laws excluding African-Americans from living in the state stayed on the books until well into the 20th century, and even modern-day liberal towns like Ashland were Ku Klux Klan strongholds. 

That was then.  But even now, there are efforts to recognize and respond to racism. 

Author and organizer Ahjamu Umi embraces those efforts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 18, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 18, 2014

The Ongoing Push For Death With Dignity

Brittany Maynard shortly before her death.
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The voice and face of Brittany Maynard put Oregon's assisted suicide law front and center once again. 

Maynard was just the latest in long line of people to use the law. 

But her age, 29, and the fact that she moved to Oregon to use the law, made her case stand out. 

Death With Dignity laws are still rare. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Assisting Suicide Survivors

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These dark, cold months of the year can really be hard on people's emotions. 

Which probably explains why International Suicide Survivors Day is coming up soon (November 22nd). 

Winterspring, based in the Rogue Valley, is versed in helping people deal with grief and loss from a variety of circumstances. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

SOU's Pleasant Enrollment Surprise

The initial projections for the current academic year showed a decline in enrollment at Southern Oregon University

The projections turned out to be wrong, happily. 

SOU is actually bigger this year, with a freshman class several dozen students bigger than expected. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 17, 2014

Field Exercises That Don't Train For Battle

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"Field Training Exercises" is a military term. 

The FTX, as it's known, does what the name implies… gets soldiers ready for battle in realistic conditions in the field. 

Stephanie Westlund turns the terminology on its head in her book Field Exercises: How Veterans Are Healing Themselves through Farming and Outdoor Activities. 

She details the work some veterans are doing in nature to get past their military experiences. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

A Third-Party Take On "Jefferson"

What does the world just outside the "State of Jefferson" make of our corner of the world? 

We'll soon find out.  Oregon Public Broadcasting's "Oregon Experience" documentary series just put the finishing touches on a half-hour look at the Jefferson idea and history. 

The airing on OPB's TV network is accompanied by public screenings this week in Klamath Falls and Ashland (tonight, November 14). 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Sweet Time At The Oregon Honey Festival

Serving suggestion.
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Maybe the physical environment is tough, but the cultural climate is really good for bees right now. 

The mass bee kills of 2013 in Oregon only added to a growing concern over the fate of bees and other pollinators. 

And the fruits of their efforts will be celebrated this weekend at the Oregon Honey Festival

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Jefferson Exchange | November 14, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri November 14, 2014

All Eyes On ISIS

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It's difficult to imagine the conditions in war-torn Iraq and Syria. 

Reese Erlich does not have to imagine them; he's been there. 

Erlich started working as a journalist decades ago, and still does free-lance work for news organizations around the world. 

He'll speak next week in Eugene about whether the American military is helping or hurting the effort to stop ISIS. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 17-21, 2014
11:04 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Racism, Wildfire, And Your Dark Side: JX November 17-21

Reconsiderations of racism and our approach to wildfire are among the topics coming up on The Jefferson Exchange during the week of November 17.

And just for good measure, we'll throw in a discussion of why it might be important to stay in touch with your darker emotions (on Friday).

Here's the rough list for the week, with additional guests and segments coming...

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