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 16, 2015 | 8:00
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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

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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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JeffX | March 12, 2015 | 9:00
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Thu March 12, 2015

Jude Bijou Puts You To Sleep

How will today's nap affect tonight's sleep?
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Jude Bijou followed in her father's footsteps by going into the field of psychology. 

But after a time, she realized she was miserable, and set about making changes. 

Her current approach to therapy is more holistic than what she began with. 

It even includes ideas on life disruptions like sleeping poorly

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:00
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Wed March 11, 2015

Eating Right Early In Life (And Before?)

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Can you count the number of times your parents urged you to eat your vegetables? 

It's part of childhood, and good advice: eating right early in life makes a big difference later.  That knowledge led to the creation of the Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at Oregon Health Sciences University. 

The institute hosts nutrition forums across the state to make the case for proper nutrition for children, all the way back to the time of conception. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 8:30
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Wed March 11, 2015

VENTSday: "In God We Trust" + Public/Private Email

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Tell us what you think: how would you feel if your city or county leaders wanted to paint "In God We Trust" on the wall of their meeting room?  It happened recently in Washington, and is being considered in other places.  LINK to the people behind it all here.

And what do you think about emails from and to public officials--always/sometimes/never public records?

Those are this week's VENTSday topics.

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. 

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JeffX | March 11, 2015 | 9:00
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Wed March 11, 2015

Forget The Inside: "Taming Your Outer Child"

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For a few years there, talk of healing the "inner child" was all over the place. 

The Eagles' song "Get Over It" might have hastened the demise of that talk. 

Now comes psychotherapist Susan Anderson with a different slant: the outer child.  Anderson says THAT'S the part of us that often gets us in trouble. 

She offers perspective in her book Taming Your Outer Child.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:00
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Tue March 10, 2015

Tweaking The BLM Version Of A Timber Sale

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"If you want something done right, do it yourself," goes the old saying. 

Some Applegate Valley residents took that advice to heart when they had issues with a timber sale planned by the BLM. 

They found the Nedsbar sale timber-heavy and rough on habitat. 

So, with guidance from the Klamath Forest Alliance and other groups, they proposed their own version of the sale, a "Community Alternative."   

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 8:30
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Tue March 10, 2015

Arsenic In Water And Its Different Forms

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Arsenic is all around us.  That's not as happy as "love is all around," but it's true… arsenic is abundant in the earth's surface, and it often finds its way into drinking water. 

But the KIND of arsenic can make a big difference, and a University of Oregon scientist says arsenic can cycle between toxic and less-toxic forms. 

Meaning we might be able to make it less troublesome in water.  The study focused on a number of wells in the Creswell area.

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JeffX | March 10, 2015 | 9:00
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Tue March 10, 2015

Eggs And Makin': "Art Before Breakfast"

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Some of us are just born to make art.  Some of us get hives at the very thought of picking up a paintbrush. 

Danny Gregory isn't picky; he seems to think we should all make an effort to express ourselves through art. 

In his book Art Before Breakfast, Danny offers exercises in art--some can be done in five or ten minutes--to spur creativity for a richer life. 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:00
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Mon March 9, 2015

Facing Down Debt

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Trying buying a house today at 1985 prices.  Or a car, for that matter… both have gotten considerably more expensive over the years. 

But in that same 30-year period, real wages have been generally stagnant. 

So how do people afford the things they need?  Debt. 

A conference on the subject, "Up From Debt," comes to several locations next Saturday (March 14). 

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JeffX | March 9, 2015 | 8:30
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Mon March 9, 2015

Reducing The Need for Oregon Prisons

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The state of Oregon will not be building new prisons anytime soon. 

The legislature decided two years ago to put more money into programs that will prevent crimes, avoiding the creation of new prison residents. 

In theory, that puts more money and emphasis into programs like Klamath County Community Corrections

The legislature is debating just how MUCH money right now. 

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

"Legendary Locals of Ashland"

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Arcadia Publishing has figured out how to sell a lot of books in a lot of small towns. 

Arcadia publishes books of historical pictures from towns all over the country. 

The second wave is a set of books about the "Legendary Locals;" the noteworthy people in the history of a community. 

Legendary Locals of Ashland is now out. 

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 8:00
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Fri March 6, 2015

A New Theater And Other Big Doings: First Friday Arts

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Ashland's newest theater gets its own home this month.

Thanks For the Memories Theatre has been sharing space until now, and its move and coming productions headline the First Friday Arts segment for March. 

The first Friday of any month has become a day to celebrate the arts around our region. 

Several communities hold First Friday art walks, and some hold similar observances on other weekend days.  The Exchange syncs up with the art world on First Friday, by visiting with listeners about arts events in the coming month. 

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 8:30
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Fri March 6, 2015

Understanding Israel From Our Soil

A moment of what seemed like great progress, in 1978.
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The longstanding struggle between Israelis and Palestinians often leave the rest of the world dumbfounded. 

If understanding is the key to peace, some Southern Oregonians are working hard for peace. 

Members of Peace House in Ashland present many programs on the conflict, including one coming up on March 11, a teach-in at Southern Oregon University.   It's in conjunction with the United Nations Club at SOU and other groups.

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JeffX | March 6, 2015 | 9:00
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Fri March 6, 2015

Getting Through The Day When Your Life Is "Caffeinated"

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"I just can't function without my morning coffee."  If you don't say that, you probably know someone who does. 

Journalist Murray Carpenter is among that crowd, now proudly addicted to caffeine for three decades.  Just what IS that stuff? 

In his book Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us, Carpenter reveals that a tablespoon of pure caffeine would probably kill you. 

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