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 | April 8, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Higher Education: "Degrees Of Inequality"

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Suzanne Mettler points out the trends in higher education funding, tuition... and politics.

You can start an argument, or at least a spirited discussion, by raising the topic of higher education in America. 

The tuition is high, the level of student debt high, and the utility of certain degrees low or at least in doubt.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Pear Blossom Festival Returns To Medford

Crowds throng a previous version of the Pear Blossom Festival.
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Darcey Mann-Self lays out the coming events of Pear Blossom Festival.

It starts with spring and the blossoming of new life.

It extends a whole lot further; into parties, a food festival, a parade and more. 

The Pear Blossom Festival brings crowds of people to Medford this week and weekend. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Working To Boost Flows In Drought-Stricken Streams

The Mattole River at Arthur Way County Memorial Park.
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Linda Sheehan explains the efforts to use the Clean Water Act to keep water in some streams.

Rains finally came to the region recently. 

And now they're leaving. 

Which means we're essentially back to where we were a few weeks ago: looking at a drought, likely a severe one. 

The Earth Law Center and other groups warn of stream flows too low for salmon and other fish to survive this year. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon April 7, 2014

The Ecstasy Of Surrender

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Dr. Judith Orloff explains the path of surrender as a way to fulfillment.

The level of stress in many people's everyday lives is well documented. 

And so is the frequent suggestion that we find ways to let go of some of that stress.  Psychiatrist and professor Judith Orloff puts in her two cents--and a whole lot more--in her book The Ecstasy of Surrender: 12 Surprising Ways Letting Go Can Empower Your Life.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

First Friday Arts: David Morris And Jack Morris

David Morris.
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David Morris and Jack Morris regale us with song and story.

Father-and-son musicians David and Jack Morris will be our featured guests on this First Friday of April, on their way to a session at the Ashland Independent Film Festival. 

Video Extra: The full version of "Gypsy Davy."

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.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Filmmaker Barbara Kopple At AIFF

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Barbara Kopple talks about her filmmaking career and her Oscar wins.

Barbara Kopple is one of the featured guests at the Ashland Independent Film Festival taking place this weekend (April 3-7). 

Kopple is the winner of a pair of Oscars for her previous efforts. 

And her film on the Hemingway (as in Ernest) family, "Running From Crazy," will screen at AIFF this weekend as well. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri April 4, 2014

The Best Bad Guys: "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues"

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Paul Martin introduces us to the miscreants in his book "Villains, Scoundrels, and Rogues."

Generations of movie audiences have thrilled to the gory exploits of Norman Bates in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." 

But many of the moviegoers may be unaware that Norman was based on Wisconsin's Ed Gein, who treated women even more poorly than the fictional Mr. Bates.

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Rough And Ready Lumber Coming Back

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Jennifer Phillipi explains the mechanisms that will get Rough and Ready back in business.

What was once lost is returning. 

Rough and Ready Lumber closed its doors near Cave Junction several months ago, shutting the last operating sawmill in Josephine County. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

The Pro Side On Jackson County's Extension Measure

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Meredith Reynolds, Jack Douggan and Kevin Talbert give the PRO side on the Extension measure.

The local ballot measures are the big news items in Oregon's May 20 primary election. 

That's especially true in Jackson County, where an anti-GMO crop measure is up for a vote.  And there's a measure to fund libraries as well.  And another: a measure to keep the Oregon State Extension service operating in the county. 

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Jefferson Exchange | April 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Barbie Dolls And Career Options

The Barbie Runway at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.
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Dr. Aurora Sherman walks us through her Barbie experiment and its findings.

The iconic Barbie doll comes in for a fair amount of criticism, primarily for its nearly anatomically impossible depiction of the female form. 

Now a study from the psychology school at Oregon State University finds another issue. 

The study suggests that girls who play with Barbie dolls may think of their own career choices as more limited than those of boys. 

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