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

Sweet Time At The Oregon Honey Festival

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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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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Community College Students Need Remedial Education

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It's no surprise that a few people will arrive at community college needing a little brush-up on academic subjects.  But half of them? 

That figure might actually be a little low; more than half of the students who enroll in Rogue Community College need at least some remedial education to prepare for college-level courses. 

To educators, that indicates a gap between what high schools teach and colleges need. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Ashland Celebrates Being Named Google eCity Again

It's two in a row for the city of Ashland: named one of America's "eCities" by Google. 

It is the only city in Oregon with that moniker, and it's the second straight year for the honor. 

Technology enhances life and business in town, as the Ashland Chamber can attest. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 13, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Inside The High Court: "American Justice 2014"

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The U.S. Supreme Court is only a month into its current session, but Garrett Epps wants you to take a look at the last session. 

Epps is a law professor and writer; you can add "Supreme Court analyst" to that list. 

Epps reviews the decisions of the court, justice by justice, in his book American Justice 2014: Nine Clashing Visions on the Supreme Court. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Bundling Up The Homeless On Cold Nights

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Colder weather requires robust survival skills for people living on the streets. 

And it places some burden on communities seeking to keep homeless people from freezing. 

Ashland is in the process of adding shelter space for the cold winter nights ahead. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed November 12, 2014

VENTSday: Uber vs Taxis + Congressional Compromises

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Will Uber and Lyft kill taxis?  Do taxis deserve it?  That's one of the topics on this week's VENTSday segment. 

Our other concerns that every-few-months question: if there should be compromises in Washington, who should make them?

VENTSday is our weekly "opinion swarm"… we throw a pair of topics on the table, and let listeners vent--politely--on those topics.  

They can 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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Jefferson Exchange | November 12, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Beyond Smart Phones: "Enchanted Objects"

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Anybody who remembers rotary-dial telephones may still be amazed by how smart cell phones have become.

And the phones may just be a step along a much longer pathway. 

Anyone for smart cups, smart pens, smart umbrellas?  Don't scoff, you probably take pictures with your phone. 

David Rose is an instructor at the MIT Media Lab, and he envisions a future in which many objects besides phones will be labeled "smart." 

His book is Enchanted Objects

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Rogue Valley Economy Stirs

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The last time we talked to University of Oregon economist Tim Duy, the news was not so good for the Rogue Valley. 

Duy's analysis showed the valley lagging behind other parts of the state in growing out of the effects of recession. 

Now the flicker may be turning into a flame. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Archaeology On The Big Screen

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We don't all have it in us to dig in the dirt for signs of past life and civilizations. 

But we certainly can watch the people who do. 

And there's ample opportunity to watch, as Ashland's ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum presents a series of archaeology films

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Jefferson Exchange | November 11, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 11, 2014

HOW Rising Sea Levels Affect Our Coast

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One of the features of global warming will be a rise in sea levels. 

So coastal areas will notice some of the most severe effects if the climate continues to change. 

Which causes us to think a bit differently about the big ocean just west of us. 

Geologist Dr. Jonathan Allan has been thinking about it for a long time.  

He'll present a lecture on shoreline erosion and flood hazards this week in Coos Bay.

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

Nurturing The Entrepreneurs

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It can actually be hard to keep up with all of the economic development efforts going on around us. 

There are simultaneous efforts to bring in larger employers, assist existing employers, and give new small businesses a boost in their infancy. 

Put the Entrepreneurship Center at Rogue Community College in that last category. 

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

One-Stop Scholarship Shopping

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The high cost of college sends students and their parents high and low in search of financial aid. 

There are lots of pots of money to draw from, and lots of places to look for them. 

A single website maintained by the Oregon Office of Student Access and Completion--OSAC--provides access to a wide number and variety of scholarships. 

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

To The Kitchen With The Fermentistas

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You too can become a fermentista.  It is not a misspelling, the term is fermentista, not "feminista". 

A fermentista is an artist of vegetable fermentation, according to Kirsten Shockey and Christopher Schockey. 

They are Applegate Valley farmers and the creators of the fermentista website... and now, the authors of the cookbook "Fermented Vegetables." 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

"Rising Stars" And More: First Friday In The Arts

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Election behind, turkey ahead, and a whole lot of arts events in between.

That's November for you, and we provide a forum for arts events to get an airing, in our First Friday Arts segment.

This month's featured guest: Porscha Schiller, representing the Rising Stars competition in the Rogue Valley, now taking applications for the 2015 competition.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

On Point(e): The Eugene Ballet's Boss

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There are some classic works in the ballet canon. 

And then there are the works staged by the Eugene Ballet Company

Co-founder and artistic director Toni Pimble frequently reaches outside the canon to create new works. 

Last year: Bolero.  This year: Tommy.  As in the rock opera by The Who. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 7, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Challenge Yourself: "I Dare Me"

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A little cold water can certainly wake you up. 

So journalist Lu Ann Cahn took part in a polar bear plunge as the first act of "A Year of Firsts," her blog on her activities. 

The blog is now a paperback book on how Cahn shook up her life, I Dare Me. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 10-14, 2014
1:36 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Rising Sea Levels, High Court, & "Fermentistas": JX November 10-14

The specific effects of climate change are less about where the rubber meets the road than about where the water meets the land. 

A detailed analysis of rising sea levels (Tuesday) is part of our lineup for the week. 

We'll also entertain a guest who examined the work of the Supreme Court... and we'll meet the people who call themselves "fermentistas" for their focus on fermented foods.

Big week, lengthening list... below.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 6, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Homelessness Declines Sharply In Oregon

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The Great Recession doubtless had a hand in the rise in the numbers of homeless people across the country. 

The numbers peaked in 2010, when new federal programs to reduce homelessness began. 

Now the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development--HUD--reports homelessness in decline.  It's an especially steep decline in Oregon, noticed by the state Department of Housing and Community Services

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