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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Historic Reelections
10:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

In With The Old: 4th Terms For Brown & Kitzhaber

governor.oregon.gov

Oregon and California returned their governors to office in Election 2014, sending Democrats John Kitzhaber and Jerry Brown to record fourth terms.

News organizations called Brown's reelection just moments after the polls closed, while Kitzhaber's numbers took a little longer to firm up.

In fact, Kitzhaber's opponent, Dennis Richardson, refused to concede on election night, calling the numbers (49-45% for Kitzhaber at the time) too close to call.

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Measure 91 Passing
10:29 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Oregon Joins The Marijuana States

Credit United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Oregon voters legalized marijuana for personal, recreational use in Election 2014, passing Ballot Measure 91.

By 10 PM Election Night, returns showed a Yes vote of roughly 54%.  Major news organizations projected a final victory for the measure.

The vote allows Oregon to join Washington and Colorado in the ranks of legal pot states. 

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In Their Own Words
8:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

November Election Previews-Oregon

Jefferson Public Radio will preview several of the key races and measures in the November 4th election.

This page will serve as a collecting point for interviews and features on the Oregon candidates and races; just click the highlighted text to jump to the audio.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Rise Of The Rogue Valley Food System Network

Credit Wikimedia

The "eat local" movement is clearly not a fad. 

Food producers and consumers continue to pay greater attention to where food comes from, how it's distributed, and who buys what, and why. 

Now there's a new entity coordinating the many parts of the food chain, the Rogue Valley Food System Network

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Volunteers Needed For Road-Use Charge Study

How should we pay for highway maintenance: by the gallon, or by the mile?
Credit Ken Lund

Not only do modern cars burn less gasoline, people just drive a little less in Oregon these days. 

Which means less need for new roads, but also less gas tax money to maintain existing roads. 

That's why the Oregon Legislature authorized a large (5000 people) pilot project to see how road usage charges--like per-mile charges--would do in replacing gas taxes. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 4, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue November 4, 2014

An Invisible Hand For Your Happiness?

Credit Penguin Books

Adam Smith might be rolling in his grave. 

He only used the phrase "invisible hand" three times in his many writings. 

But it's the phrase for which the 18th-Century Scottish economist is best remembered. 

The memories might change just a bit with Russ Roberts's new book How Adam Smith Can Change Your Life: An Unexpected Guide to Human Nature and Happiness

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Election Night, November 4
11:09 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Election Coverage From NPR & JPR

Jefferson Public Radio will carry NPR's national coverage on election night, November 4th.

Election coverage begins in the All Things Considered time slot at 5 PM, and continues through 6 PM on Rhythm & News, through 10 PM on Classics & News. 

Rhythm & News will revert to music programming at 6 PM.

The News & Information Service will carry the same NPR election coverage from 5 PM to its conclusion at 10 PM.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

SOU Considers Biomass For Fuel

Biomass burners use waste products from the wood products industry.
Credit Public Domain

Southern Oregon University prides itself on its environmental friendliness and sustainability efforts. 

But its next big project in this area could take a big sales job. 

Two of the university's aging steam boilers need to be replaced. 

And the next boilers could be fired by biomass, woody waste material. 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Wild And Scenic And On Camera

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Our region is home to some of the most scenic rivers in the country… make that the world. 

And, for the second year, it is also home to a film festival dedicated to wild and scenic waterways. 

The 2nd Wild and Scenic Film Festival comes to Ashland on Sunday, November 9, featuring a slate of short films about rivers near and far.

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Tongue Firmly In Cheek: "Science For Her"

Credit Simon & Schuster

If you're looking for actual lessons in science, skip Megan Amram's Science for Her

If you're looking for some good hard laughs, check out the book. 

We did, and could not stop ourselves from booking Megan as a guest. 

Her comedy writing is featured on TV's "Parks and Recreation," and the book looks like the Cosmopolitan magazine staff took over the textbook department. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Monica Wehby's Case For The U.S. Senate

Credit Wehby campaign

In general, there's no easier time to defeat a sitting U.S. Senator than when he or she is seeking a second term. 

Case in point: the work Republicans did to find a solid candidate to oppose Jeff Merkley's run for a second term in Oregon. 

Surgeon Monica Wehby is the opposition candidate in one of this year's most visible political races. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

(Sort of) Ghost Stories For Halloween

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Ghosts and goblins and more will take to the streets tonight.  Naturally: it's Halloween. 

But sometimes things happen to people that they simply can't explain.  Who you gonna call? 

In Oregon, the choices include Oregon Paranormal, which attempts to explain or at least debunk weird happenings. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 31, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri October 31, 2014

"The Invisible History Of The Human Race"

Credit Penguin Books

A debate is always possible when someone insists either of themselves or the human race "it's just my nature." 

But… it's a debate because it is still not settled. 

How much of what humans do is determined by genetics, and how much by culture--or something else? 

Journalist Christine Kenneally dives into this very deep pool in her book "The Invisible History of the Human Race: How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures." 

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Jefferson Exchange | November 3-7, 2014
11:13 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Burning Biomass, Food Networks, and First Friday: November 3-7 on JX

The first week of November features our usual smorgasbord of offerings for the ear. 

We start on Southern Oregon University's biomass cogeneration proposal, visit with the Rogue Valley Food System Network, and outline November events in our First Friday Arts segment.

And we're just getting started... below is the list, before we dress up the individual items...

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ideas To Paper: Studio To School

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A teacher can stand in front of a class and teach writing, but some students can use a little extra help in visualizing story construction. 

Enter the Studio to School Project, in place in just a few Oregon school districts, courtesy of grants from the Oregon Community Foundation

The students at Lorna Byrne Middle School in Cave Junction are among the lucky participants. 

They spent this week in a murder mystery involving their teacher. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Art Robinson Runs For Congress, Take 3

Credit Robinson campaign

Maybe third time's the charm for Art Robinson, running for Congress for the third time against longtime incumbent Peter DeFazio. 

He has run respectable races against DeFazio in the Oregon Fourth District, which includes communities as varied as Cave Junction and Springfield. 

Which are the towns the two men call home. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 30, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Reading To Open Up A "World Of Possible"

Credit Michael Clapp/OPB

A lot of us grew up reading "The Weekly Reader" and similar publications in elementary school. 

And the company that brought us that and more is still in the game, encouraging young people to read. 

Scholastic is the company, and the creator of the initiative "Open a World of Possible." 

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Politics & Government
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Tonia Moro's Race For Jackson Co. Commissioner

Credit Tonia Moro campaign

Jackson County voters get a rare opportunity with this election: the chance to replace two of three county commissioners. 

The incumbents in the seats up for election this year opted to retire instead of run. 

Tonia Moro got onto the ballot by write-in to become the Democratic nominee for  Commissioner Position 1. 

She faces Republican Rick Dyer (he joined us October 28) and two other candidates. 

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Jefferson Exchange | October 29, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

VENTSday: Money in Politics + Tagging/Vandalizing Nature

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Election day is less than a week away now, and it's time we had a talk about money in politics

While we're at it, let's hear your thoughts on the recent "artwork" and other vandalism incidents in public outdoor spaces.

These are this week's topics for VENTSday.

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 | October 29, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Not Quite Boys: "The Underground Girls Of Kabul"

Credit Crown Publishing

When you live in a culture where the birth of a boy is celebrated and the birth of a girl is mourned, why NOT pretend to be a boy? 

It happens more than you might think in present-day Afghanistan. 

Girls are presented to the world as boys, getting a taste of freedom and respect in a place that has almost none for women. 

The Underground Girls of Kabul explores the phenomenon. 

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