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 | March 25, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Diabetes Alert Day

Credit American Diabetes Association

Dr. Andrew Ahmann explains the risk factors for diabetes, and the easy test to help people assess.

March 25 is Diabetes Alert Day across the country. 

For more than a quarter of a century, Americans have used this day to get tested to see if they are at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes.

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Jefferson Exchange | March 25, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Your Body Book

Credit Doranne Long

Doranne Long answers listener questions about aches and pains... and solutions.

When the warning light goes on in your car, you reach for the owner's manual, don't you?

It sure would be great if we had that kind of manual for the human body.  Mission accomplished... 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon March 24, 2014

The State Of The Art In Saving Lives

Credit U.S. Navy/Public Domain

Dr. Paul Rostykus and Kelly Harrington discuss emergency medical service delivery.

The people we once called "ambulance attendants" became "firefighters," and "EMTs," and "first responders."

The mission--saving lives--remains the same. 

But the titles and the equipment evolve over the years, and the people involved in emergency medical work train and compare notes frequently. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 8:30
10:10 am
Sat March 22, 2014

Ashland And A Culture Of Peace

David Wick and Eric Sirotkin explain their push for a Culture of Peace Commission for Ashland.

Celebrations of peace draw crowds in Ashland.

Maybe the city should help encourage them, goes the thinking. 

Some city residents are pushing for the creation of a Culture of Peace Commission (CPC). 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 24, 2014 | 9:00
10:10 am
Sat March 22, 2014

"The Naked Future:" Data And Predicting Behavior

Credit Penguin Books

Patrick Tucker talks about how all that data can help us, in "The Naked Future."

That "club card" at the grocery store let the store know the kinds of things you are likely to buy, so it can offer you a coupon for a future purchase. 

And that's just one example of the ways in which data about us can predict future behavior. 

We put a whole lot of data out there through computer and social networks, and it can be and is used to make predictions. 

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

Ashland Film Festival Gets Ready

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Anne Ashbey and Joanne Feinberg talk about this year's AIFF and the preparations for it.

From the burning issues of the day to animated shorts, the Ashland Independent Film Festival offers a huge variety of films. 

AIFF returns to Ashland's Varsity Theatre and a couple of other venues, April 3 through 7. 

The festival has grown in size and stature over the years, making it attractive to both filmmakers and filmgoers. 

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

Whale Watch Week: When And Where

A gray whale surfaces.
Credit NOAA/Public Domain

Renee Fowler gives the good tips on where and when to see whales on the Oregon Coast.

The whales are coming.  Again. 

Gray whales migrate from Baja California to Alaskan waters this time of year, passing the Oregon/California coast right about now. 

So spring break for many students and families coincides with Whale Watch Week. 

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

Trapped Under The Sea

Credit Crown Publishing

Neil Swidey describes the extreme--ultimately fatal--risks to finish a major public works project in Boston.

History is filled with stories of massive public works projects that cost lives to complete. 

The building of the Brooklyn Bridge alone killed some two dozen workers.  The cleaning up of Boston's filthy harbor was made possible by a long undersea tunnel for sewage... a tunnel workers had to traverse in order to complete the project. 

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Jefferson Exchange | March 24-28
5:29 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Highlights In Low Tech: The Exchange March 24-28

Before we put up the pretty pictures and the hypertext links, we first have to book guests for the Jefferson Exchange, and keep a list of who we plan to feature on the program.  So here below, the list for the week of March 24th through 28th.  Consider it a work very much in progress... we do get the occasional surprise that requires us to cancel or re-schedule a guest. 

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

Mental Health Care Revamped: Compass House

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Matt Vorderstrasse describes the plans for Compass House in downtown Medford.

We've come a long way since the days when mentally ill people were "warehoused" in huge state mental hospitals. 

But we're still looking for the solutions that work best for each community. 

Later this year, Medford will become home to Compass House, a mental health facility that is operated jointly by staff and clients.

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