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 | January 16, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Police And The Video Record

One style of body camera; there are many.
Credit ACLU of Washington

Police are under scrutiny like never before, thanks to incidents like the shooting of an unarmed man by police in Ferguson, Missouri last year. 

Some--clearly not all--questions can be resolved by keeping better records of police activities. 

That's where body cameras come in, giving police and the public video images of encounters in the field. 

The police in the City of Talent have been using the cameras for a while now. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 16, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Listening To Stories From "The Articulate Earth"

Credit Backcountry Press

David Rains Wallace is one of many people who fell in love with the American West and never got over it. 

He's been living in California and writing about the environment for decades now. 

And now a number of his shorter works have been compiled into Articulate Earth: Adventures in Ecocriticism.

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Jefferson Exchange | Jan 19-23, 2015
10:59 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Helicopter Parents, Muhammad, and Econ Development: JX January 19-23

Another big week of chats on the issues looms on The Exchange.  We'll talk about helicopter parents (who hover near to their kids) on Monday.

A brief and colorful guide to the Prophet Muhammad gets an examination on Thursday.

And we'll hear about what the most successful cities do to spur economic development on Friday.

Here's the list, still in development:

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Youth Lawsuit On Climate Change Moves Ahead

Credit Michael Jastremski/Wikimedia

We always talk about leaving the planet in good shape for future generations. 

With climate change, that might not be so easy. 

And that's exactly the point seized upon by Our Children's Trust

OCT files lawsuits in the name of children, seeking to trigger government action to protect young people from climate change impacts. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

From Klamath Country To Rose Parade

Smoky and company in the Rose Festival Parade, New Year's Day.
Credit Klamath National Forest

The Oregon Ducks' visit to the Rose Bowl (and victory there) garnered most of the attention on New Year's Day. 

But there were other representatives from the region in Pasadena that day. 

An entry from the U.S. Forest Service, including Yreka-based Klamath National Forest, gave Smokey Bear, mules, packers, and forest rangers a moment in the sunshine, all part of an entry in the Tournament of Roses Parade. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 15, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Foods You Eat: "What The Fork?"

Credit Penguin Books

It's not unusual for people to learn the truth about the foods they eat and utter an obscenity (or two). 

That's pretty much what happened to Stefanie Sacks years ago, and propelled her onto the path to learning more about nutrition. 

Now she's a professional chef with a master's degree in nutrition. 

And she bends a popular utterance into the title of her new book, What The Fork Are You Eating? An Action Plan for Your Pantry and Plate

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

ACTing Locally For Regional Transportation

Credit Ken Lund

Anybody stuck in traffic on a regular basis wonders just what's being done to improve the transportation system. 

The fact is, work is going on all the time, at the state and local level. 

Oregon's transportation system includes Area Commissions on Transportation (ACTs), which coordinate local efforts with the state, in all modes of transportation. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

VENTSday: Free Speech v Terrorism + Internet "Eraser" Laws

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The terrorist attack on a French satirical magazine looms large in this week's VENTSday: how do we keep speech free when threatened with violence?

Our other topic this week concerns Internet "eraser" laws like the one that just took effect in California, allowing minors to remove their posts from web sites.  Is that a proper place for government?

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. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 14, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Wed January 14, 2015

The Mechanics Of Reversing Climate Change

Credit NASA/Public Domain

Just how warm can the planet get?  And just how badly do we NOT want to find out? 

Those are some of the key questions as the Earth and its residents come to grips with climate change. 

Yreka geologist Kevin Downing says we should be considering moves like carbon dioxide removal and solar radiation management. 

He'll present his views at an upcoming meeting of Southern Oregon Climate Action Now

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Money For Oregon Residential Fuel Reduction

Fuel reduction projects give fires no place to burn.
Credit NW Fire Blog

Forestry workers on both sides of the state line give constant reminders about the value of clearing away potential fire fuels on rural property. 

The whole concept of "defensible space" means putting that space between a rural home and the possibility of destruction. 

So the Oregon Department of Forestry offers some financial incentives to reduce fuels. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 13, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Tue January 13, 2015

Herbicides and Health Near Oregon Forests

Most recent numbers from the EPA show 877 million pounds of pesticides used in agriculture in the USA annually.
Credit Wikimedia

Even staunch supporters of the timber industry got angry when pesticides sprayed on a tree plantation landed on people in Curry County in 2013--people who went to court to sue. 

Herbicides are a source of great concern, around the countryside and in town. 

Eugene-based Beyond Toxics and other groups are holding a series of town hall meetings around Oregon to talk about pesticide use and misuse. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Encouraging Students To Drive Less

Credit SOU Center For Sustainability

College campuses can be fun for walking, but driving… that's another matter. 

Streets clog easily, and parking can be tricky to find, at least free parking. 

Which is why Southern Oregon University just started a Drive Less Connect program. 

The general approach is to convince students to find ways to get to campus that do not involve private vehicles. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Real Estate Rebound In Rogue Valley

Credit Wikimedia

Your local real estate agent is probably looking a little more relieved of late. 

The recession whacked the home sales market hard, and the whack lasted a while. 

But now home sales, particularly in the Rogue Valley, are picking up--as are prices--and realtors can draw a breath or two. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 12, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Touring With Janis Joplin

Credit Berkley Books

Try explaining the sound of the late singer Janis Joplin to someone who has never heard her.  Not easy, is it? 

No one else put out that distinctive mix of pain, passion, and raw power. 

Joplin died at age 27 decades ago... but not before she met and worked with John Byrne Cook. 

His work as musician, crew member, and road manager put him in Janis Joplin's orbit at the height of her career. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Medicaid Expands Transgender Procedures In Oregon

Credit Wikimedia

The Oregon Health Plan, Oregon's brand of Medicaid for low-income households, now covers medical procedures for transgender people. 

As of January 1, OHP covers the cost of sexual reassignment surgery. 

The insurance plan will also cover hormone therapies and suppression of puberty. 

Not every Medicaid plan covers such procedures. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

MFR Smashes Old Air Traveler Record

Allegiant is one of four airlines serving MFR.
Credit Wikimedia

We doubt ORD or PDX are feeling any pressure to keep up, but MFR is a busy place. 

The Rogue Valley International-Medford Airport picked up the pace in 2014. 

The year ended up setting a record for number of travelers, by a wide margin; 664,423 passengers in all used the airport. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 9, 2015 | 9:00
10:10 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Oregon Prepares For Legal Weed

Credit Wikimedia

A new year is here, but legal pot is still about six months away in Oregon. 

Voter passage of Measure 91 last November set the date for legal marijuana for personal use at July 1st. 

And a lot has to happen before then to get users, sellers and authorities ready. 

Attorney Robert McVay has been tracking pot issues for a long time, on the pro-pot side. 

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Jefferson Exchange | Jan 12-16, 2015
5:08 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Janis Joplin, Police Cameras, and More: Jan 12-16 on JX

Some interviews we'd really like to have are just plain impossible.  We can't, for example, book Abraham Lincoln.  Or Janis Joplin, for the same reason.

But in Joplin's case, we can talk to someone who knew her.  And we'll do just that, on Monday.

We'll also talk to a Rogue Valley police chief who put body cameras on his officers months ago.

Those are just a few highlights for the week on The Exchange.  Here's the list so far:

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 8:00
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

MLK And The Voting Rights Act Remembered

The audience at the 2014 Ashland event.
Credit Ashland MLK organizers

Expect this year's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday to provoke a lively discussion of race and equality in America. 

The months since the last celebration featured police killings of unarmed black men, protest marches in the streets, and more. 

The celebration of MLK day in Ashland (January 19) will include a commemoration of the passage of the Voting Rights Act 50 years ago. 

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Jefferson Exchange | January 8, 2015 | 8:30
10:10 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Housing The Homeless at The Egan Warming Centers

Thomas Egan, memorialized by the warming centers.
Credit Egan Warming Centers

Many communities with significant homeless populations also lack significant shelters to house them. 

But the situation changes when the temperature drops. 

Eugene is home to the Egan Warming Centers, named for a homeless man who froze to death several years ago. 

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