Jennifer Margulis

Jefferson Monthly Contributor

Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., is a regular contributor to the Jefferson Monthly and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and on the cover of Smithsonian magazine. Her fifth book, The Business of Baby, has been called a "searing and well-researched exposé" and a "must read" by midwife and author Ina May Gaskin. She lives in Ashland, Oregon with her husband and four children.

Jefferson Monthly Feature
12:41 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Deadly Euphoria: Heroin's Grip Tightens

A so-called ‘stamp bag’ of powder heroin -the name comes from the fact that there is usually a "brand" stamped on the bag.

Lieutenant Kevin Walruff, 49, is a big, clean-shaven man wearing a light blue button-down and a Santa Claus and reindeer tie. I follow him down a hallway and into a conference room in the nondescript building of florescent lighting and concrete blocks that currently houses the Medford Police Department. I notice that he has handcuffs clipped to his pants and .40-caliber Glock holstered at his waist.

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Listener Announcements
2:45 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

34th Annual JPR Wine Tasting Is A Smashing Success!

Robyn Janssen (Rogue Riverkeeper), Darren Campbell (Eight Dollar Mountain), Morgan Lindsay (KS Wild) take a moment to shine.
Steven Addington Photography

Cocktail dresses. Embroidered cowboy boots. Tight black mini skirts. Three-piece suits. The some 500 wine enthusiasts and foodies who came out for the 34th Annual Jefferson Public Radio Wine Tasting and Silent Auction at the historic Ashland Springs Hotel were looking good last night.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
3:53 pm
Wed January 28, 2015

All I Want For Valentine's Day Is A Trip To The Coast

Sunset at Coquille Point, Bandon.
Susan Langston

Well, what I really want for Valentine’s Day is a trip to the Bahamas.

Jamaica, Hawaii, Costa Rica—those places would be fine too. But since the price of air travel seems to be going up—especially around the holidays—as gas prices are going down, local romance is a lot more affordable.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
9:49 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Reno? No, Really!

Reno, The Biggest Little City (Neon sign shot): Reno's tag line is the Biggest Little City in the World. Neon lights, strip clubs, and casinos vie for visitors alongside foodie restaurants, a world famous climbing wall, and a thriving art and music scene.
Jennifer Margulis

When my brother was getting a Master’s degree at U.C. Berkeley in the early 1990s he’d take road trips to Reno, Nevada every once in a while. After all, it was cheaper than Las Vegas, and a quicker drive. Zach would find himself a motel for 20 bucks a night and hit the casinos, playing low stakes Blackjack as an antidote to the pressure cooker of his graduate studies.

That’s long been my image of Reno: a mostly seedy, rather rundown adult playground where prostitution is legal, everybody smokes, and steak is the meat on every menu.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
12:49 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Bronze Cowboys, Chocolate, And Wolves: Oregon's Little Switzerland

Nestled in a region known to some as "Oregon's Little Switzerland," the town of Joseph boasts a population of just over 1,000 residents.

The air smells of pine and cold when I finally arrive in Joseph, a small town in the northeast corner of Oregon, at 4 p.m. on a Friday afternoon in late spring. The peaks of the mountains in the Eagle Cap Wilderness west of downtown shine with snow even though it’s warm enough in the valley that I don’t need a jacket. I do a happy dance after I park at the motel. It’s taken me two airplane rides (via Washington and Idaho), one car rental, and a two-and-a-half-hour drive south from the airport in Lewiston, Idaho to get here from the western part of the state.

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Jefferson Monthly Feature
2:28 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Dying With Grace: Preparing For The End Of Life

“Great, GREAT Grandpa” This month’s feature, Dying with Grace, is adorned with images from Mary Landberg’s book The Spirit of Enduring Love. We are grateful to Ms. Landberg for sharing these images that capture the truth of the process.
Mary Landberg

On a sunny day last March over a hundred mostly gray-haired people file into an auditorium at Asante’s Smullin Health Education Center in Medford. A large screen behind the stage projects the afternoon’s agenda: HAVING THE CONVERSATION. On stage are two empty armchairs, violet with pale blue dots, a white rug, and a hospital gurney. On the gurney lies a manikin, its hairless head resting incongruously against a flowered pillow. For some reason I find this detail heartbreaking.

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