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
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.
josephdigital.com

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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