Jefferson Journal

The Jefferson Journal is JPR's members' magazine featuring articles, columns, and reviews about living in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as articles about finance, health and food from NPR.   The magazine also includes program listings for JPR's network of radio stations. The publication's bi-monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To support JPR and receive your copy in the mail each month become a Member today!

Domestic violence occurs in every region, in every part of society.

But economically-depressed rural areas often have a greater incidence of abuse and fewer resources to stop it.

For example, in Del Norte County -- nestled far behind the Redwood Curtain in California’s northwestern corner -- 911 calls about domestic violence come in at a rate eight times the state average.

More of these calls reached local law enforcement in 2015 than ever before. 

Late last year, I received another set of all of Beethoven’s symphonies and a student working here at JPR heard my sighs and asked what prompted them. I explained that we had been given yet another recording in a decades old tradition of one conductor recording all nine symphonies of Beethoven and our space is limited. Being an intelligent young man, he asked how I decide whether it is worth holding on to and since the station has many recordings of the same thing, how I determine what recordings go on the air.

I was recently reminded of the old proverb “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” when the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was passed quietly in the night as an amendment slipped into the trillion dollar omnibus bill that prevented our federal government from running out of money and shutting down.

The stated purpose of CISA is somewhat vague: “To improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.”

Remembering OSF's Catherine E. Coulson

Mar 2, 2016
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  For the opening night of Guys and Dolls last year, Catherine Coulson, who played the Salvation Army General, wanted to present her fellow cast members with an affectionate souvenir. Ever resourceful, she reached the secretary at the local Salvation Army office, who managed to locate a bag of wooden coins with the Salvation Army logo on them. At one time, they were awarded to donors who put money in the red pot at Christmas. Catherine was thrilled, but it happened to be the day after a chemo treatment, and she was feeling drained.

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Today I hiked along a forest trail near my home. Squirrels scolded, a raven croaked. I moved steadily on. Startled at my approach, a deer bounded away, labored up the loose soil of the steep little canyon, and disappeared. I barely paused. There is nothing here for me to fear, nothing for me to attend other than what I choose.

It was a proud moment in my young life… I walked into the Town Clerk’s office back in Coventry, Connecticut shortly after my 18th birthday and registered to vote for the very first time. In that place and that time, there was even a little ceremony around the event… the clerk made me raise my hand to be sworn in as a brand-new voter. And I was excited about the responsibility and the opportunity, even if the next major election was more than a year away, and the next presidential election nearly three years off. Voting meant something then.

Turning A Page

Mar 2, 2016

Welcome to JPR’s new member magazine, The Jefferson Journal! We consider The Jefferson Journal to be a natural evolution of The Jefferson Monthly, a publication JPR has produced and published since April, 1993. Going back to the JPR history vault even further, The Jefferson Monthly was the successor to The Guide to the Arts, which JPR first began publishing in March, 1977.

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Some people—like my five-year-old—adore the holidays. Since we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas in our house, Leone gets a winter two-for-one.

Presents! Treats! Snow forts! What’s not to love?

Restorative Justice: Can It Help?

Dec 1, 2015

When I began reporting on domestic violence in Northern California, Crescent City was my home, and the heart of a crisis in the state’s most northwesterly corner.

The calls came in every day through a police scanner on my desk. 

“Children crying in the street on 9th and D. Domestic disturbance reported.” 

A few hours later one day: “She was pulled out by her hair and thrown down” on Starfish Way. 

Later on, the sheriff’s office dispatcher was connected to another address, where “Somebody called, but nobody spoke.” 

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Dear Santa,  I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote. Probably like 40 years or so. Sorry man, I’ve been real busy with growing up and life and stuff. Anyway, this past year has been a pretty good year in which I’ve been more nice than I’ve been naughty. To be completely honest with you, I had every intention of being a bit more naughty this past year but I was too busy doing nice things for other people to follow through on those intentions. It feels a bit strange confessing all of this to someone I’m pretty certain doesn’t exist.

Best Of 2015

Dec 1, 2015

Every year, JPR hosts dig through literally thousands of new recordings in order to find the rare gems to share with you. Across our various musical genres, JPR added about 700 new albums to our library this year, out of the nearly 6,000 (!) recordings that came through our doors. We hope some of what we uncovered resonated with you the way they stuck with us. Without further ado, here are our staff and volunteer host picks for “Best of the Year.” -Eric Teel, JPR Music Director, Program Director, Open Air Host

The Ten-Mile Cake

Dec 1, 2015

A few years ago, when I was still living in my little mountain house without electricity, I found a picture of Christmas present cakes in Bon Appétit — individual, four-layered cakes with strawberry ice cream and lemon curd between layers, all wrapped with chocolate ganache and tied with white-icing ribbons. 

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This past summer I wrote about NPR’s plan to restructure its newsroom shifting resources from beat reporters covering single issues to interdisciplinary teams. The goal of this approach is to provide more holistic coverage of complex issues from diverse vantage points. Also central to this effort is a new commitment by NPR to integrate the work of local station and regional reporters into its coverage.

Stories And Grace

Nov 1, 2015
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On the morning after the horrific mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg I listened to Morning Edition intently to learn more about the tragic events of the previous day.  That morning NPR aired a StoryCorps segment that reminded me of the power of personal stories to put in context even the darkest reaches of the human experience.

The concerns of disabled veterans and their families take center stage when JPR News and Southern Oregon Public Television team up for Local Focus: Debt of Honor. It’s the first joint project between JPR and Public TV in many a year, and could pave the way for future efforts.

Stratford Festival

Exchange the Siskiyou Mountains for Midwestern farmland, and the histories of Stratford, Ontario, and Ashland, Oregon, share some remarkable similarities. In the middle of the last century, both were rural towns struggling to thrive after losing their importance as railroad hubs. 

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Imagine a snowglobe.  Inside is the sturdy, baroque Mozarteum alongside the delicate, tree-lined Mirabell Gardens. This is Salzburg, Austria, 1958. But it could just as well be 1858. Now give the globe a shake.  

Anyone who has spent a sufficient amount of time on the Internet, especially in the realms of social media, has had something mean and hurtful said directly to them or about them. I’ve been called things that can’t be put into print here.

Sometimes I shot back in anger. Other times I simply left the conversation while chanting “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” The choice was mine. I had the power to walk away from the keyboard. No one was forcing me to interact with the people who were saying things that I felt were offensive and inappropriate.

He’s a guitar player’s guitar player and a jam band icon. He’s worked with John Scofield and Toots Maytal. Early in his career he toured with David Allen Coe and the Dicky Betts Band. He is a staple in post-Garcia Grateful Dead line-ups.   

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