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!

The rich history of volunteer service at Jefferson Public Radio stretches back to the earliest days of the station. As we evolved into three separate services, there was need for folks willing to come in to run things for a few hours a week or to host programs like the Jazz Sunday and Folk Show. Part of my job when I arrived at JPR in 1998 was to supervise about 30 volunteers to do just that; but as the station has become more automated, fewer opportunities were available for people to help out off the air.

I have this somewhat naïve idea — gained from coming up as a journalist during a simpler time — that it’s my job to act as a principled civic go-between. 

I’m supposed to find out the kind of information that you, as a citizen, need to understand the various institutions that affect your life. And then I’m supposed to communicate that information to you, in a clear, informative and hopefully enjoyable way. That’s my basic job description.

Swimming In Stars

May 2, 2017

When I was visiting my son on Vashon Island, in the Puget Sound, he told me one evening that we were going on an adventure (unspecified) and that I should dress, for instance, as though for canoeing: a bathing suit, maybe, but something warm, too. The directions were vague, and, anyway, when we got in the car, the canoe wasn’t with us. He couldn’t mean I would be swimming, could he, not at that hour, not in the Puget Sound? Walking in the starlight? Then why the swimsuit? It was all very mysterious.

You want to have privacy online? Then get offline. Don’t want Google, Facebook, the government, or Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon knowing what websites you’re browsing? Don’t browse anything. Shut it all down, disconnect your Internet service, throw away your stupid smart phone, go off the grid just to be safe.

Sound far-fetched? Perhaps. Impossible? Probably. Lean in close, I have something to tell you dear reader: no one cares about your privacy online, not the government, not your Internet Service Provider (ISP), not Google, not Facebook, not Trump. 

Pepper Trail

Tahiti. Hiva Oa. Mangareva. Pitcairn. Rapa Nui. These are names that conjure up all the adventure and romance of the South Seas. Scattered across 3000 miles of ocean, these islands have long been a refuge for dreamers and outcasts, the daring and the desperate.

To set foot on these storied isles is the cherished ambition of many a traveler. In 2015 I was lucky enough to travel with Seattle’s Zegrahm Expeditions to visit them all, and more, in an epic voyage across the true South Pacific.

Saul Martinez

Richard Herskowitz adjusts his orange-rimmed glasses, opens his laptop, and turns the computer screen towards the small group seated around a conference table at the offices of the Ashland Independent Film Festival on A Street in Ashland. It’s a soggy day in mid-January and AIFF is gearing up: in just four months an estimated 8,000 people will flood the movie theaters in Ashland, Oregon to attend the 16th annual film festival, which takes place April 6th to April 10th. About 80 percent of the attendees come from within 50 miles of Ashland and 20 percent from out of town.

In the last issue of the Jefferson Journal I wrote about the uncertainty surrounding continued federal funding for public broadcasting following the 2016 election. Since the beginning of the year several developments have taken place that inform this issue. But, before exploring these recent developments, here’s an overview of how federal funding fits into the public broadcasting ecosystem and supports JPR’s service to Southern Oregon and Northern California communities:

There’s a kind of vitality I feel on the coast. It must be the nearness of the sea, something about ions or charged particles. And it extends to music; during a Eureka visit in 1983 I caught the legendary Roomful of Blues at a great venue and immediately began to plan a return to Humboldt County. In the next 20 years I witnessed an explosion of music in the area. 

Antony Sher met Gregory Doran in 1987 in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merchant of Venice. Sher was performing Shylock, while newcomer Doran had a minor role. The two men have been inseparable ever since. While Doran went on to earn acclaim as a director, Sher’s career as a classical actor had cast him in all the great Shakespearean roles from Richard III to Prospero.

Call Number: (Library of Congress) LC-USF34-T01-020993

Three young children peek their faces out of a makeshift tent. The oldest two are smiling, looking at the camera. Their tow-headed baby brother is looking down, his fingers holding something unidentifiable to his mouth. If you look carefully you can just make out the face of a fourth child inside the darkness in the tent. The children’s hair is tangled and their ill-fitting clothes are stained and filthy. The photo’s caption reads, “Lighthearted kids in Merrill FSA Camp, Klamath County, Oregon.”

Focus On The Future

Jan 1, 2017

As we welcome a new year, all of us at JPR are reminded of the special challenges and opportunities 2017 will bring.

 I've had a pretty contentious relationship with my online social network this past election season. My Facebook newsfeed exploded with caustic political memes, links to articles of suspect provenance and fiery rants by folks I thought I knew pretty well, but who displayed previously unrevealed anger management issues.

Shortly after the election, my friend Kevin sent me an article from the Huffington Post by John Trowbridge, a comedy writer who took on the topic of the 3D world versus the 2D world of what I’ve come to call “clackers.” A “clacker” is any device the user clicks or clacks with, like this keyboard I’m using to write these words. 

The Shakespeare Wars

Jan 1, 2017

In July, I was literally hit by a truck. Needless to add, I was grateful to survive the collision, but the prospect of prolonged immobility left me disoriented and depressed. A friend presented me with a copy of Ron Rosenbaum’s The Shakespeare Wars to lift my spirits, but before it could do that, I had to find a way to lift the 600-page book. A neighbor suggested the music stand she’d acquired since beginning flute lessons.

Quiet, Please!

Nov 1, 2016

Noisy crowds are a regular, and indeed expected thing at music clubs that specialize in louder rock music. But the inherent decibel level of the act on stage is usually more than enough to drown out the din. But at smaller venues or with quieter acts, a noisy crowd can be a real detriment to an artist’s ability to connect in a meaningful way with their fans and to fans’ ability to enjoy the artist.  At one recent show I attended in Ashland, the crowd of 150 or so was so loud it was difficult to tell when the concert even started.

Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Some things you should know about Sara Bruner, the OSF actor who played both Viola and Sebastian in last season’s Twelfth Night and Norma McCorvey, a k a Jane Roe, in the premier of Roe.

She first appeared onstage in the guise of an appleseed.  The Missoula Children’s Theatre came to her small town of Deer Lodge, Montana, and as is the custom, two professional actors organized a production about Johnny Appleseed casting the local kids according to the sizes of the available costumes. Bruner was four years old.

“Hi There… You’re On The Air”

Nov 1, 2016

The moment of greatest trust between a talk show host and a listener starts with a casual turn of phrase:  “Let’s take a call.”

What happens next can be the real beauty of a live program — A spontaneous exchange grounded in civility and mutual respect for each other’s intelligence.

Or… it could go the other way, allowing an off-topic caller or a bad phone connection to take over for a few merciless minutes.

America invented the Internet.

The first iteration of what became “the Internet” that you use everyday, was built in the 1960s. It was called ARPANET and was one the first packet-switching networks that transmitted data using TCP/IP. Packet-switching is a method by which data is transmitted in chunks or “packets” that can be retransmitted if there is a disruption. TCP/IP are the protocols that manage and control the communications process.

Hiking Cultures

Nov 1, 2016
Diana Coogle

Somewhere along the 100 miles of the Alta Via 2 trail that I hiked, with my friend Mike Kohn, in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains last September, someone asked us to describe the most beautiful place we had seen on the trail. I was at a loss to answer, but Mike thought immediately of a summit along the trail just before a descent to the Lago di Fedaia at the foot of Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. It was at least an appropriate answer, being one of a number of most beautiful places.


In making the announcement, NPR cited three main reasons.In late August, NPR announced that it was discontinuing the feature on that enabled visitors to make public comments about its online news stories. The announcement surprised me. After all, it seems antithetical for an organization with the word “public” in its very name to eliminate a mechanism for receiving public feedback.