The Jefferson Exchange Team

Jefferson Exchange Team

The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, April Ehrlich is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.

To contact the producers to pitch a segment idea or make a comment about the show, email them at or call 541-552-7075.


Air ambulances in California get some public funding to stay in business.  And before the legislature closed, it passed a bill to extend that funding. 

That buys time for the air ambulance services, which point to the evacuation of an entire neonatal unit from Redding during the Carr Fire as proof of their value. 

The California Association of Air Medical Services pushed for the passage of the funding measure, AB 651.  It awaits Governor Gavin Newsom's signature. 

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The death of son Max to a heroin overdose spurred Julia and David Pinsky to action.  They created the nonprofit Max's Mission, dedicated to handing out Naloxone doses so that the overdose-reversing drug would be available in a hurry. 

The Pinskys recently received an award recognizing programs around Oregon that target drug addiction. 

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Fentanyl can be a confusing drug.  Not only is its name often mispronounced (it's "fentan-ill"), but it's just hard to conceive of a drug so strong that a little bit can kill. 

And it does; fentanyl figured in the deaths of Tom Petty and Prince, and kills thousands of lesser-known people every year. 

Why IS there a drug roughly 50 times stronger than morphine and heroin?  These are among the questions researched by Ben Westhoff in the book Fentanyl, Inc.: How Rogue Chemists Are Creating the Deadliest Wave of the Opioid Epidemic.  The research included visiting a fentanyl lab in China. 

Coming of age in a dreary Northwest town.  That's a very basic outline for the movie "Low Low," which is set in (but not actually shot in) Vancouver, Washington. 

Four working-class teen girls try to figure out what comes after high school in the film, which has already had single-night screenings in Ashland and Eugene (yes, and Vancouver). 

KDA Homes

For once, The Ground Floor focuses on a business that really deals with ground floors.  KDA Homes in the Rogue Valley brings some experienced builders together to create housing that incorporates recent innovations in energy, in design, and in concept. 

An example is The Garden Cottages in Ashland, a set of smaller homes designed to function as a community. 

Laz Ayala, who joined us a few months ago to talk about immigrating to the United States, is one of the partners in KDA. 


We've got some issues facing us now that require some long-term planning.  Global warming will not be solved immediately; we won't see results of climate-positive actions right away. 

Which makes it hard for creatures bent toward instant gratification.  So how do we modify our behaviors in ways that provide benefits a while from now, perhaps not in our lifetimes? 

Bina Venkataraman examines who we are and what we're capable of in the book The Optimist's Telescope


The Klamath Independent Film Festival has been slowly building its reach and reputation in recent years.  This year it has the perfect main event: a feature film shot IN Klamath Falls. 

It's true, the indy film "Phoenix, Oregon" needed a bowling alley; Klamath Falls has one, where Phoenix does not.  The feature is only one of many films to screen over the three days of the festival. 


For several years now, the Ashland Culture of Peace Commission has worked to instill a sense of people doing right by each other in the community. 

And it is clearly not the only organization of its kind, because others are sending reps to the Ashland Global Peace Conference, next week in Ashland (September 21st).  Anwarul K. Chowdhury, the founder of the global culture of peace, will be among the guests. 


When we refer back to "the wisdom of the ancients," a logical follow-up is "which ancients?"  There were many influential cultures in the world millennia ago. 

And despite the way they tend to be taught, they had some awareness of each other, even some interaction.  That explains the plural in the title of historian Michael Scott's book Ancient Worlds: A Global History of Antiquity

The book focuses on a period 2500 years ago when things began to turn in the direction of the civilization we know today. 

Rogue Valley Mentoring

A little nudge in the right direction can make a huge difference in the life of a young person.  Going beyond nudge to general guidance is what mentoring is all about. 

We visited in the past with the people of The Rose Circle, which started with women mentoring girls and expanded to include males.  Now the program has even outgrown its old name, and is now known as Rogue Valley Mentoring

Can you even take a break from media in today's world?  Even if you shut off all the broadcast sources and your web browser, there's a good chance a friend will call or text or email with something new--and potentially outrageous--from the world outside. 

We relish the chance to talk about happenings in the media in a monthly segment we call Signals & Noise.  Our regulars are from the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi. 


"Go to college, you'll get a good job."  Generations of Americans heard that urge to action and believed it.  And it was true for a long time, but now it's a bit harder to make the case that college will pay off, especially now that it costs to much more to attend. 

Paul Tough, who writes about education, parenting, poverty, and politics, picks up the story in his book The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us

He questions whether college has become a tool for protecting the privileged, or whether it provides a real opportunity for people to move up the income ladder. 

Kirsten Vinyeta via Karuk Natural Resources

The land was once used differently in Northern California.  Both the people and the climate were different.  Now there is heavy fire suppression, and longer, drier fire seasons. 

The Karuk Tribe drew up plans to approach environmental management on its traditional lands in an age of climate change.  The Climate Adaptation Plan involves relationships between the Karuk and many agencies and organizations. 

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The month when all the kids are back in school seems like a good month to learn some new lessons.  So September is National Preparedness Month, a chance for people young and old to spend some time thinking about how to survive a major disaster. 

The Cascadia Subduction Zone keeps the possibility of a major earthquake in the region on the radar; such a quake could disrupt communications and travel for weeks.  So the Oregon Emergency Management department is shifting focus from a 72-hour emergency kit to a "2 Weeks Ready" campaign. 


It's hard for some of us to believe it's already been 18 years since the terrorist attacks of 9/11 in the year 2000.  Children born at that time are now adults, with no direct memories of the day. 

Survivors of the attack have vivid memories, especially the police and firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center site and had their health damaged by exposure to the clouds of debris.  Attorney William H. Groner fought for them in court, a story he tells in the book 9/12: The Epic Battle of the Ground Zero Responders


The light regulatory touch preferred by the current White House means regulations proposed in earlier administrations are being altered or cancelled outright.  That includes a plan left over from the Obama years to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos. 

The Trump administration backed off the ban, but not the state of California.  The state Department of Pesticide Regulation is moving ahead with plans to effectively end the use of chlorpyrifos in California, out of concern for its health effects on creatures other than pests. 

Dunbar Farms has been in Medford so long, the original pear orchards were plowed with the help of horses.  110 years later, most of the pear trees are gone, replaced by wine grapes and a number of other crops. 

But Dunbar Carpenter's daughter Emily Carpenter Mostue is still on the scene, directing the activities of this unique (within Medford city limits) agricultural operation. 

The farm is the focus of this month's edition of Stories of Southern Oregon, collected and curated by Maureen Flanagan Battistella. 


The psychiatrist James Gordon knows a thing or two about trauma, and not just the kind experienced by individuals.  As the director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, he works with the kind of trauma that affects entire populations--think Kosovo, Gaza, or Pine Ridge. 

How would a therapist even begin the healing process?  That question and many more are answered in Dr. Gordon's book The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma

It reveals many of the techniques he's used over 50 years in the field. 

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The scene may puzzle casual passers-by: people in lawn chairs staring at a chimney.  Just wait; right around sunset the show begins. 

That's when big numbers of Vaux's swifts--birds--come back to the chimney to roost for the night.  The birds put on shows in several communities in the region this time of year, Hedrick Middle School in Medford is one site. 

The Rogue Valley Audubon Society tracks this and other bird movements, and the Southern Oregon Land Conservancy also plays a part. 

Robert Bushell, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Public Domain,

It is a common question during the ongoing immigration debate: why do people insist on trying to get into the United States, especially when the administration is making it harder?  The answer lies well beyond the U.S. border, in the countries people leave behind. 

Lynn Stephen, University of Oregon anthropologist, studies Latin America and migration.  She has spent time in both Guatemala, one of the countries people are fleeing, and a refugee shelter in San Diego.