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.

One of the major complaints about the news business is with the stories it does NOT cover.  Project Censored figured there was something better to do than complain, so it began putting out a yearbook of stories that did not get told in the mainstream or "corporate" media. 

Representative Greg Walden
Kevin Hume / Herald and News

Republican Greg Walden has repesented Oregon's 2nd Congressional Distrct in the US House of Representatives since 1999. His seat has been considered one of the safest in Congress.

A week ago, Walden announced he would not run again in 2020. This surprise announcement has many observers of Oregon politics scratching their heads.

By Ewen Denney via Wikipedia

14-thousand feet over Northern California, the view is spectacular.  The climb up Mount Shasta (14,179 feet) is not for everyone, but it's worth it for the people who make it. 

But, uh... where do they go to the bathroom?  The answer to that question in summer is the subject of a short documentary film in the works, called "Way to Go."

It focuses on the composting toilet at the Sierra Club cabin at Horse Camp.  Its claim to fame is that it is the highest composting toilet in the country. 

Power lines
Public Domain Pictures

Pacific Gas & Electric's planned blackouts last week left millions of Northern Californians in the dark. Businesses lost money, people with health issues that require electrically-powered medical devices scrambled to find alternative power sources, and schools were forced to cancel classes.

White Pine Pictures

You can brush off the idea that America is run by corporations, but consider this fact: the money corporate America spends on lobbyists is now more than the combined salaries of all the members of Congress, in both houses. 

The power of corporations is examined in the new documentary film "The Corporate Coup D' Etat," which gets a screening this week (November 6th) at Southern Oregon University. 

Jeff Cohen is one of several producers of the film, which makes the case for a slow-motion corporate coup that a lot of people missed. 


The extreme views on climate change hold that science is just plain wrong, on one hand, or that science will fix the world before it gets too bad, on the other hand. 

Alejandro Frid chooses to land somewhere in between, trusting that science is correct about the causes of climate change, but that ancient knowledge could help correct the effects. 

Frid is an ecologist who spends a lot of time with the indigenous people of North America.  He offers up his thinking on how to take the best of modern and traditional knowledge, in the book Changing Tides: An Ecologist's Journey to Make Peace with the Anthropocene


Winter is coming, and it can mess with your motor vehicle in myriad ways.  From cars that won't start because of cold batteries to cars that won't stop because of frozen pavement, there's a lot that can go wrong. 

Zach Edwards is in the business of fixing cars; he owns Ashland Automotive, a repair shop.  Once a month we pepper him with questions about vehicle care and feeding, and invite you to join in, 800-838-3760 and


Depression is common enough that a variety of medications exist to ease the symptoms.  And within that broad category are several sub-categories of antidepressants that work on the body and mind in different ways. 

Even so, it may take more than pills to bring a person up from depression.  

Rod Waddington, CC BY-SA 2.0,

Are your emotional reactions to events pretty much like they were when you were four years old?  You should hope not. 

The change signifies your maturity, but also might serve as a demonstration of how our emotions develop with our intellect.  We know far more about where in the brain and mind emotions come from, and Lisa Feldman Barrett pulls in recent discoveries in the book How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

For one thing, scientists now think no single emotion comes from one single part of the brain. 


"When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,

And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock..." 

It sure sounds like James Whitcomb Riley's poem is EXACTLY about this time of year.  We're leaving carved pumpkins behind and heading for the holiday where the turkey takes center stage. 

And since it's the first Friday of the month, we pause for the November edition of First Friday Arts.  It's all listener-generated content; arts organizations get an email invitation to call 800-838-3760 with news of arts events coming to stages and galleries around the region. 

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The Klamath Basin is no stranger to earthquakes.  A big one in 1993 damaged several buildings, including the county courthouse, which had to be replaced. 

Klamath Falls natives Steve Eberlein and Lydia Ledgerwood-Eberlein were living in Sri Lanka when a tsunami from the Indian Ocean quake of 2004 devastated the island.  They started a business, Tipping Point Resilience, to help people and organizations get ready for earthquakes like the Big One expected from the Cascadia Subduction Zone. 


A recent guest on The Exchange made the case for working to catch cancer much earlier, catching the first cell, rather than trying to kill the last.  The attitude is gaining ground in medicine. 

Witness the creation of CEDAR, the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center at OHSU in Portland (Oregon Health & Science University).  It is an organization within an organization, designed to explore ideas for early detection of cancer swiftly. 


When you don't have a lot of money to spend on food, you cut some corners.  And that can result in families having plenty of calories--high-calorie foods are cheap--but little quality nutrition. 

Access, Inc., the community action agency for Jackson County, offers training in gardening to low-income families... so with a little bit of yard space, they can grow their own nutritious foods. 

Another six-week class begins November 4th at the Medford library. 


We get focused on economic issues like the cost of health care and the impact of inequality, but Michael Lerner says we should focus on bigger concerns. 

Lerner--a rabbi, psychotherapist, and social theorist--says most of us want love and respect and connection.  He lays out the vision in his book Revolutionary Love: A Political Manifesto to Heal and Transform the World.  The book gets into what to ask for, and how. 

Lerner has written before about his concerns about the right wing, but he dings the left as well for its failings. 


We have yet to find a genre of music that Josh Gross does not like.  Admittedly, we're not working very hard at it. 

We just enjoy bringing Josh--musician, performer, composer, and more--into the studio once a month for a segment we call Rogue Sounds.  The segment features a short list of bands coming to play venues in the region, from the armories to hole-in-the-wall taverns. 

Mark Buckawicki/Wikimedia

The relatively low-impact off-year election provides a chance to test out new voting technology. 

So two Oregon counties, Jackson and Umatilla, will pilot a new system that would allow overseas voters to vote online through a blockchain-powered system. 

The Voatz App (yep, sounds like "votes") will be offered to service members and other Americans living overseas but wishing to vote. 


Which kind of digital device are you using to read this?  And how much time do you spend on that device in a given day? 

The answer is roughly ten hours a day for most Americans over the age of 14, and the exposure is changing us.  doreen dodgen-magee (no caps, her choice) examines how, in the book Deviced!  Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World. 

Many of the region's tourist spots girded for another smoky summer, and for nothing.  In the Shakespeare hotspot of Ashland, only one weekend featured smoke levels into the unhealthy range. 

But trying to second-guess fire season and the weather affected both people in the tourism business and the tourists themselves; many changed their plans for this year based on last year's heavy fire season. 

We get a wrap-up on the summer behind us from the perspective of Travel Ashland, the Shasta-Cascade Wonderland Association, and Discover Klamath.


In some realms, mainly politics, we've more or less given up on trying to persuade people.  "You can't change someone's mind," we hear. 

But people can and DO change their minds.  Like the people who have to leave people they love for their own safety, or the people who leave religious cults. 

These are among the examples Eleanor Gordon-Smith provides in her book Stop Being Reasonable: How We Really Change Our Minds.  We clearly have the power to change minds, starting with our own, and the author talks about how that happens. 


Research we covered earlier this year points out that local governments in towns without newspapers often spend more freely; there are no reporters scrutinizing budgets.  Many small towns in our region do not have newspapers, but they do have access to the Rural Organizing Project

ROP is taking a short workshop on the road, "Democracy at Work in Rural Oregon: Demystifying Budgets for Local Changemakers."  Attendees will emerge from the session with more knowledge of how to read budgets, ask questions about line items, and request changes.