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.

Richard Nixon was a new president and men walked on the moon in the first year of what became the Oregon Country Fair.  Nixon and moon walks are both long gone, but the Country Fair is going strong. 

The 50th anniversary celebration brings OCF back to the woods near Veneta on the weekend of July 12th, with food, fun, and music, including Grateful Dead veteran Phil Lesh. 


We've reached a point where there is widespread knowledge of harassment and bullying in the workplace.  But does that mean we are working to eliminate bad behaviors?  Not everywhere, says Lauren Stiller Rikleen, lawyer/mediator/author. 

She points out the workplace culture issues that often perpetuate bullying and harassment in her latest book The Shield of Silence.  Step one: break the silence that prevents people from speaking up about workplace transgressions. 


The fireworks were fun.  We're sleeping them off today, instead of coming in for a new Jefferson Exchange. 

But we rifled our files for some notable interviews from the past.  
At 8: Keeping Oregon Green: Livability, Stewardship, and the Challenges of Growth, 1960–1980

Oregon seemed like environmental mecca during this period in history, but Derek Larson found the roots of the accomplishments in previous decades.  

At 9: Being loud and proud, and when it's good to feel that way.  Psychologist Jessica Tracy felt proud enough to NOT continue working as a barista, just one of many stories in her book Take Pride: Why the Deadliest Sin Holds the Secret to Human Success

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The Exchange crew takes advantage of Independence Day, heading out to celebrate with you.  But we collected two of our favorite interviews to play in our absence.  

At 8: Robert Moor eschews the hiking guidebook in favor of a more philosophical book on where we walk.  His book is On Trails: An Exploration

At 9: a hearkening back to the birth of the country, and high hopes for maintaining our republic through time.  Eric Metaxas explores the original vision and the difficulty in keeping it in sight, in the book If You Can Keep It: The Forgotten Promise of American Liberty


First Friday is a day to celebrate the arts on the Jefferson Exchange.  But the Independence Day holiday presents a minor obstacle: we're not working on Friday, July 5th. 

So our monthly First Friday Arts segment becomes, for July only, First Wednesday Arts!  We send out the usual invitations to arts organizations throughout the region: call 800-838-3760 to tell us about the musical or theatrical or gallery events in your town in July.

Just about every country on the planet has its own distinctive style of dance.  Charya Burt works in the style of her native country, Cambodia. 

Cambodian music and culture are presented at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this year in the play "Cambodian Rock Band," and Charya Burt Cambodian Dance plays the Green Show stage at OSF July 4th and 6th. 

The piece to be presented honors the memory of the singer Ros Sereysothea, who died while the Khmer Rouge held power in Cambodia. 

National Army Museum, London

This week we celebrate the events in Philadelphia in the sticky summer of 1776.  But those events would not have been possible without the sacrifices of men and women who believed in something other than long-distance rule from England. 

Rick Atkinson, who won a Pulitzer prize for his work on World War II, turns his attention to much earlier battles in The British Are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777

The book is the first installment of a planned trilogy. 


We're still half a year away from 2020, but preparation pays off in conducting the census of the United States.  Parts of the country identified as hard-to-count even have their own acronym, HTC. 

And California contains several hard-to-count areas, including some rural areas in the northern part of the state.  California Complete Count is putting state resources to work in ensuring an accurate census. 


When there are crops to grow and no rain to help grow them, farmers and irrigators turn to groundwater.  It's a story all over the country, and our understanding of the long-term effects of pumping groundwater are limited. 

It's clear that taking water from underground aquifers depletes those aquifers over time, but the effects on streams and evaporation to the atmosphere are less well understood.  Now comes research that models the broader effects of groundwater extraction, demonstrating the impacts. 


Start a conversation with a political opponent.  Would you even know how to open?  We've gotten very good at pushing each other's buttons, but show limited ability to actually communicate. 

James Hoggan, who comes from a public relations background, gathers wisdom from respected thinkers in his book I'm Right and You're an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up.

The book is now in a second edition reflecting the results and aftermath of the 2016 election. 

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The salmon and steelhead are the glamour fish of western rivers.  But you'll find lamprey in many of the rivers, too.

A lamprey is a jawless fish--don't call it an eel--that attaches to other fish for feeding. Lamprey are very important to Native Americans in the region, and it was a member of the Yurok tribe, biologist Keith Parker, who discovered that there are actually two distinct sub-species of lamprey. 

His work through the Yurok Tribe Fisheries Department is garnering attention. 


It's still the American dream for many people: hop into the car, strap in, fire up, and take off.  That assumes that the car cooperates, starts up and runs well. 

When it doesn't, well, that's the domain of Zach Edwards, the owner of Ashland Automotive.  Once a month he visits for a segment we call The Squeaky Wheel: car repair and operation tips and tricks. 

We invite the audience to chime in with stories and questions at 800-838-3760 and  This month, how to help a mechanic diagnose what's wrong with your car or truck. 


Maybe it's not easy to be kind to people with whom you disagree, but it's possible.  Case in point: the former neo-Nazis who help their former comrades leave hate groups behind. 

That's just one example psychologist Jamil Zaki provides in his book The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.  Building empathy?  Yes, Zaki points out that empathy is not fixed at birth, it's learned.

They are an ancient people, but the Coquille tribe celebrates a 30-year anniversary this weekend (June 29th).  It's been 30 years since the Coquille became a federally recognized tribe once again, after years off the lists, as a "terminated" tribe. 

An act of Congress restored tribal status in 1989, and the Coquille have worked to enhance the well-being of members and grow financially since that time. 


It's not smoky in the region as June comes to a close, but we should probably add the word "yet."  Summer has featured a great deal of wildfire and smoke in recent years, and we're all bracing for more. 

Oregon's two U.S. Senators introduced new legislation recently to provide more help to communities and individuals that get smoked-in.  The Wildfire Smoke Relief Act of 2019 is one of a handful of pieces introduced by Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley. 


As humans put some distance between themselves and nature, men claimed the role of the "outdoorsy" people.  Eugene writer Ruby McConnell made a move to reclaim that space with a book called A Woman's Guide to the Wild

And she continues down that trail with a book aimed at females in the 9-12 age group, with A Girl's Guide to the Wild, out this year. 

It's got the expected features: safety and orientation in the woods, for example, but also things like science experiments to conduct outdoors. 

Still from video by Tom Hitchcock

It's hard to imagine counting up to a billion of anything.  But that's the approximate weight--in pounds--of pesticides used in the United States each year. 

And it gets more interesting: close to a third of those pesticides, in weight, were substances that are illegal in Europe.  The United States continues to allow the use of pesticides banned in other countries. 

Recently published research compares American pesticide use and regulation with that of Europe, China, and Brazil.  And it finds us lagging behind all of them in banning pesticides. 

Nathan Donley of the Center for Biological Diversity is the author of the study. 

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Archaeology is all about trying to better understand how people lived their lives in the past.  It doesn't hurt to try some of their food and drink. 

That's where Travis Rupp comes in; he calls himself a "beer archaeologist" and attempts to recreate some very old recipes for fermented beverages.  As the hot days of summer approach, who better to have as a guest on our Underground History segment? 


The way we use language today is not the same as a couple of generations ago.  If we used the word "cool" to describe something interesting to our great-grandparents, they probably would have wondered what caused the chilling. 

Linguist/teacher/author John McWhorter makes the case that the English language is resilient, and that is why it changes over time.  His most recent book on the subject is Words on the Move

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The Oregon Bach Festival's 2019 season starts Friday in Eugene and runs through July 13. One highlight is the Bach in Motion project premiering on Friday, July 5. 

DanceAbility International partners with OBF to connect Bach's music to dance. Choreographed by DanceAbility founder Alito Alessi, co-choreographed by Shannon Mockli, and led by conductor Jane Glover, this is a centerpiece event for the two-week festival.