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.

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Her revered public radio show is no longer on the air, but Diane Rehm keeps going and going. 

Before she left the NPR scene, she visited many stations to talk about her book on her late husband's struggle with the medical and legal systems. 

On My Own told the story, and Diane Rehm visited in April 2016 to talk about it. 

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With term limits looming, Kate Brown can't run for Oregon governor again. 

Which means she's got most of four years left to press for the programs she wants to see in Oregon state government, without having to stop for an election. 

The legislature is just getting started on its all-important budget-making session, and the governor is touring the state making the case for her priorities. 

Canine Recovery Team

Archaeology tends to deal with events in the remote past.  But it also has value in the present; people with skills digging carefully in the ground have proven helpful in disaster situations. 

Like the deadly fires in California, where archaeologists and canine forensic units have helped recover human cremains.  Not people who died in the fire, but people already cremated whose families still had their ashes. 

That process--dogs and people--is the focus of this month's edition of Underground History, with our partners at the Southern Oregon University Laboratory of Anthropology

Guests are Lynne Engelbert of the Institute for Canine Forensics and Mike Newland at Environmental Science Associates


You've probably seen the T-shirts and bumper stickers saying "be the change you want to see in the world." 

Jane Mosbacher Morris and Wendy Paris tweaked the phrase just a little to urge people to exercise their consumer muscles for the greater good.  Their book is Buy the Change You Want to See: Use Your Purchasing Power to Make the World a Better Place

The idea of voting with your dollars gets a full exploration in the book.

We'd call Josh Gross a music aficionado, but it's hard to say that on the radio.  What he has is great love for, and knowledge of, music. 

And we ask him to share it with us once a month on a segment we call Rogue Sounds.  Josh scans the lists of musical acts coming to the region, and gives us a list of five to consider.  This month: Larry and His Flask, Patrimony, Reverend Horton Heat, Dravus House, and Wordsauce. 

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The Oregon Legislature is just getting down to business, and Ashland Rep. Pam Marsh is determined for that business to include manufactured housing. 

Several issues face the people who live in such homes, aside from the basic fact that they own their homes, but seldom do they own the land under them. 

The Oregon Law Center assists mobile home owners on several points of law.  John VanLandingham is well-versed on the law as it exists, and as he would like to see it changed. 

Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

This winter, more than perhaps any in memory, contains a lot more discussion of wildfire outside of fire season.  Because the seasons are long and destructive and smoky. 

So it should surprise no one to learn that the annual Siskiyou Filmfest includes the film "Wilder than Wild" about fires.  This year's festival, on February 10th in Grants Pass, offers several other works with an environmental bent. 


Put on your guitarist face and get into air-guitar stance, we're going to talk about axes.  And not the kind that cut down trees. 

Electric guitars, specifically solid-body electric guitars, came into their own in the rock n' roll era.  And two companies battled for dominance in sales and prestige: Fender, with the Esquire/Broadcaster/Telecaster and later models, and Gibson, with the Les Paul model. 

The rivalry is portrayed in Ian S. Port's book The Birth of Loud: Leo Fender, Les Paul, and the Guitar-Pioneering Rivalry That Shaped Rock 'n' Roll

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It's hard enough being homeless.  But there are even electronically indignities, like not keeping up with the way the world communicates now. 

A University of California-San Francisco study found that older homeless adults are at the bottom of the digital divide: they have older phones and plans that assign them a new phone number with any upgrades. So the already-existing isolation can be exacerbated. 

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The fire or hurricane or mass shooting can be many miles away, but events like those can affect children anywhere.  And recent research shows that school teachers should be ready to discuss disasters with their students. 

Our media-rich world makes it easy for children to keep up on disasters, but the coverage can scare kids and even affect their mental health. 

Brian Houston directs the Disaster and Community Crisis Center at the University of Missouri. 


By many measures of societal well-being, the USA is not number one.  The American Dream or something like it is more of a reality in Denmark. 

So say the authors of The Inner Level, a recent book.  It points to inequality as the root cause of many of our troubles. 

City of Ashland

An irrigation ditch may be a pleasant place for a streamside stroll, but there are issues in having the water run out in the open.  Evaporation and leakage can let water out, and the open nature of the ditches can let contaminants into the water. 

Which is why irrigation districts prefer pipes to ditches, but those are expensive. 

So the city of Ashland is involved in the plan to run a pipe where there is now a ditch the city owns that carries irrigation water.

The sails are red, but the sailboat is named Golden Rule.  And the peace sign is not just decoration, it represents the boat's mission. 

Veterans For Peace uses the boat to press the case for the end of nuclear weapons.  The boat itself is a recreation of a boat that sank nearly ten years ago, and its creation is the subject of the documentary film "The Rebirth of the Golden Rule," showing soon in the Rogue Valley. 

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Working to protect land, and the creatures that live upon it, can be hard in the best of circumstances.  Those do not exist in war-torn Afghanistan, but the conservation work goes on anyway. 

Biologist Alex Dehgan took a team there to help protect the environment, and they went in unarmed.  Dehgan tells the story in his book The Snow Leopard Project: And Other Adventures in Warzone Conservation

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A city slogan can tell you a little about a city.  Like Albany, Oregon, "the grass seed capital of the world." 

Or Chico's "where everything grows."  Even Yuba City's "prune capital."  But what else you got? 

As the Redding Chamber of Commerce insists, cities need more than slogans and logos.  So the Chamber and partners embarked on the City Identity Project, to help Redding and its people define what it is that makes Redding, Redding. 

Mark Schierbecker, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Anyone familiar with the Westboro Baptist Church and its protests will immediately recognize the title of a new play about a fictional similar church.  "God Hates You" is the play by Emily Dendinger. 

It concerns a young member of the church who realizes, through social media, that her view of the world is not the only one. 

The play gets a reading in Ashland tonight (January 25th), sponsored by the Ashland New Plays Festival

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Both the Britt Festival and the Siskiyou Music Project are dedicated to music and music education.  So it's only natural they join forces to bring some notable musical acts to town. 

The Bohemian Trio visited high schools in the region and played a concert on piano, cello, and saxophone.  And we get to visit with the trio in the studio as the members finish up their residency. 


If the state spends more on public goods, are the people who live there happier?  Yes, in short

Political scientist more spending by the state on public goods like parks and roads parallels people reporting satisfaction in those states. 

But there's a lot of ground to explore in what does and does not constitute a public good. 

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Maybe it's just a better term than "lecture."  Whatever the key to success, TED talks have caught on all over the world.  We even have a "TED Radio Hour" on our weekend schedule. 

The smaller, more local TEDx talks are also popular, and will soon include a Southern Oregon version, TEDx Ashland

The talks will fill half a day on May 20th, but speaker proposals are due by Valentine's Day, February 14th. 


Whether you think the term is fairly applied or not, the term "illegal alien" certainly chafes some of the recipients.  Beyond the term is the reality of why people risk legal action and occasionally life and limb to remain in a country where they have no official status. 

Here's where immigration lawyer J.J. Mullen Sepúlveda steps in.  He works at the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of California-Davis, and he has many stories to tell.  His first book is No Human Is Illegal: An Attorney on the Front Lines of the Immigration War