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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Concerns about offensive place names arise from time to time, mostly because the names persist.  Oregon has a long list of places with "squaw" in their names. 

Netflix star Hasan Minhaj put out a video a few months ago questioning the persistence of racist place names, and renewed the focus.  The Oregon Geographic Names Board is an advisory group for the naming of geographic features within the state of Oregon. 

William Smith

In the world of fermenting, Kirsten and Christopher Shockey are rock stars.  They were among the headliners at the recent "Live Culture Coast" events on the Southern Oregon Coast. 

In fact, the culture part was a double (maybe triple) entendre, with an eye on the living culture of fermentation included.  The Shockeys return to The Exchange for this month's edition of Savor, our food segment. 

Food stylist William Smith, our partner, rounds up the first-rate fermenters for a chat. 


The mass murder at Columbine High School was hard to experience even from a great distance.  It was an issue right in in Sue Klebold's home. 

Not only did she lose her son, he was one of the two people who planned and carried out the act of carnage.  She tells the story of life torn apart and rebuilt in the book A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy

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Anyone who did not already know a few things about the Kurds learned a few more when President Trump withdraw military protection for them. 

Timothy Dolan of Ashland is very familiar with Kurdistan and its people, having worked as a university teacher there.  He has been watching with interest as the states around the stateless Kurds take action. 

The heart of the television season, the advent of the holiday movie season, the constant beat of news from Washington... yeah, we can find a few media issues to talk about.  And we do, in a specialy monthly segment we call Signals & Noise. 

Two members of the Communication faculty at Southern Oregon University, usually Andrew Gay and Precious Yamaguchi, join us to talk about a short list of the highs, lows, and headscratchers of our vast and ever-expanding media landscape.  This month, Chris Lucas subs for Precious, who is on maternity leave.

"If you build it, they will come."  A great line for a movie ("Field of Dreams"), but not necessarily a good principle in urban planning.  Witness the constant building of roads and other infrastructure in American towns, and how they don't necessarily make those towns better places to live. 

Chuck Marohn, civil engineer and city planner, started and runs a nonprofit called Strong Towns, advocating for the building and nurturing of resilient communities.  He lays out the case in his book Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity

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The teen years are always tough. Homelessness, family crisis and other social ills can make those years even more challenging.

Hearts With A Mission has been providing faith-based family services for a number of years in Jackson and Josephine Counties. The organization is nearing completion of a new youth shelter to give teens in crisis a safe place to go.


They look alike, they live in the same areas, and they have even mated upon occasion.  But barred owls and spotted owls do not generally co-exist, and that's a problem for the meeker spotted owl, already present on the federal endangered species list. 


Stanley Crawford is best known as a writer, with several published novels and non-fiction works as well.  But he's also a garlic farmer in New Mexico, and has learned a few things about the business of agriculture and its practitioners.  It certainly has some highs and lows, as you may have heard. 

For Crawford the lows include trying to keep American duties on imported Chinese garlic, to keep the cheap garlic from flooding the market and swamping farmers like him.  Would YOU want to take on the People's Republic in a legal battle? 

Crawford tells the story in a book and in the Netflix series "Rotten." 

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Visiting a health care provider is often stressful. But people of color and LGBTQ people often get an added dose of insensitivity and outright discrimination. That's according to a new preliminary report from the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network.

Some of the many vineyards that dot the region grow grapes where pear trees stood until recently.  Not so with Troon Vineyard in the Applegate Valley. 

What was once a cattle ranch became a vineyard in the early 70s, at the hands of Scottish immigrant Dick Troon. 

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Ernesto Javier Martinez is a University of Oregon faculty member in the department of Indigenous, Race and Ethnic Studies. He studies how racially and sexually marginalized people engage the larger world through art, despite the forces arrayed against them.

He also engages the world through art. A case in point is his new children's book, When We Love Someone, We Sing to Them, which is now an award-winning film called La Serenata

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You've probably seen private landowners posting homemade "NO SPRAYING" signs along the roadways that border their properties. Now some residentes are seeking to make that the rule for all roadways in Jackson and Josephine Counties.

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Wildfire has become a part of every westerner's life. But how are we adapting as communities?

That's a question a team of researchers, led by University of Oregon landcape architecture professor Bart Johnson, hopes to answer. His team has started a multi-year project to help understand how social networks in the west interact and collaborate to manage widfire risk.


You came home from the concert and could not bring yourself to throw out the pretty program.  So you saved it.  With the programs from all the other concerts. 

Now those and all the other collected papers are overflowing the double-sized file cabinet you bought to fit them all.  Sound somewhat familiar?  Some of us just hold onto things, and the behavior can get extreme--and entertaining: witness the TV show "Hoarders." 

Social worker Elaine Birchall works with people who have problems with hoarding, and she writes of the problems and solutions in the book Conquer the Clutter: Strategies to Identify, Manage, and Overcome Hoarding, with co-author Suzanne Cronkwright. 

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Since China announced it would no longer accept America's recyclables, the region's waste management services have been scrambling to find a new route for the recyclables they collect. Unfortunately, one route for the stuff we used to recycle runs straight to the landfill.

Southern Oregon Sanitation, which serves Josephone County and parts of Jackson County, is taking a step forward by constructing a new recycling depot and processing facility, which it plans to open in 2020.

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November 8th marked the one-year anniversary of the Camp Fire.  When the smoke finally cleared, most of the town of Paradise, California was gone, and 85 people were dead. 

A number of factors, both long-term and immediate, led to the fire and its enormous devastation.  Mark Arax pointed these out in a piece earlier this year in California Sunday magazine. 

Siskiyou Mountain Club

Tim Palmer calls Port Orford home, but he's not there for long stretches of time.  Because Tim is one of the premier writers and photographers of beautiful wild places, in the American West and beyond. 

He is the author of 19 books, including the recent America's Great Mountain Trails: 100 Highcountry Hikes Of A Lifetime.  Where to go in the high country and what you'll see are highlighted in the book. 

Tim Palmer makes a return visit to the studio to talk about the work. 

Poster for film Fire in Paradise

One year ago tomorrow, a downed PG&E power line sparked the Camp Fire, a catastrophic wildfire that swept through the Sierra foothills town of Paradise, CA, killing 85 people and destroying over 18,000 structures. Recent counts show that the town has lost 90 percent of its population since the fire. Many former residents have resettled in our listening area.

Netflix has released a new documentary, Fire in Paradise, that tells the gut-wrenching stories of the evacuation of Paradise as the fire bore down on the town, in the words of people who lived through it.

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Terra-Gen is proposing to build a large wind farm on the Monument and Bear River Ridges near the Humboldt county town of Scotia. The recent PG&E blackouts have refocused interests on energy generation closer to home.

But environmental groups have raised questions about the project. Now, the Wiyot Tribe has raised objections of their own, saying the project threatens tribal resources and culture. The tribe, along with the Redwood Coast Energy Authority and Humboldt County, are working on an offshore wind proposal of their own.