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A Reporter's View Of The Refuge Takeover


The armed takeover of the vacant offices at Oregon's Malheur National Refuge draws attention from much of the country. 

And a few head scratches, too... over why it even happened, when the people at the center of the protest submitted to federal authority without protest. 

Media people on the scene outnumber the militants; Zoë Carpenter, the assistant Washington editor at The Nation, is among the people reporting on the takeover. 

She joins us with an update on what she's witnessed. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.