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Oregon Author Bends Gender In The Old West

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John Wayne in "Rio Bravo."

Maybe John Wayne provided the most iconic example, the image of the "manly man" inhabiting the American West during settlement.  It was indeed a society dominated by men, so you could not blame a woman for feeling excluded. 

Oregon author John Larison explores in fiction what that feeling might lead to, in the novel Whiskey When We're Dry.  His main character, Jessilyn Harney, decides to pass as a man in society, for a variety of reasons.  John Larison visits to talk about his fictional world and how it parallels this one. 
 

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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.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.