Jefferson Journal

The Jefferson Journal is JPR's members' magazine featuring articles, columns, and reviews about living in Southern Oregon and Northern California, as well as articles about finance, health and food from NPR.   The magazine also includes program listings for JPR's network of radio stations. The publication's bi-monthly circulation is approximately 10,000.  To support JPR and receive your copy in the mail each month become a Member today!

There’s a kind of vitality I feel on the coast. It must be the nearness of the sea, something about ions or charged particles. And it extends to music; during a Eureka visit in 1983 I caught the legendary Roomful of Blues at a great venue and immediately began to plan a return to Humboldt County. In the next 20 years I witnessed an explosion of music in the area. 

Antony Sher met Gregory Doran in 1987 in a Royal Shakespeare Company production of The Merchant of Venice. Sher was performing Shylock, while newcomer Doran had a minor role. The two men have been inseparable ever since. While Doran went on to earn acclaim as a director, Sher’s career as a classical actor had cast him in all the great Shakespearean roles from Richard III to Prospero.

Call Number: (Library of Congress) LC-USF34-T01-020993

Three young children peek their faces out of a makeshift tent. The oldest two are smiling, looking at the camera. Their tow-headed baby brother is looking down, his fingers holding something unidentifiable to his mouth. If you look carefully you can just make out the face of a fourth child inside the darkness in the tent. The children’s hair is tangled and their ill-fitting clothes are stained and filthy. The photo’s caption reads, “Lighthearted kids in Merrill FSA Camp, Klamath County, Oregon.”

Focus On The Future

Jan 1, 2017

As we welcome a new year, all of us at JPR are reminded of the special challenges and opportunities 2017 will bring.

 I've had a pretty contentious relationship with my online social network this past election season. My Facebook newsfeed exploded with caustic political memes, links to articles of suspect provenance and fiery rants by folks I thought I knew pretty well, but who displayed previously unrevealed anger management issues.

Shortly after the election, my friend Kevin sent me an article from the Huffington Post by John Trowbridge, a comedy writer who took on the topic of the 3D world versus the 2D world of what I’ve come to call “clackers.” A “clacker” is any device the user clicks or clacks with, like this keyboard I’m using to write these words. 

The Shakespeare Wars

Jan 1, 2017

In July, I was literally hit by a truck. Needless to add, I was grateful to survive the collision, but the prospect of prolonged immobility left me disoriented and depressed. A friend presented me with a copy of Ron Rosenbaum’s The Shakespeare Wars to lift my spirits, but before it could do that, I had to find a way to lift the 600-page book. A neighbor suggested the music stand she’d acquired since beginning flute lessons.

Quiet, Please!

Nov 1, 2016

Noisy crowds are a regular, and indeed expected thing at music clubs that specialize in louder rock music. But the inherent decibel level of the act on stage is usually more than enough to drown out the din. But at smaller venues or with quieter acts, a noisy crowd can be a real detriment to an artist’s ability to connect in a meaningful way with their fans and to fans’ ability to enjoy the artist.  At one recent show I attended in Ashland, the crowd of 150 or so was so loud it was difficult to tell when the concert even started.

Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Some things you should know about Sara Bruner, the OSF actor who played both Viola and Sebastian in last season’s Twelfth Night and Norma McCorvey, a k a Jane Roe, in the premier of Roe.

She first appeared onstage in the guise of an appleseed.  The Missoula Children’s Theatre came to her small town of Deer Lodge, Montana, and as is the custom, two professional actors organized a production about Johnny Appleseed casting the local kids according to the sizes of the available costumes. Bruner was four years old.

“Hi There… You’re On The Air”

Nov 1, 2016

The moment of greatest trust between a talk show host and a listener starts with a casual turn of phrase:  “Let’s take a call.”

What happens next can be the real beauty of a live program — A spontaneous exchange grounded in civility and mutual respect for each other’s intelligence.

Or… it could go the other way, allowing an off-topic caller or a bad phone connection to take over for a few merciless minutes.

America invented the Internet.

The first iteration of what became “the Internet” that you use everyday, was built in the 1960s. It was called ARPANET and was one the first packet-switching networks that transmitted data using TCP/IP. Packet-switching is a method by which data is transmitted in chunks or “packets” that can be retransmitted if there is a disruption. TCP/IP are the protocols that manage and control the communications process.

Hiking Cultures

Nov 1, 2016
Diana Coogle

Somewhere along the 100 miles of the Alta Via 2 trail that I hiked, with my friend Mike Kohn, in Italy’s Dolomite Mountains last September, someone asked us to describe the most beautiful place we had seen on the trail. I was at a loss to answer, but Mike thought immediately of a summit along the trail just before a descent to the Lago di Fedaia at the foot of Marmolada, the highest mountain in the Dolomites. It was at least an appropriate answer, being one of a number of most beautiful places.


In making the announcement, NPR cited three main reasons.In late August, NPR announced that it was discontinuing the feature on that enabled visitors to make public comments about its online news stories. The announcement surprised me. After all, it seems antithetical for an organization with the word “public” in its very name to eliminate a mechanism for receiving public feedback.

Editor’s note: Ashland-based investigative journalist and science writer, Jennifer Margulis, Ph.D., delves into the world of in-home senior care for this feature, made possible by The Fund for Investigative Journalism (FIJ) in Washington D.C., and the Journalists in Aging Fellows Program of New America Media and the Gerontological Society of America.

Soul Is Back

Aug 31, 2016

My mom grew up in inner city Detroit, attending grade school in the 1960s with Stevie Wonder. She shared social studies, science and an arts elective called “Auditorium” with Mr. Wonder. In this class, students were required to create mock radio shows and Stevie’s contribution was usually playing his harmonica. 

The Game Of Thrones

Aug 31, 2016
Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

As do all Shakespeare’s history plays, Richard II serves up a political lesson on the civil chaos brought on by misrule. It brings us an England consumed by an all-or-nothing game of power politics, in which victory is Pyrrhic and defeat is a capital crime. The endlessly fascinating OSF production, directed by Bill Rauch in the Thomas Theatre, transposes the action to a contemporary arena and peels ideology down to personality.

Engaging A Nation

Aug 31, 2016

By now it’s evident that the 2016 Presidential election is not a typical affair.  One of the ways it’s been atypical from a media standpoint is that Donald Trump has been the first major party candidate in modern times to so unabashedly embrace the concept that “there is no such thing as bad publicity” – an expression made popular by P.T. Barnum, the 19th century American showman and circus owner.

Jes Burns, OPB/EarthFix

It was an unseasonably warm June week when I visited Oregon’s Diamond Lake.

This made for some lovely fishing weather, but it wasn’t ideal for fish stocking. And that’s what a small group of employees with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife were there for.

“As soon as Greg gives me the word, I’ll dump ’em in,” said the fish deliveryman.

The thousands of fish had traveled via small trailer through the night from a hatchery in Utah. The driver arrived about two hours early in an attempt to beat the heat.

A New Beginning

Jun 30, 2016

After over 47 years operating from its cramped, outdated facility located in the basement of Central Hall on the Southern Oregon University (SOU) campus, JPR is getting a new home.  As part of the renovation and expansion of SOU’s theatre and performing arts building, The Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA), a new state-of-the-art JPR studio facility will be constructed starting this month with completion scheduled for late summer 2017.

It’s About Time

Jun 30, 2016
Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Lisa Loomer’s Roe and Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone surmount a similar challenge: how to bring dramatic form to a sprawling, complicated decade of American History.  The 1973 Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade legalized abortion and triggered resistance that reverberates to this day. The fall of Saigon in 1975 after over a decade of brutal conflict in Southeast Asia drove waves of refugees to the United States.  To wrest the multiple, often contradictory human truths from these events, Loomer and Nguyen have developed sharply different approaches to time.