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Jenny Graham | Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Between a pair of imposing pillars hangs an elaborately wrought-iron gate, at its center a bear’s head shield. Suddenly the bear lets out a mighty growl, recalling the MGM lion’s roar, and the gate, a projection, gives way to one of those scratchy old-time newsreels with the headlines MOVIELAND MELANCHOLY and TRAGEDY AT SEA.

Spotlight won this year’s Academy Award for Best Picture, but the story portrayed is slipping slowly into the fiction category. The sort of investigative journalism dramatized in the film is disappearing.

Michael Keaton plays a newspaper editor in charge of the investigative journalism unit at the Boston Globe in 2001. When they uncover a child-abuse scandal inside the Catholic Church, each reporter wrestles with how the revelations will affect their lives and neighborhoods.

April 7–11 marks the 15th anniversary of the Ashland Independent Film Festival. The festival has grown from 73 films in four days at the beautiful art deco Varsity Theatre to more than 90 films and dozens of special events in five days across Ashland. AIFF16 will expand across town and across genres with films, live performances, and art installations at the Varsity, the Historic Ashland Armory, Ashland Street Cinema, the Ashland Springs Hotel, and new venues, ScienceWorks Hands-On Museum and the Schneider Museum of Art. 

Lessons From The Field

Mar 14, 2016

It’s around 10pm when I call Vicky, a crisis worker for victims of domestic violence in Del Norte County, California. I’m panicking, 150 miles away in Ashland. I’m afraid someone is going to get hurt tonight. Vicky listens calmly. She agrees to drive by an address near her neighborhood. It’s an address that shows up over and over in the Del Norte County 9-1-1 call logs. I came across it researching how law enforcement responds to reports of domestic violence in a county with the highest rate of domestic violence reports in California.

Domestic violence occurs in every region, in every part of society.

But economically-depressed rural areas often have a greater incidence of abuse and fewer resources to stop it.

For example, in Del Norte County -- nestled far behind the Redwood Curtain in California’s northwestern corner -- 911 calls about domestic violence come in at a rate eight times the state average.

More of these calls reached local law enforcement in 2015 than ever before. 

Late last year, I received another set of all of Beethoven’s symphonies and a student working here at JPR heard my sighs and asked what prompted them. I explained that we had been given yet another recording in a decades old tradition of one conductor recording all nine symphonies of Beethoven and our space is limited. Being an intelligent young man, he asked how I decide whether it is worth holding on to and since the station has many recordings of the same thing, how I determine what recordings go on the air.

I was recently reminded of the old proverb “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” when the controversial Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) was passed quietly in the night as an amendment slipped into the trillion dollar omnibus bill that prevented our federal government from running out of money and shutting down.

The stated purpose of CISA is somewhat vague: “To improve cybersecurity in the United States through enhanced sharing of information about cybersecurity threats, and for other purposes.”

Remembering OSF's Catherine E. Coulson

Mar 2, 2016
Oregon Shakespeare Festival

  For the opening night of Guys and Dolls last year, Catherine Coulson, who played the Salvation Army General, wanted to present her fellow cast members with an affectionate souvenir. Ever resourceful, she reached the secretary at the local Salvation Army office, who managed to locate a bag of wooden coins with the Salvation Army logo on them. At one time, they were awarded to donors who put money in the red pot at Christmas. Catherine was thrilled, but it happened to be the day after a chemo treatment, and she was feeling drained.

Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren | Wildreturn

Today I hiked along a forest trail near my home. Squirrels scolded, a raven croaked. I moved steadily on. Startled at my approach, a deer bounded away, labored up the loose soil of the steep little canyon, and disappeared. I barely paused. There is nothing here for me to fear, nothing for me to attend other than what I choose.

It was a proud moment in my young life… I walked into the Town Clerk’s office back in Coventry, Connecticut shortly after my 18th birthday and registered to vote for the very first time. In that place and that time, there was even a little ceremony around the event… the clerk made me raise my hand to be sworn in as a brand-new voter. And I was excited about the responsibility and the opportunity, even if the next major election was more than a year away, and the next presidential election nearly three years off. Voting meant something then.

Turning A Page

Mar 2, 2016

Welcome to JPR’s new member magazine, The Jefferson Journal! We consider The Jefferson Journal to be a natural evolution of The Jefferson Monthly, a publication JPR has produced and published since April, 1993. Going back to the JPR history vault even further, The Jefferson Monthly was the successor to The Guide to the Arts, which JPR first began publishing in March, 1977.


Some people—like my five-year-old—adore the holidays. Since we celebrate both Hanukah and Christmas in our house, Leone gets a winter two-for-one.

Presents! Treats! Snow forts! What’s not to love?

Restorative Justice: Can It Help?

Dec 1, 2015

When I began reporting on domestic violence in Northern California, Crescent City was my home, and the heart of a crisis in the state’s most northwesterly corner.

The calls came in every day through a police scanner on my desk. 

“Children crying in the street on 9th and D. Domestic disturbance reported.” 

A few hours later one day: “She was pulled out by her hair and thrown down” on Starfish Way. 

Later on, the sheriff’s office dispatcher was connected to another address, where “Somebody called, but nobody spoke.”

Dear Santa,  I know it’s been awhile since I last wrote. Probably like 40 years or so. Sorry man, I’ve been real busy with growing up and life and stuff. Anyway, this past year has been a pretty good year in which I’ve been more nice than I’ve been naughty. To be completely honest with you, I had every intention of being a bit more naughty this past year but I was too busy doing nice things for other people to follow through on those intentions. It feels a bit strange confessing all of this to someone I’m pretty certain doesn’t exist.

Best Of 2015

Dec 1, 2015

Every year, JPR hosts dig through literally thousands of new recordings in order to find the rare gems to share with you. Across our various musical genres, JPR added about 700 new albums to our library this year, out of the nearly 6,000 (!) recordings that came through our doors. We hope some of what we uncovered resonated with you the way they stuck with us. Without further ado, here are our staff and volunteer host picks for “Best of the Year.” -Eric Teel, JPR Music Director, Program Director, Open Air Host

The Ten-Mile Cake

Dec 1, 2015

A few years ago, when I was still living in my little mountain house without electricity, I found a picture of Christmas present cakes in Bon Appétit — individual, four-layered cakes with strawberry ice cream and lemon curd between layers, all wrapped with chocolate ganache and tied with white-icing ribbons.

This past summer I wrote about NPR’s plan to restructure its newsroom shifting resources from beat reporters covering single issues to interdisciplinary teams. The goal of this approach is to provide more holistic coverage of complex issues from diverse vantage points. Also central to this effort is a new commitment by NPR to integrate the work of local station and regional reporters into its coverage.

Stories And Grace

Nov 1, 2015

On the morning after the horrific mass shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg I listened to Morning Edition intently to learn more about the tragic events of the previous day.  That morning NPR aired a StoryCorps segment that reminded me of the power of personal stories to put in context even the darkest reaches of the human experience.