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JPR's live interactive program devoted to current events and newsmakers from around the region and beyond.

JPR's live interactive program devoted to current events and newsmakers from around the region and beyond.


Ashland, OR


Jefferson PR


JPR's live interactive program devoted to current events and newsmakers from around the region and beyond.




Jefferson Public Radio 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Ashland, OR 97520 541-552-6782


Oregon issues state report card amid sliding school test scores

Colt Gill is the Director of the Oregon Department of Education; he spends time with us exploring the many findings of the Oregon Statewide Report Card for 2021-2022, joined by Scott Nine, Assistant Superintendent of Education Innovation and Improvement.


Klamath River dam removal shifts into a higher gear with fed approval

The Klamath River Renewal Corporation ramps up to full speed, with destruction work potentially getting started in the next calendar. KRRC is a transitional agency with one job: get rid of the dams. Mark Bransom, Executive Director, drops in to give an overview of next steps and how the dam-removal timeline unfolds.


New book takes readers onto Elvis's plane--in the cockpit

Elvis had to travel a lot, and had the jet named after his daughter, Lisa Marie. Ron Strauss was often the one at the controls of the famous plane. We get the full story in the book "Destined to Fly: The Story of Ron Strauss – From Iowa To Elvis." Sally Hoedel is the author.


Oregon's paid leave law starts January 1st, here's what to expect

Paid Leave Oregon already has a director in the person of Karen Humelbaugh and a deputy director in Juan Serratos, who join us to answer the questions about the new system.


Mental Health Matters explores effects of pandemic on young minds

Kairos has long looked after the needs of young people with behavioral problems in several parts of western Oregon. Sarah Hollingworth brings an overview of the Kairos approach and the issues being seen currently.


Beyond the tree falling in the forest: 'The Sounds of Life'

Karen Bakker, a technology entrepreneur, pulls the curtain on sound in the book "The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants."


Exchange Exemplar: a master class in leftovers for any time of the year

Julia Turshen, who is so big on dressing up previously-served meals that she wrote a cookbook about them, called Now & Again: Go-To Recipes, Inspired Menus + Endless Ideas for Reinventing Leftovers.


How the library foundation expands the work of Jackson County Libraries

Jackson County Library Executive Director Ginny Auer visits to talk about the mission and the needs still to be met.


Advice on how to make a killer holiday meal, without it becoming literal

Food safety needs to extend beyond the big meal, because you'll probably have those leftovers hanging around for several more days, at a minimum. We chat with a USDA rep about making only happy food memories on this or any holiday.


Non-native stink bugs lay some stank on Oregon crops

Nik Wiman is an Associate Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU about the population of brown marmorated stink bugs exploded this year, possible due to the long, wet spring. Now the insects pose risks to some of the crops that bring in the bucks for Oregon farms and orchards.


Rogue Advocates publishes an owner's manual for Oregon planning processes

RA encourages people to get involved in land-use planning. You never know what the people down the street might want to build.


Britt works the schools to encourage the next generation of musicians

Britt's residency program brings musical artists to schools. Britt's Abby McKee and Kay Hilton visit, with Alan Meyer from Pacific Power, whose foundation helps fund the residency.


Oregon Heritage shows the value of remembering the past

Historical societies and other efforts large and small get a boost from the state through Oregon Heritage, the state's historic preservation office.


Roseburg robotics company branches out from timber, in The Ground Floor

Con-Vey, a Roseburg company with a long history of providing automation to the timber industry. It recently branched out with a subsidiary, 7robotics, set up to provide automation to other industries. Dave Larecy is CEO of both companies.


Present and tense in America: 'The Storm is Here'

Luke Mogelson got close to the people protesting, reporting what he saw and heard in The Storm Is Here: An American Crucible.


Exchange Exemplar: Visiting with the women of the natural world in 'Writing Wild'

Kathryn Aalto called Writing Wild: Women Poets, Ramblers, and Mavericks Who Shape How We See the Natural World.


Black cowboys featured in rodeo display at Bend's High Desert Museum

There is a Black rodeo on tour in our time, the Bill Pickett Invitational, and a series of photographs of it are on display now at the High Desert Museum in Bend. Gabriela Hasbun is the photographer, and Heidi Hagemeier, Director of Communications at the museum


Celebrating the eating season with Scharffen Berger chocolate, in November Savor

Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker is the focus of this month's food segment, Savor, with producer/food stylist Will Smith.


SacBee reporter investigates California water confrontations

Ryan Sabalow of the Sacramento Bee has investigated water stories through the drought.


Underground History digs into shocking Oregon murder... in 1895

Peter Boag tells on his book "Pioneering Death: The Violence of Boyhood in Turn-of-the-Century Oregon."