Locus Focus

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Every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am.


A weekly conversation about our place on the planet. Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with local, regional and national experts, activists and policy makers about climate change, food policy, land use, salmon restoration, forest management and all the other things that matter in our environment.

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Forests Defense, Climate Justice, Feminism

Airs at: Mon, 03/08/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the aftermath of massive wildfires that burned across much of Western Oregon last summer, an inevitable slew of post-fire logging proposals threaten to clearcut over 10,000 acres of fire-impacted federal lands along the iconic McKenzie and North Umpqua rivers. On this s... Read more

Winds of Change in Appalachia

Airs at: Mon, 03/01/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When you think of West Virginia you probably think of coal. But as the coal industry dies a slow death Appalachia is now pulled in two different directions. On the one hand natural gas fracking now dominates the Ohio River Valley and countless miles of gas pipelines spread ... Read more

Covid, Climate and Children

Airs at: Mon, 02/22/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After a week of snow and ice, massive power outages and Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, how do we move ahead to implement the progressive agenda so many of us are craving? While we wait to see—and how to influence—what comes from Washington, DC, there is a lot to a... Read more

Is it a New Day in Portland

Airs at: Mon, 02/15/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Now that Joe Biden is president and democrats narrowly control the Senate and the House is it a new day for America, and for Portland? On this episode of Locus Focus, we talk with Portland Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, now the longest serving commissioner, besides Mayor Ted... Read more

Jordan Cove LNG After 16 Years

Airs at: Mon, 02/08/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For over sixteen years the threat of a massive LNG export terminal at Coos Bay, fed by a 230 mile 36” wide gas pipeline snaking across five counties, loomed over Southern Oregon. Then on January 19, this project received its quite likely death blow, when the Federal Energy ... Read more

The Impending Demise of the World's Largest Methanol Refinery

Airs at: Mon, 02/01/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In a remarkable turn of events last week, the Washington State Department of Ecology denied a crucial permit for the world's largest methanol refinery, proposed for Kalama, Washington. People in Kalama have been fighting this methanol refinery for seven years, joined by act... Read more

Great News at Long Last!

Airs at: Mon, 01/25/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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We started out this new year hoping it would offer some respite after the ravages of 2020.  Instead we witnessed a terrorist attack at the Capitol and a second impeachment of Donald Trump. But the day before Trump slunk away to Florida and Joe Biden became the 46th presiden... Read more

Locus Focus on 01/18/21

Airs at: Mon, 01/18/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Magic Forests After Fires

Airs at: Mon, 01/11/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While much of the public, and many politicians, believe that high-severity fires destroy wildlife habitat and promote insect infestations, the science proves otherwise. But this false assumption that fire and insects are destructive to wildlife is providing the underlying b... Read more

Year of the Fires

Airs at: Mon, 01/04/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It’s hard to decide what was the most unbelievable event of 2020, in a year that never relented with terrifying surprises. There have been many moments when it felt that things will never be as they were, especially as the impacts of climate chaos grow more and more dramati... Read more