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Locus Focus

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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THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 07/21/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Building a sustainable food movement with founder Slow Food USA founder Patrick Martins
According to Patrick Martins, founder of Heritage Radio USA and Slow Food USA, it's futile for us to deny that we are carnivores. But in the face of a fast-food takeover and the destructive forces of factory farming, we need to make smart, informed choices about the food we eat and where it comes from.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Martins, who along with Mike Edison, co-authored THE CARNIVORE'S MANIFESTO: Eating Well, Eating Responsibly, Eating Meat, a new book that cuts through organized zealotry and the misleading jargon of food labeling to outline realistic steps everyone can take to be part of the sustainable food movement.

Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 07/14/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The politics of land use and art in an evolving New West, with author and activist Lucy Lippard.
Award-winning author, curator, and activist Lucy R. Lippard is one of America’s most influential writers on contemporary art, a pioneer in the fields of cultural geography, conceptualism, and feminist art. In her latest book Undermining: A Wild Ride Through Land Use, Politics, and Art in the Changing West, Lippard turns her eye to the politics of land use and art in an evolving New West.

FIGHTING GOLIATH

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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The frenetic exploitation of the Canadian Tar Sands and its rippling effect across the continent

The frenetic exploitation of the Canadian Tar Sands and its rippling effect across the continent

As if the Future Mattered, World Steward of Columbia Gorge Acts Locally, Globally

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 06/30/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Interview with Hank Patton, founder of World Steward, and proponent of Intergenerational Finance

For over 30 years, World Steward has focussed on "the 'art and science' of managing resources as if the future mattered." Located in the Columbia Gorge, the center stewards farm and forestland, and fosters educational programs that engage students of all ages in the preservation of ecosystems and local economies.

Andrew Kimbrell on Labeling GE Foods, Banning GMO Crops and Organics and Beyond

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 06/16/2014 - 10:15am - 11:10am
Short Description: 
Andrew Kimbrell, of the Center for Food Safety, on the campaigns to label GE foods and ban GE crops
Guest host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with Andrew Kimbrell. Founder and Executive Director of Center for Food Safety, about genetically engineered crops and food and the campaigns to label genetically engineered foods and ban genetically engineered crops.
 

Cristina Eisenberg on her new book, The Carnivore Way

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 06/09/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Cristina Eisenberg on her new book, The Carnivore Way
Guest host Kathleen Stephenson interviews Cristina Eisenberg about her new book, "The Carnivore Way: Coexisting with and Conserving North America's Predators."  In "The Carnivore Way", Cristina Eisenberg argues for the necessity of top predators in large, undisturbed landscapes, and how a continental-long corridor — a "carnivore way" — provides room to roam and connected landscapes that allow them to disperse.

Dan Barber on "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food"

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 06/02/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Dan Barber on "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food"

Chris Seigel guest hosts.

The Sixth Extinction: An Interview with author Elizabeth Kolbert

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 05/19/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert about the sixth mass extinction in our planet's history.

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted.

5/12 - The West Without Water

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 05/12/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Why California's current water crisis may be a harbinger of what the future holds.

The extreme drought that California is currently enduring may be a harbinger of climatic conditions to come. Geologic evidence spanning the last 10,000 years indicates that extended droughts and catastrophic floods plagued the West with regularity over the past two millennia. While the West may have temporarily buffered itself from such harsh climatic swings by engineering artificial environments, our modern civilization may be ill-prepared for the future climatic changes predicted to beset the region.

The Sixth Extinction: A Conversation with author Elizabeth Kolbert

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 05/05/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A conversation with Elizabeth Kolbert about the sixth mass extinction in our planet's history.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY, MAY 19 AT 10:15 AM.


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Patriarch Versus Matriarchy as they relate to the Environment

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 08/19/2008

 Host Marlene Howell substitutes for Barbara Bernstein today, bringing two main topics to the table.  

First up, she invites opinions on Patriarchy versus Matriarchy as it relates to the wholesale Commodification of the entire planet's resources versus Sustainability.  Is it even possible for our species (let alone most other species) to survive our greed?

Part two of today's show asks the listenership: "What are YOU going to do TODAY to express your environmental values?"  This is not meant as an esoteric question, but a practical one, inviting real behaviors that can be practiced today by average citizens to protect and preserve our lifeline.

 

China, the Olympics, and the Environment

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program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 08/12/2008

Barbara and Corrina
Barbara Bernstein and Corrina 

 

Today, host Barbara Bernstein (The Media Project) covers the Olympics from the point of view of the environment.  What was China like last year, what is it like right now, and what will it likely look like a year from now?

Helping guide the discussion are two distinguished guests.  First up is Elizabeth Economy, author of The River Runs Black: The Environmental Challenge to China's Future

Next up is Erik Leaver, a Research Fellow at Foreign Policy In Focus.

Of course, both guests entertain questions from the listening public.

 

 

What's wrong with Off-Shore Oil Drilling?

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 08/05/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein (The Media Project) talks with Richard Charter, with Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, about the recent push for lifting moratoriums on off-shore oil drilling, why the idea seems to be winning public support, and what is wrong with the plan.

Barbara and Corrina

Barbara Bernstein and Corrina

 

Wildfires and Climate Change

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program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 07/29/2008

This morning Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Timothy Ingalsbee, former forest firefighter and now executive director of Firefighters United for Safety, Ethics, and Ecology. They discuss causes for the current rash of wildfires in California and how they are in part a result of climate change.

 

 

Frida Berrigan from The New America Foundation on The War.

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 07/22/2008

Hosted by: Barbara Bernstein

 

Obama's trip to the mideast
 

This week on Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by Frida Berrigan, Senior Program Associate, Arms and Security Initiative, with The New America Foundation. We'll be talking about repercussions of Obama's trip to Iraq and Afghanistan on the potential of actually ending the war in Iraq any time soon.

 

Frida Berrigan

 

Locus Focus: Columbia River Crossing and the Obama Cartoon

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 07/15/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein leads a discussion with our listeners on two topics, one National, one Local: The Columbia River Crossing and the recent New Yorker cover, featuring a cartoon of Barack Obama and his wife dressed as terrorists.

Jerry DeWitt, Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 07/08/2008

Jerry DeWitt (bio), Director of the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, joins host Barbara Bernstein in a discussion about the impacts of climate change and agricultural practices on recent flooding in the midwest.

Dr. Matthew Helmers on US Agriculture today

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/24/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein talks about the recent severe weather and the impacts on Agriculture with Dr. Matthew Helmers, Assistant Professor at Iowa State's Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, and an expert in Agricultural and Water Resources.

Tom Hayden and Elisabeth de la Vega - IMPEACH!!!

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/17/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein speaks with activist and author Tom Hayden. Hayden was a founding member of the Students for a Democratic Society in 1961, and author of its visionary call, the Port Huron Statement, described by Howard Zinn as "one of those historic documents which represents an era."

After helping lead street demonstrations against the war at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention, where he was beaten, gassed and arrested twice, Hayden was indicted in 1969 with seven others on conspiracy and incitement charges.
After five years of trials, appeals, and retrials, he was acquitted of all charges.

Hayden was elected to the California state assembly in 1982, and the state senate ten years later, serving eighteen years in all.

His latest book is Writings For A Democratic Society : The Tom Hayden Reader, the best of Tom Hayden's writings from the turbulent 1960s to the Iraq war.

Barbara's second guest, Elisabeth de la Vega, (The Colbert Report), former federal prosecutor with more than 20 years of experience. During her tenure, she was a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force and Chief of the San Jose Branch of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of California. Her current book, United States v. George W. Bush et al. is her personal protest against the atrocities afflicted upon our nation by the current administration. A pretty good list of offenses can be seen in Dennis Kucinich's recent Articles for Impeachment, presented before Congress in early June 2008.

Organic Farming Certification and Farmer's Markets

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program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 06/10/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein talks about organic farming certification with Chris Schreiner of Oregon Tilth, plus Moreland Farmers' Market Manager Laura Wendel and several farmers who have gone through the federal organic certification process, and some who have not.

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