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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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Locus Focus on 07/22/13

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Mon, 07/22/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The cumulative effects of shipping millions of tons of coal via train from MT and WY

COAL AWAY!

Locus Focus on 07/15/13

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Gardening for year-round eating and preserving the harvest with Living City

EATING FROM YOUR GARDEN YEAR ROUND - With Living City

Though summer is just starting, it's already time to be thinking about what you'll be eating next winter. On this episode of Locus Focus, Sarah Canterberry and Rachel Freifelder with Living City join us to talk about what you can plant between now and fall to feed yourself this winter. We'll also learn about how to create a a resilient food system through the ancient practice of preserving food through fermentation and drying.

Locus Focus on 07/08/13

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Mon, 07/08/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Restoring meaning to sustainability as more than just a marketing tool.

IS SUSTAINABILITY STILL POSSIBLE?

Every day, we are presented with a range of “sustainable” products and activities—from “green” cleaning supplies to carbon offsets. But with so much labeled as sustainable, the term has become essentially sustainababble, at best indicating a practice or product slightly less damaging than the conventional alternative. Is it time to abandon the concept altogether, or can we find an accurate way to measure sustainability? If so, how can we achieve it? And if not, how can we best prepare for the coming ecological decline?

Locus Focus on 07/01/13

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Mon, 07/01/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How the spectre of climate change raises new challenges for managing and protecting our federal land

THE FUTURE OF FEDERAL LANDS IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST: CARBON, WATER, WILDLIFE with Dominick Della Sala

Locus Focus on 06/24/13

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Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why the Alberta Tar Sands endanger the world as its industrialized tentacles creep across the US

The Heavy Haul: Fighting Goliath

THIS PROGRAM WAS ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON MARCH 21, 2011

Locus Focus on 06/17/13

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Mon, 06/17/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The imminent danger of genetically modified salmon, poised to appear at your local supermarket

FRANKENFISH ON YOUR PLATE - The Imminent Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Locus Focus on 06/10/13

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Mon, 06/10/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How soil is a crucible for our many overlapping environmental, economic, and social crises.

COWS SAVE THE PLANET: Restoring Soil to Heal the Earth

Locus Focus on 06/03/13

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Mon, 06/03/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Keeping GMOs from spreading in the Willamette Valley with Clint LIndsey

GMO WHEAT GOES ROGUE IN OREGON - Another Interview with Food Activist Clinton Lindsay

Locus Focus on 05/27/13

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Mon, 05/27/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Searching for wolves in the wildlands of the Pacific Northwest with wildlife tracker David Moskowitz

WOLVES IN THE LAND OF SALMON - an interview with wildlife tracker David Moskowitz

Locus Focus on 05/20/13

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Mon, 05/20/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Are we heading for another dust bowl? A discussion with ecologist and geographer Christopher Wiliams

DUST BOWLS IN THE 21st CENTURY 

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Patriarch Versus Matriarchy as they relate to the Environment

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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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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?

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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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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.

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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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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

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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

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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!!!

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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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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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