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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 12/24/12

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Mon, 12/24/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How one of Europe’s great multicultural cities, became the heart of darkness during WWII
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Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Rebroadcast of program originally aired on 3/7/2011
Until World War II, Odessa was one of Europe's great multicultural cities, a place of optimism and light. For nearly a century its colorful street life inspired poets and writers like Alexander Pushkin, Mark Twain and Isaac Babel. It was also a major center of Jewish culture, and by 1941 Odessa had 200,000 Jews living within its bounds—over a third of its population. But by the end of the war there were only 48 Jews left. Many had perished in a gruesome—but still largely unknown—episode of the Holocaust.

Locus Focus on 12/17/12

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Mon, 12/17/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Encouragement and tips on how to garden throughout the winter in a maritime climate

WINTER GARDENING with LIVING CITY

As winter solstice approaches, growing vegetables is probably one of the furthest things from most people's minds during this cold and rainy part of the year. Yet, in Portland's mild maritime climate, it is possible to harvest home-grown vegetables throughout the winter. If you've always found winter gardening too daunting, this episode of Locus Focus may inspire you to get a little wet and muddy this winter. We're joined by Katie Nichols, Sarah Canterberry and Rachel Freifelder, co-founders of Living City, a community education program based in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. They'll give us answers to basic questions that help demystify winter gardening: what do I grow, how do I grow it?

Locus Focus on 12/10/12

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Mon, 12/10/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Curbing urban hunger through urban agriculture with city commissioner Nick Fish
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URBAN AGRICULTURE: An Avenue To Fight Hunger

For the last few years Oregon has had the dubious reputation of having the highest level of child food insecurity in the country. The city of Portland has been trying to address this issue through a number of initiatives, including increasing urban agriculture opportunities within the city. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk again with Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish about how expanding urban agriculture in the city is an affective avenue for addressing hunger and building healthy neighborhoods.

Locus Focus on 12/03/12

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Mon, 12/03/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The intricacies and mysteries of the air we breathe and the violence it is capable of wreaking.
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AIR: THE RESTLESS SHAPER OF THE WORLD - Another Interview with William Bryant Logan

We are dependent on air to sustain us, but rarely do we reflect on this fluid, boundless and unpredictable element of our planet. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, William Bryant Logan, author of Air: The Restless Shaper of the World returns to Locus Focus to talk about the intricacies and mysteries of the air we breathe and the violence it is capable of wreaking. On this episode of Locus Focus we have time to expand on our abbreviated conversation with Bill Logan, begun during the October pledge drive.

Locus Focus on 11/26/12

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Mon, 11/26/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why growing canola is bad for the Willamette Vally.

KEEPING CANOLA OUT OF THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY

Oregon's Willamette Valley is an ecological gem and one of the few places left in the world where quality specialty seeds can be grown. One reason why specialty crop seeds thrive in the valley is that there is very little canola grown here. But that could now change as the Oregon Department of Agriculture considers new rules that would loosen restrictions on where canola could be grown in the Valley. Canola, a trade name for rapeseed, is actually an invasive weed that persists in fields where it has been previously grown and is nearly impossible to eradicate.

Locus Focus on 11/19/12

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Mon, 11/19/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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On the 40th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, what we need to do to ensure its continuance.

 THE CLEAN WATER ACT TURNS 40

Locus Focus on 11/12/12

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Mon, 11/12/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why Alaskan Natives are bent on stopping the Pebble Mine in Bristol Bay, Alaska

 THE CONTINUING SAGA OF PEBBLE MINE AND BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA

Locus Focus on 11/05/12

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Mon, 11/05/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How slow democracy helps us to govern ourselves locally and inclusively.

SLOW DEMOCRACY: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home

On the eve of Election Day Locus Focus takes a look at how real democracy involves much more than casting an occasional vote. We talk with Susan Clark, co-author of a new book Slow Democracy: Rediscovering Community, Bringing Decision Making Back Home, that gives numerous examples of communities around the country taking back control of decision-making processes that directly affect their lives.

Locus Focus on 10/29/12

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Mon, 10/29/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How Euro-American settlers' political borders decimated once abundant salmon runs in the Northwest.

THE NATURE OF BORDERS: SALMON, BOUNDARIES and BANDITS ON THE SALISH SEA: An Interview with Lissa Wadewitz

The 49th parallel has demarcated the border between Canada and the United States for over 150 years. But for millions of years before any people lived here, numerous runs of salmon flourished in the rivers, creeks and coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest.

Locus Focus on 10/22/12

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Mon, 10/22/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why the EPA's Pebble Mine watershed study is not the rush job portrayed by mining advocates

RUSH TO JUDGEMENT?: EPA WATERSHED STUDY OF THE PEBBLE MINE IN BRISTOL BAY, ALASKA

The Pebble Mine proposed in southwestern Alaska is slated to become one of the largest gold, copper and molybdenum mines in the world. It would produce more than 10 billion tons of mining waste laced with toxins that threatens to decimate the world's largest salmon fishery in Bristol Bay. The mine would eliminate or block nearly 87 miles of salmon streams, destroy up to 4,286 acres of wetlands, and threaten to contaminate the ground and surface waters throughout the Bristol Bay watershed.

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Glen Lamb and the Columbia Land Trust

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Tue, 03/11/2008

Barbara Bernstein hosts "Post-Measure 49 Oregon, Part 2" with Glenn Lamb of the Columbia Land Trust (columbialandtrust.org). Learn what land trusts are, and how they can help save our environment. Find related information at the Land Trust Alliance (www.lta.org)

Sustainable Portland

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Tue, 03/04/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein spoke with Michael Armstrong, Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Portland about the greening of Portland.

Locus Focus with David Cole on Why America is Losing The War On Terror

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Tue, 02/26/2008

Today on Locus Focus, Barbara Bernstein talks with David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Co-Author, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (TheNewPress.com); Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Nation; Co-Chair, Liberty and Security Initiative & Checks and Balances Initiative, Constitution Project.

They'll discuss the Protect America Act which expired over the weekend with Bush threatening, “Because Congress failed to act, it will be harder for our government to keep you safe from terrorist attacks.” House Democrats refused to hold a vote on the Senate-approved legislation that would permanently expand the government’s eavesdropping authority and give immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the government monitor conversations. Cole says the rule of law is an asset not an obstacle in the struggle to keep us safe and free, we have given up many freedoms in the name of security but we are not safer.

Bob Stacey on Life After Measure 49

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Barbara Bernstein talks with Bob Stacey Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon (www.friends.org) about the landscape of Oregon land use law in a post-Measure 49 world. Bob and Barbara will discuss the Big Look, the New Look and the Blueprint for Oregon's Future.

Carbon Trade Watch

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Kevin Smith and Tamra Gilbertson, leading critics of international climate change policy and researchers with www.carbontradewatch.org will tell us what's wrong with carbon credits, how they do nothing to fight global warming, and even exacerbate the problem.

Peak Oil, Debt and the Economy

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Tue, 01/15/2008

Per Fagereng hosts talk radio this morning with special guest, Kurt Liebezeit, a local Peak Oil Activist. Listen to Per and Kurt discus Peak Oil and the Economy, while fielding questions, opinions, and discussions with our listening audience.

Gray To Green - Storm Water Management

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Tue, 01/08/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein invites Portland city officials onto her show to discuss the city's storm water management systems. Her guests today are Dean Marriott, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Lisa Libby, Sam Adams' Senior Environmental Policy Director. Questions were answered for the listening public, as well as plans for the future explained.

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