Joe returns from vacation to join Abe in taking a snapshot of the body politic.
It's summer. It's hot, it's sticky, and an election looms in November. What can we expect? Nearly halfway through President Obama's first term, what is the state of the American zeitgeist? Has the president delivered on his promise of hope and change? Are the Teabaggers worth taking seriously (no, really ...)? Have we shrugged off the toxic malaise of the Bush Years? What can we expect on Election Day?
And perhaps most importantly, do Abe and Joe have anything worth saying?
Now that oil has more or less stopped hemorrhaging from the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the mainstream media is reporting on a government study that claims that 75% of the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico is gone. Only, that's not what the report actually said, and furthermore many scientists are disputing its methodology. On this segment of Locus Focus we'll find out what's really going on with all the oil from this disaster: along the beaches that line the Gulf Coast, on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, as well as deep underwater where the oil is least easily detected. Dr.
Theresa Mitchell with the "news you're not supposed to know." Global warming remains controversial. Why??? The planet is experiencing record heat. Phytoplankton (a huge source of oxygen) reduced by 40% since 1950. Australian scientists look at ten indicators showing (corporate induced) global warming is undeniable. Meanwhile, the deniers remain unconvinced and congress has done exactly nothing about the climate crisis. What to do about all this??? Listeners call in with their comments.
Charles McGee II and Amanda Lawrence from the Josiah Hill Clinicjoin us in the KBOO Studio to talk about the importance of being tested for lead levels in the blood, even for adults. Most of the emphasis around lead has centered around lead exposure to children because their growing metabolisms are more easily damaged. However, the effects of lead poisoning on adults is no less serious.
This week on Voices from the Edge, Jo Ann and Dave looked at the good and bad news of the week. Topics discussed included: federal funds being made available to Oregon to address budget shortfalls and whether those dollars will reach the people who really are in need; the impact of the new president of the Portland Police Association; shortcomings and risks with new assistance being offered to homeowners facing foreclosure; and missed economic development opportunities in emerging technologies.
Protecting endangered salmon runs in Oregon has been an ongoing challenge. It turns out that one of the simplest ways of enhancing salmon habitat in the city is to remove culverts that carry streams under roads, but block fish from swimming upstream to reach spawning and rearing habitat. One of the best potential salmon streams in the city is Crystal Springs Creek, with headwaters on the Reed College campus and the Eastmoreland Golf Course. This area was once marshy wetlands. Before development, the wetlands retained excess water from flood events and provided important rearing and refuge habitat for salmon, and foraging and nesting sites for beavers, birds, turtles, frogs, and other wildlife.
Host Marianne Barisonek interviews Paul Greenberg, author of Four Fish: The Future of the Last WildFood. Greenberg says that when he learned that farmed seafood is now just as prevalent as wild seafood in the marketplace, he realized that the interplay of domestication and wildness is one of the most important is