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Airs at: Mon, 04/30/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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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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Oil Spills at the Dams

Airs at: Mon, 04/23/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Late this past winter, the Army Corps of Engineers spilled about 474 gallons of turbine oil into the Columbia River at The Dalles Dam. This is not the first time that dam turbine oil has spilled into the river. Oil spills occur on a routine basis at Columbia and Snake river... Read more

Just Transition

Airs at: Mon, 04/16/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the struggle to prevent massive fossil fuel projects from transforming Northwest communities into centers for oil, coal and fracked gas facilities, proponents of these projects claim these terminals, refineries and production facilities will create much needed jobs. Whil... Read more

Columbia County: Agriculture vs. Industry

Airs at: Mon, 04/09/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Port Westward, owned and operated by the Port of St. Helens, is ground zero for a string of controversial fossil fuel developments, including fracked gas, coal, and oil terminals. The Port recently announced plans to renew a lease option with Northwest Innovation Works to b... Read more

Participatory Budgeting

Airs at: Mon, 04/02/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Participatory Budgeting is one of the fastest-growing municipal democratic reforms in the world. It began in Brazil in the late 1980s and has since spread to cities across the globe. But what is Participatory Budgeting, how does it work, and how is it different from other f... Read more

The Thin Green Line in 2018

Airs at: Mon, 03/26/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This program originally aired on January 15, 2018.   Donald Trump is targeting the Pacific Northwest for accelerated fossil fuel development. He brought the Jordan Cove LNG terminal in Coos Bay back from the dead, designating it as the highest priority site for LNG develop... Read more

Redefining Tacoma

Airs at: Mon, 03/19/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Tacoma, Washington is one of the few cities in the Northwest where there is a long legacy of heavy industrial contamination. The fossil fuel industry plays a big role in the local economy, but Tacoma residents have also begun to fight back against further fossil fuel develo... Read more

Saving Tarboo Creek

Airs at: Mon, 03/12/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When Scott Freeman and his family decided to transform a damaged creek in Washington’s Olympic Peninsula from a drainage ditch back into a stream that could again nurture salmon, they knew the task would be formidable and the rewards plentiful. In Saving Tarboo Creek, Scott... Read more

Who Let Dr. Strangelove Write the Nuclear Posture Review?

Airs at: Mon, 03/05/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 2016 while on the campaign trail, then-candidate Donald Trump alarmed leaders throughout the world when he said during a Town Hall, that there are several scenarios in which nuclear weapons should be employed by the U.S., including against ISIS. "Somebody hits us within ... Read more

The LNG Terminal that Refuses to Die

Airs at: Mon, 02/26/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Before oil and coal project proposals started popping up in communities across the Pacific Northwest, plans to build Liquid Natural Gas (LNG) terminals were emerging along the coastline from Oregon to British Columbia. And now that nearly every proposed oil and coal termina... Read more

The Hanford Reservation: A Ticking Time Bomb of Contamination

Airs at: Mon, 02/19/2018 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Hanford Nuclear Reservation, along the Columbia River in eastern Washington, is the most contaminated nuclear site in the Western Hemisphere. Clean up of its innumerous leaking tanks and unlined pits of radioactive waste has been moving at a glacial pace for forty years... Read more