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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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Clean Energy Jobs Earth Day Update

Airs at: Mon, 04/22/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This Earth Day was supposed to be the day that Oregon's Clean Energy Jobs bill was signed into law. Instead, while industry groups try to water down the bill, environmental groups are still lobbying Oregon legislators to pass the strongest law possible. They are being urged... Read more

Grain by Grain

Airs at: Mon, 04/15/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When Bob Quinn was a kid, a stranger at a county fair gave him a few kernels of an unusual grain. Little did he know, that grain would change his life. Years later, after finishing a PhD in plant biochemistry, Bob began experimenting with organic wheat on his family’s farm ... Read more

The Grand Food Bargain

Airs at: Mon, 04/08/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When it comes to food, Americans seem to have a pretty great deal. Our grocery stores are overflowing with countless varieties of convenient products. Over time this system has encouraged us to know less and less about where our food comes from and permitted us to expect mo... Read more

Portland's Sacrifice Zones

Airs at: Mon, 04/01/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A “Sacrifice Zone” is a place where dangerous pollution, waste and “undesirable impacts” of urban living is deposited, creating a myth that the land is not valuable and that no one of importance lives there. In the years, since Lewis and Clark, made their way up the Willame... Read more

Voices from the Edge of City Hall

Airs at: Mon, 03/25/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program aired originally on February 18, 2019 On the eve of her swearing in as Portland's first Black woman city council member, JoAnn Hardesty wrote to her supporters: "On Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 AM, I will be officially sworn into office and take on the great ... Read more

A Green New Deal

Airs at: Mon, 03/18/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On March 15 students around the world are going on strike. Inspired by 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, they are walking out of school to demand meaningful and impactful action on climate change. With their futures at stake, young people are striking to call for... Read more

Why Natural Gas is Neither Natural nor Green

Airs at: Mon, 03/11/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on February 11, 2019 As North America veers away from oil and coal, so-called natural gas is being promoted as a green bridge fuel to a renewable future. Such is the reasoning behind massive gas projects being proposed for the Pacific Northw... Read more

Oregon's Clean Energy Jobs Bill

Airs at: Mon, 03/04/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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More than a decade ago, Oregon began putting laws on the books to limit global warming pollution, but every time a bill is proposed to cap carbon emissions while growing a clean economy and job market, it has been blocked by major polluters' clout. This year, the state legi... Read more

Tribal Voices against Jordan Cove

Airs at: Mon, 02/25/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For more than 14 years, southern Oregon communities have been fighting a proposal to build the 229-mile Pacific Connector fracked gas pipeline that would cross more than 400 rivers and streams on its way across Southern Oregon to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal at the P... Read more

Voices from the Edge of City Hall

Airs at: Mon, 02/18/2019 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On the eve of her swearing in as Portland's first Black woman city council member, JoAnn Hardesty wrote to her supporters: "On Wednesday, January 2nd at 9 AM, I will be officially sworn into office and take on the great challenge ahead at City Hall.  While I have no doubt t... Read more