Locus Focus

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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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Great News at Long Last!

Airs at: Mon, 01/25/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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We started out this new year hoping it would offer some respite after the ravages of 2020.  Instead we witnessed a terrorist attack at the Capitol and a second impeachment of Donald Trump. But the day before Trump slunk away to Florida and Joe Biden became the 46th presiden... Read more

Locus Focus on 01/18/21

Airs at: Mon, 01/18/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Magic Forests After Fires

Airs at: Mon, 01/11/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While much of the public, and many politicians, believe that high-severity fires destroy wildlife habitat and promote insect infestations, the science proves otherwise. But this false assumption that fire and insects are destructive to wildlife is providing the underlying b... Read more

Year of the Fires

Airs at: Mon, 01/04/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It’s hard to decide what was the most unbelievable event of 2020, in a year that never relented with terrifying surprises. There have been many moments when it felt that things will never be as they were, especially as the impacts of climate chaos grow more and more dramati... Read more

Extinction of Experience with Robert Michael Pyle

Airs at: Mon, 12/28/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  THIS PROGRAM AIRED ORIGINALLY ON OCTOBER 19, 2020 This past October I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Northwest environmental writer, poet, novelist and butterfly expert, Robert Michael Pyle, about  his new book Nature Matrix. We had a free-wheeling conversat... Read more

Becoming a Democracy

Airs at: Mon, 12/21/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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So the electoral college has met and elected Joe Biden president, and Mitch McConnell has finally congratulated Biden. After a close brush with the end of democracy in America, is all well now? Or does this close call actually amplify all the weaknesses and undemocratic fea... Read more

CEI Hub: A Ticking Catastrophic Environmental Time Bomb

Airs at: Mon, 12/14/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A vast array of tank farms, housing an even vaster array of toxic chemicals and fossil fuels, lines the Willamette River as you head north along highway 30 in Northwest Portland. Known as Oregon’s Critical Energy Infrastructure Hub, these tanks provide most of the fuel stor... Read more

Sweeping Changes to the Columbia River Gorge Management Plan

Airs at: Mon, 12/07/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This past October the Columbia River Gorge Commission adopted much needed revisions to the Management Plan for the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, which had not been updated since 1991. These plan revisions address for the first time critical issues like climate ... Read more

What Will the Future Hold Now?

Airs at: Mon, 11/30/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While we continue to slog through the Covid Pandemic and the end of the Trump era, it’s hard not to think about what the future holds. And it’s even harder to imagine what that future may even be like after the dramatic changes we’ve been through during this trying year of ... Read more

Fracked Gas on the Columbia

Airs at: Mon, 11/23/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While all of us have been focused on the Covid-19 pandemic, a major recession, dramatic impacts of climate chaos and election madness, the fossil fuel industry continues its efforts to build fracked gas projects along the Columbia River. On this episode of Locus Focus we t... Read more