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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Frog Ferry

Airs at: Mon, 01/31/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  The Portland metro area is a land of water at the confluence of two of the major rivers in the Pacific Northwest. The Chinookan People, who lived along the Columbia and Willamette Rivers before European contact, were master canoe builders, and the rivers were their highw... Read more

Jordan Cove Victory Update

Airs at: Mon, 01/24/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For 18 years communities across Southern Oregon fought an existential struggle to stop the massive Jordan Cove LNG export terminal that was proposed for Coos Bay and its accompanying 36" fracked gas pipeline that would have traversed 230 miles across four counties, crossing... Read more

Portland State of the City 2021 with Jo Ann Hardesty

Airs at: Mon, 01/17/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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It’s been a challenging year for Portland and just about every other city in this country. As we head into a new year, what can be done to make the city less dysfunctional and a healthier and happier place for everyone to live. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with P... Read more

How Redlining Created Deadly Heat Islands

Airs at: Mon, 01/10/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Human-caused climate change is creating heat waves of increasing intensity, duration and frequency, that disproportionately affect underserved communities of color. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Portland State University professor Vivek Shandas, about how "re... Read more

How Redlining Created Deadly Heat Islands

Airs at: Mon, 01/10/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Human-caused climate change is creating heat waves of increasing intensity, duration and frequency, that disproportionately affect underserved communities of color. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Portland State University professor Vivek Shandas, about how "re... Read more

The Columbia River Crossing Roars Back to Life

Airs at: Mon, 01/03/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 2014 it was the Columbia River Crossing, a 16-lane bridge carrying Interstate 5 traffic across the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington. After 8 years and almost $200 million in studies, planning and acrimonious debate, the proposed project fell apart. But now it... Read more

Reflections on a Trying Year

Airs at: Mon, 12/27/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A year ago, we let go of 2020 with the hopes for a much better 2021. And 2021 started out promising, for the first five days. Then came the Capitol Insurrection, the Republican surrender to total Trumpism, record-breaking weather disasters, disastrous fires and two new surg... Read more

Port Westward: The Last Hope for a Methanol Refinery in the NW

Airs at: Mon, 12/20/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last June, the long embattled methanol refinery that was proposed for the Port of Kalama, Washington, was finally defeated. Northwest Innovation Works, the Chinese-backed company behind this project, originally proposed to build three of the world's largest methaol refineri... Read more

Jordan Cove's Definitive Demise

Airs at: Mon, 12/13/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For the past 17 years, people across Southern Oregon have lived with the threat of the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay, and its companion Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, a 36” pipeline that would have traversed 230 miles of Southern Oregon. On December... Read more

Post-Fire Timber Grab is Halted-Jordan Cove Defeated

Airs at: Mon, 12/06/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After the 2020 Labor Day wildfires, the Willamette National Forest planned a massive logging project along 400 miles of forest roads and several thousand acres under a loophole called a categorical exclusion. If allowed to proceed, the agency would have moved forward with l... Read more