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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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Hopes for Oregon's Short Legislative Session

Airs at: Mon, 03/07/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Oregon’s 2022 short legislative session is drawing to a close. While short sessions, which happen during even years, often focus on budgets, unfinished business, and a limited set of new policy ideas, this year is different. Numerous bills have been introduced and are now m... Read more

What's Up with ODOT

Airs at: Mon, 02/28/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Oregon Department of Transportation, known to its friends as ODOT, has been displeasing lots of people, whether it’s for their excessive postfire logging along the Santiam Highway last year, or their latest deceptively named proposal to expand Interstate 5, disguising i... Read more

Keeping Mt. Hood Wild

Airs at: Mon, 02/21/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The Mount Hood National Forest has been getting more and more overrun in recent years by throngs who are loving it to death and this crush of humanity has only become worse since Covid. On the one hand it's great to see more people getting outdoors and (hopefully) appreciat... Read more

Why Oregon Must Divest from Fossil Fuels

Airs at: Mon, 02/14/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When it comes to tackling the climate crisis, there are already plenty of reasons for Oregonians to take pride in our state. Earlier this year, the Legislature passed three clean energy bills focused on energy affordability and climate-smart housing. In 2018, Portland also ... Read more

NEXT at Port Westward

Airs at: Mon, 02/07/2022 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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At a critical bend in the Columbia River estuary, a company called NEXT Renewable Fuels, Inc., wants to build a renewable diesel refinery. The proposed refinery at Port Westward would be one of the largest producers of renewable diesel on the West Coast. While renewable die... Read more

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