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Locus Focus

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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Taking An Ethical Stand To Protect A Planet In Peril

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Kathleen Dean Moore on making ethical values and moral guidance the center of the climate debate.

In the face of environmental degradation and climate change, scientific knowledge alone does not show us the way to take a meaningful stand to protect our planet in peril. Nor do economic incentives or political initiatives. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with environmental philosopher and essayist  Kathleen Dean Moore about the need for ethical values, moral guidance and principled reasons to become the centerpiece of this debate. Beginning with finding a resounding answer to the often-raised question: "How do we maintain our way of life without fossil fuels?"

Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 02/10/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Winners and losers of climate change: how people and industries are cashing in on a warming world.
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If we continue to allow climate change to continue unchecked we are actually making the choice to adapt to a warming world that most of us do not want to fathom. Except for a particular class of entrepreneurs who see the catastrophes of climate change as an exciting market opportunity.

The Smell of Disaster: West Virginia's Latest Toxic Spill

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 02/03/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The Chemical Spill that left 300,000 West Virginians without drinking water last month

In early January, 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, a chemical used to process coal, spilled into the Elk River near Charleston, West Virginia. It turned out that little was known about the health hazards of the substance that contaminated the water supply for at least 300,000 people. In the wake of this disaster we still do not know the full story about what the longterm impacts will be on the health of the people affected by the spill.  

Tale of Two Pipelines

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 01/27/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The controversy over proposed pipelines carrying bitumen from the Alberta tar sands across BC.
Every day the tar sands operations in Northeastern Alberta produce 2 million barrels of oil, and within a few years they are projected to double their production.

THE FUTURE IS NOT ALL DOOMED - A Conversation with Carl Safina

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 01/20/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Seeking hope on a planet in peril, with Carl Safina
ORIGINALLY BROADCAST ON APRIL 2, 2012

Trees In Paradise, Part Two

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Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 01/13/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
Connections between the transplanted people and trees that shape California landscapes and cultures
A few species of trees have come to define what was once the nearly treeless landscape of California. Only two of these iconic species are native to California - Coastal Redwoods and Giant Sequoias. The other three - Eucalyptus, Orange and Palms - have, like most of California's residents, come from somewhere else. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk again with Jared Farmer, whose book Trees In Paradise explores the connections between the transplanted people and trees that have shaped the landscapes and cultures of California. Jared's appearance on Locus Focus was truncated by the demands of the pledge drive.

THE PIPELINE THAT NO ONE IS NOTICING

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 01/06/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
How fracking for natural gas in the United States and Alberta tar sands development is connected

While the fate of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline is caught in a fury of politics and headlines, last month the U.S. quietly approved another major border-crossing pipeline proposal. Kinder Morgan's Cochin Pipeline has been operating since 1979 between Ft. Saskatchewan, Alberta and Windsor, Ontario, carrying various forms of natural gas.

SNAKE OIL: How Fracking's False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future with Richard Heinberg

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 12/30/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
A conversation with Richard Heinberg about the perils of fracking
REBROADCAST OF PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON SEPTEMBER 30, 2013

The rapid spread of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has temporarily boosted US natural gas and oil production and driven down energy costs. But it's also sparked a massive environmental backlash in communities across the country where the impacts of fracking are being felt.

TAR SANDS OIL COMING TO THE NORTHWEST

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 12/23/2013 - 10:00am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The impacts of proposed pipelines to ship tar sands oil the Pacific Coast

Every day the the tar sands operations in Northeastern Alberta produce 2 million barrels of oil, and within a few years they are projected to double their production.But for tar sands oil production to remain profitable all this heavy crude oil must make its way to markets that are far removed from these remote landlocked mining operations. The only means to move the oil is by pipelines—most which have not yet been builtand oil trains.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk about two proposed pipeline projects which would carry tar sands-derived heavy crude oil to the Pacific coast.

MEGALOADS MOVING THROUGH OREGON

Program: 
Locus Focus
Air date: 
Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
Short Description: 
The latest developments on the megaloads moving through the Northwest to the Alberta Tar Sands

For the past few years big oil companies have been developing strategies that would turn pristine river corridors in the Pacific Northwest and Northern Rockies into an industrialized "high and wide corridor" for hauling enormous pieces of equipment to Tar Sands operations in northern Alberta. Their first two efforts were blocked by legal as well as direct action. Last August Nez Perce tribal leaders were arrested for trying to blockade the megaload on Highway 12 in northern Idaho as it entered the Nez Perce Reservation. A court injunction is currently preventing any more megaloads from using this route.

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Barbara Dudley on Expectations for Obama

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 01/13/2009

     A look back at the worst 8 years of our life and a look ahead into what we hope will be a better future. Guest Barbara Dudley and Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein explore several themes as we we look forward to Barack Obama's inauguration next week: What are you looking forward to in the Obama administration? What do you fear will or will not happen? What opportunities now exist that have been suppressed for so long to make what we have been working for a reality? What are the challenges that face us? What does it mean to bring everyone to the table as Obama claims he wants to do? How do we deal with our own inclinations to only want the ones we want at the table? What does true democratic inclusiveness look like?

     Barbara Dudley is an Adjunct Professor in the sociology department at Portland State University. She is also co-chair of the Oregon Working Families Party, and a partner in Bethel Heights Vineyard in Polk County. She formerly served as President and Executive Director of the National Lawyers Guild, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Assistant Director for Strategic Campaigns of the national AFL‑CIO.

 

PSU's Andrew Rice on Weather and Climate Change

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 01/06/2009

 Is Climate Change the culprit for our recent spate of extreme weather?

Andrew Rice, assistant professor of physics at Portland State University, talks with Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein about the weather. Especially the recent stretch of cold, snow and flooding that has shaped the past few weeks.

Is climate change the culprit? Should cities in the lower Willamette Valley start investing in more snow removal equipment. Dr. Rice answers these and any of your weather-related questions.

Portland's Largest Mural at Oaks Bottom

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 12/30/2008

A new mural is rising above the wetlands of Oaks Bottom. The largest public art project in Portland is beginning to adorn the walls of Portland Memorial that face the Bottoms. By next spring this former eyesore of weirdness will become an artistic reflection of the diversity of nature that abounds in Portland's singular city-owned wildlife refuge.

Mike Houck, the original visionary for this project; Peggy Kendellen, public art manager for the Regional Arts and Culture Council; and Dan Cohen with ArtFX (here, too) join Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein to talk about the impact and signficance of this project. Happy New Year!

 

 

Barbara and Corrina

 

Harvey Wasserman on Obama's Cabinet, and Raed Jarrar on The Shoe, That Dog!

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 12/16/2008

 At 8 AM Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein is joined by writer and activist Harvey Wasserman to critique Barack Obama's recent nominations for cabinet positions related to energy and the environment.  At 8:30 Raed Jarrar, Iraq Consultant for the American Friends Service Committee, discusses the fallout from GW Bush's trip to Iraq this past weekend, and how the hurling of a pair of shoes at the president by Iraqi journalist Montather al-Zeidi, is resonating throughout the Arab world.

 

HARVEY WASSERMAN has been speaking to citizen and campus groups, to public rallies and corporate confabs since the late 1960s.  His primary topics are energy, the environment, election protection, US History and his spiritual experiences surrounding the passing of his parents.

Harvey hosts the “Solartopia Show” at WVKO AM 1580 Air America in Columbus, Ohio, and has appeared for forty years on major media shows ranging from Nightline, Today, Lou Dobbs, All Things Considered, DemocracyNow!, Charlie Rose and Laura Flanders to hundreds of local and syndicated talk shows throughout the world. Harvey has spoken to scores of citizen groups around the world and has worked actively in social movements for civil and electoral rights and the natural environment, particularly against nuclear power and for a Solartopian post fossil-nuclear world.

Raed Jarrar was born in Baghdad and spent most of his life in Iraq. After the 2003 invasion Raed Jarrar was the country director of CIVIC Worldwide, the only door-to-door casualty survey in post war Iraq. He also established an NGO called "Emaar" that carried out work in Baghdad and the nine cities of the south in coordinating with local authorities, community leaders and other NGOs.  Emaar implemented hundreds of community-based projects around the country on an extremely low budget. Jarrar left the Middle East and moved to California in 2005. Since that time, he has worked on a number of Iraq-related projects. He was a translator and consultant with an UNEP-Japan contract concerning Iraq's marshlands. In addition, he was a political analyst and interpreter for an UNDP-Iraq sponsored conference in South Africa. He also worked with California Peace Action in gaining support for an initiative urging Congress to outlaw the building of permanent U.S. bases in Iraq. He is currently the Iraq consultant for the American Friends Service Committeeand maintains a popular blog that includes political analysis and news summary regarding Iraq. He has been featured as an Iraq expert on a number of news shows and channels such as CNN, CNNi, Aljazeera, Al-Alam, BBC, Democracy Now, and numerous radio stations including member stations of Pacifica, BBC, NPR, CBC, CBS, and Fox.

Barbara and Corrina

 

 

Mountain Top Removal Coal Mining

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 12/09/2008

Hosted by Barbara Bernstein with Mine safety & health and environmental expert Jack Spadaro.

The Bush administration continues issuing midnight regulations that will help destroy the earth as we know it. This past week they issued a new rule that loosens restrictions on how mountaintop removal is regulated by reducing the required buffer zones from streams and making it easier for mining companies to dump tailings into rivers and creeks. Mine safety & health and environmental specialist Jack Spadaro will be the guest for this discussion on what is mountaintop removal mining, why it threatens both human and wildlife in the appalachians and what is being done to try to stop it.

 

For pictures of what Mountain Top Removal looks like, see ohvec.org and IloveMountains.org.

Mountaintop removal is a radical form of coal mining in which entire mountains are literally blown up -- and it is happening here in America on a scale that is almost unimaginable.  Mountaintop removal is devastating hundreds of square miles of Appalachia; polluting the headwaters of rivers that provide drinking water to millions of Americans; and destroying a distinctly American culture that has endured for generations.

Mine safety & health and environmental expert Jack Spadaro has dedicated his life to preventing environmental damage from coal mining activities and is among the nation's leading experts on coal waste disposal. Jack was a young engineer and instructor at West Virginia University's School of Mines, one of the world's top institutions for training mining engineers, when the 1972 Buffalo Creek WV disaster occurred. "Right then," he says, "I made a pledge to dedicate my life to doing whatever I could to prevent this type of thing from happening again." He has since spent nearly 38 years in public service, safe-guarding coal miners and their communities from life-threatening environmental and health and safety hazards caused by mining operations.

Barbara & Corrina

 

Bush's Attack on the American Landscape

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 12/02/2008

 Utah Red RocksHost Barbara Bernstein invites Heidi McIntosh, associate director of the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, discusses the impact that some of Bush's midnight regulations could have on pristine and remote areas in southeastern Utah (which are among Barbara Bernstein's favorite spots in the world).

 

On election day, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced that it will sell oil and gas leases on areas in eastern Utah including sections of Desolation Canyon, White River, Diamond Mountain, Bourdette Draw, and other lands in the Nine Mile Canyon region. These public lands had largely been off-limits to new oil and gas leasing because of a series of federal court and administrative decisions overturning earlier illegal BLM leasing decisions.  The BLM had previously declared these pristine lands to be wilderness caliber landscapes.

“Previous administrations proved that there can be a balance between wilderness protection and oil and gas development,” said former BLM Director Jim Baca. “Unfortunately, the Bush Administration has worked tirelessly to appease the oil and gas industry no matter the cost to our national heritage of wild and untamed places. Extraordinary places like Desolation Canyon deserve to be protected.”

For more information visit:
http://www.suwa.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=6957&news_iv_ctrl=1162

SUWA promotes local and national recognition of the region's unique character through research and public education; supports both administrative and legislative initiatives to permanently protect the Colorado Plateau wild places within the National Park and National Wilderness Preservation Systems, or by other protective designations where appropriate; builds support for such initiatives on both the local and national level; and provides leadership within the conservation movement through uncompromising advocacy for wilderness preservation.

 

Nomi Prins on the Economic Maelstrom

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Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 11/25/2008

Nomi PrinsHosted by: Barbara Bernstein

 Journalist Nomi Prins helps us sort our way through the current economic crisis.

President-elect Obama has just unveiled his new economic team, but the economic meltdown continues. On this week's Locus Focus our guest is journalist Nomi Prins, who draws on her extensive international financial career to help us navigate this strange new world of bailouts and boondoggles.

Nomi Prins is a journalist and a senior fellow at Demos, a public policy think tank based in New York. Before becoming a journalist, she served as a managing director of Goldman Sachs in New York from March 2000 to March 2002. Prior to that position, she ran the analytics group at Bear Stearns, London from February 1993 to February 2000.

 


Barbara and Corrina

 

Our Economic Meltdown, plus Alaskan Politics

program: 
Locus Focus
program date: 
Tue, 11/18/2008

Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Chuck Collins with the Institute for Policy Studies about what caused the current finanical meltdown and how a bottom up investment strategy is the best solution to the current crisis. Later in the hour we'll get an update on Alaskan election returns with Anchorage talk show host Shannyn MooreChuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy (IPS) and directs IPS’s Program on Inequality and the Common Good. He is an expert on U.S. inequality and author of several books, including Economic Apartheid in America: A Primer on Economic Inequality and Insecurity (New Press, 2005). He coordinates a national effort to preserve the federal estate tax, our nation’s only tax on inherited wealth. He co-authored with Bill Gates Sr., Wealth and Our Commonwealth, a case for taxing inherited fortunes.

In 1995, he co-founded United for a Fair Economy (UFE) to raise the profile of the inequality issue and support popular education and organizing efforts to address inequality. In 1997, he co-founded Responsible Wealth, a project of UFE to bring together business leaders and investors to publicly speak out against economic policies and corporate practices that worsen economic inequality. He was Executive Director of UFE from 1995-2001 and Program Director until 2005.

Shannyn Moore is a top rated progressive broadcaster based in Anchorage, Alaska. A dynamic radio personality, she pioneered the progressive political talk forum for women in the 49th State.  Shannyn has appeared on Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman as well as The Canadian Broadcasting Company’s mid-day news program Today and nationally syndicated shows hosted by Thom Hartmann. She has also appeared on Keith Olbermann’s Countdown. She can be seen Sundays on the weekly televised political show, The Fagan Report, on KIMO Channel 13. She does special project work for the Alaska Public Radio Network. She resides in Anchorage, Alaska.

 

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Norman Solomon and Stephen Zunes

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 11/11/2008

 Host Barbara Bernstein invites listeners to join in the post-election conversation with Norman Solomon and Stephen Zunes.

Barbara and Corrina

Locus Focus Post Election Discussion

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Locus Focus
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Tue, 11/04/2008

 

Host Barbara Bernstein looks at election results with Marci Westerling of the Rural Organizing Project and award-winning journalist Danny Schechter, the News Dissector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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