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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The High Cost of Tar Sands Oil

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Mon, 12/22/2014 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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The consequences of tar sands development for people in its path
The Canadian Tar Sands is the largest and most polluting industrial project in the world. Impacts of tar sands development ripple out from the Northeast corner of Alberta, where the tar sands are extracted, to almost every region in North America. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with journalist Ted Genoways about the consequences of tar sands development for people in its path - ranging from First Nations people living downstream from these operations to communities along the routes of proposed pipelines carrying diluted bitumen to coastal ports.

Your Atomic Self

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Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How current environmental concerns affect us on an atomic level.
What do atoms have to do with your life? And how is it that even after we die we continue to exist for eternity through our atoms as they disperse back into the universe?

The Bee: A Natural History

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Mon, 12/08/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A window into the vitally important role that bees play in the life of our planet.
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Bees pollinate more than 130 fruit, vegetable, and seed crops that we rely on to survive. They are crucial to the reproduction and diversity of flowering plants, and the economic contributions of these irreplaceable insects measure in the tens of billions of dollars each year. Yet bees are dying at an alarming rate, threatening food supplies and ecosystems around the world.

CUB TURNS 30

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Mon, 12/01/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Citizens' Utitlity Board of Oregon's 30 years of achievements
This month the Citizens' Utility Board of Oregon celebrates its 30th anniversary. CUB has come a long way from its grassroots founding through a ballot initiative in 1984. Then Oregon utilities fought against the measure with a well-funded campaign and slick TV ads arguing that a Citizens’ Utility Board would turn out to be just “a boondoggle”. Far from being a boondoggle, however, in over 30 years of hard work and collaborative effort, CUB has proven, many times over, the need for an independent consumer advocate voice to intervene in utility regulatory proceedings and legislative initiatives.

Richmond, California Beats Big Oil

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Mon, 11/24/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How Richmond, California beat Big Oil this election
This year's midterm election offered few victories for progressives to savor. But despite the gloom there were successful progressive election results in several communities across the country. On this episode of Locus Focus we focus on one of these bright spots - Richmond, California. For a century Richmond has been a company town. Chevron's oil refinery, one of the largest in California, dominates Richmond's landscape, politics and economy and for 100 years Chevron has owned the town. Chevron tried to buy this election as it has so many in the past. But to their surprise, progressive underdogs triumphed in the city's races for mayor and city council, despite being dramatically outspent by Chevron-backed opponents.

New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City

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Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Living simply, slowly and sustainably in the world's fastest city.

Portland, Oregon has been described as the city where young people come to retire, a place that celebrates what is becoming known as the Leisure Ethic. But the Leisure Ethic is not really about retiring, but about finding a way to live more simply, quietly and slowly, in tune with nature and the cycles of life.

Saving the Tongass

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Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Saving the Tongass National Forest in SE Alaska, the most intact temperate rain forest in the world.
At 16.8 million acres, the Tongass National Forest in southeast Alaska is America’s largest national forest, and contains some of the most intact expanses of temperate rainforest remaining in the world today. In addition, the Tongass is a key contributor to long-term sequestration and storage of atmospheric carbon. But for decades the Tongass has also been a major source of old growth timber. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Dominick DellaSala, with the Geos Institute in Ashland, about the need to step up protections for the Tongass. DellaSala was among 200 scientists who recently sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsak expressing their full support for a transition from old-growth to second-growth logging on the Tongass National Forest.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD with J.B. MacKinnon

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Mon, 11/03/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The need to remember nature as it was in order to remake a wilder world.
This program was originally broadcast on October 28, 2013.

We now live in a new geologic era shaped more by human forces than those of nature. But the environmental crisis we face today, has been underway for hundreds of years. Ours is now a '10 percent world'—a planet with just one-tenth of its former abundance.

Journalist Kathryn Miles on her book SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy

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Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Journalist Kathryn Miles on her book SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy
Host Michelle Schroeder Fletcher speaks with award-winning journalist Kathryn Miles, author of SUPERSTORM: Nine Days Inside Hurricane Sandy, a moment-by-moment account of this catastrophic storm that took the nation by surprise. They'll talk about the fallibility of our weather forecasting systems, the impact of the lack of funding for research and development at the National Hurricane Center on forecasting future storms, why we’re behind other countries when it comes to weather warnings, and more.

GMO Labeling and Ballot Measure 92

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Locus Focus
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Mon, 10/20/2014 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why is big ag pumping in millions of dollars to defeat the Oregon Right to Know Act?
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Corporations like Monsanto and Pepisco are pumping millions of dollars into Oregon to defeat a measure on this election's ballot that would require labeling of genetically engineered raw and packaged food. Why is big ag so determined to stop GMO labeling? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Julia DeGraw, with Food and Water Watch, about Oregon Ballot Measure 92. We define GMOs and talk about why people have a right to know what's in their food. We also talk about what the act will really do - as opposed to what the opposition is saying about it - and why big ag is trying to scare Oregonians into voting no.

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The Election, according to Locus Focus

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Tue, 10/28/2008

 Join Host Barbara Bernstein in her last pre-election discussion on the Presidential Race.

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Locus Focus on Voter Suppression

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Tue, 10/21/2008

 Host Barbara Bernstein talks with three organizers on the ground about last minute voter suppression in Colorado, New Mexico and Ohio. Guests include Jenny Flanagan, Executive Director, Common Cause Colorado; Steve Allen, Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico and Ohioan journalist Bob Fitrakis. Plus Barbara offers a brief report back from the political landscape of SW Virginia.

Protect your right to vote!  Visit www.866ourvote.org!!!

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Njoki Njehu on Locus Focus

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Tue, 10/14/2008

 Host Per Fagereng interviews Njoki Njehu from Africa Jubilee South about the current financial meltdown and bail-out, propagated by rich people at the expense of the entire world's poor.

Holly Pruett on Locus Focus

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Tue, 10/07/2008

 Host Barbara Bernstein's guest today is Holly Pruett. The topic is the presidential campaign through the lens of registering voters  
in Ohio, from where Holly has just returned.

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Antonia Juhasz on The Tyranny of Oil

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Tue, 09/30/2008

 Per Fagereng and Sue Supriano host this program starting off our special Peak Oil Day programs. His guests include analyst, author and activist Antonia Juhasz, whose new book is "The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry - And What We Must Do to Stop It."

Danny Schechter News Dissector on the Financial Meltdown

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Tue, 09/23/2008

 Panic in Financial Land

Host Barbara Bernstein and special guest Danny Schechter, director of the new film "In Debt We Trust" and author of the new book "Plunder," will talk about the current financial meltdown and dissects the Bush administration's plan to bail out AIG  to the tune of one trillion dollars.

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Locus Focus - Sept 17

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Tue, 09/16/2008

 Host Barbara Bernstein asks: "Is there anything the McCain campaign is not lying to the American people about?"

 

Today on Locus Focus we discussed whether the slogan "Is there anything the McCain campaign isn't lying to the American people about?" will dominate the rest of the presidential campaign.  We analyzed the lies, distortions and exaggerations that are marking the McCain campaign, from his campaign ads to inflated attendance numbers at Palin/McCain rallies.  And, oh yes, his flip flop on how sound the economy is.

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Alaska's Shannyn Moore on Sarah Palin

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Tue, 09/09/2008

 Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein talks with Shannyn Moore, Anchorage, Alaska radio and television personality about the real Sarah Palin, hiding behind the media hype.

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Norman Solomon on the DNC

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Tue, 09/02/2008

 Host Barbara Bernstein interviews Norman Solomon, local activist and Obama delegate, who was at the DNC in Denver last week, and takes questions and comments from the listening audience.


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Katha Pollitt (The Nation) and Rev. Dr. Bob Edgar (Common Cause)

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Tue, 08/26/2008

Today, Host Barbara Bernstein talks LIVE with several media personalities at the DNC in Denver.  First up is Paul Bloom, long-standing activist.  Next, Barbara talks with Katha Pollit from The Nation, finishing up with the Reverend Dr. Bob Edgar from Common Cause.

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Comments

Global Warming

Barbara, I hope you might forward my comments to your guest. I was only able to listen to part of today's program but I am very interested. I want to raise my concerns about two prevailing frames that arise on your show and throughout serious discussion of climate change that I believe do great damage to the efforts to raise the awareness of the public and help them understand the urgency needed when addressing this issue.
First is the frame that global warming is happening slowly and will continue to do so. I do not believe the facts support such an assertion and not only does no one know that warming will not suddenly serge forward it seems to be doing exactly that. A report out last week raised the projected temperature for the planet by the end of the century to 9F from 4F degrees. That means that we are going to hit 4F by---2040? Until recently no one imagined the arctic ice cap could melt in anything like our lifetimes but in fact it will and it may do so as soon as 2013! The problem with the frames that give people the impression that GW is a slow process is that it provides fauls comfort, "Oh, technology will fix it before it happens," or "It is not my problem." Neither one is the case but too many people still think that way. So please start using a different frame from "by the end of the century," or “future generations." Instead say "within our life times," and stress the urgency. After all it is much more accurate to say catastrophic climate change is happening right now.

The second frame is that one cannot attribute any given weather event to global warming. That is only partly true. In fact one might say that you cannot not attribute any given weather event to climate change such is the post-industrial influence on the pre-industrial trajectory of the climate---we have departed the Holocene and are in the Antropocene some scientist tell us. It is like a basketball launched toward a basket that gets tipped by one of the players. Its trajectory is for ever changed. I think it is more accurate to say that the weather everywhere and everyday has been influence to some degree by GW. This is important because the frame that one cannot tell if an event is caused by climate change is asking them not to believe there own "eyes," experiences, or impressions which are often very astute. For instance in Oklahoma where I grew up we used to have thunderstorms in April and the 100F days did not come until late July. This year they had wild fires near Oklahoma City in April and the temperatures have been in the hundreds throughout much of this June---that has increasingly become the trend and is consistent with climate change projections. Now Oklahomans should by all rights believe that what they are experiencing is in fact global warming. It may be noted that Inhofe is a Senator from Oklahoma and one of the most radical global warming deniers and obstructionist in government.
I have been keeping up with this issue for a long time now and am alarmed at the rapidity that things are taking place. I truly believe we are probably in for crop failures, water shortages, and mass migrations here in North America, in this country, within our lifetimes and whereas I think there is a fine line to be drawn to not panic or send people into despair I think scientist tend to be much too measured in their statements. It is as though there is smoke billowing out of the projection room and the scientists don’t want be caught dead yelling fire in a crowded theater because there is no "proof" that there is in fact a fire.
Scientist have long dismissed the near term risk of a methane/co2 release from the arctic or the ocean meanwhile there is growing indications that that is exactly what is happening. As a NASA scientist you should know that a huge methane release was detected on Mars a few years ago and that is within a much more static system than ours----that should give us pause!
The public needs to be prepared in case there is a sudden spike in methane from the Arctic so I hope in the future Barbara you will direct your discussions of climate change toward the rapidity of changes already taking place and the potential danger of being too complacent and smug about what we know and what we think we do or do not know. Thank you.

Global Warming

I recently interviewed Phil Mote who has replaced climate change denier George Taylor as Oregon's State Climatologist. Like any careful scientist Mote does not feel comfortable attributing specific weather events to climate change. But he gave me a analogy that I like: It's like playing Russian Roulette and adding a second bullet to the chamber of the revolver. If you blow your head off it doesn't really matter whether it was the original bullet or added bullet that did you in.

Solar Energy

I echo Bruce's concerns and add commentary based on  Mon - 14 - Sep show.

While I support solar energy, I warn against pie-in-the-sky proposals that make it sound like we can find new sources to keep living our wasteful lives. The scale of the problem is lost when we pretend that putting solar panels on 100 roofs signifies real change.

There is some hope to be found in using solar power efficiently. This does NOT include powering electric resistance heaters with photovoltaics. It does mean passive solar heating, solar hot water, and solar clothes driers (AKA clotheslines).

When you have used conservation and innovation to convert the wasteful electric grid into a sustainable system, then we can begin the conversation about supplimenting the system for our transportation problems. Until then, the only real sustainable alternatives to petroleum are wind, human, and animal powered vehicles. Coal and nuclear, the primary sources of new electricity, are polluting uses of nonrenewable resources.

Walk, ride a bicycle, sail (without motor), and use horse and ox cart, if you are truly concerned about the serious threat of climate change. Park your car forever. We cannot afford cars any longer.

- Vernon Huffman

   Corvallis, OR

today's show & "socialism"

i think now is a good time to talk more about what socialism actually is - common ownership of the means of production - and what is is not - redistributing wealth. you are right to continue pointing out that what obama is talking about is a progressive tax structure, not socialism.

the progressive tax idea actually comes from adam smith himself, "It is not very unreasonable that the rich should contribute to the public expense, not only in proportion to their revenue, but something more than in that proportion." [from book 5, ch.2 on taxes]

Intro Music

The intro music to Locus Focus is a song by Hugh Masakela called "Change." It's on his album "Time," which came out a few years ago. I plan on playing the song each week until Robert Mugabe relinquishes power in Zimbabwe.

brain gender

Did you see the piece in the NY Times re schizophrenia and autism having possible roots in parental dna - that is mother mix:father's mix? That is female characteristics manifesting as schizophrenia from mother dna and autistic characteristics from father's?

 

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