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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ALL ELECTRIC AMERICA

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Mon, 02/01/2016 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How transitioning to an all-electric, all renewable society is both necessary and achievable.
What would an all-electric America look like and why is it necessary not only to imagine such a reality, but to actually make it real? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with David Freeman and Leah Y Parks, co-authors of ALL-ELECTRIC AMERICA, who will explain how making the transition to an all-electric, all renewable society is necessary, practical, financially viable, and achievable.

THE ARMED TAKEOVER OF MALHEUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

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Mon, 01/25/2016 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Making sure that the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is returned to its rightful owners—the American public.
As the takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by armed thugs enters its fourth week, the frenzy of continuing media attention overlooks the larger picture. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Bob Sallinger with the Audubon Society of Portland and Arran Robertson with Oregon Wild about the narrow political agenda of these self-styled militias that now puts one of America’s most important wildlife refuges at risk and why it is so important to make sure that the Malheur Wildlife Refuge is returned to its rightful owners, the American public.

Wolves Come Home to Oregon

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Mon, 01/18/2016 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Oregon wolves' long road to recovery
Gray wolves were once common in Oregon, occupying most of the state. But as soon as Euro-Americans starting settling in Oregon, they set out to wipe out the wolves. This campaign finally succeeded in extirpating the last Oregon wolf in 1947.

THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE, Part Two

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Mon, 01/11/2016 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A whirlwind tour of the microbiology of soil and the human body with David Montgomery & Anne Bikle
On this episode of Locus Focus we continue the conversation with Seattle biologist and consummate gardener Anne Biklé, co-author of THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE that we started during the winte

Changing the Conversation about Fire

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Mon, 01/04/2016 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Wild Fires as nature’s remarkable resilience at work
Forest ecologists Dominick DellaSala and Chad Hanson view forests as a dynamic ecosystem in which fire is an essential part of nature’s circle of life. For years they have promoted coexisting with backcountry fires rather than relentlessly fighting them. While the news media and Congress each year proclaim burnt forests from Yellowstone to the Sierra and Cascade Mountains as unprecedented catastrophes, what these scientists see is nature’s remarkable resilience at work.

THE THIN GREEN LINE OF RESISTANCE - Year in Review

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Mon, 12/28/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Year-end review of actions to protect the "the Thin Green Line" of resistance in the Northwest.
Just before the Christmas recess Congress passed a budget resolution that includes an amendment to lift the ban on exporting crude oil. Lifting the ban puts that much more pressure on the Pacific Northwest from the fossil fuel industry, which wants to turn the region into a hub for exporting fossil fuels.

On this episode of Locus Focus we'll look back at the past year's actions to stave off this pressure and protect the "the Thin Green Line" of resistance. Guest Dan Serres, with Columbia Riverkeeper, will review this past year of climate action in the face of the fossil fuel industry's aggressive plans to build oil, coal, LNG and liquid propane terminals across the Northwest.

SACRIFICE ZONE

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Mon, 12/21/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Patrick O'Herron on the struggle to keep the Norhwest from becoming a sacrifice zone for fossil fuel
As pressure increases to turn the Pacific Northwest into an export hub for fossil fuels, many communities are fighting back. Recently the Portland city council voted unanimously to write a new ordinance that will ban construction of new storage and transport facilities for exporting fossil fuels. Meanwhile in Vancouver, Washington the city council is opposing plans to build the largest oil export terminal in the country.

IN WILDNESS IS THE PERPETUATION OF THE WORLD

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Mon, 12/14/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Jason Mark on the importance of protecting and preserving the remaining wild places on our planet.
On our overheated and overcrowded planet, are wild places now extinct? Civilization’s fingerprints are everywhere, from plastic trash on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, to the effects of global climate change on the most remote landscapes. How do wild places maintain their value in this Age of Humans? In his new book Satellites in the High Country, journalist and urban farmer Jason Mark travels beyond the bright lights and certainties of our cities to seek wildness wherever it survives.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Jason about the importance of protecting and preserving the remaining wild places on our planet. That to paraphrase Thoreau, "In wildness is the perpetuation of the world."

THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE

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Mon, 12/07/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A whirlwind tour of the microbiology of soil and the human body with David Montgomery & Anne Bikle
Lately we've been hearing a lot about microbes and the power of probiotics for intestinal health. While gut health is a trendy topic, gardening’s connection to microbiomes and the food we eat is overlooked. On this episode of Locus Focus we get a whirlwind tour of the microbiology of soil and the human body. Biologist Anne Biklé, co-authors of THE HIDDEN HALF OF NATURE, take us on a tour through the strange and fascinating world of microbes illuminating how discoveries of microbial allies in the soil and our bodies can revolutionize the way we grow food and treat chronic diseases.

Anne Biklé is a biologist and gardener living in Seattle, Washington with her husband and collaborator David Montgomery.

A Field Philosopher's Guide to Fracking

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Mon, 11/30/2015 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Denton, Texas successful initiative to ban fracking and its unfortunate aftermath
When philosophy professor Adam Briggle moved to Denton, Texas, he had never heard of fracking. Five years later he would successfully lead a citizens' initiative to ban hydraulic fracturing in Denton—the first Texas town to challenge the oil and gas industry. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Adam Briggle about the impacts of fracking on communities like Denton, his leap from the ivory tower into the fracking fray and what happened in the aftermath of their electoral victory.

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Locus Focus Post Election Discussion

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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!!!

Barbara Bernstein and Corrina

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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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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