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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EMPIRE ANTARCTICA, an Interview with author Gavin Francis

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Mon, 11/25/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Observing Emperor Penguins in Antarctica for a year with author Gavin Francis
The Halley Research Station, a profoundly isolated British research station in Antarctica, is so remote, it is said to be easier to evacuate a casualty from the International Space Station than it is to bring someone out of Halley in the winter. A small group of people winter over each year along this portion of the Antarctic coast. Their sole companions are thousands of Emperor Penguins, the only animal that has evolved to endure and breed during the harsh Antarctic winter. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Gavin Francis, a doctor who spent 14 months at the Halley Research station.

The Invasion of Invasive Species In Urban Natural Areas

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Mon, 11/18/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The challenges that invasive species pose to the natural areas we value so much in the city
The past few summers people have flocked to the bluff above Oaks Bottom to admire the striking purple flowers that blanket the wetland. Although these flowers, known as purple loose strife, are beautiful, they should not be there. In fact they are a noxious invasive weed that is choking out the native wetland habitat. But getting rid of purple loose strife and all the other exotic invasives that spread throughout urban natural areas is not an easy task. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Portland Parks & Recreation ecologist Mark Wilson about the challenges that invasive species pose to the natural areas we value so much in the city.

The Grassroots Battle Against Big Oil - with Wen Stephenson

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Mon, 11/11/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Connecting the fight against the Keystone pipeline with the struggle for environmental justice.

A year ago Texas Activists with Tar Sands Blockade locked themselves to equipment being used to build the Keystone XL pipeline, near Nacogdoches, Texas. A year later the battle over the pipeline is still raging but we hear less about the dramatic actions that made headlines last year. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Nation contributing writer and climate activist Wen Stephenson about how the struggle against the Tar Sands continues, as activists in Texas connect the fight against the Keystone pipeline with the struggle for environmental justice.

COAL TRAINS, OIL TRAINS, PIPELINES coming through the Pacific Northwest

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Mon, 11/04/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Coal and oil trains, pipelines and terminals proproposed for the Pacifid NW - with Eric de Place
Originally broadcast on September 9, 2013
COAL TRAINS, OIL TRAINS, PIPELINES coming through the Pacific Northwest

This summer the port of Vancouver, Washington approved plans to build a terminal for oil trains, over widespread opposition from the community. Meanwhile anti-coal activists are still trying to fend off three proposed coal terminals in Oregon and Washington and Kinder Morgan is going ahead promoting its plan to enlarge and extend its Trans Mountain Pipeline that carries tar sands crude from Alberta to Burnaby, BC.

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD with J.B. MacKinnon

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Mon, 10/28/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The need to remember nature as it was in order to remake a wilder world.
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.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with journalist J.B. MacKinnon, author of THE ONCE AND FUTURE WORLD. We'll discuss how in order to reverse our damaging course, we need to remember nature as it was, reconnect to it as something meaningful in our lives, and begin to remake a wilder world.

Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction

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Mon, 10/21/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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how the World Bank is a microcosm of powerful forces that threaten the environment and social ruin.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim has vowed that his institution will fight poverty and climate change, a claim that World Bank presidents have made for two decades. But if worldwide protests and reams of damning internal reports are any indication, too often it does just the opposite. By funding development projects and programs that warm the planet and destroy critical natural resources on which the poor depend, the Bank has been hurting the very people it claims to serve. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Bruce Rich, author of Foreclosing the Future: The World Bank and the Politics of Environmental Destruction, which depicts how the World Bank is a microcosm of global political and economic trends—powerful forces that threaten both environmental and social ruin.

WHAT HAS NATURE EVER DONE FOR US? HOW MONEY REALLY DOES GROW ON TREES

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Mon, 10/14/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The economic and intrinsic value of natural systems with Tony Juniper

From Indian vultures to Chinese bees, nature provides the "natural services" that keep the economy going - as well as ecological balance. From the recycling miracles i the soil to an army of predators ridding us of unwanted pests, it has been estimated that these and other services each year are worth about double the global GDP. Yet we take most of Nature's services for granted, imagining them free and limitless - until they suddenly switch off.

On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with British environmentalist Tony Juniper, whose book What Has Nature Ever Done for Us? How Money Really Does Grow on Trees points out that if we realized the true economic as well as intrinsic value of nature, we would stop treating our natural systems in a destructive manner.

SHOULD PORTLAND CREATE A SPECIAL DISTRICT TO RUN PUBLIC UTILITIES?

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Mon, 10/07/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Bob Sallinger and Mike Houck discuss proposal to create new public utilities district in Portland.
An effort is underfoot to wrest control of Portland's Bureau of Environmental Services and Water Bureau from the Portland City Council and transfer them to an obscure board lacking transparency and accountability. This effort masquerades as a populist movement but is in fact a Trojan horse backed by industrial water users designed to lower their costs and defund the City's most important environmental programs.

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

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Mon, 09/30/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A conversation with Richard Heinberg about the perils of fracking

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

GMOs IN OREGON - Update with Clint Lindsey

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Mon, 09/23/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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An update on the continuing struggle to keep GMOs out of Oregon

GMOs IN OREGON - Update with Clint Lindsey

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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.

Barbara and Corrina

 

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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Barbara and Corrina

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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