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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Locus Focus on 02/18/13

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An interview with Andrew Nikiforuk about the dangers connected with tar sands mining in Alberta.
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Tar Sands: Dirty Oil and the Future of a Continent

We continue this month with our series on energy. This week's program is a repeat of a Locus Focus originally aired on November 3, 2009

Locus Focus on 02/11/13

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Why we must learn how to reduce energy consumption if we are to save civilization as we know it.

ENERGY: Overdevelopment and the Delusion of Endless Growth, Part 2 - Energy Literacy with Tom Butler

During the month of February, Locus Focus presents a series of programs inspired by a new book from the Foundation for Deep Ecology and the Post-Carbon Institute

Locus Focus on 02/04/13

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Richard Heinberg on the unintended consequences of our insatiable thirst for more power.

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Locus Focus on 01/28/13

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Mon, 01/28/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The movement to stop the Pacific Northwest from becoming a center for exporting coal to Asia.

STOPPING THE COAL TRAINS

Locus Focus on 01/21/13

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Mon, 01/21/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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BP's past and present crimes against the environment with Pro Publica's Abrahm Lustgarten

BP'S CHRONIC CRIME'S AGAINST THE ENVIRONMENT

 

Locus Focus on 01/14/13

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What we know and don't know about the impacts of proliferating nanoparticles in our food supply.

THE INCREASING PRESENCE OF NANOPARTICLES IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY

On the surface, nanoparticles seem to offer many potential benefits. By adding them to foods and food packaging, they can help deliver nutrients, act as thickening agents, enhance taste or flavor or ensure longer freshness of food. But because of their microscopic size, these minute versions of silver, zinc, titanium dioxide and other metals and nutrients, may cause adverse health impacts. Scientists are still determining the health and environmental impacts of these tiny particles, yet industry is forging ahead introducing nanoparticles into a wide array of packaged foods and food packaging.

Locus Focus on 01/07/13

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Mon, 01/07/2013 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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After Hurricane Sandy, rebuilding communities resilient to climate change induced storm ravages.

HURRICANE SANDY,  SEA LEVEL RISE AND THE WORLD WE NOW LIVE IN

The storm surge generated by Hurricane Sandy, flooding significant areas across Greater New York and New Jersey, demonstrated that the specter of climate change and the disasters it will wreak are now upon us. As the Northeast engages in a slow recovery from the storm's damage, a debate is now raging about how to prevent similar destruction from the inevitable next super storm.

Locus Focus on 12/31/12

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Hurricane Sandy's impact on the water quality of New York City's rivers and estuaries.

Testing the Water After Hurricane Sandy

When Hurricane Sandy innundated parts of New York City and the Jersey Coast this fall, damage from high water was not the only concern. There was the question of what was in that water. To find out, aquatic ecologist Andrew Juhl voyaged down the Hudson River on the Riverkeeper research vessel, sampling water at numerous sewage outfalls and other suspicious locations throughout the estuary. While they did detect levels of microbial pathogens in the water right after the storm, the more serious finding the study highlighted was that the levels after Sandy were not an anomaly, but in fact occur after much less severe weather events.

Locus Focus on 12/24/12

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Mon, 12/24/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How one of Europe’s great multicultural cities, became the heart of darkness during WWII
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Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams

Rebroadcast of program originally aired on 3/7/2011
Until World War II, Odessa was one of Europe's great multicultural cities, a place of optimism and light. For nearly a century its colorful street life inspired poets and writers like Alexander Pushkin, Mark Twain and Isaac Babel. It was also a major center of Jewish culture, and by 1941 Odessa had 200,000 Jews living within its bounds—over a third of its population. But by the end of the war there were only 48 Jews left. Many had perished in a gruesome—but still largely unknown—episode of the Holocaust.

Locus Focus on 12/17/12

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Encouragement and tips on how to garden throughout the winter in a maritime climate

WINTER GARDENING with LIVING CITY

As winter solstice approaches, growing vegetables is probably one of the furthest things from most people's minds during this cold and rainy part of the year. Yet, in Portland's mild maritime climate, it is possible to harvest home-grown vegetables throughout the winter. If you've always found winter gardening too daunting, this episode of Locus Focus may inspire you to get a little wet and muddy this winter. We're joined by Katie Nichols, Sarah Canterberry and Rachel Freifelder, co-founders of Living City, a community education program based in the Cully neighborhood of Northeast Portland. They'll give us answers to basic questions that help demystify winter gardening: what do I grow, how do I grow it?

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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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