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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 10/15/12

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William Bryant Logan reflects on all the questions about air that you never thought to ask.
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AIR: THE RESTLESS SHAPER OF THE WORLD - An Interview with William Bryant Logan

We are dependent on air to sustain us, but rarely do we reflect on this fluid, boundless and unpredictable element of our planet. How do birds fly and why do they often fly in V formation? How do tornados form? How far can winds carry dust? Why is weather so difficult to predict? What is the impact of poisonous gases that may come from our cozy, new furniture? How does pollen help palynologists establish the rhythm of the ice ages? On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with author William Bryant Logan about the intricacies and mysteries of the air we breathe.

Locus Focus on 10/08/12

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Greg Pahl on how communities can organize & launch community-scale renewable energy projects

POWER FROM THE PEOPLE: How to Organize, Finance and Launch Local Energy Projects - author Greg Pahl

More than ninety percent of the electricity we use to light our communities, and nearly all the energy we use to run our cars, heat our homes and power our factories, comes from large, centralized, highly polluting nonrenewable sources. On this episode of Locus Focus, we find out how it doesn't have to be that way. We will talk with energy expert Greg Pahl, whose new book Power from the People details how communities can empower themselves to prepare for the emerging energy crisis by launching their own community-scale, renewable energy projects that harvest energy from the sun, wind, water and earth.

Locus Focus on 10/01/12

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How good conservation efforts are helping endangered Black Rhinos in Namibia make a comeback

THE BLACK RHINOS OF NAMIBIA: An Interview with writer Rick Bass

The Namib desert in Southwest Africa is one of the oldest landscapes in the world. It is home to the black rhino, a 3,000 pound nearly blind super-survivor that sports three-foot-long dagger horns and is capable of eating poisonous plants and going for days without water. Caught in the crossfire during the endless war between Angola and the South African Defense Force, with both sides poaching rhinos and elephants to help fund the war, the black rhino population was decimated by the mid 1990s.

Locus Focus on 09/24/12

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Creating policies to address the crisis of climate change in the poorest nations who are hit hardest

CLIMATE CHANGE'S DISPROPORTIONATE IMPACT ON POOR NATIONS

Climate change is one of the greatest obstacles to ending poverty and one of the gravest equity challenges of our time. While the richest countries in the world have been responsible for a disproportionate amount of global carbon emissions which cause global warming, it is the poorest countries in the world that are hit first and worst by climate change.

Locus Focus on 09/17/12

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The struggle of New Orleans residents to return and remain home after Katrina
Interview with Daniel Wolff author of The Fight For Home

THE FIGHT FOR HOME: How (Parts of) New Orleans Came Back - An Interview with author and filmmaker Daniel Wolff

Five months after Hurricane Katrina, Daniel Wolff and Oscar-winning film director Jonathan Demme traveled to New Orleans.  As they treked through the city and past the headline-making ruins, they discovered a deeper, more beautiful, and more troubled story—about a cross-section of New Orleanians trying to return to what remains of their city and to rebuild their lives.

Locus Focus on 09/10/12

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How the Marine Stewardship Council supports well-managed sustainable fishing

THE MARINE STEWARDSHIP COUNCIL: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE FISHING PRACTICES ONE FISHERY AT A TIME

What does it mean when a fishery crashes and who is responsible for the accelerating loss of marine life throughout the world? From cod fisheries of New England to salmon fisheries in Oregon, we are witnessing a rapid depletion of marine species that we value not only for food but as bellwethers of environmental health. On this episode of Locus Focus we talk with Kerry Coughlin of the Marine Stewardship Council about the council's program to create a meaningful certification program for sustainable fisheries, akin to organic food certification.

Locus Focus on 08/27/12

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Mon, 08/27/2012 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Weekly interview show about our place on the planet.

Locus Focus on 08/20/12

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A look at the recent Richmond refinery fire's impact on Richmond, CA health and community gardens.

NOTHING THAT IS POISONED CAN GROW: THE RICHMOND OIL REFINERY FIRE

At 6:30 in evening on Hiroshima Day this month, the Chevron Oil Refinery in Richmond exploded in a massive fire, spreading a mushroom cloud of thick black smoke over the homes and gardens of the residents of this marginalized community. That night thousands of people flocked to local hospitals complaining of respiratory problems. No one seems to know what toxins were contained in that dark cloud that settled over the city for a couple hours, before the winds changed and the toxic cloud dispersed above more affluent communities.

Locus Focus on 07/30/12

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Portland's new Food Zoning Code—encouraging Portlanders to develop a city-based food system

A NEW URBAN FOOD ZONING CODE FOR PORTLAND

Portland has long been a center of ad-hoc urban agriculture. For many decades, Portlanders have grown vegetables in their backyards. Over the past 30 plus years, community gardens have sprung up where people without adequate yard space can also garden. And now an increasing number of folks are raising livestock in town as well. The City of Portland has supported in theory this booming movement of farmers' markets, community gardens, backyard farming, community supported agriculture and food buying clubs. But zoning code regulations have not kept pace and in many cases are cumbersome or contradictory.

Locus Focus on 07/23/12

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Looking back at the Biscuit Fire on its tenth anniversary, in another summer of extreme wildfires.

TEN YEARS AFTER THE BISCUIT FIRE: A RETROSPECTIVE IN A SUMMER OF FIRE

In mid July of 2002 a series of lightning strikes ignited a number of small fires in some very remote mountainous areas of SW Oregon. The fires merged into what became known as the Biscuit Fire, the largest fire that year in North America. Burning across an area of over 500,000 acres it was the largest fire in Oregon history - until this summer. Once the fire was extinguished political conflagrations erupted over how to manage the fire-affected wilderness landscape. Those arguments are still echoing ten years later as we experience another summer of extreme wildfires across the West.

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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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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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