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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 05/31/10

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Mon, 05/31/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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A conversation with author John D'Agata about the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository
ABOUT A MOUNTAIN
 
In recent years a wide range of voices has been promoting nuclear energy as the solution to climate change. While it’s true that the actual nuclear processes within reactors produce no carbon emissions, nuclear boosterism overlooks a number of serious issues with nuclear power. Probably the most critical one is the still-unsolved problem of where to store all the nuclear waste. For many years it looked like the permanent repository for all of our country’s nuclear waste was going to be Yucca Mountain, 90 miles north of Las Vegas.

Locus Focus on 05/24/10

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Mon, 05/24/2010 - 10:00am - 11:00am
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turning our garbage into something useful - curbside composting comes to Portland

FOOD SCRAP RECYCLING COMING TO YOUR CURBSIDE

How much of your garbage is composed of food scraps? According to analysis in the Portland Recycles! Plan the average Portland household disposes of 1,326 pounds of garbage per year of which 75% could be recycled or composted instead of winding up as landfill. We can reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions produced by our garbage by approximately one ton for each ton of food scraps diverted from landfill.

Locus Focus on 05/17/10

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Mon, 05/17/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The impact of the Massey mining disaster and the BP Oil Spill on the future of fossil fuels

THE MASSEY MINING DISASTER, THE BP OIL SPILL AND THE FUTURE OF CHEAP FOSSIL FUEL

Locus Focus on 05/10/10

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Mon, 05/10/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why children need to get away from computer screens and get out into nature.

WHY ARE YOUNG PEOPLE DISCONNECTED FROM NATURE (and what we can do to reconnect them)

A conversation with the director of the film PLAY AGAIN

Several years ago Locus Focus host Barbara Bernstein was walking in Forest Park when a young boy came running by, his eyes gleaming half in glee, half in terror. He was being pursued by his older brother and as he passed, he called out, "I feel like I'm in a video game."

Locus Focus on 05/03/10

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Mon, 05/03/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Why the politics of food is central to creating sustainable communities

DOES PORTLAND HAVE A FOOD CZAR? (and why we need one)

Portland is the only city in America that has a Food Policy and Programs Office. And while many communities are starting to talk about creating Food Policy Councils, Multnomah County and Portland have had such a council for years. So why is there so much interest in food and its politics here in the Rose City? And why should food policy be at the heart of any discussion about creating sustainable and resilient communities?

Locus Focus on 04/26/10

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Mon, 04/26/2010 - 10:15am - 11:05am
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How our relationship to food can help or hinder our efforts to create a sustainable community

SUSTAINABLE GARDENING IN THE CITY
with Community and Urban Horticulturalist Weston Miller

Locus Focus on 04/19/10

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Mon, 04/19/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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Fighting the siting of a cellphone tower and winning

FIGHTING CELLPHONE TOWERS:
A Trumpeter-maker's Battle

Locus Focus on 04/12/10

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Mon, 04/12/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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The best way to eat locally is to grow your own food . . . even in the city

URBAN FARMING:
The Importance of Eating Locally

Locus Focus on 04/05/10

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Mon, 04/05/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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When trying to understand how the machine works, it's helpful to expose its guts.

THE YES MEN FIX THE WORLD

Sometimes the best way to expose the truth is to lie. . .

Locus Focus on 03/29/10

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Mon, 03/29/2010 - 10:15am - 11:00am
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How can we make our urban landscape more sustainable for humans and wildlife?

CAN URBAN ROOFTOPS PROVIDE HABITAT FOR WILDLIFE?

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Glen Lamb and the Columbia Land Trust

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Tue, 03/11/2008

Barbara Bernstein hosts "Post-Measure 49 Oregon, Part 2" with Glenn Lamb of the Columbia Land Trust (columbialandtrust.org). Learn what land trusts are, and how they can help save our environment. Find related information at the Land Trust Alliance (www.lta.org)

Sustainable Portland

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Tue, 03/04/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein spoke with Michael Armstrong, Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainability for the City of Portland about the greening of Portland.

Locus Focus with David Cole on Why America is Losing The War On Terror

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Tue, 02/26/2008

Today on Locus Focus, Barbara Bernstein talks with David Cole, Professor of Law, Georgetown University; Co-Author, Less Safe, Less Free: Why America is Losing the War on Terror (TheNewPress.com); Legal Affairs Correspondent, The Nation; Co-Chair, Liberty and Security Initiative & Checks and Balances Initiative, Constitution Project.

They'll discuss the Protect America Act which expired over the weekend with Bush threatening, “Because Congress failed to act, it will be harder for our government to keep you safe from terrorist attacks.” House Democrats refused to hold a vote on the Senate-approved legislation that would permanently expand the government’s eavesdropping authority and give immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the government monitor conversations. Cole says the rule of law is an asset not an obstacle in the struggle to keep us safe and free, we have given up many freedoms in the name of security but we are not safer.

Bob Stacey on Life After Measure 49

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Barbara Bernstein talks with Bob Stacey Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Oregon (www.friends.org) about the landscape of Oregon land use law in a post-Measure 49 world. Bob and Barbara will discuss the Big Look, the New Look and the Blueprint for Oregon's Future.

Carbon Trade Watch

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Tue, 01/29/2008

Kevin Smith and Tamra Gilbertson, leading critics of international climate change policy and researchers with www.carbontradewatch.org will tell us what's wrong with carbon credits, how they do nothing to fight global warming, and even exacerbate the problem.

Peak Oil, Debt and the Economy

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Tue, 01/15/2008

Per Fagereng hosts talk radio this morning with special guest, Kurt Liebezeit, a local Peak Oil Activist. Listen to Per and Kurt discus Peak Oil and the Economy, while fielding questions, opinions, and discussions with our listening audience.

Gray To Green - Storm Water Management

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Tue, 01/08/2008

Host Barbara Bernstein invites Portland city officials onto her show to discuss the city's storm water management systems. Her guests today are Dean Marriott, Director of the Bureau of Environmental Services, and Lisa Libby, Sam Adams' Senior Environmental Policy Director. Questions were answered for the listening public, as well as plans for the future explained.

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