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Every Monday from 10:00am to 11:00am.


A weekly conversation about our place on the planet. 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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Waves and Beaches

Airs at: Mon, 04/26/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The place where ocean meets land has long been inspiration for poets, artists, scientists and beach lovers. It is the subject of Waves and Beaches, a classic guide to the stirring science of sand, surf and waves, written in 1963 by engineer, scientist and adventurer Willard... Read more

Celebrating the Thin Green Line - An Earth Day Special

Airs at: Mon, 04/19/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For nearly two decades communities across the Pacific Northwest have been fighting off multiple efforts to turn the region into a fossil fuel export hub. Today we’ll look back at the successes of what Eric de Place with Sightline Institute calls the Thin Green Line, On thi... Read more

The Myth of Small Safe Nukes

Airs at: Mon, 04/12/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In 1980, Oregonians passed a ballot measure prohibiting the siting of any new nuclear power plants until there is an operating federal repository for high-level nuclear waste. The law also requires a vote before any future nuclear facility is approved. Forty years later sti... Read more

Stopping Line 3

Airs at: Mon, 04/05/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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On his first day in office Joe Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline. That was great news. But that’s not the only fossil fuel pipeline that needs to be stopped. Here in Oregon people are still trying to stop for good the nearly dead Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, while ... Read more

Portland's Industrial Sacrifice Zone

Airs at: Mon, 03/29/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Before European settlers transformed the north reach of the Willamette River, near its confluence with the Columbia, it was a braided river of shallow channels and islands rich in biodiversity. Today the area is designated an industrial sanctuary, but the communities that w... Read more

Saving Salmon, Saving Us

Airs at: Mon, 03/22/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Salmon are the principal iconic species here in the Pacific Northwest, but once salmon were iconic for all northern latitude countries around the world. As we watch the once abundant salmon runs dwindle in the few remaining places where they have thrived over the past centu... Read more

Beaver Taught Salmon To Jump

Airs at: Mon, 03/15/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Beavers have been called “Nature’s Engineers.” In fact, the Army of Corps of Engineers could learn a lot from beavers. Instead of re-engineering nature to serve narrow human interests, beavers engineer the natural environment to serve not just their own needs, but the needs... Read more

Forests Defense, Climate Justice, Feminism

Airs at: Mon, 03/08/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the aftermath of massive wildfires that burned across much of Western Oregon last summer, an inevitable slew of post-fire logging proposals threaten to clearcut over 10,000 acres of fire-impacted federal lands along the iconic McKenzie and North Umpqua rivers. On this s... Read more

Winds of Change in Appalachia

Airs at: Mon, 03/01/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When you think of West Virginia you probably think of coal. But as the coal industry dies a slow death Appalachia is now pulled in two different directions. On the one hand natural gas fracking now dominates the Ohio River Valley and countless miles of gas pipelines spread ... Read more

Covid, Climate and Children

Airs at: Mon, 02/22/2021 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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After a week of snow and ice, massive power outages and Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial, how do we move ahead to implement the progressive agenda so many of us are craving? While we wait to see—and how to influence—what comes from Washington, DC, there is a lot to a... Read more