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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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Oaks Bottom: The Next Generation

Airs at: Mon, 11/02/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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If you walk along the bluff on Sellwood Blvd you are likely to see one of the neighborhood icons: a young man peering through a birding scope. Ezra Cohen is a fifteen year old student at the Portland Waldorf School and a passionate birder. For the last couple years he’s bee... Read more

Drones over the Willamette

Airs at: Mon, 10/26/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Verizon is planning to build a drone testing facility along the Willamette River in North Portland. Until recently few people knew about this plan and it seems that Verizon hoped to get the project approved away from the public eye. However neighborhood activists got wind o... Read more

Extinction of Experience with Robert Michael Pyle

Airs at: Mon, 10/19/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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A couple weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to chat with Northwest environmental writer, poet, novelist and butterfly expert, Robert Michael Pyle, about  his new book Nature Matrix. We had a free-wheeling conversation, sitting on the front porch of my friend Susan Ba... Read more

Hot Dams on the Columbia

Airs at: Mon, 10/12/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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  This program originally aired on August 24, 2020 Right now salmon are making the miraculous journey from the Pacific Ocean, up the Columbia, to the place each fish was born. All salmon ask for is a river with cool flowing water. But because of the stagnant reservoirs beh... Read more

Sam Robinson Tells the Story of the Chinook People

Airs at: Mon, 10/05/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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THIS SHOW ORIGINALLY AIRED ON AUGUST 3, 2020   In the midst of election season insanity, let's step back in time and forward into the future by listening again to an interview I did with Chinook Elder Sam Robinson in early August. In mid July I went out to Chinook Point o... Read more

Kalama Methanol Another Time Around

Airs at: Mon, 09/28/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For over five years the threat of being the site for the world’s largest methanol refinery has loomed over the small community of Kalama, Washington, 40 miles north of Portland. This month the Washington Department of Ecology released a new Draft Supplemental Environmental ... Read more

Oregon on Fire

Airs at: Mon, 09/21/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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All summer Trump has ranted about how Portland is being burned down by radical anarchist Antifa mobs. Of course Portland has not burned down, but as we speak, much of Oregon actually is on fire, wildfires inflamed by Trump’s flagrant disregard and denial of impending climat... Read more

Portland is not Burning

Airs at: Mon, 09/14/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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All summer Portland has been the brunt of vicious attacks by Trump and his minions, denouncing the city as a liberal democratic bastion under siege by mobs of radical, anarchist thugs. After sending in uninvited federal police to put down the city’s nightly black lives matt... Read more

Fire Season in the time of COVID-19 encore presentation

Airs at: Mon, 09/07/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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THIS PROGRAM ORIGINALLY AIRED ON JULY 13 before the wildfire season had really gotten underway. Now as we are experiencing one of the most intense fire seasons ever, this episode of Locus Focus is more relevant than ever. In a time of global pandemic, this summer's fire sea... Read more

River of Dreams

Airs at: Mon, 08/31/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Ursula LeGuin’s story "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" describes a utopian city where everyone lives good lives, except for the neglected child chained in a basement. Portland, which prides itself on its progressive attitudes, also has such a metaphorical child: the com... Read more