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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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The Secret Police are Gone but the Teargas Hasn't Settled

Airs at: Mon, 08/10/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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For nearly a month, federal troops dowsed Portland protesters with CS tear gas, a chemical weapon banned in war. Now its residues still cling to the trees and grass in Lownsdale Square and Chapman Park and may be making its way into Portland’s storm water system. Yet no one... Read more

Sam Robinson Tells the Story of the Chinook People

Airs at: Mon, 08/03/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In mid July I went out to Chinook Point on the Washington side of the Columbia River near its mouth, to talk with Sam Robinson, a longtime Lower Chinook Tribal Council member. He told about the history of his people and the land they know better than any of us whose ancesto... Read more

Making Polluters Pay for Clean Up

Airs at: Mon, 07/27/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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The fossil fuel industry is a very risky business, and often these risks materialize. Think of the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill, the 2016 oil train derailment in Mosier, Oregon, and the 2017 gas pipeline explosion in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. It might seem logical th... Read more

The Long & Twisted Tale of Jordan Cove LNG Revisited

Airs at: Mon, 07/20/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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Last fall we aired Holding the Thin Green Line, a two part radio documentary about the increasing pressure on the Pacific Northwest to become an export hub for the fossil fuel industry - and the thin green line of resistance that is standing in the way of this development. ... Read more

Fire Season in the time of COVID-19

Airs at: Mon, 07/13/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In a time of global pandemic, this summer's fire season - which is nearly upon us - poses new dire threats. Federal and state agencies have resurrected the obsolete policy of aggressively attacking all wildfires in all places in order to limit wildfire smoke. This fire poli... Read more

Oil and LNG Trains on the Rise?

Airs at: Mon, 07/06/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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While the Pacific Northwest and the rest of the world is wracked by the COVID-19 pandemic, another kind of pandemic threatens our region - an increasing number of oil trains, each loaded with 3 million gallons of crude oil, traveling down the Columbia River and through Port... Read more

Methane Madness

Airs at: Mon, 06/29/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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In the wake of proposals to build unpopular massive LNG and methanol projects around the Northwest, the gas industry feels like it's under attack. In fact a PR campaign being promoted by gas utilities in Washington and Oregon claims that their industry is facing an existent... Read more

Summer Wildfires and Impending COVID-19 Deaths

Airs at: Mon, 06/22/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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When the Oregon State Legislature goes into a special session this summer to address new COVID-19 policies, medical and public health professionals from across the state are calling on Governor Kate Brown and Oregon lawmakers to include fire and smoke preparedness measures ... Read more

Voices from the Edge Move to Center Stage

Airs at: Mon, 06/15/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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By the time this episode of Locus Focus airs it will be three weeks since George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police and a wave of massive, militant protests radiated from Minneapolis across the country and the world. This amazing show of support for the Black Lives Ma... Read more

The Plague Brought the Renaissance. What Could COVID-19 Bring?

Airs at: Mon, 06/08/2020 at 10:00am - 11:00am
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This past week we are witnessing the confluence of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic collapse and unprecedented widespread, militant demonstrations expressing anger and grief over the death of George Floyd—the most recent manifestation of the systemic racism that permeates th... Read more