John Cooney

Natural World Host

11/19/14 - KLCC lost one of our family. Natural World producer John Cooney has died. His family says, "John left us this morning with a taste of wine and a smile on his lips." John had lung cancer. He was at home surrounded by family.

10/30/14  - The KLCC family regrets to announce that our dear friend and long time volunteer John Cooney is currently in hospice care, and will no longer be creating Natural World segments. 

John Cooney has been a vital part of KLCC since 1979.  He has entertained listeners with the Natural World since 1999 but his legacy starts much earlier. Among other accomplishments, John was the creator and first host of "Straight Street" which remains one of KLCC's top music shows (Fridays 6:30 pm). He also created a long-running weekend program called "This Sunday Morning." John's life-long dedication to public radio is inspiring and his distinctive voice and commitment to quality programming and production will be terribly missed.

Listen to Natural World:

October 2013-October 2014 shows listed below.

Shows prior to October 2013 available here

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Natural World
7:56 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Natural World: Berggren Watershed Conservation Area

Nearly all of the meandering back channels in the Willamette Basin have been drained and filled to create more agricultural land.  Unfortunately, this vanishing habitat is critical for the survival of a number of indigenous species.

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Arts & Culture
7:20 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oregon Country Fair Interview - John Perkins: Economist, Author & Activist

John Perkins, author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman.
Credit johnperkins.org

At the Oregon Country Fair Friday, KLCC's Eric Alan & John Cooney spoke with John Perkins. He's the author of Confessions of an Economic Hitman. He's the founder and board member of Dream Change, as well as co-founder of Pachamama Alliance.

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Arts & Culture
6:54 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oregon Country Fair Interview - Poet Jorah LaFleur

Jorah LaFleur at the KLCC broadcast booth at the Oregon Country Fair
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Friday at the 45th Oregon Country Fair, KLCC's Eric Alan and John Cooney spoke with poet Jorah LaFleur with Eugene Poetry Slam.

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Arts & Culture
6:33 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Oregon Country Fair Interview: Michelle Holman - Support Local Food Rights

Michelle Holman at the KLCC booth at the Oregon Country Fair
Credit Photo by Eric Alan

Friday at the Oregon Country Fair, KLCC's Eric Alan and John Cooney spoke with Michelle Holman of SLFR: Support Local Food Rights.

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Natural World
6:34 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Natural World: Great Snakes!

Early summer can be blustery in the Pacific Northwest.  Our native snakes have emerged from hibernation and are out hunting for a meal.  These cold-blooded animals often need to bask in the sun to bring their bodies up to a temperature that allows them to function efficiently.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu June 19, 2014

Natural World: Horse Rock Ridge

Horse Rock Ridge sits at the bald summit of the Coburg Hills.  This time of year the wildflower show is spectacular.

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Natural World
6:00 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Natural World: Cosumnes River Preserve

The Cosumnes River is the only remaining large undammed river flowing into California's Great Central Valley.  The Nature Conservancy, along with other conservation and government groups have preserved 46,000 acres near the river's confluence with the Mokolumne River, south of Sacramento. 

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Natural World
12:01 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Natural World: Intertidal Life

Extreme tides reveal a world of unfamiliar plants and animals.

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Natural World
7:48 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Natural World: Last Remnant of the Wetland Prairie

The endangered Fender's Blue Butterfly at Willow Creek Nature Preserve.
Credit Matthew Benotsch / The Nature Conservancy

Willow Creek Nature Preserve is one of the last relatively intact examples remaining of Willamette Valley wetland prairie habitat.  The plants and animals found here have been living together for centuries.  Many cannot survive outside of this environment.

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Natural World
5:37 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Natural World: Swifts at Agate Hall

Swifts entering the chimney at Agate Hall in Eugene.
Credit wikimedia commons

During spring and fall migrations Vaux's Swifts have been using the tall chimney at Agate hall for an evening roost.  How these birds know where to congregate remains a mystery.  The evening spectacle when they enter the chimney is easily accessible to anyone taking the time to observe.

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