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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley

    “Butterfly Life Cycle”

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  • Producer/Host: Anu Dudley

    The Element of Water

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh


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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Remember that old Monty Python song: “Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam.”? It’s a song anyone who uses the Internet could be singing even today. Let’s take a look at why.

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  • Producer: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Jordan Valley, Palestine

    Key discussion points:
    Israel’s occupation of Palestine has made life for Palestinians in the Jordan Valley very difficult. Palestinian farmers and herders struggle as Israel controls their water access, has implemented severe land use restrictions and export barriers, and has demolished their homes. As family debt rises, Palestinians often seek employment in the expanding Israeli colonial settlements.
    The agricultural settlements lack enforcement of labor protections, so Palestinian workers receive less than the Israeli minimum wage, and they work without sick days or pensions. They are often recruited by a Palestinian go-between who takes a significant cut in the workers’ pay. Palestinian children comprise as much as ten percent of this workforce.

    Rashed Sawafta, organizer, Jordan Valley Solidarity
    Feras Yousef Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
    Ivan Karakashian, advocacy unit coordinator, Defence for Children International, Palestine
    Amjad Jaber, director, Palestinian Ministry of Labor, Jericho
    Hamza Zbeidat, field organizer, Ma’an Development Agency
    Taleb Ali Salam Abeyat, agricultural worker in Tomer settlement
    Hamda Ali Masoud Ibdirat, agricultural worker in Massu’a and Tomer settlements
    Ahmed Saeed, farmer, Palestinian Farmers’ Union
    Jamal Juma’, coordinator, Stop the Wall campaign

    Ma’an Development Center www.maan-ctr.org
    Defence for Children International, Palestine, www.dci-pal.org/
    Stop the Wall campaign, www.stopthewall.org
    Jordan Valley Solidarity www.jordanvalleysolidarity.org

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  • Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Health and Environmental Safety for Children and Families

    Program Topic: Phthalates in our Lives

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How chemicals are inserted into our products – effort to waken the consumer
    b) What Maine is asking for – clarification that this “ask” is to have a list of products with phthalates in them for website positing and not to have products labeled
    c) Promote response for the upcoming hearing: the hearing on July 29th at 1:00 at the DEP in Augusta, ME

    A) Emma Halas-O’Connor, Coalition and Grassroots Advocacy Coordinator, Environmental Health Strategy Center.
    B) Danna Hayes, Director of Public Policy for the Maine Women’s Lobby and Policy Center.
    C ) Beth Ahearn, Program Director, Maine Conservation Alliance

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: The South Portland city council voted last night to pass the an ordinance preventing tar sands exports from the harbor there. For several years environmentalists have expressed concerns that the direction of flow of an existing pipeline to Montreal might be reversed so that tar sands from Canada could be piped to the deep water port in South Portland. The extraction of tar sands has had a devastating environmental impact, and concerns about the potential dangers of piping the corrosive substance and the pollution caused by processing it were also cited as reasons for passing the ordinance. While the ordinance still could be overturned by referedum, the news this morning is being called historic by some, and is drawing attention from across the country. The Natural Resources Council of Maine has been working on bringing attention to the tar sands pipeline since 2009. Dylan Voorhees is NRCM’s Clean Energy and Global Warming Project Director:

    Segment 2: The tar sands issue is also part of the wider movement for climate justice, which is taking hold on college campuses across the state, notably – as we’ve reported in the past – in the form of student-led pressure to divest from fossil fuel industries. Iris SanGiovanni is one of the organizers of that movement, and one of the resources she and other youth can tap into here in Maine is Pine Tree Youth Organizing. We spoke with Iris, and with Christine of PTYO, to learn more about that group, what they have to offer the community, and how the community can support their efforts:

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  • Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


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