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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Maine Fishermen’s Forum: A 40 year retrospective

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the Maine Fishermen’s Forum and why has it been so important to the fishing industry of the past 40 years.
    b) How has the fishing industry changed in 40 years
    c) Recorded interviews from 2015 Forum attendees

    Jim Wilson, University of Maine School for Marine Sciences
    Robin Alden, Penobscot East Resource Center

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  • Producer/Host: Rob McCall
    Studio Engineer: Denis Howard

    “April Showers”

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

    Foam Block

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  • Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Penobscot Chief Francis responds to Governor LePage’s Reversal of Order Promoting Cooperation with Tribes

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Today we speak again with Penobscot Nation Chief Kirk Francis.This weekend, Governor Lepage’s office sent an email to Wabanaki Tribal leaders announcing a new executive order, signed April 16th, that rescinds the Governor’s 2011 order promoting cooperation and coordination between the Stat and the Wabanaki Tribes within Maine. (copy of executive order: www.pressherald.com/2015/04/21/lepage-rescinds-order-promoting-state-cooperation-with-indian-tribes/document/2/).
    b) Despite the original executive order, which included directing state agencies to reach out to the Tribes on issues effecting them, Chief Francis outlines numerous instances, during the LePage administration, in which they have not felt state cooperation. This includes elver fishing and tribal saltwater fisheries rights, protective water quality standards in sustenance fishing waters, fishing monitoring jurisdiction in sustenance fishing waters in the Penobscot River, and rights under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VOWA).
    c) We also speak with the Peace and justice Center of Eastern Maine about their 21st annual Hope Festival, taking place this Saturday in Orono.

    Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation, penobscotnation.org
    Amy Hughes, Peace and justice Center of Eastern Maine, peacectr.org/wp/hope_2015/schedule-of-events/


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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As important technologies go, personal computers and the Web are pretty recent. While we can’t see or hear, for example, Alexander Graham Bell making the first phone call, we can see and hear Douglas Engelbart giving, back in 1968, what has become known as “The Mother of All Demos” during which he demonstrated the use of new technologies like interacting in real time with a computer using a mouse. We can watch it today at www.youtube.com/watch?t=312&v=yJDv-zdhzMY. Definitely worth a look.

    Meanwhile, the personal computer revolution has brought us to a point at which we recognize not only the wonders of digital technology but dangers as well. Two recent books looking at those dangers are also definitely worth look: “Data and Goliath” by Bruce Schneier, and “Future Crimes” by Marc Goodman.

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  • Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    This month the Maine legislature’s Criminal Justice & Public Safety Committee is considering at least 9 different pieces of proposed legislation dealing with guns. The one generating the most controversy is the concealed carry bill – which supporters call “constitutional carry” – that would eliminate the required permit for carrying a concealed gun. We review some of the pending legislation and discuss the question “what does sensible gun policy mean to you?” with guests Mary Anne Royal, Coordinator, Northern Maine Chapter, Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence; Beth Allen, State Coordinator for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense; and Joe Porada, local gun owner and long time WERU volunteer. Hillary Lister of Maine Matters, a Research, Consulting, and Government Relations business joins us by phone to talk about the impact some of the legislation may have on medical marijuana patients, and we open the phone lines for listener calls.

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  • Producer/Host: Allen Hundley

    Anthony Atkinson on Inequality and Jobs

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