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  • Host: Denis Howard
    Engineer: John Greenman

    An open-mic style call-in show

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Over the past week, we’ve heard about a lot of things, both locally and nationally, both in the cyber realm and the physical realm, that might lead a person to ask: what kind of society do we want to live in? But that question seldom arises. Maybe it should.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: John Greenman

    It’s Wednesday, so we’ve just got a few short news clips and we’re opening the phone lines for your calls for most of the half hour. We’re working on a theme of local solidarity today. How do we keep power, control and resources in LOCAL hands? How do we get it back when it’s been lost?

    *Judy Robbins from “Let Cuba Live” with a reaction to today’s news about normalizing relations with that country *Audio from a rally that just ended, outside the mill in Bucksport this afternoon as the last shift of workers leaving the mill were met by supporters
    *A report on a donation to the solidarity fund for Fairpoint workers made earlier in the week
    *News about a fracking ban in New York that was announced today
    *Listener calls

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  • Host: Jim Fisher
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: Free Health Care

    Program Topic: Free Health Care

    Key Discussion Points:

    A) How many people have access to insurance for health care?

    B) What services are provided by the Ellsworth Free Health Care Clinic?

    C) What policy changes will be needed provide more access to health care?

    D) What policy changes are coming in 2015?


    A) Dr. Rita Seger, M.D., Specialty internal medicine, and a Ph.D., in Ecology and

    Environmental Science. She is an advocate for Ellsworth Free Medical Clinic.


    B) Dr. Philip Caper M.D.Held professorships in Medicine and Community Medicine at

    Dartmouth and the University of Massachusetts and has been an Adjunct Lecturer in

    Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health and a Research

    Associate at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. pcpcaper21@gmail.com

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  • Producer/Host: Allen Hundley

    The Price of Freedom is Eternal Vigilance

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Elves from the Community Union of Ellsworth and Hancock County paid a visit to Fairpoint strikers in Bangor yesterday, on Day 59 of their strike, dropping off a gift in solidarity.

    Spirits are high on the picket line, despite the bitter cold and minimal progress on contract negotiations, partly due to all of the support the strikers have been receiving from the community. While waiting for them to arrive, we got an update from spokesperson James Feeney, a 32-year service technician based out of Fairpoint in Bangor:

    More information about the Fairpoint strike is available on facebook at: fairnessatfairpoint The elves also have a facebook page: communityunionofellsworth

    Segment 2: In the spirit of peace on this first night of Hanukkah, we have some words from Dr Alice Rothchild. Some of the strongest opposition to the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians is coming from Jewish activists like Dr. Rothchild, who work for justice by speaking out publicly, often at great risk. She is a physician, author, filmmaker, and human rights activist who shares her observations on the conflict based on her Jewish upbringing as well as her personal, first hand knowledge of the region. She has been a member of several health and human rights delegations to the region, working with Israelis and Palestinians who “refuse to be enemies”. Here is some of what she had to say during a visit to Maine earlier this month, as one of the latest in Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series. (Audio recorded by Matt Murphy)

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    From Donna Loring:

    On December 20th 2011 we did a show with a group called the Portagers. The Portagers were members of Senior College who were lead and taught by Christina Looper Baker. Christina passed away on Jan18th 2013 from complications of a stroke. At that time she was advocating for Wabanaki people. She wanted the historic truth to be taught in our schools and Native voices to be heard. The Portagers have continued on and are still meeting and addressing issues in support of Wabanaki People.
    We are re-airing that show today in her memory as a tribute to her tireless advocacy for truth and justice for the Wabanaki people.

    This program is dedicated to the memory of my friend and fellow advocate
    Christina Looper Baker. I know She would want me to wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays !

    You can find the archive of the original broadcast here:


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  • Producer/Host: Cindy Swan

    Granddaddy Power Period

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