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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley


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  • Producer/Host: Anu Dudley

    “The Alewives”

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  • Guest host Catherine Schmitt
    Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: The Spring Running: Fish Migration in Penobscot River and Bay

    Key Discussion Points:
    Maine’s coastal rivers are home to several species of fish that are “sea run” or diadromous – they spend part of their lives in the ocean but return to freshwater to spawn. Many towns continue to gain income from the harvest of alewives and blueback herring, which are sold for lobster bait.
    Maine’s coastal communities are working to restore habitat for migratory food fishes, taking such actions as replacing drainage infrastructure with fish-friendly culverts, installing fish ladders, and removing dams.

    Oliver Cox of the Maine Department of Marine Resources
    Jeffrey Pierce of Alewife Harvesters of Maine
    Tara Lake of NOAA Fisheries

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh


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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

    Seen the movie Ex Machina? It raises, in a gentle way, big questions about the relationship of humans to the artificial intelligences we are trying to create. People such as Stephen Hawking, Bill Gates, and Elon Musk are warning that we are not thinking deeply enough about creating artificial intelligence agents and that our AI creations could, someday down the road, mean the end of the human race. Might be worth considering that possibility now while there is still time.

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  • Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    (NOTE: Due to a problem with the recording, this archive starts with the show in progress)

    As we go to air, the legislature’s Criminal Justice and Public Safety is holding public hearings for 2 bills that would legalize marijuana in Maine:

    LD 1380 An Act To Legalize, Tax and Regulate Marijuana sponsored by Rep. Russell of Portland. This bill, if passed, would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana for a person 21 years of age and older, tax sales of marijuana and regulate the marijuana industry, which in the language of the bill is conducted by marijuana establishments. (Full text: legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/HP093501.asp)

    And LD 1401 An Act To Allow for and Regulate the Adult Use of Cannabis sponsored by Rep. Dion of Portland. This bill would reform state marijuana laws by establishing an excise tax on marijuana, allowing the personal use and cultivation of cannabis and allowing, regulating and licensing certain commercial cannabis-related activities, while providing provisions to protect persons under 21 years of age, employers and schools.
    (Full text: legislature.maine.gov/legis/bills/bills_127th/billtexts/HP095001.asp)

    Today’s show features some of the testimony from the public hearing on these bills, and Hillary Lister of “Maine Matters” calls in from the statehouse with her impressions. We also take calls from listeners.

    FMI: (The resource mentioned by Hillary Lister) mainecannabis.wordpress.com/

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