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  • Producer: Jim Campbell;  Host: Amy Browne

    From the WERU Archives: Art and Science

    How did Paul Sullivan get started in music?  What are some alternative voting systems that might provide propostional representation more effectively?  How do you mathematially divide something fairly among four or more people with no one feeling slighted?

    Guests:
    Paul Sullivan, Composer and Musician, River Music, Brooklin, Maine
    Alan D. Taylor, Professor of Mathematics, Union College, Schenectedy, NY

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    There are lots of places on the Web where you can find stuff you probably wouldn’t think you could find. Inogolo and Spock are just two of them. And on your radio dial, there’s a place where you can hear a lot of stuff you wouldn’t think you’d hear on radio – that place, of course, is WERU. To keep it (and this program) going, make a secure online pledge at www.weru.org.

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  • Executive Producer & Host: Amy Browne

    Contributors: Bill Phillips, Peter Rottman, Meredith DeFrancesco, Helen York, Andy Buckley

    Segment 1: Health care in America produced by Bill Phillips and Peter Rottman

    Guest: Dr. Peter Millard, physician, the Family Medicine Residency Program at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine

    How do health outcomes in the United States  compare with those in other modern, industrialized democracies?  How do health care costs in the U.S. compare?  How are health care expenditures in the U.S. currently allocated?

    Segment 2: We’re celebrating 20 years of great community radio this month by counting back the years in the station’s history.  Today we’re remembering 2001 with a RadioActive program from August of that year, produced and hosted by myself, Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco with assistance from Helen York and Andy Buckley.   This archived episode of RadioActive featured coverage of the groups “Let Cuba Live” and “Pastors for Peace” as their caravan converged at the Maine/Quebec border with medical supplies that they hoped to get through to Cuba via Canada, in defiance of the U.S. embargo.  Features “play by play” coverage of the civil disobedience that ensued.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
    The WERU community is celebrating 20 years of great community radio—and counting down to our next membership drive— by taking a look back.  Today we’re going back to 2003.  In November of that year we reported from the protests at the Free Trade Area of the Americas, or FTAA, ministerial meetings in Miami.   Inside luxury resort hotels, the FTAA meetings were not going well as more and more countries were becoming aware of the negative impacts of corporate globalization.   The resorts were surrounded by fencing and riot police, keeping any dissent well out of view of those inside.   The protests were spirited, but in no way violent.   We broke away after covering a Teamsters protest march and found a pay phone to call in to WERU with an update.  What follows is that call-in segment, engineered by Heather Candon, then recorded audio from the protests that aired later, including an impromptu press conference with a Miami police official in which you will also hear the voice of Andrea DeFrancesco and other reporters as well.   So let’s take a trip back in time to 2003…

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    As part of WERU’s 20 years in 20 days celebration, we return to October of 2003 for an edition on GPS, or Global Positioning Systems, which were just beginning to gain broad adoption at the consumer level. GPS is a great tool, but like all technology, it has its positive and negative applications. We look at few of them today since the issues raised in 2003 are still alive today.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell
    TOPIC: Rebroadcast of two environmental programs from 1998: Environmental Notebook and A Wildlife Journal (as part of WERU’s 20th Anniversary “Hear Again” series)

    Why may boycotts of rainforest wood products be counterproductive?  What are some other economic appraoches to helping to preserve rainforests?  What benefits do spiders have ecologically?

    GUESTS:
    Professor Richard Jagels, Univesity of Maine
    Dr. Daniel Jennings (retired) U.S. Forest Servcie
    Cynthia Jennings, Orono Public Library
    Laurie Rose, Orono Public Library

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  • Producer/Host: JIm Campbell

    Topic: Interview with and readings by Janwillem van de Wetering (recently deceased) from the WERU Archives
    What were some of the formative influences on van de Wetering’s writings?  What is the central point in all of his fiction writings?  How did his living in Maine affect his writing?

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  • Producer/Host: Matt Murphy, WERU General Manager

    Guests: Joel Mann, Programming and Operations Manager; Jim Campbell, Media Consultant; Djinni Field, CPB Digital Grants Administrator

    Topic: Digital Radio/HD Radio

    What is HD radio?  Will WERU still broadcast in analog?  What will HD radio mean for listeners on the fringes of the WERU signal area?

    Call in show

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