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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Us vs Them: Is Government the Enemy

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) We’ll discuss the history and cultural origins of American attitudes toward government
    b) How these attitudes have evolved over time, and
    c) Whether these attitudes have been purposefully amplified by vested interests.

    Guests:
    Colin Woodard, award winning author and journalist www.colinwoodard.com/
    Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine umaine.edu/polisci/faculty-and-staff/amy-fried/

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    John Bradford
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Marge May
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Moochers and Freeloaders: Welfare for the Rich, Welfare for the Poor

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) We’ll discuss the relationship between free markets and democracy;
    b) Have the rules of government and markets have been rigged in favor of big money interests and corporations?
    c) Has populist sentiment has been played to generate resentment over welfare for the poor?
    d) Who is being served in American democracy today?
    e) What can ordinary citizen do? What policies should they support?

    Guests:
    a) Vanessa Williamson, Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution
    www.brookings.edu/experts/williamsonv?view=bio

    b) Garrett Martin, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy

    MECEP Staff Bios

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Marge May
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Whose Democracy Is It? Wealth and Income Inequality, Money in Politics

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) The great American experiment in democracy was founded on the ideal of a sovereign people —
    government responsive to the will of the people. Does American democracy still serve that ideal?
    b) Are policy outcomes today more responsive to wealthy donors than to the majority voters?
    c) Is the new populism evident in the current presidential primaries fed by voter frustration with government? Is
    money in politics somehow responsible for that frustration?
    d) If it’s not practical or even wise to think of eliminating income and power disparities, do we even have a
    problem?
    e) What are some practical solutions?

    Guests:
    Mark Schmitt, Director of the Political Reform Program at New America
    www.newamerica.org/experts/mark-schmitt/

    Tony Corrado, Professor of Government at Colby College
    www.brookings.edu/experts/corradoa?view=bio

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine    
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic:  Political Equality: The Founding Vision, the Modern Reality

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What do we mean when we talk about political equality?
    b) Was it an ideal embraced by our founding fathers?
    c) What did it mean to them? What does it mean to us today?
    d) To what extent has the founding ideal been realized or thwarted?

    Guests:
    a) Prof. Ralph Ketcham, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, www.maxwell.syr.edu/psc/Ketcham,_Ralph/

    b) Prof. Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, umaine.edu/polisci/faculty-and-staff/mark-brewer/

    The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes:
    Linda Hoskins
    Ann Luther
    Marge May
    Pam Person
    Leah Taylor
    Linda Washburn

    FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org                    

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters
    Engineer: Joel Mann
    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Political Advertising and Its Effect on Voters and Elections

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How important is political advertising in helping people learn about candidates?
    b) How does political advertising work and why is it worth the many millions of dollars being spent on it.
    c) Is it good for democracy?
    d) What can citizens do?

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Richard R. Lau, Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University, fas-polisci.rutgers.edu/lau/.
    B) Kathleen Hall Jamieson, Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication and Director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, www.asc.upenn.edu/faculty/Faculty-Bio.aspx?id=129.

    Call In Program: No

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  • Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Program Topic: Educating Voters; Educating Citizens

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) the difference between educated voters and well-informed voters
    b) the role of public education in cultivating civic engagement
    c) what can citizens do?

    Guests:

    A) Professor Jennifer Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government at Harvard University, www.gov.harvard.edu/people/faculty/jennifer-hochschild
    B) Elisabeth MacNamara, the 18th president of the League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS) and chair of the League of Women Voters Education Fund (LWVEF), www.lwv.org/content/elisabeth-macnamara

    Call In Program: No
    Political Broadcast: No

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  • Producer/Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Issue: Participatory Democracy
    Program Topic: Tea Party: What Can We Learn about Civic Engagement

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) the Tea Party movement, who are its members and what do they believe; and
    b) the Tea Party’s impact on elections and governing,
    c) what it means for civic participation

    Guests:

    -Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology at Harvard University, www.wjh.harvard.edu/soc/faculty/skocpol
    -Amy Fried, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine, umaine.edu/polisci/faculty-and-staff/amy-fried/

    Call In Program: No

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  • Producer/Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Participatory Democracy

    Program Topic: Wealth and income inequality in the U.S. and why it matters for democracy
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What are the trends in wealth and income disparity? Who is affected?
    b) What structural or public policy factors are contributing to this trend?
    c) What are the consequences for democracy and the general well-being?
    d) What can citizens do?

    Guests:

    A) Professor Susan Feiner, Professor of Economics and Professor of Women and Gender Studies, University of Southern Maine, www.usm.maine.edu/eco/susan-feiner.
    B) Dr. Richard Freeman, Herbert Ascherman Chair in Economics at Harvard University and director of the National Bureau of Economic Research, www.nber.org/~freeman/.

    Call In Program: Yes
    Political Broadcast: No

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