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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Maine’s highest court asked to weigh in on constitutionality of ranked choice voting. After several years of having a Governor that was elected with less than 50% of the vote, Mainers approved Ranked Choice Voting in November, but some legislators and the Maine Attorney General have called into question it’s constitutionality– primarily because the state constitution specifically mentions “plurality” as opposed to “majority”. Last week the state senate voted 24 to 10 in favor of asking the Maine Supreme Judicial Court to weigh in, in a process known as a “solemn occasion”. The move was proposed by Senate President Mike Thibodeau. In the first half of Maine Currents today, we listen in on the debate that ensued.

    Segment 2: On Monday the legislature’s Environmental and Natural Resources Committee held a public hearing on LD103, “An Act to Prohibit the Use of Certain Disposable Food Service Containers”. The containers the bill seeks to ban are polystyrene, commonly referred to by the brand name “Styrofoam”. This type of packaging has been banned in some municipalities across the state, including Freeport and more recently Portland and South Portland. Supporters of the ban cite environmental and health concerns and they say there are Maine-based paper companies that make an alternative product for hot foods and beverages. Lobbyists for the restaurant and grocery store industries downplay environmental impacts, question the health impacts, and say (in the words of Greg Dugle of the Maine Restaurant Association) that “simply put, [polystyrene] keeps hot food hot and cold food cold” better than any other product.
    LD103 was presented by Stanley Zeigler who represents several towns in Waldo County. Representative Zeigler said he was presenting it as a jobs bill, citing industries in Maine that could make the replacement packaging, and also the negative impact of polystyrene pollution on the environment, fisheries and tourism. Representative Deane Rykerson of Kittery spoke in support. Mark Bergeron of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, however, spoke in opposition. He said Maine DEP found some of the terminology in the bill regarding recycling and composting to be problematic. He also said that the department has concerns that they lack the resources to enforce the ban if it becomes law. Today we bring you some of the testimony in favor of, and in opposition to LD103. (A work session on the bill is scheduled for 2/13/17)

    FMI: legislature.maine.gov/LawMakerWeb/summary.asp?ID=280062594

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

    President Trump’s actions in his first days in office have been met with protests around the world and right here in Maine- and they show no signs of letting up. Today on “Maine Currents” we’re going to look at the community response to Trump’s executive orders and cabinet nominees. We have a clip from the protest at Bangor International Airport over the weekend, we talk to some of the organizers of local events and then open the phone lines.

    Guests:
    Lisa Pohlmann, Executive Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM), nrcm.org
    Susan Dickson-Smith, Founder/Organizer, Eastern Maine for Racial Justice (EMeRJ), facebook.com/emerjmaine , emerjblog.wordpress.com/
    Sam Salvadore Portera, Bangor Area Organizer, Maine People’s Alliance, mainepeoplesalliance.org
    Karen Marysdaughter, Co-Coordinator, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine, peacectr.org
    Matt Murphy, WERU General Manager, weru.org

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

    Segment 1: Our multipartisan panel reconvenes to discuss two topics they suggested themselves: “Labels”, and “Things We Can All Agree Upon”. Callers join the discussion. (See the list on the WERU Facebook page to add your own suggestions). Panelists: Renee Trust (Libertarian); Thomas White (Republican); Ken Gleason (Independent/Democrat); Tim Wilson (Green).

    Segment 2: Women’s March in Augusta on 1/21/17 – produced by Carolyn Coe.

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Martin Luther King day is just a few days away and it’s clear that the spirit of political dissent and non-violent civil disobedience is alive and well. We’re joined by Eliza Townsend of the Maine Women’s Policy Center; Genevieve Morgan and Suzanne Moreshead – two of the organizers of the Bangor-based group, and Nicolle Littrell from the Belfast-based group of people planning to travel to the upcoming Women’s March on Washington; Ambureen Rana, Payton Amero & Annabelle Osborne, organizers of the Youth and Nonviolence Workshops that will be taking place at the Maine Discovery Museum on MLK day; and Dud Hendrick and Russell Wray of the Zumwalt 12 – who are heading to court soon for charges stemming from engaging in civil disobedience at BIW last year. And we open the phone lines for questions/comments from listeners.

    FMI:

    Maine Women’s Policy Center
    : www.mainewomenspolicycenter.org
    Maine Women’s Lobby: www.mainewomen.org

    Women’s March on Washington:
    www.womensmarch.com/
    www.mainemarch.com/
    Bangor group’s FB page: www.facebook.com/groups/1336919613036887/
    Belfast group’s FB page: www.facebook.com/groups/328251367540934/
    General Maine FB page: www.facebook.com/WomensMarchOnWashingtonMaine/?fref=ts
    Maine rides/tickets FB page: www.facebook.com/groups/1299356526796364/

    Youth and Nonviolence Workshops:
    www.mainediscoverymuseum.org/Programs/Special-Events/Youth-and-Nonviolence-Workshops.aspx
    FB event page: www.facebook.com/events/1693902657589519/

    Zumwalt 12: www.vfpmaine.org/

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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

    A 2016 year-in-review of some of the topics we’ve covered on Maine Currents, and a look ahead to 2017

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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

    Everything you need to know about Maine’s new recreational marijuana law. We’re joined by two of the primary organizers of the recently approved referendum question, Paul McCarrier and Lynne Williams, and open the phone lines for questions and comments from listeners.

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Special thanks to Bill Solomon

    This Solstice edition of Maine Currents features stories about holidays, families and winter in Maine. Rev. Dr. Anu Dudley (host of WERU’s “Earthwise” feature which airs Saturdays at 7:30) kicks things off with a look at the history of Solstice celebrations, then we hear from storytellers Marjorie Longwood of Surry, Edee Howland of Blue Hill, Cathy Mink of Waldo and Roger Sprague of Belfast. We close out the hour with some voices from the past- a 2006 holiday special recorded at WERU.

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Naomi Schalit, Senior Reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, and frequent guest here on Maine Currents, joins us to talk about what she discovered in a 9 month long investigation into poverty and single parenting in Maine – an investigation that resulted in a 5-part series which you can read at pinetreewatchdog.org

    Segment 2: A talk by Dud Hendrick, local Vietnam veteran and member of Veterans for Peace. He spoke earlier this month at the Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville, Maine. This piece was recorded and produced by WERU’s Carolyn Coe

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and www.weru.org, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern

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