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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Those of you who enjoy the witty commentary of Jim Hightower several times a week here on WERU are in for a treat– today we’re bringing you a full hour! The radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of several books, including his most recent: “Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow” gave 2 talks at the University of Maine last week. Thursday afternoon he participated in the weekly lecture series sponsored by the Marxist & Socialist Studies interdisciplinary minor and that evening he delivered the annual Howard B. Schonberger Peace and Social Justice Memorial Lecture. The first talk, which we’re bringing you today on Maine Currents was called “Corporate Elites and Their Small-minded Political Servants Are Creating the Increasingly Shrinking America”.

    FMI: www.jimhightower.com

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    This week we have our monthly installment from the local storytelling scene, as we return to “Queen City Cellar Tellers” in Bangor. On the 3rd Friday evening of each month “Juice Cellar” owner Chris Roberts and his partner Renee Johnson invite the public to tell stories with a pre-selected theme associated with an area non-profit they are highlighting. This month the non-profit was Maine Farmland Trust and the theme was preservation.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributor: John Greenman

    On today’s show we bring you to the “End Violence Together” rally held in Bangor Saturday, we talk with one of the people planning to walk across the state in an upcoming peace walk, and we listen in as community members pay tribute to local long time peace activists Ilze Petersons and Doug Allen as they embark on their next adventure.

    FMI: www.campaignnonviolence.org , www.peacectr.org , www.facebook.com/events/452604561565994/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    According to a recent study* the decrease in carbon footprint from reduced reproduction is “huge” compared to lifestyle changes and conservation efforts. Yet people who choose not to have children are almost universally considered to be selfish or social outcasts. Despite this, the “childfree by choice” movement seems to be growing.

    Guests:
    Dr. Amy Blackstone, University of Maine Professor and Chair of the Sociology Department. Professor Blackstone studies childlessness and the childfree choice, childfree families, workplace harassment, and civic engagement. Her work has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals including American Sociological Review, Law & Society Review, Sociology Compass, and Gender & Society. Professor Blackstone’s research has been featured by various media outlets including the Katie show, MPBN Radio, NBC, Fox, Today.com, MSNBC, Marie Claire, Dame, Huffington Post, and other local and national venues, including WERU’s “Reproductive Left” with Abbie Strout (Listen to an archive of that program here: archives.weru.org/reproductive-left/2015/03/reproductive-left-3315/ ) Dr. Blackstone is also a founding Advisory Board member of Feminist Reflections, a blog hosted by The Society Pages. She has served as a Consulting Editor for Contexts and is author the textbook Principles of Sociological Inquiry: Qualitative and Quantitative Methods. She and her husband Lance, who is also with us today, blog about the childfree choice at werenothavingababy.com/
    Lance Blackstone’s day job is managing software development. He enjoys all things tropical – in particular, snorkeling and scuba diving on tropical islands and, when not on a tropical island, propagating coral in his home reef aquariums.
    Karen Marysdaughter is a war tax refuser, climate activist, and the Office Manager at the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. Larry Dansinger, in addition to being the host of the WERU short feature “Outside the Box”, has been an organizer for many years on justice, peace, and environmental issues and formerly paid staff for Resources for Organizing and Social Change. He and Karen Marysdaughter have lived together as a couple since 1982.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    The Eastern Maine Labor Council and Food AND Medicine hosted their annual Labor Day Celebration at the Solidarity Center in Brewer Monday. This year’s theme was “When We Unite, We Win!”. In keeping with that theme, representatives from area unions talked about the successes they say have been brought about in recent months when workers acted in solidarity. Former Maine Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson was the emcee:

    (NOTE: This is a special 30 minute edition of Maine Currents which was aired only via our internet stream while our transmitter was off-air for tower repairs. We’ll return to our regular hour-long format next week)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Abbie Strout

    On today’s show we take you to a “Women’s Equality Day” rally in Bangor, where speakers celebrated progress and looked to the work ahead, and then later, in the community event spotlight this week we talk with Astrig Tanguay about the upcoming annual Fiber College in Searsport (FMI: facebook.com/fiber.college and website: www.fibercollege.org/ , (207) 548-6059/)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    If you’re looking for the WERU News Report, you’re in the right place – we’re just changing the name to better reflect the ever-changing mix of independent news, views and culture that we feature every week. Some weeks we report on issues that are in the news and have guests in the studio that can answer questions from callers, and other times – like today- we’re going to be taking things in a different direction.

    Today we take you to “Queen City Cellar Tellers”, a monthly storytelling event in Bangor, where we hear stories told by Ilze Petersons, Einstein Hickman and Carol Rosinski on this month’s theme of “peace”, and then keeping with that theme, we talk with Dan Avener, one of the organizers of this weekend’s 2nd annual Belfast Peace Festival.

    FMI re the Queen City Cellar Tellers: info@thejuicecellar.com , www.facebook.com/groups/cellartellers/
    FMI re the Belfast Peace Festival: www.belfastpeacefestival.org/ , www.facebook.com/pages/Belfast-Peace-Festival/753172141392720?fref=ts

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Matt Murphy and Jim Campbell
    Production assistance from WERU intern Cody Garland

    “Bucksport: How It Was and How It Is” – a story telling event sponsored by the Bucksport Bay Area Chamber of Commerce and WERU at the Alamo Theatre on July 8th. The event was part of “Wednesday on Main” which aims to “bring fun, energy and joy to Main St. In Bucksport Wednesdays from 5pm till 7pm thru the summer.”

    More information is available at :
    www.bucksportwom.com/
    www.facebook.com/bucksportwom

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