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  • Producer/Editor/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Natalie Springuel

    Hundreds of people gathered in Northport last weekend for the Penobscot Watershed Conference which focused on heritage, challenges and the future of the watershed. WERU volunteer Natalie Springuel , host of Coastal Conversations, works for Maine Sea Grant, one of the conference sponsors. For those of you who were unable to attend the conference, she recorded the welcoming remarks by Chief Kirk Francis of the Penobscot Nation; Curt Spaulding, a regional EPA administrator; and US Representative Chellie Pingree, and the keynote presentation by UMaine Marine Sciences Professor Bob Steneck. Paul Anderson was the emcee.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Topic: LePage’s controversial BEP nominee confirmed

    In a nearly unanimous vote this morning, the Senate confirmed Kathleen Chase, Governor LePage’s nominee for the Board of Environmental Protection– an appointee so controversial that environmental groups that say they have never opposed a nominee, spoke in opposition at a public hearing yesterday. The only vote in against the confirmation came from Senator Dave Miramant, a Democrat from Camden. The Senate’s vote took less than 2 minutes, and was done with no discussion or debate. They devoted significantly more time this morning to honoring a middle school band and recognizing various visitors, than they did to making this decision.
    Today on Maine Currents we’re going to take a look at how this nomination was approved, starting with the confirmation hearing yesterday before the legislature’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Today we return to our on-going community discussion of the upcoming presidential election.
    We have a returning guest in the studio today with us today, Bernie Sanders supporter Tim Wilson, of Belfast. Tim has a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MBA. In the 90s, he was a campaign volunteer for Ross Perot. In 2004 he and his fiancé walked from Concord, Mass to the Jefferson Memorial in DC for a “Healthy World of Sustainable Peace and Prosperity”. And joining us for the first time today is Blue Hill resident Margaret Hannah, a Hillary Clinton supporter. Margaret says she has memories of intensely watching national political campaigns on TV starting in 1956. She campaigned in New Hampshire in 1968 for Gene McCarthy; participated in civil rights marches in DC and NYC and throughout the country in marches against the Iraq war.

    Our Green Party representative who joined us last time was not available today. We reached out the Republican party and the Hancock County GOP group will hopefully be sending someone next time, but we were not able to have someone join us here in the studio today.

    Earlier this month on “Maine Currents” we asked the question we’ll be asking again today, and more as the election season continues: “which presidential candidate do you support, and why?”.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing Producer: Carolyn Coe
    Engineer: Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Produced by Carolyn Coe. we hear from members of Veterans for Peace from this area who recently toured US military bases under construction in Japan and South Korea. FMI: www.vfpmaine.org

    Segment 2: Interview and call in segment with local farmer and food rights activist Heather Retberg, about a proposed “right to food” amendment to Maine’s Constitution that will likely be taken up by the legislature next week. FMI: www.facebook.com/Food-for-Maines-Future-55928098548/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Today we’re opening the phone lines and asking “which candidate(s) do you support, and why?”. Our guests are local supporters of the Democratic and Green party candidates. (Numerous attempts were made to reach local supporters of the Republican candidates, by we received no response.)

    Guests:
    Betsy Garrold –past state party co-chair of the Maine Green Independent Party and currently serves as a Waldo County coordinator for the party.
    Steve Godsoe — campaigning for Hillary Clinton.
    Tim Wilson — volunteer supporting the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Indigenous rights attorney Sherri Mitchell of the Penobscot Nation, has been a regular guest here on WERU, and if you were tuned in this morning at 10, you heard the new Pacifica network show she cohosts called “Love (and Revolution). Today on Maine Currents we’re bringing you to a talk Sherri Mitchell gave at the University of Maine last week called “Ending Conquest Activism”.

    FMI re “Love (and Revolution) radio”: us2.campaign-archive2.com/?u=52edd9c637ac7dc6228813e39&id=842fbb908f

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Each year we kick off our live, overnight special coverage of the national Homelessness Marathon by checking in with folks from some of the local shelters to get an update on homelessness in this area. Today we’ll be talking what resources exist, how to access them, what is needed and what the community can do to help, with representatives from HOME in Orland and the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

    Guests:
    Tracey Hair, Assistant Director and Gerald Botta, Shelter Dept., HOME Inc in Orland
    Rowena Griffen, Executive Director and Dennis Pegues, Overnight Worker, Veteran and former guest at Bangor Area Homeless Shelter

    FMI:
    www.homemmausa.org/ www.bangorareashelter.org/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    It has been called “NAFTA on steroids” and “the largest corporate power grab you’ve never heard of”.
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is the largest regional trade deal in history, encompassing 12 countries that control 40% of the world’s economy, including the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Australia and several other Pacific Rim countries.

    The TPP was negotiated in extreme secrecy for five years. Other than sections leaked by wikileaks, the public, the media and even elected officials were kept in the dark. President Obama had promised the public would have plenty of time to read it before he signed the agreement. The 6000+ pages long document was finally released in November, and Obama signed it last week. There is now a 2 year deadline by which the agreement must be ratified by the processes used in each country that signed on. In the US that means Congress needs to pass it. They voted last year to give the President fast track authority, which means they can now only vote “yes” or “no” on the agreement, having given up their power to make any amendments.

    Obama says the TPP will open new markets and create new jobs. Similar arguments were made for the passage of NAFTA in the 90s and history has proven that to not be the case. Here in Maine the impact of so-called “free trade” agreements has been seen in the massive loss of manufacturing jobs. It was with those years of experience with NAFTA, CAFTA and other “free trade” agreements that Mainers came out to express concerns about the TPP

    FMI:
    Full text of the TPP: ustr.gov/tpp/#text
    Maine’s Citizen Trade Policy Commission: www.maine.gov/legis/opla/citpol.htm
    The Presidential Candidate’s positions on the TPP: ballotpedia.org/2016_presidential_candidates_on_the_Trans-Pacific_Partnership_trade_deal

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