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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Maine Storytelling

    WERU and Wednesday on Main are hosting our 3rd annual local storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport tomorrow evening (7/26/17) To get you in the mood for tomorrow night, I’ve selected some of my favorite stories from various local storytelling events over the past few years.

    Storytellers (recorded at past events and rebroadcast today):
    Stacy Coventry, Charlie Dufour, Amy Roeder, Mark Bridges Music, Ilze Petersons, Naomi Graychase


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributing producers: Meredith DeFrancesco, Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Penobscot Nation member and indigenous rights attorney Sherri Mitchell speaking at the Penobscot River Sovereignty Rally held on the Bangor waterfront on July 9th in response to the recent court decision against the tribe- produced by Meredith DeFrancesco

    Segment 2: Matt Murphy interviews former Senator George Mitchell about ways to apply what he has learned in his years as a diplomat to present day politics

    Segment 3: Matt Murphy interviews performance artist Judith Sloan about her latest project. FMI: www.earsay.org


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: The public comment period has closed and now those who care about Maine’s new National Monument are waiting to hear its’ fate. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke visited Katahdin Woods and Waters recently as part of a federal review. While his comments after touring the area seemed to indicate that he was favorably impressed, they are open to interpretation at this point. Governor LePage has been a vocal opponent of the monument, downplaying the beauty and historical significance of the area, and any potential economic benefits for the region.
    On Friday the Natural Resources Council of Maine held a press conference in Bangor to release the results of their analysis of the public comments that had been submitted so far, and to highlight the thoughts of some residents of the Katahdin Woods and Waters region. In our first segement today we’re going to listen in.

    FMI:
    Natural Resources Council of Maine

    Segment 2: Coming up on Wednesday, July 26th, WERU, in conjunction with Bucksport’s Wednesdays on Main will hold our third annual storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre. We hope to see you all there, and to give you a sample of what you can expect, today we’re bringing you an encore presentation of 3 of the storytellers from last year’s show who will be returning this year.

    FMI about the 7/26th event: My Maine: The State as Experienced by Local Storytellers


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Contributor: Matt Murphy

    Yankee Magazine Editor Mel Allen on “The Power of Community”

    Longtime Yankee magazine editor Mel Allen spoke at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine on June 21st in conjunction with that town’s “Wednesday on Main” summer series. His topic was “The Power of Community” and he commented on how that is at play in Bucksport and other towns in the region.

    FMI:
    Yankee Magazine
    Wednesday on Main


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman
    Contributor: Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument
    Our guests in the studio are recent visitors to Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument: Christina Perkins, an Orland resident who has hiked in KWW with friends and her dog Rye- and plans to return several times this summer; Don Duncan, a photographer from Southern/Midcoast Maine who is just returning from a trip to KWW and has visited and photographed the area in the past; and Roger Merchant, also a photographer, has been exploring, fishing, canoeing, hiking and taking photos in the area since the 60s when he was working as a forester. They talk about their experiences in KWW. Joining us by phone: Lucas St Clair, a member of the family that donated the land for the National Monument and an endowment to support it, gives an overview of the KWW National Monument and the current status of the designation, and Cathy Johnson, Senior Staff Attorney & Forests and Wildlife Project Director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine talks about the call to action they have issued to their members to protect the national monument’s designation. We also hear from Katie, a local resident who is part of a group that will be traveling to KWW in a few days.
    FMI:
    Friends of Katahdin Woods and Waters
    Federal Review of National Monuments, Public Comment Opportunity
    Natural Resources Council of Maine

    Segment 2: Nonviolent Communication
    Matt Murphy talks with local non-violent communication trainer Peggy Smith, and gets some tips for communicating with people with whom you seriously disagree
    FMI:
    www.opencommunication.org/about.html


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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

    Avoiding and Mitigating Watershed pollution

    -What is “clean” water?
    -what’s the Section 319 grant?
    -Who can apply and get help?

    Guests:
    Zack Steele, Exec. Dir. Hancock Cty. S.W.C.District
    Chip Stubbs, Alamoosook Lake resident, past president of the Alamoosook Lake Association
    John Wedin, Watershed Stewart for the Ellsworth, ME Water District
    Art Grindle, Kennebec County Soil and Water Conservation District


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Will Maine’s New Ranked Choice Voting Law Survive the State Legislature?

    The Ranked Choice Voting law passed by Maine voters in November may soon be repealed by the legislature, based on a word that was changed in the state constitution back in the 1800s. The word “plurality” was substituted for “majority” after a contentious gubernatorial race in 1880. As a result, some races in the state can be (and often are) won by candidates who have the support of far less than a majority of the voters. The court’s opinion pertains to only some of the races that would be covered by the new ranked choice voting law. The remaining races could also be conducted via ranked choice voting if the state constitution were amended to read “majority” again rather than plurality. But some in the state legislature are taking the opportunity to throw out the new law entirely – and according to an analysis by Michael Shepard in today’s Bangor Daily News (bangordailynews.com/2017/06/06/the-point/maine-lawmakers-have-five-options-on-ranked-choice-voting-signs-point-to-repeal/), they may succeed, as some Democrats are considering voting with the Republicans.

    On Friday a public hearing was held on 2 competing bills- LD1624 which proposes to amend the state constitution to allow implementation of ranked choice voting, and LD1625 which would repeal the new ranked choice voting law altogether. The hearing drew an overflow crowd to the Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee and testimony lasted more than 4 hours. Not a single member of the public spoke in support of overturning ranked choice voting. We’re going to listen in on some of the testimony today- as much as we can squeeze into an hour.

    UPDATE: As we went to air work sessions for these bills were posted. They will take place on Thursday, June 8th at 1pm. FMI: legislature.maine.gov/bills/phwksched.html?CODE=VLA&snum=128


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Conspiracy theory or healthy distrust of a corrupt system? How do you decide?

    A call-in show discussion of this issue and of Richard Otto’s book The Paradox of Our National Security Complex: How secrecy and security diminish our liberty and threaten our democratic republic
    with author Richard Otto and veteran journalist Peter Taber.


    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

    NOTE: Maine Currents will be moving to Tuesdays (4-5pm) starting in June 2017

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