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

    Our multi-partisan panel of area residents returns to debate Question 1 on Maine’s ballot this November (“Do you want to allow the possession and use of marijuana under state law by persons who are at least 21 years of age, and allow the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, and sale of marijuana and marijuana products subject to state regulation, taxation and local ordinance?”).

    Panelists: Renee Trust, Dave Gulya, Betsy Garrold and Tim Wilson talk about the issue with proponent Alysia Melnick, Esq., Political Director for “Yes on 1 Yes to Regulate and Tax Marijuana in Maine”. Don Christen, found of the Maine Vocals, joins us to talk about why some supporters of marijuana legalization do not support Question 1. Listeners call in and join the discussion.

    FMI:

    maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/
    www.regulatemaine.org/
    www.facebook.com/RegulateMJinME/
    www.facebook.com/MaineVocals/?fref=ts
    mevocals.weebly.com/

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

    Hal Crowther and Robert Shetterly debate “voting for the lesser of two evils” and listeners weigh in on that, and on recent news about Gov. LePage’s behavior.

    Guest bios:

    Rob Shetterly graduated in 1969 from Harvard, with a degree in English Literature. He was active at that time in the Civil Rights and the Anti-Vietnam War movements.
    He moved to Maine in 1970. For twelve years he did the editorial page drawings for The Maine Times newspaper, and illustrated National Audubon’s children’s newspaper, and more than 30 books.
    Rob’s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. For the past 10 plus years he has been painting the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. In 2005, Dutton published an award-winning book of the portraits by the same name.
    The portraits have given Rob Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.
    He has engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted – including environmental and social justice activists and whistleblowers. Since 1990, he has been the President of the Union of Maine Visual Artists (UMVA), and a producer of the UMVA’s Maine Masters Project, an on-going series of video documentaries about Maine artists. He has received numerous awards and honors. FMI: www.americanswhotellthetruth.org

    Hal Crowther has also received many awards and much critical acclaim for his work. Hal is a critic and essayist who lives in North Carolina and spends summers here in Maine. He is the author of An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken which was published 2014. He is also a former syndicated columnist, screenwriter and newsmagazine editor, at both Time and Newsweek. His most recent collection of essays, Gather at the River, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize in criticism. Crowther’s essays have been published in many magazines and newspapers, from Granta to the New York Times, and included in many anthologies, including the 2014 Pushcart Prize volume for The Joys of Obsolescence. Author and scholar Kirkpatrick Sale has praised Hal Crowther as “the best essayist working in journalism today”. FMI: www.halcrowther.com

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

    Our multi-partisan group of area residents once again join us to continue our discussion of the upcoming elections.

    Guests: Renee Trust (Libertarian), Dave Gulya (Republican/Trump supporter), Ken Gleason (Democrat/Clinton supporter) and Betsy Garrold (Green/Stein supporter).

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

    Grab a cold drink and a comfortable seat – we’ve got another hour of great local storytelling for you this week! First you’ll hear 2 stories that were told at our Maine Summertime stories event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport last month by local storytellers Naomi Graychase and Amy Roeder. In the 2nd half of the show Roger Sprague – a Belfast resident who was born in that town in 1929 will share some memories and reflect on some of the changes he’s seen over the years.
    We start at the Alamo Theatre.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Today our multipartisan panel of guests returns to Maine Currents. We’ve been meeting once or twice a month since last spring to talk about the upcoming elections and some of the issues that will be on the ballot here in Maine in November. This is the first time we’ve met since the Republican, Democratic and Green Party conventions, so we start off by checking in for everyone’s reactions.

    Guests:
    Betsy Garrold – Supporter of Dr. Jill Stein, Green Party
    Ken Gleason – Hillary Clinton supporter
    Dave Gulya – Donald Trump supporter
    Renee Trust – Libertarian / undecided re nominee Gary Johnson
    Tim Wilson- Bernie Sanders supporter

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by Matt Murphy

    Some of the stories from the “Maine Summertime Stories” event held at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport last week, cosponsored by WERU-FM, Wednesdays on Main and Northeast Historic Films/Alamo Theatre. Local storytellers featured today: Arielle Greenberg, Jonathan Fulford, Nolan Ellsworth, Sandra Dillon and Cara Oleksyk. Amy Browne emceed. (Part 2 will air on 8/17/16)

    www.oldfilm.org/content/alamo-theatre
    www.facebook.com/alamotheatre/?fref=ts
    sites.google.com/site/bucksportswednesdayonmain/
    www.facebook.com/bucksportwom?ref=hl

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    The latest edition of our multipartisan political roundtable discussions of the upcoming elections, with a focus today on Question 5 on Maine’s ballot this fall, a citizen’s initiative that reads: “Do you want to allow voters to rank their choices of candidates in elections for U.S. Senate, Congress, Governor, State Senate, and State Representative, and to have ballots counted at the state level in multiple rounds in which last-place candidates are eliminated until a candidate wins by majority?”.

    Guests: Area residents Betsy Garrold (Green Party supporter), Dave Gulya (Trump supporter), Renee Trust (Republican-leaning Libertarian), Steve Godsoe (Clinton supporter) and Tim Wilson (Bernie Sanders supporter) — and (by phone) former State Senator Dick Woodbury, one of the promoters of the ranked choice voting question.

    FMI:
    maine.gov/sos/cec/elec/upcoming/
    www.lwvme.org/RCV.html
    www.fairvote.org/rcv#how_rcv_works
    ballotpedia.org/Maine_Ranked_Choice_Voting_Initiative,_Question_5_(2016)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Candidate scandals and lies- it’s hard to keep up, but today we do some fact checking following Trump’s rally in Bangor last week, his recent controversial tweets and the FBI’s findings re Hillary Clinton’s email servers. Features audio clips from the FBI press conference and Trump’s rally. Guest commentator, cultural critic and former Ism Prism host Valentine King gives us his take.

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