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  • Producers/Hosts: Host: John Zavodny & Sara Trunzo
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: people, events, and ideas in Mid-Coast, Maine

    Program Topic: The social and political activism of Rob Shetterly and Kenny Cole.

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. What is “American’s Who Tell the Truth?”
    2. How can art help make political and social change?
    3. Where can people see the works of Kenny Cole and Rob Shetterly for themselves?

    Guests:
    1. Robert Shetterly´s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

    For more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

    2. Kenny Cole may be the “hardest working man in the Maine art world.” His artist’s resume includes literally hundreds of entries, including recent solo shows at the Meg Perry Center and Space Gallery in Portland. And until the end of October, “Even Now the Reaper Draws His Wages” is on display at the Leonard R. Craig Gallery at the Unity College Center for the Performing Arts. Recent group shows include the Bridge Gallery in Chicago, and the Brooklyn Art Gallery in Brooklyn NY. Kenny is currently in The Biennial Show at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art Until December 2. Kenny has been the recipient of multiple grants including grants from the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Community Foundation, and the Ford Foundation. Portland critic Nicholas Schroeder writes: “for work so unapologetically political, so dedicated to finding new ways of revealing dark secrets, there sure are a lot of pretty colors.”

    3. Martha Piscuskas (589.4339 OR 338.2222) | is the Programming Director at Waterfall Arts in Montville and Belfast. Martha is an artist herself making interactive installations and community performances, including JUMP: War, a performance on November 3 in Belfast. She holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from Wesleyan University, and a BFA from the Maine College of Art.

    For More Information:
    kennycole.com/home.html
    www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/
    www.waterfallarts.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: John Zavodny & Sara Trunzo
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: 2012 Camden International Film Festival

    Program Topic: Documentary Film

    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    1. What is the Camden International Film Festival?
    2. What is the Points North Documentary Film Forum?
    3. Who is film maker David Redmon and what is his connection to Maine?

    Guests:
    1. Ben Fowlie (617 817 5376) is the founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival (CIFF), a documentary exclusive event that takes place along the coast of Maine each Fall. The CIFF has been recognized as one of the top 25 (#19) film festivals internationally for documentary film and filmmakers, and one of the 12 best small town film festivals in the US by PBS. He is also the founder of the Points North Documentary Forum. Running in conjunction with CIFF, Points North has hosted dozens of key industry decision makers from the BBC, HBO, A&E, PBS, POV, ITVS, ZDF, Arte, the Tribeca Institute, the Sundance Institute and Channel. He currently sits on the Industry Advisory Board and Nominating Committee for both features and shorts for the Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking. Ben is also a founder and programmer for The DocYard, a bi-weekly nonfiction screening series in Cambridge, MA, and a frequent panelist and juror at festivals, including most recently at the Silverdocs Film Festival, Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, SXSW and Sheffield Doc Fest.
    2. David Redmon (438.382.1434) : David Redmon and his film making partner Ashley Sabin have produced, directed, edited and photographed seven feature documentaries: Mardi Gras: Made in China (2005), Kamp Katrina (2007), Intimidad (2008), Invisible Girlfriend (2009), Girl Model (2011) Downeast (2012), Kingdom of Animal (2012), and Night Labor (2013). Their intimate and intricately crafted documentaries have won a variety of film festival awards and their work has aired on television stations throughout the world. Redmon and Sabin’s films have premiered at Toronto, IDFA, Sundance, CPH:DOX, Rome, SXSW, and the Museum of Modern Art. Redmon received his PhD in sociology from the University at Albany, State University of New York and is a former Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. Sabin received her BA in Art History from Pratt Institute.

    For More Information:
    Camden International Film Festival: camdenfilmfest.org/
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  • Host: John Zavodny & Sara Trunzo
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Land Trusts
    1.What is a land trust?
    2.What is the Farm and Habitat tour?
    3.What are some of the misconceptions about land trusts?

    Guests:
    IN THE STUDIO
    1.Jennifer Irving is Executive Director of Sebasticook Regional Land Trust in Unity. Prior to joining the land trust in 2005 she was director of the Pemaquid Watershed Association in Damariscotta. A Maine native, she graduated from Duke University and has more than 17 years¹ experience in land and water conservation. Jennifer and her family farm in Troy.
    2. Christopher Hahn is owner of 3 Level Farm in China.
    BY PHONE
    3.Anna Fiedler is Executive Director of Sebasticook Regional Land Alliance. Anna has a PhD in Entomology and Ecology, as well as an M.S. in Entomology from Michigan State University. Anna is a Wisconsin native, and recently moved from Lansing, Michigan to Unity, Maine with her husband.

    For More Information:
    Sheepscot Wellspring Land Alliance: www.swlamaine.org
    Sebasticook Regional Land Trust: www.sebasticookrlt.org

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  • Host: John Zavodny & Sara Trunzo
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: The Kneading Conference and Grains in Maine
    *Why is bread so important to civilization…and Mainers?
    *What are the opportunities and challenges of growing bread grains in New England?
    *How can the re-integration of grains into the regional economy add vitality to Maine?
    Guests:
    1. Amber Lambke is a co-founder of the annual Kneading Conference in Skowhegan, the director
    of the Maine Grain Alliance, and an entrepreneur behind the innovative transformation of a
    historic former county jailhouse into a food hub in rural Skowhegan, Maine.
    2. Harold “Dusty” Dowse is a U Maine Orono professor. Dusty researches the genetic and
    molecular analysis of cardiac pacemakers; biology of cellular oscillators; mathematical
    analysis and modeling of biological systems… he is also an avid sourdough baker and bread
    experimenter. Dusty is the Director of the Artisan Bread Fair.
    3. Dr. Ellen Mallory is the Assistant Professor of Sustainable Agriculture and an Extension
    Sustainable Agriculture Specialist in the University of Maine system. Ellen is the lead on a four
    year study of bread wheat production in Maine.

    For More Information:
    kneadingconference.com/
    sites.google.com/site/localbreadwheatproject/
    somersetgristmill.blogspot.com/

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  • Host: John Zavodny
    Engineer: Joel Mann
    Issue: Immigration

    Program Topic: Bicycling in Maine

    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    1. Why do people bike?
    2. What are some biking safety tips?
    3. How should people get their bikes ready for spring?

    Guests:
    1. Jim Merkel is an Maine-based author, volunteer, and engineer that moved from involvement in the military industry to pioneering in simplicity. His book, Radical Simplicity: Small Footprints on a Finite Earth offers a path to deeply sustainable way of living respectful of all life. Jim founded the Global Living Project and currently writes, lectures and consults with campuses and municipalities on sustainability initiatives- this includes doing some sustainability education at Unity College. Jim has biked across continents and seasons and has successfully advocated for bike-friendly cities; he is currently serving on the Belfast City Pedestrian, Biking, and Hiking Committee.
    2. Marshall Rollerson is a designer, welder, and builder with 10 years experience in manufacturing. He has designed a number of trailers, as well as a recumbent bicycle. He is a founding member of the Belfast Area Transition Initiative and serves on their Transportation Spiral; he is presently spearheading a metalworkers cooperative in Belfast.
    3. Nancy Grant is executive director of The Bicycle Coalition of Maine and long-time cyclist. The Coalition does bicycle-related education, outreach, and advocacy across the state.

    For More Information:
    Bicycle Coalition of Maine www.bikemaine.org

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  • Host: John Zavodny and Sara Trunzo
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: News, Events and People from Mid-Coast Maine

    Program Topic: Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, HEMS Project, and what can be done.
    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    1. Why is the Hemlock important to Maine and how is the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid a threat to them?
    2. What is the HEMS project at Unity College?
    3. What can be done to stop the spread of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid?

    Guests by name and affiliation:

    Allison Kanoti is a forest entomologist with the Maine Forest Service division of forest health and monitoring. Her responsibilities includeadministering the five state-specific quarantines on pests and plants that threaten Maine’s 18 million acres of forest land, coordinating programs related to survey for the state-quarantined insect pests and responding to inquiries from the public regarding forest and shade tree health. Allison earned her master’s degree in forestry from the University of Maine after completing her thesis work on balsam woolly adelgid. She received a bachelor’s degree in forest biology from the University of Vermont.

    Dr. Amy Arnett is a Professor at Unity College. She has published widely in the field of insect ecology and is particularly interested in understanding the impact of invasive species on natural communities.

    Kathleen Dunckel is a faculty member in the Center for Natural Resource Management and Protection at Unity College. She is also a Ph.D. student in forest resources at the University of Maine. Her research is centered on using geospatial technology to inform decision making in resource management and land use planning.

    For More Information:
    www.unity.edu

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  • Issue: News, Events and People from Mid-Coast Maine
    Host: John Zavodny
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Restorative Justice: an Alternative to Punishment
    Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
    1. What is restorative justice?
    2. How does the restorative justice program work in Maine?
    3. How do participants fell about working within the restorative justice system?

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    1. Tia Poulin: Volunteers of America Case Manager at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center. Beal College graduate in Social and Human Services. Licensed Alcohol and Drug counselor in 2010. She now works at the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center.
    2. Suzanne Farley: Adult Program Coordinator, Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast. Ms. Farley is a graduate of the University of New Mexico and worked successfully in human services in New Mexico for years earning the “Child Care Provider of the Year” award by the New Mexico Department of Human Services. She is the former Executive Director of Cuidando los Ninos, a comprehensive program serving children and their families experiencing homelessness and was appointed to the 2007 Mayor’s Affordable Housing Committee.

    For More Information:
    The Restorative Justice Project of the Mid-Coast: www.rjpmidcoast.org/

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  • Broadcast Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

    Program Topic: Belfast Creative Coalition

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. What is the “Belfast Creative Coalition?”
    2. What are the program goals of the BCC?
    3. Who is Kimberly Callas, and what is her role?

    Guests:
    1. Martha Piscuskas | Co-Director and co-founder of Waterfall Arts in Belfast and Montville. Martha has been worked with several non-profit organizations in Maine including the Maine Aids Alliance, Maineshare, and Women Unlimited. She is a graduate of the Maine College of Art and Wesleyan University.
    2. Donna McNeil | is Director of Policy and Programs at the Maine Arts Commission. Donna holds a BFA in Painting from Syracuse University, an MLA in Art History from Harvard University and a certificate from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government for executives in state and local government. Donna has devoted a lifetime to the arts in both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, holding directorial and curatorial positions in galleries, museums and the performing arts.
    3. Kimberly Callas | Is the new coordinator of the Belfast Creative Coalition. She is the Board Director and Art Coordinator of Midcoast Magnet and co-founder of the Newforest Institute in Brooks Maine. A graduate of the New York Academy of Art and the University of Michigan, Kimberly is a practicing artist in her own right.

    For More Information:
    Waterfall Arts | www.waterfallarts.org
    Maine Arts Commission | www.mainearts.org

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    Host: John Zavodny
    Engineer: Joel Mann

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