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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Doug Tallamy, wildlife ecologist, ecologist, and author, speaking about native plants and biodiversity.

    What is the role of native plants in our ecosytems?
    What are the consequences of introducing nonnative species to our yards?
    How can homeowners support the lives of butterflies and bees through living landscapes?


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  • Producer/Host: Linda Washburn
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: Diagnosing Mental Disorders

    Review of book: Gallon, R. (2105). “Nine Dimensions of Madness: Redefining Mental Health”, Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

    Key Discussion Points:
    Book text paraphrased:
    a) currently objective indicators are not used to diagnose mental disorders
    b) Gallon proposes “nine dimensions of dysfunction “ replacing the current disease model
    c) “pills” are not the answer for most seeking help: The origins of most mental problems are interactions of biological, psychological and social factors and people can be advised and
    empowered to resolve mental dysfunction with a high degree of success.

    Author Dr. Robert L. Gallon (Bar Harbor/ Bangor), clinical and forensic psychiatrist, teacher, and author (btw also plays tuba in the BSO)

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  • Producer/Host: Matt Murphy
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Issue: The Reinvention of Bucksport

    Program Topic: Story collecting from all demographics to inform town decision-making

    Key Discussion Points:
    How has Bucksport responded to the closing of the paper mill?
    What is Heart and Soul and how does it function?
    How to get involved and who is invited to get involved with Heart and Soul?

    Rich Rotella, Heart and Soul Coordinator, Bucksport Community and Economic Development Director
    Coleen Gross, volunteer
    John Paul LaLonde, volunteer

    FMI: bucksportheartandsoul.com

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    The Democratic-controlled Maine House of Representatives voted yesterday to kill a proposed order calling for an investigation into whether any of a list of actions by Governor LePage would constitute grounds for impeachment. Today we bring you to the House floor for the first hour of their debate.

    The Democrats who voted with the Republicans to defeat the order were:
    ALLEY of Beals
    BECK of Waterville
    DION of Portland
    DOORE of Augusta
    DUCHESNE of Hudson
    DUNPHY of Old Town
    FARNSWORTH of Portland
    FECTEAU of Biddeford
    FOWLE of Vassalboro
    GILBERT of Jay
    GOLDEN of Lewiston
    GROHMAN of Biddeford
    HARLOW of Portland
    HOBBINS of Saco
    HUBBELL of Bar Harbor
    HYMANSON of York
    KUMIEGA of Deer Isle
    LAJOIE of Lewiston
    LUCHINI of Ellsworth
    MARTIN of Eagle Lake
    NADEAU of Winslow
    PETERSON of Rumford
    ROTUNDO of Lewiston
    SHORT of Pittsfield
    STANLEY of Medway
    TUCKER of Brunswick
    VEROW of Brewer

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Jim Hightower delivering the 2015 Schonberger Peace and Justice Lecture at the University of Maine on October 1st. His talk was called “Twenty-First Century Populist Movements are Flourishing at America’s Grassroots”

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  • Producer/Host: Andree Bella

    Interview with Martin Prechtel on Grief and Praise

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How do the people in your Mayan village grieve for someone who has died?
    b) What role can community, friends and family play in turning grief into beauty?
    c) What happens when a culture doesn’t express its grief?
    d) What is the relationship between unresolved grief and war?
    e) What part can elders of a community play in transforming grief into beauty?

    Guest: Martin Prechtel, social activist and author of The Smell of Rain on Dust: Grief and Praise

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Solving chronic homelessness: Logan Place marks its 10th anniversary in Portland, Maine.

    In Portland, Maine, Preble Street marks the 10th year of its housing-first project, which aims to solve, not simply address, the problem of chronic homelessness. Two staff members at Logan Place help define the housing-first model and explore its effectiveness as a therapeutic intervention, which transforms lives. Logan Place, Preble Street’s first residential housing project, has cultivated positive community relations.

    Caroline Fernandes, coordinator, Logan Place
    Mary Beth Sullivan, supervisor, Logan Place
    Kathy Kelly, guest interviewer

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    -efforts to end the Israeli military occupation of Palestine
    -women in Afghanistan

    Josh Ruebner, policy director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, speaks about his book Shattered Hopes: The Failure of Obama’s Middle East Peace Process. He also explores questions raised after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reelection and reveals the anti-BDS directives included in the “Fast Track” legislation moving through the US Congress.

    In Kabul, Afghanistan, a group of high school and college students have come together as the Afghan Peace Volunteers. At the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre and throughout their community, they work to build sustainable alternatives to the status quo. Their Borderfree Radio broadcasts have the goal of promoting a life of nonviolence in Afghanistan. Today’s broadcast focuses on the challenges for women in Afghanistan to meet their families’ basic needs. Three women share their wishes.

    Josh Ruebner, policy director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, endtheoccupation.org/
    Borderfree Radio broadcast: ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/
    Zahidi, host
    Interpreter: Zarghuna
    Production assistance: Masood and Hakim
    Interviewees: Mahnaz, Sara, and Zahra

    Transcript from “Afghan Women Voice their Wishes”

    Salam to all the dear listeners of Borderfree Radio.
    In our program today, we will hear the voices of Afghan women.
    Please introduce yourself.
    My name is Mahnaz.
    What is your greatest wish?
    My greatest wish is for my children to live like other children. With regards to clothes, food, books and pens, my children don’t have as much as other children. My husband was martyred.
    Is there anyone to help you fulfill your wish?
    First, God can help. Then, you, the Afghan Peace Volunteers can help too.
    What can we do?
    You have good teachers who teach the children well. You’re also helping us with our food needs.
    My name is Sara.
    What is your greatest wish as an Afghan woman?
    My wish is to have a good life, to have enough food, to have a peace in which everyone is of ‘one hand’. People should have jobs so they can find bread for their children.
    How can we help you fulfill your wish?
    The Afghan Peace Volunteers had come to survey my house, and then they accepted me as a seamstress to sew the winter duvets, for which I got an income. My family was also warm under the duvets we received. Thank you for your help.
    My name is Zahra. I have many problems at home. I have suffered much and have many worries. My mind is very scattered. I’m in debt. My wish is to pay off my debts, and to peacefully find food for my family. Thank you that I was able to get some income through the duvet project.
    Thanks to all our dear listeners!
    We hope you’ll follow Borderfree Radio. Remember, love can open every border! Till the next time, Khuda Hafez.

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