Home - WERU FM 89.9 Community Radio, Blue Hill, Maine

WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives

Audio archives of spoken word broadcasts from Community Radio WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill (weru.org)

Donate to WERU Donate Now

Archives

E-mail Notifications

Get an e-mail when we update our archives (several times a week)
Enter your Email
Powered by FeedBlitz
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Environmental and Social Justice: Nurse’s Delegation to Puerto Rico and Nestle’s Commodification of Maine Water

    a) Today we speak with Amy Lee Tidd, a registered nurse from Bangor, who has just returned from two weeks in Puerto Rico as part of a Registered Nurse Response Network delegation.
    b) We talk with her about the continuing health crisis in Puerto Rico, with lack of potable water, food, safe housing and the electricity needed to power life saving medical equipment.
    c) We also hear from water rights activist, Nickie Sekera, on Nestle/Poland Spring’s commodification of Maine water.

    Guests by name and affiliation:
    Amy Lee Tidd, Bangor nurse with National Nurses Unites, Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN)
    Nickie Sekera, Community Water Justice

    No Comments
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Referendum to Expand Medicaid Coverage under the ACA: Question 2

    1) In the past five years, the Maine Legislature has voted 5 times to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and five times Governor LePage has vetoed. The ACA allows states to opt in or out of the expanded coverage. 31 states have opted in.
    2) On election day, November 7th, Mainers will have the opportunity to vote on referendum Question 2, to institute expanded Medicaid coverage in the state, also known as Maine Care. This would open eligibility to 70,000 Mainers. ( Those making less then $16,000 for a single person and $28,000 for a family of three).
    3)Today, we look at a number of the myths and realities about Medicaid expansion. And we look at the statistics, county by county, showing the numbers of uninsured, how many would be eligible for expanded coverage, how much federal funding would be received and how many new jobs are projected under an expansion of Medicaid.

    Guest: Robyn Merrill, Maine Equal Justice Partners, executive director www.mejp.org

    Maine Center for Economic Policy, “Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet”
    Special to Portland Press Herald by Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, ” The issues are complicated, but a yes vote on Question 2 will help Maine: The reality is , Maine cannot afford not to take the opportunity to improve its health care system”
    Report by Elizabeth Kilbreth,Phd, “The Real Impact of Medicaid Expansion”

    No Comments
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    EPA Attempts Appeal of Clean Power Plan and Penobscot Nation’s First Ambassador on Indigenous Peoples Day

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) This week, Trump’s EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, announced his intention to repeal an Obama climate action, called the Clean Power Plan, whose goal is to significantly cut back on climate change pollutants in the power industry, most notably carbon dioxide.
    b) We look at the power of polluting industries and how their influence has increased exponentially under the Trump Administration.
    c) We also speak with the Penobscot Nation’s first tribal Ambassador, Maulian Dana, about her new position and about the recent growth of Maine towns observing Indigenous Peoples Day, instead of, or in conjunction with, “Columbus Day”.

    Guest:
    David Doniger, Director of the Climate and Clean Air Program, Natural Resources Defense Council
    www.nrdc.org/experts/david-doniger/trumps-dirty-power-plan-another-repeal-replace-scam
    Maulian Dana, Penobscot Nation Ambassador

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

    No Comments
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Chief Francis on River Case Appeal and First Penobscot Ambassador and ILAP on Immigration Policy in Maine

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Last week, the Penobscot Nation, and the US Departments of Justice and Interior, formally requested the First Circuit Court to review its interpretation of federal Indian Law in regards to their ruling against the Penobscot Tribe in Penobscot Nation vs Attorney General Mills.
    b)We speak with Chief Kirk Francis about this new development in the River Case and about the induction of the Penobscot Nation’s first Ambassador.
    c) We also speak with the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project about a number of issue affecting Maine’s immigrant population, including Governor LePage’s push back campaign against sheriff departments who have said they will not hold undocumented detainees beyond their scheduled release dates for federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). These requests have resulted in wrongful imprisonment suits in other parts of the country, based on fourth amendment violations.

    Guests:
    Chief Kirk Francis, Penobscot Nation
    Susan Roche, executive director, Immigration Legal Advocacy Project. www.ilapmaine.org/

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

    No Comments
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Overview: Climate Change, Climate Policy and the Fossil Fuel Industry

    -As Hurricane Maria devastates Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands, on the heels of Harvey and Irma and drought and fires consume other regions of the US, we look again at climate change, climate policy and the fossil fuel industry.
    -Today, we take a broad look with the US policy director for Oil Change International, Janet Redman.
    -Topics include, the Trump Administration’s stance on climate change and fossil fuel extraction, the EPA’s Science Advisory Board, the Union of Concerned Scientists new report on the quantifiable impacts of fossil fuel companies’ emissions on climate change, the varying definitions of “Clean Energy”, the Paris Climate Agreement and the disproportionate impacts of climate change on individuals and communities with the least economic resources.

    Guest: Janet Redman, Oil Change International, US policy director; Associate Fellow at Institute for Policy Studies

    No Comments
  • Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Greater Bangor Solarize Initiative and End Violence Together Rally and March

    -As the size and intensity of hurricanes hitting Houston, Florida, the Caribbean and Mexico are linked to the increased temperatures and moisture brought on by global warming, people across the country and Maine step up initiatives to accelerate a transition to solar energy through grassroots action.
    -Greater Bangor Solarize is one of these initiatives – a program offering discounted costs and aid in accessing resources and installation. Bangor is joining other communities in the Br Harbor, Mid-coast, Waterville and Freeport areas in initiating the “solarize” model to accelerate a transition to solar energy. The deadline to participate in Greater Bangor Solarize is September 30th.
    -We also look towards this Saturday’s annual End Violence Together March and Rally in downtown Bangor.

    Guests:
    Karen Marysdaughter, coordinator Greater Bangor Solarize
    Amy Hughes, Eastern Maine Peace and Justice Center

    No Comments
  • Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topics:
    Lebanon
    Palestinian refugees
    Syrian refugees

    Palestinian refugees empower themselves and educate others about their situation by publishing their own stories. Both Palestinians and Syrians volunteer or find often low-paid work with NGOs as the Lebanese government makes work in many fields very challenging if not impossible. Some refugees find work in the refugee camps themselves. Meanwhile, NGOs offer scholarships and educational and cultural experiences to individuals in different marginalized communities, including refugees, to help give youth hope and resolve conflicts in Lebanese society.

    In this program, we meet a Palestinian and Syrian refugee who attended a We Are Not Numbers writing workshop. Both share their personal stories, including the challenges they face in Lebanon. We also meet the founder of Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP), which works with the different marginalized communities in Lebanon–Syrian and Palestinian refugees as well as Lebanese public school students.The Social Support Society, the umbrella organization for ULYP, runs a physical therapy center in Borj el Barajneh camp. There we meet Amira Dabbagh, one of the therapists on staff.

    Guests:
    Huda Ibrahim Dawood, volunteer coordinator in Lebanon of We Are Not Numbers
    Dalia Swaid, former school teacher, Syrian refugee living in northern Lebanon
    Melek Nimr, founder of Unite Lebanon Youth Project (ULYP)
    Amira Dabbagh, physical therapist in Borj el Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon

    FMI:
    wearenotnumbers.org
    unitelebanonyouth.org
    thesocialsupportsociety.org

    No Comments
  • Guest Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topics:
    Lebanon
    Palestinian refugees

    Writer, activist and professor in Lebanon, Rania Masri explains why Palestinian youth have a high drop out rate in UNRWA schools in the country. Among the reasons for drop outs is the ban on employment for Palestinians in many occupations. Masri also explores the idea of full citizenship and phantomized landmarks.

    Also in this program, we visit the Active Ageing House, where elders in the Borj el Barajneh camp in Lebanon find community as well as cultural and wellness support. At the center, we speak with Sahar Serhan and Mariam Sharqyeh; both are residents of the camp.

    Guests:
    Rania Masri, writer, activist, and professor in Lebanon
    greenresistance.wordpress.com/
    Sahar Serhan, manager of Active Ageing House in Borj el Barajneh and Nahr el Bared camps in Lebanon
    Mariam Sharqyeh, resident of Borj el Barajneh camp
    Social Support Society’s Active Ageing House: thesocialsupportsociety.org

    No Comments