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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco & Amy Browne

    1) We talk about Maine efforts to organize against the escalating war in Afghanistan, including increasing pressure on Congress.
    2) Bisphenol-A, is an endocrine disrupting chemical used in the polycarbonate plastic found in multiple consumer products, including baby bottles and baby toys. The Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine talks about the need to get it out off retail shelves now. We also discuss Maine’s new “Act to Protect Children’s Health and the Environment from Toxic Chemicals in Toys and Children’s Products”, which requires the state to identify chemicals of high concern, requires manufacturers of products sold within the state to disclose the use of chemicals on the list, and authorizes the state to require that alternative chemicals be used if they exist. Today the Alliance emphasized the need for decisive action and federal policy.
    Guests: Lisa Savage, local Maine coordinator for Code Pink
    Mike Belliveau, executive director Environmental Health Strategy Center. www.preventharm.org , www.cleanandhealthyme.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
    Topic: Single-payer universal health care. What is it? How would it address the current health care crisis in the U.S.? Why is there so much support? Who are the powerful opponents? Also: information about the Rally for Universal Health Care taking place on Saturday 5/30/09 in Augusta and other upcoming forums and programs.
    Guests: Jerry Call, organizer/activist for Single-Payer and Dr. Phillip Caper, retired MD and Professor

    FMI: www.mainehealthcarereform.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Topic: Federal Climate Change Legislation
    An interview with Dylan Voorhees, Clean Energy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Voorhees offers a critique of the current version of the proposed legislation and explains the importance of this issue to Mainers, as well as the impact Mainers can have on the outcome.
    FMI: www.nrcm.org

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  • Producers/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
    Topics: An update on agriculture and pesticide spraying bills, affordable housing for farmers and fishers in Washington County, the Panama Free Trade agreement
    **Second audio file is the interview on housing in Washington County in it’s entirety**
    Guests: Heather Spaulding, MOFGA; Logan Perkins; Anais Tomezsko, Mano en Mano; Sarah Bigney, Maine Fair Trade Campaign
    FMI: www.mofga.org, www.manoenmanocenter.org, www.mainefairtrade.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne

    Today we look to Augusta at a currently proposed amendment to a groundwater bill, which would consolidate power with the state concerning commercial water extraction. Yesterday the Department of Environmental Protection presented the 8 page amendment to the Natural Resources Committee, which would give the DEP the authority to govern commercial water extraction.
    Today we speak with Emily Posner from the organization Defending Water In Maine, who is in Augusta right now.
    Contact: www.defendingwaterinmaine.org, 930 5232.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Topic: LD1020, the same sex marriage bill sponsored by Senator Dennis Damon (Hancock), passed in the State Senate today. We talk with Senator Damon and Shenna Bellows of the Maine Civil Liberties Union, and play audio of other local area Senators (Knox, Waldo & Penobscot) debating the bill, as well as an excerpt from last week’s Public Hearing on the bill.
    FMI: www.mclu.org, www.eqme.org, www.mainefreedomtomarry.org

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  • Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco
    Cheri Honkala, the National Coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign, was in Maine in early April for a speaking tour. Today we bring you some of her remarks at an event at the University of Maine on April 2nd, 2009. Audio recorded by John Greenman

    **Correction: This event took place at the Worker’s Center in Brewer, Maine in early April

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  • Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
    Topics: Sweatfree Communities new report, Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)

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