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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Part I: Lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. How did the state of Michigan’s actions, under the direction of a state-appointed emergency managers, cause the poisoning of the drinking-water in Flint, Michigan?
    What actions did Flint residents, scientists, journalists, and the medical community take to demand safe drinking water? What steps are being taken to help mitigate the damage done by lead ingestion?

    Part II: Palestinian refugees’ situation in Lebanon. How do NGOs help preserve Palestinian heritage in Lebanon where the previous Lebanese Minster of Education banned the teaching of Palestinian history and geography?
    How can Palestinians earn income despite discriminatory labor laws in Lebanon?

    Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha, pediatrician, director of pediatric residents, and whistleblower
    Flint Child Health and Development Fund:
    Robert Shetterly, activist and artist of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series
    Nadia Abdelnour, board president of Innash Association
    Grace Said, board member of Innash Association
    Umm Mohammed, embroiderer for Innash Assoc.
    Samar Kabouli, Innash Assoc. employee who helps to coordinate Innash’s embroidery project
    Kassem Aina, Director of the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (Beit Atfal Assumud)

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  • Producer/Host: Linda Washburn
    Engineer: John Greenman

    Program Topic: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1923. Why was it introduced?
    b) 94 years later the ERA languishes- why?
    c) What has jump-started interest in the ERA?
    d) Are there ways other than a Constitutional amendment to bring equality to women?

    Posie Cowan, founder of Equal Rights Maine, from the Blue Hill Peninsula
    Kathleen Bonk (Brooksville and DC) was involved with ERA ratification starting in 1972, then worked with Betty Ford and Alan Alda on the ERA Countdown Campaign as Communications Chief and is now on the steering committee for the current federal ERA drive.

    To learn more about this topic:
    Equal Rights Maine at equalrightsmaine.org (local organization)
    Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now by Jessica Neuwirth, The New Press, 2015.
    Why We Lost the ERA by Jane J. Mansbridge, University of Chicago Press, 1986.
    Posie’s connection to the suffrage movement: And on to the ERA:
    visit www.eracoalition.org and www.equalrightsamendment.org.

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  • Producer/Host:Cynthia Swan
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Chiropractic and More

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Chiropractic: what is it? What are the benefits?
    b)Food, what to eat?
    c)Vaccines, be informed about them

    Jane Robertson, DC
    326 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Moral and practical reasons for refugee protection
    b) Current scale of displaced people in different parts of the world and political effects
    c) Distinction among refugees, asylum seekers, forcibly displace persons, immigrants

    Jeanne Bourgault, Camden Conference Moderator and President of Internews
    Ray Jennings, Principal, Cultural Naviagtion Group

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Rise of far right movements in Europe tied to immigration
    b) American immigration policy and history
    c) Current American refugee acceptance policy

    Cas Mudde, Professor, Univesity of Georgia and Researcher, University of Oslo
    Tim Kane, JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, Hoover Institute, Stanford Univ

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Current crisis in forcibly displace people throughout the world
    b) Work of the UNHCR
    c) US policies on Mexico border to control immigration

    Kelly Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
    Bruno Stegno, former UN Ambassador from Costa Rica and Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Watch

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  • Host and Producer: Rhonda Feiman
    Co-Producer: Petra Hall
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Healthy Aging as the Silver Tsunami Approaches

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What is the “Silver Tsunami”, and what does this mean for baby boomers, seniors, & our healthcare system?
    b) How do our health care needs change as we age?
    c) What lifestyle habits should we cultivate in order to stay well?
    d) What do baby boomers and seniors and their families need to know when interacting with the medical system?
    e) What is a geriatrician? Why do we need one as we age? Why are there so few of them, in sharp contrast to the increasing population of seniors who need them?
    f) What can we do as patients and as family to be sure that the treatable ailments of seniors are not dismissed as “just old age” or misdiagnosed?

    Guest: Marcy Cottrell Houle, MS., coauthor of The Gift of Caring: Saving Our Parents from the Perils of Modern Healthcare

    Related websites of interest:

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Studio Engineers: Amy Browne & Matt Murphy

    Issue: North Dakota Access Pipeline– Largest gathering of Tribes in 100 years

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Corporate Oil and it’s destruction of Native Land?
    b) Attempt to cover up its use of force against Native people at site
    c) What can we do to support the Human and Civil Rights of the Tribes?

    Sherri Mitchell, Esq., Director of the Land Peace Foundation. she is a Native Rights and Environmental Activist and a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Dr. Rebecca Sockbeson University of Alberta, Penobscot Nation Tribal Member
    Chief Kirk Francis, Chief of the Penobscot Nation


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