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  • Producer/Host: John Greenman

    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Topic: Update on Haiti Earthquake aftermath
    How many children are being helped at Vilaj Espwa, and how helpful are the local and regional and national administrations?  What did the US do to Haiti, through the years, that has made it so hard for Haiti’s people to become self-sufficient and, how does a portable water purification system work and how many have been distributed by Water Projects international?
    -Drs. Danielle and Lawrence Mutty, Castine
    -Father Marc Boisvert, Founder and Director of Pwoje Espwa – www.freethekids.org -Bob Brown , co-director of Pan African Roots and the Kwame Ture Work-Study Institute and Library
    – Justin Walker- founder  of Water Projects International – www.waterprojectsinternational.org
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  • Producer/Host: John Greenman

    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    Subject: Haiti Relief Efforts

    Drs Lawrence and Danielle Mutty are retired physicians living in Castine, ME. They first met in Montreal where Dr Danielle was born.
    They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next summer.
    Prior to retirement, they practiced in Augusta for many years following their move to Maine in 1977. For the past 5 years they have been going to Haiti once a year to help at a “orphanage” in Les Cayes called PWOJET ESPWA, which provides housing, food and  education to over 650 youngsters and  medical care to the  surrounding community. They are planning another trip in March.
    They chose Haiti to volunteer their services because Dr. Danielle speaks fluent French, which is the second dominant language in Haiti after Creole. Their interest in Haiti was also in large part due to a priest who served their parish in Castine and was chaplain at Maine Maritime Academy, in the late 80s, Father Marc Boisvert a French speaking native of Lewiston.
    Father Marc left Castine to become a Navy Chaplain. The Navy assigned him to the base at Guantanamo  Bay to help the Haitian  refugees called “boat people”, because he also spoke fluent French., He went to Haiti himself in 1998 to see if he could help and has remained there ever since. It is to his orphanage and model village where the Muttys and other Maine physicians from St. Marys Hospital in Lewiston go every year bringing medical supplies and providing  immunizations and basic medical care.
    Gerry Brache
    A volunteer member with Mount Desert Island Search & Rescue (MDISAR.ORG). We are a dedicated team of folks from around the local area. Since we are based on MDI we work closely with the Park Service and value the relationship we have fostered over the years. Although we provide all aspects of search and rescue capabilities, we specialize in high angle rope rescues. Being under the jurisdiction of the Maine Warden Service we are on call to service the entire state of Maine includingBaxter State Park if needed. On behalf of SOLO and myself, I want to send a sincere thanks to my fellow MDISAR team members for offering their generous donation to help fund my potential participation in the ongoing Haiti relief efforts.
    Joining the discussion by telephone:
    Dr. Cynthia DeSoi from Les Cayes, Haiti
    Medical Director of Klinik Espwa at Vilaj Espwa in Haiti, Dr. DeSoi lives in Lewiston, ME and works at St. Mary’s Hospital in the Nephrology Department.
    Justin Walker from near Port au Prince, Haiti
    Justin is Founder and CEO of Water Projects International which is distributing water purifying systems to families in Haiti and other countries.
    Dr. Robert Chagrasulis, Calais, ME
    Dr. Chagrasulis recently returned from an emergency trip to Haiti where he joined a team of surgeons for several days of intensive treatment of traumatic injuries. Dr. Chagrasulis is President of the Calais Rotary Club which is  sponsoring the “shelter box” program.
    Resources FMI:
    Vilaj Espwa, Haitian Orphanage
    Partners in Health
    Shelter Box USA
    Justin Walker
    Dr. Jill Seaman, Old Fangak, South Sudan
    Volunteering Opportunities

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  • Producer/Host: Magnus Johnstone

    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: Lyme/Apocalypse of the Backyard

    Is there a Lyme epidemic?  Is there such a thing as Chronic Lyme Disease?  Are the Lyme tests reliable?

    Guest: Dr. Imad Durra, Infectious Disease Specialist, Bangor, Maine

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  • Producer/Host: Gray Parrot

    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: The Charity Industry

    What is charity?  Is individual giving “better” than giving to an institution?  Should we work to help individuals rather than change the government policies that create poverty?

    Guests: Dr. C. Sarian, Steve Callahan, Chrisse Covert

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  • Part 1: Produced by Marge May.  Chinese Labor Watch and local anti-sweatshop campaigns

    Part 2: Produced by Matt Murphy.  An interview with “Annie”, host of “The General Store” on WERU, and author of a new book “Welcome Radio: Tales from the General Store”

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  • Producer/Host: Magnus Johnstone
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
    Topic: Movie: Under the Eightball
    What is the “Eightball”? How does this relate to Lyme Disease? Does this contradict the Biological Weapons Convention agreements?
    Guests: Timothy Grey, Breann Russell, Directors
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  • Links for Parts 1 and 2 of WERU’s live broadcast community forum on TABOR II, held at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport, Maine, 10/26/09
    Pro-TABOR panelists: Steve Bowen from Maine Heritage Policy Center (FMI: www.mainepolicy.org), and David Crocker from the Yes on 4 campaign (FMI: www.tabornow.com)
    Anti-TABOR panelists: Garrett Martin from Maine Center for Economic Policy (FMI: www.mecep.org), and State Senator Joe Perry (District 32, Bangor and Hermon), from Citizens Unified for Maine’s Future (FMI: www.votenoontabor.org)
    The forum also included an audience Q&A session

    Moderator: Christine Covert
    Executive Producer: Amy Browne
    Engineer: Joel Mann
    With assistance from: Matt Murphy, Sylvia Smith, Willie Marquart, Adam Lacher and Chris Stark.

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  • Producer/Host: Dave Evans
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann
    Topic: Vegetarian & Vegan Diets
    How can a vegan get adequate Calcium, B12, etc? What can a vegan do to maintain strength? How do organic dairies differ from factory farms?
    Guests: Zoe Weil, Co-founder and President, Institute for Humane Education; Dr. Michael Greger, Humane Society of the U.S.
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    FMI: www.humaneeducation.org , www.hsus.org

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