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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Production Assistance: John Greenman

    Today we have a special report on the proposal to remove the Orland Dam – a decision that regardless of which way it goes, will likely have impacts not only on that town, but on surrounding areas as well. Orland took over ownership of the dam from Verso in 2011. The dam has been found to have serious structural issues, has failed in the past, and currently salt water flows over the top periodically. It also blocks fish passage and the existing fish ladders are considered inadequate. The town will be voting on June 14th on a ballot question that gives 2 options: Keep the dam and have the town foot any associated costs, or move forward toward removal of the dam by working with NOAA fisheries and the Nature Conservancy to acquire available funding for removal of the dam and ancillary costs. NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, one of the major forces behind the Penobscot River Restoration project. In 2014 they designated the Penobscot River Watershed as a “Habitat Focus Area” — one of just two on the east coast –citing the environmental, cultural and recreational significance of New England’s second largest river, which provides habitat to many migratory fish species, including 3 that are listed as endangered.

    Those who oppose removing the dam are concerned about the impact on water front views, which would start changing with the tides, potential impacts of salt water on wells and bridges, and the need to find a new source of water for fire fighting (as the impoundment created by the dam has been used for that purpose)—and whether the grants the town might receive would cover those costs. The need to coordinate dam removal with the clean up of mercury in the river so as to not further mobilize a mercury hotspot just below the dam is also a concern.

    At a well-attended forum Wednesday night in Orland, experts who have been studying the issues and agencies offering funding for the project, provided updates and heard comments and questions from the public. The entire presentation last more than 2 hours. This morning we hear from some of the panelists and a few of the public comments.

    NOTE: The link to the full meeting (2+ hours in length) is also posted below. The 1st link is for today’s program, the second is the full meeting.

    FMI:
    orlandfutures.blogspot.com/
    www.orlandme.org/Orland%20Dam.html
    www.greateratlantic.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected/riverherring/tewg/presentations/river_herring_-_penobscot_hfa__september_3__2014_.pdf

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Among those Afghan students who speak out for gender equality and peace are Halima Habibi, a founding member of the Girl Up Club–a women’s bicycling club, in Kabul–and Arifa and Mahtab, two students who are a part of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. All share their own stories and describe the challenges for women in Afghanistan.

    Guests:
    Halima Habibi, member of the Girl Up Club
    Arifa and Mahtab, writers who have published their work with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
    Contributing to the interviews were Ron Vannorstrand, Aaron Hughes, and Hoor Arifi

    FMI:
    borderfreecyclingteam.weebly.com/about.html
    awwproject.org/
    One of Arifa’s stories: awwproject.org/2014/12/an-afghan-girl-dreams-of-books/
    One of Mahtab’s stories: awwproject.org/2016/01/my-future-is-not-my-sheep/
    ourjourneytosmile.com

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Afghan students and an US Iraq war veteran share their war and tea stories.

    Aaron Hughes, of Iraq Veterans Against the War, invited Afghan students to respond to the questions: “When did the war begin for you?” and “What are some of your tea stories and traditions?” He also shared his own stories and those of other US veterans who have spoken out against war. Hughes gave this tea performance at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 27, 2015.

    Guests:
    Aaron Hughes, interdisciplinary artist, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) Hakim Young, interpreter, mentor to the APVs

    tea-project.org/
    amberginsburg.com/projects/tea.html
    www.ivaw.org/
    aarhughes.org
    ourjourneytosmile.com

    Video on casting the 779 porcelain teacups associated with the project:

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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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  • Host: Cynthia Swan
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Opiate Dependence

    Key Discussion Points:
    Substance Abuse is not a black and white issue it’s on a continuum
    What’s the scope of the problem in Maine and how did it get to this?
    What are the best practices for treatment ?

    Guest:
    Kip Young, LADC
    atlanticsac@yahoo.com
    www.atlanticsac.net
    207-664-1500 (office)

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  • Producer/Host: Anita Arnold
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: White Ally Movement in Maine

    Key Discussion Points
    a) Ally Training and connection to Wabanaki Reach Training
    b) Qualities of Allies
    c) White privilege connection to racial justice
    d) Maine’s Ally Movement

    Guests:
    Barbara Kates, Community Organizer/Ally Trainer for Maine Wabanaki Reach
    David Smith, Member of White Ally Group in Belfast, Maine

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Issue: Foreign Relations

    Program Topic: Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia; and The Russian Economy and Its Influence on Politics

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Why the recent upsurge of nationalism in Russia?
    b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine?
    c) Why are Putin’s approval ratings so consistently high?

    Guests: Nina Tumarkin, Prof. of History, Wellesley College; and Daniel Treisman, Prof. of Political Science,

    UCLA

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Issue: Foreign Relations

    Program Topic: Origins of Russian Conduct at Home and in the World

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How are Russians and Americans alike
    b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine
    c) What is Putin’s goal in Ukraine

    Guest: Matthew Rojansky, Director, Keean Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

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