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  • Host: Cynthia Swan

    Program Topic: Music and Health

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How does music affect the brain?
    b) How can music help us learn?
    c) How can music help us heal?

    Alan Wittenberg

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Engineer: Matt Murphy

    Award-winning artist and activist Robert Shetterly talks with former CIA agent Ray McGovern, one of the subjects in Shetterly’s portrait series “Americans Who Tell the Truth” www.americanswhotellthetruth.org , www.raymcgovern.com/

    From Ray McGovern’s website:
    “Ray came from his native New York to Washington in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s
    duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he
    briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985.
    In January 2003, Ray helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way
    intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. On the afternoon of the day (Feb. 5, 2003) Secretary of State Colin Powell misled the UN Security Council on Iraq, VIPS sent an urgent memorandum to President George
    W. Bush, in which we gave Powell a C minus for content. We ended the memo with this”

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Summary of the 2013 Camden Conference
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Militarization of US diplomacy
    b) Bunker mentality of current middle east embassies
    c) Setbacks to US diplomacy in Libya because of 9/11/12 attack on ambassador

    Speaker: Ambassador Lawrence Pope, retired from US State Department

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  • Host: Amy Browne
    Audio recorded by: Katie Greenman

    Topic: Professor Paul Grosswiler, Chairperson, Communication and Journalism, speaking in February at the University of Maine’s Socialist and Marxist Studies Lecture Series, on the topic: “Defending Thought We Hate: The Social Value of Offensive Ideas”

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Program Topic: Gangjeong Village Struggle against Naval Base

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) why villagers and others in South Korea and beyond are opposed to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong, Jeju Island, South Korea
    b) how base construction has already impacted villagers and local sea creatures
    c) the use of violence by police against nonviolent protestors
    Guests by name and affiliation:
    A) Sung-Hee Choi, member of the Gangjeong village international team
    B) Kang Dong-Kyun, mayor of Gangjeong
    C ) Jane, peacekeeper

    Sung-Hee Choi
    Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun

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  • Producer/Host: Meaghan LaSala

    Winona LaDuke: Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective
    Donna M. Loring Lecture Series
    November 8, 2012 at the University of Southern Maine

    Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is the Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Program Topic: Social Protest, Social Change & the Role of Art
    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Role of art in society
    b) Role of artist as citizen
    c) Ability of social protest art to be shown in galleries and museums
    A) Robert Shetterly, artist
    B) Alan, Magee, artist
    C ) Martha Piskuskas, moderator
    Call In Program: no

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  • Unedited. Recorded by Matt Murphy

    FMI: www.mofga.org , www.beyondpesticides.org/

    From the MOFGA website: “For more than three decades, Jay Feldman has been hammering away at the likes of Monsanto, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Dow, Dupont, Bayer, Syngenta and pesticides industry lobby groups such as the misleadingly named RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment).

    Feldman cofounded the advocacy organization Beyond Pesticides and has been its director since 1981. Like MOFGA, Feldman seeks a transition to a world free of toxic pesticides. Under his leadership, Beyond Pesticides maintains a well-organized, national network of allies who pressure the chemical industry, raise awareness among the general public, and promote safer alternatives to synthetic pesticides. The organization’s primary goal is to effect change through local action, helping individuals and community-based organizations stimulate discussion on the hazards of toxic pesticides while providing information on safer alternatives.

    Many of us in Maine will appreciate the fundamental belief that Feldman shares with communities threatened by pesticide pollution: People must have a voice in decisions that affect them directly. Decisions should not be made for us by chemical companies or by decision makers who either do not have all of the facts or refuse to consider them.

    In addition to Feldman’s commitment to Beyond Pesticides, he serves on the National Organic Standards Board, which makes recommendations to the USDA on policies regulating production and distribution of organic food and products.

    2012 marks the 50th anniversary since the publication of Rachel Carson’s, Silent Spring. Please come hear Feldman’s thoughts about our country’s continued reliance on pesticides, and about how we can transition to a world independent of synthetic pesticides.”

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