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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Sharing the Landscape: People and Wildlife

    Key Discussion Points:

    Jim tells a a bit about his career and connection to Maine…and what factors led to his interest in the increasingly fractious interactions between people and wildlife, leading him to write Nature Wars

    Jim explains some of the roots of the modern-day problem of people encroaching on wildlife and wildlife encroaching on people

    Landscape—cutting colonial era forests to forests re-growing since the Civil War- present day eastern forest, land conservation
    Where people lived and worked– rural to urban and suburban, outdoors- indoors
    How we have “managed” wildlife—abundance, slaughter, scarcity, protection, benign neglect, over abundance
    How people relate to wildlife—hunting source of food, threats to agriculture, slaughter for fashion, hunting for sport, romantic portrayals in literature and film, observing nature from indoors, wildlife as pets
    The current commercialization of wildlife – feeding birds and other wildlife

    Jim tells the story of how fictional “East Burbia” approaches its deer situation

    Reporters are charged with finding the story, laying out all the dimensions… where do you see this story leading us… what are our responsibilities in relation to wildlife?

    Are there any bright spots that give you hope for a shared landscape?

    Guests by name and affiliation:

    Jim Sterba, foreign correspondent and national reporter for the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, author of Nature Wars, published by Crown Publishers, 2012, and Frankie’s Place: A Love Story
    See also www.JIMSTERBA.com

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  • Guest host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Community Support for Local Libraries

    Key Discussion Points:
    What are some of the roles that “your” libraries play in the life of your communities?
    With yours as example, what difference does a local public library mean for its patrons?
    How do community members let you know of the importance of their local library?
    How are your libraries structured and supported? What is your annual operating budget and what kinds of expenditures are supported? What are your sources of income, including endowment?
    Do you have any sort of strategic plan, and what elements are included?
    Each of your library boards are preparing for capital campaigns, in the case of the Moore Library, primarily to build endowment, and at the Jesup, for building improvements and expansion. In each case, what thinking went into the decision to mount these campaigns now?
    Both libraries are a century or more old… has the notion of raising significant funds changed over that time? What strategies are you using to reach out to those who have capacity? How will you include those who value their library but have less capacity to give?

    Keith Goldfarb, Treasurer, Henry D. Moore Parish House and Library, Steuben, Maine
    Lavon Bartel, Endowment Campaign, Moore Library, Steuben
    Jill Weber, Vice President of Board of Directors, Jesup Memorial Library, Bar Harbor

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  • Guest host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: A Consumer’s Guide to Sea Vegetables

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) What are sea vegetables?
    b) How do you harvest and prepare seaweed?
    c) Sea vegetables and the Maine local sustainable food movement.

    Sarah Redmond, University of Maine Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension
    Liz Solet, Maine Coast Sea Vegetables in Franklin
    Hillary Krapf, health and movement educator, and the creator of The Maine Seaweed Festival

  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Islands and Energy: Connecting Maine and Samso Island in Denmark

    Key Discussion Points:

    1. What is the basic approach (human ecology) by which COA frames its education… with others contributing how approach has played out in their own experience with courses and students at College of the Atlantic
    2. What has fueled recent/growing interest by students in alternative energy and sustainable business? Do you see obvious and not so obvious connections between the challenge to reduce carbon inputs into the atmosphere and the desire to invent and experiment? How does COA foster exploration of those connections and applications?
    3. What led to the connection between the work of the Samso Energy Academy, in Denmark and College of the Atlantic and the Island Institute? (part of the broader collaboration between COA and Island Institute)
    4. Describe Samso Island, its geography, economy and energy profile, and the short version of the story that led them to become “carbon neutral”. What most surprises North American visitors to Samso, as they learn about how they have organized themselves and the results they are achieving?
    5. The partnership has led you to offer a course called Islands: Energy, Economy and Community, focused on developing initiatives in the renewable energy and finance sectors on MDI and Maine Islands, and involving both COA students and members of island communities. Tell more about how the course was conceived and the short and longer term outcomes you envision.

    Darron Collins, President, College of the Atlantic
    Jay Friedlander, Sharpe-McNally Chair of Green and Socially Responsible Business, College of the Atlantic
    Anna Demeo, Director of Energy Operations and Management, College of the Atlantic
    Heather Deese, Island Institute
    Suzanne MacDonald, Island Institute

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Island Readers and Writers inspires passion for reading and learning

    Key Discussion Points:
    Jan Coates describes the origins and evolution of Island Readers and Writers
    IRW has many examples of engaging young minds… share examples and what elements make them successful
    What has been the involvement of teachers and parents in IRW programs… how have you gained their trust?
    How do you choose your books and authors? What do authors gain from their participation—what difference does it make to a child to meet and discuss writing and reading with an author
    Kim Ridley gives a thumbnail description of The Secret Pool, and how it is being received, awards…
    What has it been like for you and your colleague Rebecca Ray to take The Secret Pool into schools for IRW?
    What have you learned about yourself as a writer through participation?)
    Jenifer Judd McGee describes what inspired her to get involved?
    What are your children’s experiences?
    How have you seen IRW make a difference in their lives and the lives of other children?
    How is Island Readers and Writers structured and supported?
    Website and contact info: islandreadersandwriters.org/

    Guests :
    Jan Coates, Executive Director, Island Readers and Writers
    Jenifer Judd McGee, Board Member, Island Readers and Writers
    Kim Ridley, Author, The Secret Pool

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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Hands on Learning through Eastern Maine Skippers Program

    Key Discussion Points:
    Overview of the Skippers Program and how it came to be
    How it is connected/separate from Deer Isle/Stonington’s Marine Pathways program
    Other schools involved in the Skippers program
    Goals, hopes, vision
    What makes this program so unique, different, exciting?
    The Flounder project
    What have the students been up to
    In class learning
    Hands on learning (the Traps, going to the meetings with DMR, licensing etc)
    Tell us about the fishery itself, how it is managed…
    What is next or this project
    Bigger picture conversation about:
    Education and how this program can help non-traditional high school students.
    Fisheries management and how this program can help inform the process
    What words of advice would you have for today’s:
    HS students who want hands on experience?
    For educators?
    How can people get involved, websites etc

    Val Peacock , Sumner High School
    Carla Guenther, Penobscot East Resource Center
    Todd West, Principle, Deer Isle Stonington High School
    Kristen McGovern (science teacher) North Haven
    Avery Waterman (student) North Haven

    Call In Program: Yes
    Political Broadcast: No
    Host: Natalie Springuel, University of Maine Sea Grant

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Community Response to Domestic Violence

    Key Discussion Points :
    What is domestic abuse?
    • Define
    • Tactics of abuse
    What is Extent of the problem in Hancock and Washington Counties
    • Next Step statistics
    • Other statistics and information
    • Other trends from the perspective of law enforcement
    What are the signs of abuse and what can someone to do help?
    What are services offered by Next Step
    • Hotline: Who can use the hotline, who works on the hotline
    • Emergency shelter: information about trends in shelter
    • Transitional housing: what is the benefit, the need, the availability
    • Other services: face to face advocacy, support and education groups
    • Advocacy in court
    • Community education, training, and consultation
    Trends in the community’s perception of and response to DV
    • What has changed since the first shelters opened in the 70’s?
    • What is on the horizon for assessing risks?
    • How should we be organizing ourselves as a community to
    further enhance our response to DV?
    How can community members become effective allies for those who are targets or suspected targets of domestic violence?

    Rebecca Hobbs, Exec. Director, Next Step
    Lt. Rod Charette (Commanding Officer, Maine State Police Troop J),
    Rick Doyle (Staff Attorney, Next Step)

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  • Producer/Host: Ron Beard
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Community concerns and opportunities

    Program Topic: Getting food to people in need in Hancock County

    Key Discussion Points:

    1. Katie provides context for Healthy Acadia’s overall work on food systems, the notion of food security, and how that led to their support for gleaning, food pantry networking and the food drive
    2. Hannah describes the gleaning initiative, her recent work on food waste and how that connects with food waste initiatives in Europe, Barcelona conference, etc
    3. Rick describes the work of Tree of Life food pantry, who it serves, how it is organized and supported, what success they have had, what challenges they face, advice to those wanting to help or work in their own communities… Katie mentions other food pantries and their ongoing networking meetings
    4. Kara describes Welcome Table as one of several area responses to the issue of hunger… what was the inspiration to start, how it is operated, who it serves, examples of success and challenges, advice to those wanting to help or work in their own communities
    5. Susan describes the history of the county food drive, who it will help, how this one is being organized, how people, local organizations, local businesses can help out…
    6. We wrap up by summarizing the several ways listeners can get involved, and those guests in the studio share what inspires them about this work and what their longer term hopes are…

    Katie Freedman, Healthy Acadia
    Hannah Semler, Gleaning Coordinator, Healthy Acadia
    Susan Farley, Washington-Hancock Community Agency
    Rick Traub, Tree of Life Food Pantry, Blue Hill
    Kara Ibarguen, Welcome Table, Ellsworth

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