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  • Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


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  • Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Maine coastal and ocean issues

    Program Topic: Downeast Fisheries Partnership

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. What is the Downeast Fisheries Partnership and what is its vision for a future where Maine’s fishing communities keep fishing forever?
    2. What are the changes related to fisheries ecology, economy, and policy that suggest a need for a new way of dealing with fisheries management?
    3. What is the relationship between ocean fisheries and river fisheries?

    Robin Alden, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
    Jacob van de Sande, Maine Coastal Heritage Trust
    Charles Rudelitch, Sunrise County Economic Council
    Anne Hayden, Manomet

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  • Producer/Host: Rob McCall

    ‘Wild Strawberries’

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  • Guest Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

    Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

    Program Topic: Trump Proposed Budget Cuts to EPA and Social Safety Net

    1) This morning, a coalition of organizations gathered to voice opposition to President Trump’s deep cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency proposed in his 2018 budget.
    2). 60 organizations will present a letter to Maine’s Congressional delegation today imploring them to push back against the deep cuts and program eliminations that would impact Mainers. These include cuts to clean water protections, funding to brownfield and Superfund sites, indoor and outdoor pollution. climate change and the EPA lead program.
    3) We also look at the Trump Administration’s deep proposed budget cuts to social safety net programs. These include a 29% to Food Stamps, a 19% cut to the Children’s Heath Insurance Program, a 17% to Medicaid, a 13% to Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and a 12% to Unemployment insurance.

    Jeff Wallace, Housing Rehabilitation Coordinator, City of Bangor
    Samantha Paradis, Staff Nurse, Waldo County General Hospital
    Patrick MacRoy, Epidemiologist, Environmental Health and Strategy Center
    Pete Didisheim, Advocacy Director, Natural Resources Council of Maine
    Ann Woloson, Policy Analyst, Maine Equal Justice Partners

    This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

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  • Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Craig Brook Fish Hatchery

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Atlantic Salmon life cycle
    b) Fish Hatchery history
    c) Hatchery function and services

    Guest: Denise Buckley- Senior Fish Biologist

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    We hear a lot about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning these days, mostly when a computer program beats a human champion at chess or GO or now poker. But AI is a part of everyday life these days in ways many of us aren’t aware of. We’re often not aware of something else: machines can be just as biased as humans, and that can make a big difference in people’s lives.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

    Granite 2

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    2nd segment audio recorded by John Greenman

    Minimum Wage Increase: Did Mainers Know What They Were Doing?

    Last November Mainers voted to gradually increase the state’s minimum wage from the (then) current rate of $7.50 an hour up to $12 an hour by 2020. After 2020 increases would be tied to inflation. Despite the fact that the measure drew strong support, several bills have been introduced in the state legislature that roll back the increases in various ways. In some cases the rate of increase is reduced. Other measures would tweak the formula for tipped staff or for younger workers or those in training.
    9 such bills were presented in the legislature back in April, and yesterday the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee held a public hearing on yet another, LD1609 (“An Act To Support Maine’s Employers and Encourage Employers To Hire Young Workers”) and arguments on each side were reiterated.

    Some of those who advocate overturning the will of the voters have said Mainers didn’t understand the consequences of their vote. They argue that small businesses will be forced to lay off workers or limit hiring and will pass along costs to consumers.

    Supporters of the minimum wage increase say that even the slight increase makes a difference for low wage workers who are often forced into making tough choices with their limited pay. Matt Schlobohm, Executive Director of the Maine AFL-CIO told the committee that the $30 extra per week in one 70-year-old woman’s pocket had allowed her to purchase windshield wiper blades. She had lost her home and was forced to return to work when her husband became disabled, and before the first incremental increase in the minimum wage went into effect in January her budget was so tight that needing new wiper blades would have been a crisis.

    On this week’s Maine Currents we listen in as the debate continues

    Area Resident Weighs in on Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Pier Proposal
    An event in Bucksport last week brought together several environmental groups for a discussion of local issues. “The Future of Our Forests, Rivers, Lakes, Fields and Ocean” was hosted by Maine Common Good Coalition Renata Moise expressed concerns about a new cruise ship pier being proposed in Bar Harbor:

    Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Wednesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

    NOTE: Maine Currents will be moving to Tuesdays (4-5pm) starting in June 2017

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