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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topics: Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bruce Gagnon

    Bruce Gagnon, co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, spoke at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville, Maine, on Mar. 26 as part of their spring lenten series featuring individuals Robert Shetterly has painted for the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. Gagnon shared his history of activism. He also described the campaign to convert Bath Iron Works from a shipyard building warships to a facility building commuter rail systems, solar panels, and/or wind turbines.


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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series

    What does Shetterly see as the obligation of artists in society?
    What informs Shetterly’s decision to paint someone’s portrait for the Americans Who Tell the Truth series?
    What is the Samantha Smith challenge?

    Robert Shetterly, artist and activist

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: Elves from the Community Union of Ellsworth and Hancock County paid a visit to Fairpoint strikers in Bangor yesterday, on Day 59 of their strike, dropping off a gift in solidarity.

    Spirits are high on the picket line, despite the bitter cold and minimal progress on contract negotiations, partly due to all of the support the strikers have been receiving from the community. While waiting for them to arrive, we got an update from spokesperson James Feeney, a 32-year service technician based out of Fairpoint in Bangor:

    More information about the Fairpoint strike is available on facebook at: fairnessatfairpoint The elves also have a facebook page: communityunionofellsworth

    Segment 2: In the spirit of peace on this first night of Hanukkah, we have some words from Dr Alice Rothchild. Some of the strongest opposition to the Israeli government’s policies toward Palestinians is coming from Jewish activists like Dr. Rothchild, who work for justice by speaking out publicly, often at great risk. She is a physician, author, filmmaker, and human rights activist who shares her observations on the conflict based on her Jewish upbringing as well as her personal, first hand knowledge of the region. She has been a member of several health and human rights delegations to the region, working with Israelis and Palestinians who “refuse to be enemies”. Here is some of what she had to say during a visit to Maine earlier this month, as one of the latest in Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series. (Audio recorded by Matt Murphy)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Today we’re joined by local award-winning artist Rob Shetterly, creator of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series, and Dud Hendrick of Maine Veterans for Peace. They’re here to talk about two speakers that will be in the area in early December, at events they are helping organize, along with local Peace & Justice groups, Lily Yeh & Dr. Alice Rothchild

    FMI: www.americanswhotellthetruth.org , peacectr.org/wp/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Today we’re checking in with Rob Shetterly, the award-winning artist behind the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series. He has news about an event coming up in Blue Hill—one that’s taking on special significance given a supreme court ruling today on money in politics– and he’ll give us an update on what else he’s been working on since we last checked in with him

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  • Artist/activist Robert Shetterly talks with Ai-jen Poo, one of the subjects of his “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series ( www.americanswhotellthetruth.org )

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  • Host: John Zavodny
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: 2013 Camden International Film Festival and Americans Who Tell the Truth program with Peter Davis

    Key Discussion Points:
    1. What’s new at CIFF 2013?
    2. What is the Points North Documentary Film Forum?
    3. How is Peter Davis involved with Americans Who Tell the Truth?

    a. Ben Fowlie; CIFF Founder/Director
    b. Caroline Von Kuhn, CIFF Managing Director
    c. Peter Davis, Academy Award winning director of Hearts and Minds

    For More Information:

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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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