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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Production assistance: Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Panel discussion called “Young and Black Today”, featuring UMaine student leaders Ronald Robbs, from East Orange, New Jersey, who is an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union; Muna Abdullahi, from Portland, Maine, who is the director of Multicultural Student Life; Ogechi Ogoke, from Nigeria, who is a chemical engineering major and president of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Izundu Ngwu, from Nigeria, who is treasurer of the International Student Association, recorded at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor on the eve of MLK Day.

    Segment 2: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day breakfast at UMaine the following day. The event is sponsored by the university and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. This year’s keynote speakers were Esther Attean and Denise Altvater spoke on the topic of “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation”.

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Fifty Years of history and injustice for Passamaquoddy Tribe

    Program Topic: Passamaquoddy history mid 1960’s

    Key Discussion Points:

    a) Woodard”s series of 29 chapters of Unsettled in the Portland Press Herald/ Racism in the surrounding community
    b) Fairness in law enforcement/emergency services/judicial system
    c) Will there ever be justice for this community?

    Colin Woodard, award winning writer and journalist for the Portland Press Hareld

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  • Producer/Host: Donna Loring
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Issue: Historical background of the Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement Act/ Manahan letter

    Maine Indian Land Claims what was it like back then?

    Key Discussion Points:
    What was the racial tone at that time?
    What was the media saying?
    How does this relate to the Manahan editorial?

    Sherri Mitchell, esq. Penobscot Nation Tribal Member and Director of the Land Peace Foundation
    Maria Girouard, Native Rights and Environmental Activist and Penobscot Nation Tribal Member

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  • Producer/Host: Val King
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: Racism

    Is white resentment the modern manifestation of Racism What is the black card

    Guest: Lynette George, Theological Student

    Call in show

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  • Producer/Host: Valentine R. H. King
    Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

    Topic: White Privilege

    What is white privilege? Does having a black president mean racism is over? Why are people afraid to have the conversation about race?

    Guest: Ali Michael, PhD student working on thesis on White Privilege

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  • Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger

    “I’m a racist”

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  • Producer/Host: Rhonda Frey

    Topic: “In The Shadow of the Eagle- A Tribal Representative in Maine” (2008, Tilbury House)– a discussion with the author, Donna Loring, Penobscot Representative to the Maine State Legislature.

    What is the election process of the Penobscot Tribe?  What legislative bills did you work on?  With regard to the “Offensive Names Bill”,  what difficulties did you face in the state, with the media and public?

    Donna Loring also has a blog called “Native Voice” which can be found on the Bangor Daily News website, www.bangornews.com

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