Pet Sounds 1/14/18

Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt

Holidays with your pets

Mainely Phenology DEBUT 1/13/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn

Snowshoe Hares

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The word ‘camouflage’ often conjures up images of army fatigues and turkey hunting enthusiasts, but in Maine and the rest of the northern tier of the United States and Canada, there is one animal that puts to shame our feeble human attempts at blending in with our surroundings: the snowshoe hare.

Nature’s Remedies 1/13/18

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney

The Body Electric

Earthwise 1/13/18

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles

The Goddess Skadi

Talk of the Towns 1/12/18

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Engineer: John Greenman

Community concerns and opportunities: Screen time and kids: What is healthy? How do we talk about it?

Key Discussion Points:
What are some of the “developmental tasks” as adolescents grow… what are they learning and mastering at this stage of life?
How do some of these developmental tasks intersect with access to and use of media, both the sorts we spoke about in your youth, and those now prevalent: cell phones, social media, hand-held devices for movies, music, etc.?
What are some of the concerns about youth and screentime? What does research in your field telling us? (brain development, bullying, intimidation, early experimentation, etc.)
What sort of conversations are you having with your children and what ground rules are you and other parents you know talking about?
How do you see some of “screen” issues presenting themselves in a school setting?
Schools use “screens” as part of the educational process… what are some underlying assumptions and cautions that schools employ? What conversations are you having with students and their parents?

Kendra Rudolph Rand, parent
Ian Cameron, Lecturer in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Maine
Edith Dubois, Social Worker, Mount Desert Island Regional School system

Awanadjo Almanack 1/12/18

Producer/Host: Rob McCall

Plastic Fences

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/11/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Best of 2017

In the spirit of the turning year, we thought we’d join in the “best of 2017” trend underway and choose the most important Electronic Cottage program from 2017. Turns out, it might wind up being the most important Electronic Cottage program of 2018 as well. The renewal of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act has been pushed into 2018 and will now expire if not renewed by Congress by January 19, 2018. Here’s why what happens around that renewal will affect not only our digital lives but out lives in general.

Sustainable House Sketchbook 1/11/18

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

Smarten Up