Esoterica 5/19/19

Oh Yeah? Make Me. 

CJ Kenna | Writer/Performer + Producer

The Nature of Phenology 5/18/19: American Shad

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at

Shad run at various times in the year depending on where they live along their range from Florida to the Atlantic provinces of Canada. Here in Maine, that time is in the spring. Shad are large fish that can grow up to 30 inches with the males being considerably smaller than the females. They are relatively thin fish that are brilliant silver on their bellies fading into rich metallic purple on top. Their strong tail is deeply forked.

Earthwise 5/18/19

Lillies in the Woods

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles


Nature’s Remedies 5/18/19: Aconite

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney

Democracy Forum 5/17/19: Republic vs Democracy: Why Should We Care?

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine
Engineer: Amy Browne

What do those words mean: republic and democracy?

What do people mean when they say, “We’re not a democracy; we’re a republic,” in the context of different policy debates.

Is there a particular subtext implicating minority rights, even minority rule, and possibly states’ rights and federalism?

Guests :

Lance Dutson, a Republican communications consultant and a columnist for the Bangor Daily News.

Joseph Reisert, Associate Professor of American Constitutional Law at Colby College

 To learn more about this topic:

  1. Democracy or Republic?, Jay Cost in Nationa Review September, 2018.
  2. Sorry, Liberals, But America Is Not A Democracy, And It’s Better That Way,, Clifford Humphrey in The Federalist February, 2018.
  3. Is the U.S. a Democracy? A Social Studies Battle Turns on the Nation’s Values Dana Goldstein in The New York Times April, 2019.
  4. Is the United States of America a republic or a democracy? Eugene Volokh, The Volokh Conspiracy, at The Washington Post May, 2015.
  5. You Say Democracy, I Say Republic, Jonathan Bernstein in Bloomberg April, 2019        

The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine:

Awanadjo Almanack 5/17/19

“Hair on Fire”

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

WERU Special 5/16/19: Climate Action Conference

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Clips from the Sierra Club Climate Action Conference: Building Thriving Communities, Promoting Local Actions in Maine Communities, Challenging Climate Change, held in Belfast, Maine on 5/4/19


Notes from the Electronic Cottage 5/16/19: Privacy Tools 2019

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Let’s take a look at some of the privacy tools listed on the web site. Look under Resources on the home page, then under Tools to Protect Privacy. We’ll look at four on that list today: HTTPS Everywhere, Ghostery,, and Privacy Badger. They can help us to maintain at least a little more personal privacy as we move around the web, and give those who wish to track us everywhere minor conniptions.