Maine Currents 11/7/19: Vijay Gupta Keynote at Belfast Arts in Action

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Matt Murphy and edited by Amy Browne

Last weekend the Belfast Creative Coalition and Restorative Art Works (RAW) held the first of what they hope will become an annual, Arts in Action Conference at the University of Maine Hutchinson center in Belfast, Maine. The focus was “summoning the power of the arts to address our opioid epidemic”.

Today on Maine Currents, we have the keynote presentation by Vijay Gupta, founder of Street Symphony, a Los Angeles based non profit organization serving prisoners and people on skid row. Gupta answers the question: “What’s art got to do with it?”

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Maine Currents 9/5/19: Voices from Still Mill

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by John Greenman and edited by Amy Browne

Storytelling fans and local history buffs are in for a treat today as we bring you some of the “Voices from Still Mill”, recorded on July 21st at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, Maine.
The event was based on the book, STILL MILL, Poems, Stories & Songs of Making Paper in Bucksport, Maine 1930-2014 edited by Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Bucksport’s Poet Laureate and published by North Country Press. [Copyright © and registered with Library of Congress 2017. Used by permission of Patricia Smith Ranzoni, Editor]

Mel Allen, Editor of Yankee magazine and author of the 2018 article “Bucksport, Maine The Town That Refused to Die” was the facilitator. A song by Chris Soper was featured (view the youtube video of the song here )

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Maine Currents Special 8/29/19: Part 2 of 2- Patrisha McLean’s “Finding Our Voices”

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Note: Maine Currents will return to our regular time slot – the 1st Thursday of each month at 10, in September.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: This program features women telling their stories of surviving domestic abuse. Some of the descriptions of abuse and violence are graphic.

According to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, here in Maine a domestic violence assault is reported to law enforcement roughly every 2 hours. And according to a 2018 report by the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, for more than 10 years, almost half of the homicides in Maine were caused by domestic violence. 16 of the 37 people who were murdered in Maine from 2016 to 2017, were killed by a family member or intimate partner.

My guest on this program is Patrisha McLean. You may know her as an accomplished photographer– and you may also know parts of her personal story as a survivor of domestic violence, as they have played out in the media. Her abuser is a celebrity, so her story was shared far and wide. While that spotlight may have caused some of us to withdraw, Patrisha instead picked up her camera and a recorder and went out to help other women tell their stories on a website and traveling multimedia exhibition, called Finding Our Voices Today we pick up our conversation where it left off on the program that aired yesterday, and we open the phone lines and email to listeners.

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence website has resources, including confidential help lines, if you or someone you know would like to talk with someone about domestic abuse/violence. There are links to resources at www.findingourvoices.net as well. The Statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline is: 1-866-834-HELP Hearing Impaired: 1-800-437-1220 The Penobscot Nation’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy Center’s hotline number is (207) 631-4886

Catch the award-winning Maine Currents, independent local news, views and culture, on the 1st Thursday of every month, 10-11 a.m. on WERU-FM and streaming live at www.weru.org

Maine Currents 8/28/19: Part 1 of 2- Patrisha McLean’s “Finding Our Voices”

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Note: We were off the air on 8/1/19 when this originally was scheduled to air. Maine Currents will return to our regular time slot – the 1st Thursday of each month at 10, in September.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: This program features women telling their stories of surviving domestic abuse. Some of the descriptions of abuse and violence are graphic.

According to the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence, here in Maine a domestic violence assault is reported to law enforcement roughly every 2 hours. And according to a 2018 report by the Maine Domestic Abuse Homicide Review Panel, for more than 10 years, almost half of the homicides in Maine were caused by domestic violence. 16 of the 37 people who were murdered in Maine from 2016 to 2017, were killed by a family member or intimate partner.

My guest on this program is Patrisha McLean. You may know her as an accomplished photographer– and you may also know parts of her personal story as a survivor of domestic violence, as they have played out in the media. Her abuser is a celebrity, so her story was shared far and wide. While that spotlight may have caused some of us to withdraw, Patrisha instead picked up her camera and a recorder and went out to help other women tell their stories on a website and traveling multimedia exhibition, called Finding Our Voices

The Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence website has resources, including confidential help lines, if you or someone you know would like to talk with someone about domestic abuse/violence. There are links to resources at www.findingourvoices.net as well. The Statewide Domestic Abuse Helpline is: 1-866-834-HELP Hearing Impaired: 1-800-437-1220 The Penobscot Nation’s Domestic & Sexual Violence Advocacy Center’s hotline number is (207) 631-4886

Catch the award-winning Maine Currents, independent local news, views and culture, on the 1st Thursday of every month, 10-11 a.m. on WERU-FM and streaming live at www.weru.org

Maine Currents 7/4/19: Mainers Standing Up to General Dynamics/BIW

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Guests Connie Jenkins, Meredith Bruskin, Dud Hendrik, Robert Shetterly and Russell Wray are members of an affinity group that has been engaging in what they call “civil resistance”, as well as using other strategies, to call attention to the impact of the war ships built at General Dynamic’s Bath Iron Works – including their “carbon boot print”. Hear why, and what alternatives they are proposing, on this edition of Maine Currents.

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Maine Currents 6/6/19: “Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?”

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Meredith DeFrancesco

Last week a panel of Maine-based activists spoke in Belfast at an event called “Connecting Our Struggles: Corporations or Communities?”
Panelists Nickie Sekera of Community Water Justice; Matt Wagner of No to NECEC; Ellie Daniels of Local Citizens for SMART Growth; and John Banks, Natural Resources Director for the Penobscot Nation, talked about tensions between corporate interests and efforts to protect and preserve communities.

This morning on Maine Currents we have the first part of the panel discussion. Part 2 will air on RadioActive this afternoon at 4:30.

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Maine Currents 5/2/19: Green New Deal Proposed for Maine

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Listen as Representative Chloe Maxmin, sponsor of LD 1282 “An Act To Establish a Green New Deal for Maine”, presents the bill at a public hearing before the legislature’s Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology last week, and members of the public testify, followed by updates from the subsequent work session and a comment from Maxmin on where things stand now.

Read the bill text here

More information about the Joint Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, and contact information for committee members can be found here

Maine Currents 4/4/19

An Americans Who Tell the Truth Event: Bree Newsome and Maulian Dana on the legacy of systemic racism in the US and what can be done to dismantle it

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio Recorded by: Matt Murphy

Bree Newsome, then 30 years old, became famous in June of 2015 when she climbed the flagpole outside the State House in Columbia, South Carolina and took down the Confederate Flag.

Maulian Dana is Tribal Ambassador of the Penobscot Nation, who has – among other things- been a leader in the movement to discontinue the use of Indian mascots in Maine.

They spoke about the legacy of systemic racism in the US and what can be done to dismantle it, at an event in Blue Hill last weekend sponsored by Americans Who Tell the Truth. WERU was among the co-sponsors of the event. Today on Maine Currents we bring you the first hour of their talk. A recording of the entire 2 hour event, which included a Q&A session, is also included in the links below.

Robert Shetterly of Americans Who Tell the Truth was the moderator

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