Maine Currents 8/4/20: Immigrant Experiences in Maine Schools

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine recently hosted a panel discussion on the Immigrant Experience in Maine Schools. Several people who came to Maine from other countries as children spoke about their experiences in the schools here. While they are mostly from the Portland and Lewiston areas, the experiences they shared are important for all of us who want to be part of a welcoming community. The moderator was Shenna Bellows, Executive Director of the HHRC, in addition to her work as a State Senator. The panel was recorded via zoom, and lightly edited. Our thanks to the Holocaust and Human Rights Center for making this, as well as a video of the event available to WERU listeners

Panelists:
Saharla Farah is a rising sophomore at Emmanuel College, having graduated from Deering High School in 2019 and serving two terms as the student representative on Portland’s Board of Education.

Safiya Khalid serves as a Lewiston city councilor and works as the community coordinator for Gateway Community Services. Safiya and her family left Somalia when she was 7 years old and settled in Lewiston after spending a few months in New Jersey. After high school, she received her degree psychology from the University of Southern Maine.

Hawo Mohamed is the Greater Portland Restorative Coordinator. She was born in Kenya and immigrated to the United States with her family in 1995, settling in Portland, Maine. Since then, she has called Maine her home. Hawo has had a great interest in social justice since high school, where she organized her fellow classmates to participate in the first school-wide protest against police brutality in 2012, shortly after the death of Trayvon Martin.

Mohamad Nur was born and raised in Portland, Maine as the son of Somali refugees. He is an alum of Portland Public Schools and graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in government & legal studies and Africana studies, with a minor in education. He is the legislative director for the Maine People’s Alliance.

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 7/21/20: Elections 2020 Edition

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Regular guests Professor Amy Fried and former State Representative Ralph Chapman weigh in on local and national politics, and we’re joined by Lisa Savage for US Senate , Tiffany Bond and Matthew McDonald for the Max Linn campaign (website under development). They explain why they’ve teamed up together to demand access to the US Senate debates with Sara Gideon and U.S. Senator Susan Collins

Guests:
Professor Amy Fried, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Maine
Former State Representative Ralph Chapman, and
Ann Luther, board member for the League of Women Voters of Maine

Recorded via Zoom on 7/20/2020

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 7/7/20: Decolonization

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A discussion of decolonization, with specific examples from the University of Maine, and the Abbe Museum, with guests:

Darren Ranco, PhD, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation, an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Programs at the University of Maine. He has a Masters of Studies in Environmental Law from Vermont Law School and a PhD in Social Anthropology from Harvard University. His research focuses on the ways in which indigenous communities in the United States resist environmental destruction by using indigenous science, diplomacies, and critiques of liberalism to protect natural and cultural resources. He teaches classes on indigenous intellectual property rights, research ethics, environmental justice and tribal governance.

Hailey Cedor, a rising senior in the Honors College at the University of Maine, Orono. She is a History major with a minor in Environmental Horticulture. She is a member of All Maine Women, an undergraduate Research Assistant with the Holocaust Geographies Project, and a Fellow with the McGillicuddy Humanities Center. She has been working to get the University to rename a building on campus that was named for a former university president who was also the president of the American Eugenics Society.

John Bear Mitchell, a citizen of the Penobscot Nation from Indian Island. He presently serves as the UMaine System Office Native American Waiver and Educational Program Coordinator, University of Maine’s Wabanaki Center Outreach and Student Development Coordinator, as well as, a Lecturer of Wabanaki Studies and Multicultural Studies at the University of Maine in Orono. He has served on numerous museum and educational boards throughout the state with missions based on Maine’s Wabanaki people. For 15 years John visited schools in Maine as a Maine Touring Artist delivering an Arts in Education program. During that time, he visited over 150 schools. While working his way through college, he toured with the Native American Storytellers of New England. He presented a traditional and contemporary program in Native American Stories and Song. His singing and storytelling can be heard in many Maine PBS, tribal-sponsored awareness videos, independent film, HBO Lionsgate TV, and many documentaries with topics on Maine’s Native People.

Starr Kelly is the Curator of Education at the Abbe Museum in Bar Harbor. Her responsibilities focus on education through dialogue in a decolonizing context. Starr leads the museum’s education and public programs work, including program development and delivery, teacher training, and educational resource development. She is a member of the Algonquin First Nation of Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg in Quebec

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 6/2/20: Digital Media Literacy

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Hannah Cyrus, Assistant Director at the Blue Hill Public Library, with a presentation on Digital Media Literacy, recorded on May 20th, and a news report by host Amy Browne. The video of the BHPL presentation is available here

Our thanks to the Blue Hill Public Library for providing the audio and video of the presentation

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 5/19/20: Elections 2020 Edition

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Regular guests for the Elections 2020 series:
Professor Amy Fried, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Maine
Former State Representative Ralph Chapman

Today we talk with Democrats Betsy Sweet and Bre Kidman, Independent Green Lisa Savage, and Independent Tiffany Bond — all of whom are hoping to challenge incumbent Susan Collins in the 2020 U.S. Senate race.

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 5/5/20: WERU Public Affairs Producers Zoom Roundup

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Several WERU public affairs producers/hosts join us with reports related to the pandemic, and the topics their shows cover:

Rhonda Feiman is a licensed acupuncturist and host of Healthy Options, which airs on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4pm

Ann Luther hosts the Democracy Forum, produced in collaboration with the League of Women Voters of Maine, where she also serves as a board member. Democracy Forum airs on the 3rd Friday of each month at 4pm

Natalie Springuel hosts Coastal Conversations, in collaboration with the University of Maine Sea Grant, where she is a Marine Extension Associate. Coastal Conversations airs on the 4th Friday of each month at 4pm

Ron Beard hosts one of WERU’s longest running public affairs shows, Talk of the Towns, which airs on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at 4pm

Dr. John Hunt is a retired veterinarian and host of Let’s Talk Animals and the short feature Pet Sounds. Let’s Talk Animals airs on the 4th Thursday of each month at 4pm, and Pet Sounds airs on Sunday mornings at 7:30

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 4/21/20: Elections 2020 Edition

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A discussion of politics and elections during the COVID-19 pandemic

Guests:
Professor Amy Fried, Chair of the Political Science Department at the University of Maine
Former State Representative Ralph Chapman
Ann Luther, host of the Democracy Forum program here on WERU, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Maine, where she serves on the Board of Directors.

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.

Maine Currents 4/7/20: “From SARS to COVID-19: My Life With Pandemic Response”

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Last week The Jackson Laboratory and Ellsworth Public Library presented a webinar for the local community entitled, “From SARS to COVID-19: My Life With Pandemic Response” featuring Jackson Lab President and CEO Edison Liu. Dr. Liu led the scientific response for Singapore during the SARS crisis in 2003, and spoke last week about the science of COVID-19, how to slow the spread of the virus, and what the scientific community is doing to address the public health crisis. And we do want to alert listeners that part of that discussion includes research on animals.

Nadia Rosenthal, Ph.D., JAX’s scientific director in Bar Harbor, moderated, and a question and answer session followed. There are a few references to slides, but they are explained well enough that it does not detract from the presentation on audio. If you would like to view the video of the webinar, we will post a link to that on WERU’s social media and along with the archives of today’s program.
Used with their permission, here is the presentation, recorded March 31st.

You may view the video of the presentation, here

About the host:
Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters.