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Maine Currents 10/24/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

“Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency” – the 2017 Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine

The 2017 Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine, recorded on October 13th. The topic was “Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency”. Panelists were Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Andrew H. Card Jr., former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. The moderator was Felicia Knight.

This presentation was brought to you courtesy of UMaine’s Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service, and with assistance from WERU volunteer John Greenman


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Maine Currents 10/20/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Segment 1: An interview with award-winning “Bricks and Mortars” columnist Lawrence Reichard
The biweekly column appears in the Republican Journal and VillageSoup.com To receive the column via email, contact Lawrence Reichard at lreichard@gmail.com

Segment 2: Mainers Thought They Passed Ranked Choice Voting- Legislature Divided On Implementation
After the Maine Supreme Court opined that the word “plurality” in the state’s constitution was problematic in implementing ranked choice voting for statewide elections, a bill was presented to amend the new law so that RCV could move forward in the non-impacted national elections. Testimony at a public hearing Monday lasted for several hours, almost exclusively in favor of passage. Today we hear some of that testimony and then learn from Ann Luther of the League of Women Voters that despite popular support, many legislators favor delaying or blocking implementation completely.


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Maine Currents 9/26/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Matt Murphy

Maine Storytellers at the 2017 Common Ground Fair

Stories by Anu Dudley, Jenny Tibbetts, Lesley Kristeller and Naomi Graychase


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Maine Currents 9/19/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by John Greenman

Activist and author George Lakey on “Building a Movement: the Big Picture Vision for the Climate”

George Lakey’s keynote at the Sierra Club of Maine’s “Maine Grassroots Climate Action Conference” on Saturday, September 16th on the topic of “Building a Movement: the Big Picture Vision for the Climate”. He recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. While there he wrote his 9th book “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too:” after interviewing economists and others in the Nordic countries. All of his books have been about change and how to achieve it.
As a young adult Lakey lived in Norway and worked there as well as in Denmark and Sweden. On returning to the U.S. he alternated academic positions with founding and leading organizations working for justice and peace. Later he returned to the global stage to found Training for Change. George Lakey has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award and the National Giraffe Award for Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good.

FMI:
www.facebook.com/George-Lakey-1721380654783824/
www.sierraclub.org/maine


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Maine Currents 9/12/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Segment 1: Behind the scenes at the H.O.M.E. Co-op in Orland, with Executive Director Tracey Hair

Maybe you’ve been to their auction or have heard that they house people when they are homeless, but you may be surprised at just how many things they actually do there. Tracey Hair took time out of her very busy schedule yesterday to speak with me and show me around.
NOTE: As mentioned on the broadcast, due to time limitations we were unable to include the full tour of H.O.M.E. so we’re including that here on the archives. The 2nd file below is the tour.

FMI:
www.facebook.com/HOME-Inc-150844824961514/
www.homemmausa.org/

Segment 2: An interview with activist and author George Lakey
George Lakey will give the keynote at the Sierra Club of Maine’s “Maine Grassroots Climate Action Conference” on Saturday, September 16th on “Building a Movement: the Big Picture Vision for the Climate”. He recently retired from Swarthmore College where he was Eugene M. Lang Visiting Professor for Issues in Social Change. While there he wrote his 9th book “Viking Economics: How the Scandinavians got it right and how we can, too:” after interviewing economists and others in the Nordic countries. All of his books have been about change and how to achieve it.
As a young adult Lakey lived in Norway and worked there as well as in Denmark and Sweden. On returning to the U.S. he alternated academic positions with founding and leading organizations working for justice and peace. Later he returned to the global stage to found Training for Change. George Lakey has led over 1500 social change workshops on five continents. He received the Martin Luther King, Jr., Peace Award and the National Giraffe Award for Sticking his Neck out for the Common Good. He is also the co-founder of Earth Quaker Action Team (www.eqat.org/)
We spoke with him by phone from his home in Pennslyvania, where he just returned after another trip to Norway. While in Norway he gave the keynote at a conference of 300 Nordic economists.

FMI:
www.facebook.com/George-Lakey-1721380654783824/
www.sierraclub.org/maine/maine-grassroots-climate-action-conference-2017


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Maine Currents 9/5/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Carolyn Coe

Bruce Gagnon on the “US Pivot to the Asia-Pacific” and ties with BIW here in Maine

Bruce Gagnon is well known in Maine as the co-founder of the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space, and as an active member of Veterans for Peace. He is also a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute and a member of the “Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific” and has traveled extensively in the area.
He spoke in Deer Isle on August 3rd at an event sponsored by Island Peace and Justice, Peninsula Peace and Justice and Americas Who Tell the Truth. The topic was the “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”. Gagnon talked about the U.S. military presence in the region, U.S. relations with N. Korea, S. Korea, Japan, China, and Russia, and ties with Bath Iron Works here in Maine

Note: An excerpt from this talk aired on a previous edition of Maine Currents


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Maine Currents 8/29/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Bangor City Council votes to recognize Indigenous People’s Day and approves a proposal “Urging the United States Congress to enact a Revenue Neutral Carbon Tax and Dividend”

We take you to last night’s meeting of the Bangor City Council to listen in on the testimony from tribal council member Maulian Dana Smith, Chief Kirk Francis and others, and the council’s discussion and vote on these two issues. On today’s program you’ll also hear Maulian Dana Smith’s testimony in support of Indigenous People’s Day at Bangor’s Government Operations Committee Meeting earlier in the month, and some background on the Carbon Dividend issue from a 2015 edition of this program.

Special thanks to the folks at www.townhallstreams.com Some of the audio in today’s program was recorded by them and used with their permission.


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Maine Currents 8/22/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman


Legalized Marijuana in Maine: Workplace Drug-testing, Federal Law vs State Law, and the Maine Legislature’s Marijuana Legalization Implementation Committee’s Progress

Guests:
Attorney Lynne Williams, worked on legalization efforts in Maine and serves on the legal panel for NORML
Activist Paul McCarrier, worked on legalization efforts in Maine and monitors progress of the MLI


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