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Mid-Coast Currents 1/20/12

Issue: Immigration

Broadcast Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Program Topic: The

Key Discussion Points (list at least 3):
1. How do national immigration issues affect people in Mid-Coast Maine?
2. Are there local resources for people dealing with immigration issues in Maine?
3. How does social media play a part in telling personal stories related to immigration?

Guests by name and affiliation:
1. Michele Leavitt is a first generation college graduate. Winner of the 2010 Ohio State William G Allen Award for creative nonfiction, her poems and essays have been published widely since 1995. A trial attorney in the Boston area for 15 years, she now teaches in the Center for Environmental Arts and Humanities at Unity College where her husband, Stephen Mulkey is the president.
2. Rosita Ayala is a Unity College graduate of Salvadoran descent. She is a first generation college student and American who grew up on Long Island, New York. Rosie graduated from Unity College with a degree in Environmental Writing in May of 2011 and is employed by Unity College as an Admissions Counselor.
3. Jeresia Nicos is an American citizen who lives outside of Savannah Georgia. Jeresia is married to Luis Nicos, who entered the U.S. without inspection.

For More Information:

The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project ( (ILAP) provides free and low-cost immigration information and legal assistance to low-income Maine residents.

Define America is a project to facilitate the immigration debate by giving people opportunities to tell their stories. Read Jeresia Nicos’ post at

Call In Program: YES

Political Broadcast:

Host: John Zavodny

Engineer: Joel Mann

Mid-Coast Currents 12/16/11

Program Name: Mid-Coast Currents

Broadcast Date: December 16, 2011

Broadcast Time: 10:00-11:00 AM

Program Topic: Visual Arts as Environmental Advocacy

Key Discussion Points:
a) How has Maine Farmland Trust used the visual arts?
b) What does it mean to be an “Environmental Documentarian?”
c) How effective has “From the Land” been for Maine Farmland Trust?

A) Bridget Besaw, Environmental Documentarian

Bridget’s projects have tackled issues such as development threats to northern Maine’s wilderness, loss of working farmland in New England, restoration of crucial salmon habitat in the North Pacific, threats to wild rivers and arid grasslands in South America, climate change research and prevention in Indonesian forests and sustainable fisheries initiatives throughout the world.i

Organizations who have partnered with Bridget to create imagery and multimedia projects:Maine Farmland Trust, The Nature Conservancy,? Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Patagonia, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation,?? Chewonki Foundation, ?The Kittredge Foundation,The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, The Penobscot River Restoration Trust and Patagonia Sur Foundation.

As a press photographer, Bridget has won numerous national press awards for stories on the depletion of natural resources.

Bridget has created feature stories for:Newsweek, Time, Forbes, Fortune, The New York Times, Business Week, Smithsonian, National Geographic Adventure and Nature Conservancy Magazine.??

Bridget has published two books in partnership with environmental organizations:Wildness within, Wildness without in 2007 with and From the Land in 2010.

B) John Piotti is the Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust headquartered in Belfast, he is former Maine State Senator for District 23, and helped found the Unity Barn Raisers. Maine Farmland Trust partnered with Bridget Besaw to produce “From the Land” that included images by Besaw, text by Piotti and foreword by Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree.

For More Information:
Bridget Besaw:
Maine Farmland Trust:

Call In Program: YES

Political Broadcast:

Host: John Zavodny

Engineer: Joel Mann

Mid-Coast Currents 11/18/11

Mid-Coast Currents 10/21/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: The Creative Economy on the Mid-Coast

Amber Heffner: Owner, Little Harbor Technology, Midcoast Magnet Board Chair, and Juice Steering Committee Chair
Skip Bates: Regional Manager, Bangor Savings Bank,Midcoast Magnet Board Member (former chair), Juice Steering Committee member, and Juice Conference Pitch Contest Chair
Donna McNeil: Arts Program and Policy Director, Maine Arts Commission

Who are some of the speakers at the Juice Conference?
What is “Creative Economy?”
What kinds of partnerships help fuel the mid-coast creative economy?

Mid-Coast Currents 9/16/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Mid-Coast Land Conservation
LouAnna Perkins is former Executive Director of Maine Farmland Trust and now serves as its staff attorney. On the side, she is a musician, storyteller and grandmother. She and her husband Royce live in Penobscot.
Galen Todd is President of Coastal Mountains Land Trust. He is a retired paper industry executive and former president of Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Rockland. Galen Todd is Managing Director of Curtis Island Partners, LLC, a volunteer firefighter, and Director of the Ragged Mountain Ski Patrol.
Ellen Skoczenski grew up in Portland Maine and has recently returned after being “away” for 7 years. She is the Coastal Mountains Land Trust Membership Coordinator and previously worked for two years on land preservation and stewardship projects in the southwest.

For More Information
Maine Farmland Trust:
Coastal Mountains Land Trust:

Mid-Coast Currents 7/15/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny, Unity College
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: Mid-Coast Philosophy

Sarah Miller is the coordinator of the Camden Philosophical Society and a resident of Camden Maine.
Greg Fahy is associate professor of philosophy at the University of Maine at Augusta, where he has taught since 2003.
Dan Cohen received his PhD from Indiana University in 1983.
Martina Duncan, Assistant Director, oversees all Council programs.

Mid-Coast Currents 6/17/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Topic: The Mid-Coast Art Scene

How has the art of Steve Mumford made an impact on perceptions of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars?
What is happening at the Center for Maine Contemporary Art in summer 2011?
What programs are available at Waterfall Arts in summer 2011?

Suzette McAvoy, Executive Director of the Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockland Maine; Martha Piscuskas, Program Director of Waterfall Arts, Belfast Maine; Steve Mumford, Iraq war veteran, he has periodically returned to the region, producing drawings and watercolors on site that document the daily lives of local citizens and US soldiers.

Mid-Coast Currents 5/20/11

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

Topic: The Mid-Coast Film & Media Scene


Elizabeth Greenberg, artist and educator living in Thomaston, Maine. She is the Director of Education at the Maine Media Workshops and Maine Media College as well as an instructor in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at the college.

Benjamin Fowlie, founder and director of the Camden International Film Festival and co-founder of the Points North Documentary Forum. Last January Ben was included in Thom Powers’ (Program Director, Toronto International Film Festival) list “20 Under 40: Industry Leaders To Watch Out For.”

Lea Girardin, Director, Maine Film Office.

Maine Media Workshops:
Camden International Film Festival:
The Maine Film Office:
The Maine Film Festival Consortium:
Media Arts Program of Maine Arts Commission:
Northeast Historic Film:
Maine Film and Video Industry: