Archives for Talk of the Towns

Talk of the Towns 7/27/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Healthy Boating and Healthy Beaches

Why are we concerned? What are the human health aspects of swim beaches? What sorts of contaminants are common and how/where do they originate?

Guests: Esperanza Stancioff, University of Maine Cooperative Extension, Sea Grant Coordinator, Maine Healthy Beaches Program; Pamela Parker, Maine Department of Environmental Protection; Jane Disney, Mount Desert Island Water Quality Coalition; Bill Gawley, Water Quality Specialist, Acadia National Park

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Talk of the Towns 6/22/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Talk of the Towns 5/25/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Intersections of Science and Place on the Lower Penobscot Watershed

Guests: David Hart, Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Environmental and Watershed Research, University of Maine; Gayle B. Zydlewski, President, Cove Brook Watershed; Aram Calhoun, Professor of Wetland Ecology, University of Maine; Greg Burr, Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

What are some of the natural and human communities that share the ecosystem? Why is “place” important? Why are you focusing your efforts on this place?

Talk of the Towns 4/27/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Topic: Service Learning and Global Citizenship—Maine to Ecuador

Guests:  Susan Vafiades-Diaz (New Teacher Leader, and coordinator of  Ecuador Field Studies Program, Mount Desert Island High School, Students, Fran Rudoff, KIDS Consortium

Talk of the Towns 3/23/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Topic: The connection between our food choices and the impacts of industrial agriculture on the rural people of places like Belize, Panama and Nicaragua.   We learn about a program based in Down east Maine that uses grass-roots extension work to turn that picture around: Sustainable Harvest International

Guests: former Peace Corps member Florence Reed, founder and Ron Poitras, a board member of Sustainable Harvest International, based in Surry.   FMI:

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Talk of the Towns 2/23/07

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Topic: Opportunities and Challenges in Non-Profit Leadership in Downeast Maine

Guests: Dwayne Shaw, Downeast Salmon Federation/Downeast Rivers Land Trust; Mary Laury, Schoodic Arts for All; Gary DeLong, Maine Seacoast Mission; Alan Furth, Cobscook Community Learning Center

Talk of the Towns 1/26/07

Guest Producer/host: Matt Murphy

Topic: Civic and Political Dialogue in Polarized Times
What are some available resources for promoting civic dialogue on controversial issues? What are the benefits and limitations of consensus decision-making, conflict resolution
and non-violent communications? Local training opportunities?

Guests: Sonia Turanski, Trained Mediator; Peggy Smith, Nonviolence Communications Instructor; Larry Dansinger, Resources Organized for Social Change

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Talk of the Towns 12/22/06

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Topic: Changing Nature of Democracy: How are citizens changing the way government works? What are ways to make government more responsive? What are the techniques for engaging citizens, experts and policy makers in dialogue?

Guests: Matt Leighninger, author of “The Next Form of Democracy”; Barbara Peppey, Healthy Peninsula, Blue Hill; State Rep. Jim Schatz, Blue Hill

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