Talk of the Towns 08/25/06

Host: Jill Goldthwait
Topic: Home Grown. Good Eating. (Local farms, fresh food)
What are small local farms like in Maine? The markets – consumers, CSA, WIC, restaurants, farm stands, farmer’s markets. Obstacles – regulations
Guests: Kerri Sands, Director, Farms for the Future; Jo Barrett, King Hill Farm; Chip Angell, The Brooklin Inn; Diane Lokocm, Beech Hill Farm
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RadioActive 08/24/06

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne and Meredith DeFrancesco
Valerie Cartonio of the Maine Native Prison Project joins us to talk about the work her group and others around the state are doing to support prisoners and their families and keep them connected with the community.
Also, a rebroadcast of a segment that originally aired on WERU on “Voices” in February 2006: Dave Piszcz interviewed Jim Robbins of Robbins Lumber in Searsmont (Maine). Robbins had just returned from Cuba where he was part of a contingent of Maine business people who traveled with Governor Baldacci to explore trade possibilities.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/24/06

Producer/host: Jim Campbell
Topic: It’s tough to lose a part of your community under any circumstances. When that loss is of a 24 karat gold crap detector, radio maestro, and ace reporter who is only 54 years old, the loss stings all the more. But Dave Piszcz lives on, and his life challenges us to take up the tasks he accomplished so well but has now left behind for others to continue.

Voices 8/23/06

Producer: Amy Browne
Contributers: Marge May, Paul Melnikow
Marge May interviews Florence Reed, Executive Director of the Surry (Maine) based Sustainable Harvest International,
Paul Melnikow interviews Peter Rottman of the newly formed local Community Media Center

WERU Special 8/22/06 Peter Raven at COA

Peter Raven at College of the Atlantic
Producer: John Greenman

Time Magazine has called him a “Hero of the Planet” for his championing of conservation and biodiversity. But Dr. Peter Raven is a controversial figure among some conservationists. The long-time director of the Missouri Botanical Garden makes no excuses for the millions of dollars in grants he’s received from Monsanto for his biotechnology research. But none of this came up at a recent speech Dr. Raven gave to an invited audience at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Dr. Raven spoke eloquently and passionately about the need for humans, especially Americans, to use less, to be more conscious of the effects of their actions. Only at the very end of the hour-long power-point presentation, in a question and answer period, did the subject of genetically modified plants come up briefly.
For more information about Dr. Peter Raven, biodiversity, Genetic Modification and the Missouri Botanical Garden, go to And for an independent profile of Dr. Raven, you can visit

RadioActive 08/17/06

Hosts/Producers: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
Topics: A study outlining the potential economic impacts of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on Passamaquoddy Bay has just been released. Linda Godfrey, an Eastport business person and coordinator of the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3 Nation Alliance joins us by phone to talk about the findings.
Area residents concerned that the chemicals being sprayed aerially on blueberries are harming their health gathered in Blue Hill yesterday to speak out–RadioActive interviews some of those present.
Also, an announcement about an upcoming workshop that aims to teach people to become more effective in their use of the media.

Baby Talk 08/17/06

Host: Cathy Jacobs
Topic: Rearing Babies in Other Cultures
What are the main differences between child-rearing practices in other cultures, such as the Gusii in Kenya, and in the U.S.? How are male and female babies viewed differently in Asian cultures? What factors determine child-rearing practices?
Guests: Dr. Robert Levine, Dr. Sarah Levine
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Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/17/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell
Topic: The U.S. is now issuing spanking new passports – with RFID chips in them. The State Department swears these new passports are full of all sorts of security measures which makes it impossible to copy them, skim information from them, or do anything else that might shake our confidence in the usefulness of devices that may one day store not only our pictures and personal information, but also our fingerprints, iris scans and DNA profiles. But guess what? On almost the same day that the U.S. posted all those reassuring (as long as you don’t mind being chipped like cattle) words, there was a demonstration of how to clone an RFID passport. Feel more secure?