The Nature of Phenology 3/16/19

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn

Red Squirrels

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com.

On a brief romp through the thick wintery Downeast woods, I was startled away from the tranquility of the chickadees chirping, trees creaking, and the soft “flump” of my wooden snowshoes pushing through the snow’s surface when I was immediately overwhelmed by the alarm call of a small yet charismatic creature. It was sitting on the stump of a broken spruce bough only 8-12 feet above my head. This pint-sized terror didn’t blink twice at my approach—even when I was just a few yards off! Instead, it sat upon its perch and let out a punishing holler with a twitch of the tip of its voluminous tail with each squeekish shout.

Earthwise 3/16/19

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles

The Goddess Idunn

Nature’s Remedies 3/16/19

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney

Milk Thistle

Democracy Forum 3/15/19

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine
Engineer: Amy Browne

The Electoral College: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Key Discussion Points:
The electoral college. its historical origins and the founders’ intent,
The practical implications for modern American politics,
Proposals for reform, including the National Popular Vote (NPV).

Guests:
Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine
Jamie Raskin, Professor Law at American University Washington College of Law and U.S. Congressman representing Maryland’s 8th District
Patrick Rosenstiel, CEO of Ainsley Shea, a Minneapolis-based public relations firm working to advance the National Popular Vote.

To learn more, follow these links to related content:

As American as Apple Pie? The Rural Vote’s Disproportionate Slice of Power Emily Badger in The New York Times, November, 2016.
The real reason we have an Electoral College: to protect slave states Sean Illing interviews Akhil Reed Amar in Vox, November, 2016.
The Electoral College badly distorts the vote. And it’s going to get worse. Katy Collin in The Washington Post, November, 2016.
Don’t Believe the Myths about the National Popular Vote, Saul Anuzis, The Hill, May, 2018.
Constitutional Law Professor Drops Bombshell on `Forgotten Americans’ at Democrats’ Electoral College Meeting, Jamie Raskin, Alternet December, 2016.
An Idea for Electoral College Reform That Both Parties Might Actually Like, Edward B. Foley, Politico January, 2019.
Alternative view: National Popular Vote would amplify Maine voices and empower small states, Patrick Rosenstiel in the Maine Wire, March 10, 2019.

The all-volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Sheila Kirby, Ann Luther, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine: www.lwvme.org

Awanadjo Almanack 3/15/19

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

“Spring”

Book Worm 3/14/18

Producer/Host: Brook Minner
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: books, writing, aging, women’s issues

Key Discussion Points:
women artists
motherhood
alcoholism

Guest: Susan Conley, author

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 3/14/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Password Hygiene 2

We live in a world of online passwords but that world could be changing before too long – passwords may disappear! Here’s why.

The Sketchbook 3/14/19

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

Water Away