Nature’s Remedies 6/16/18

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


Mainely Phenology 6/16/18

Producers/Hosts: Hazel Stark and Joe Horn

Turtle Eggs

Having spent the warmer days of last month sunning themselves on logs and stumps, turtles can now be seen ponderously scooting their way across lawns, roads, and beaches in search of a suitable place to lay their eggs. Painted turtles are just one of the turtle species we have in Maine that are currently laying eggs.

Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at

Earthwise 6/16/18

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles

Sun Goddess

Democracy Forum 6/15/18

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

State Preemption: From Guns to Garbage, Who’s Got the Power?

Key Discussion Points:
a) how federalism protects and constrains states’ rights and?
b) how states can both protect and commandeer local control.
c) from guns and garbage to water quality and pesticides, how much control do states and towns have to protect their assets or advance their values

Garrett Crobin, a Legislative Advocate for the Maine Municipal Association
Lauren E. Phillips, newly-minted JD from Columbia Law and authored an important article on state pre-emption for the Columbia Law Review.

To learn more about this topic:
Impeding Innovation: State Preemption of Progressive Local Regulations, Lauren Phillips in the Columbia Law Review, Volume 117, No. 8, December 2017.
Blue Cities Want to Make Their Own Rules. Red States Won’t Let Them. more from TheUpshot at the New York Times, July, 2017.
From Fracking Bans To Paid Sick Leave: How States Are Overruling Local Laws, PR Watch’s Lisa Graves on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April, 2016.
Soda And Fast Food Lobbyists Push State Preemption Laws To Prevent Local Regulation, Robb Waters in Forbes Magazine, June, 21, 2017.
Municipal Approaches in Maine to Reduce Single-use Consumer Products, Travis Wagner in the Maine Policy Review, 2016.
Preemption Watch Newsletter,
Preemption Doctrine, by Ellerbe P. Cole, Maine Municipal Association in Maine Townsman,” Legal Notes,” June 1991.

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

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine:

Awanadjo Almanack 6/15/18

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

“Camp Song”

RadioActive 6/14/18

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to Drilling and Bangor Summer Food Program

Despite decades of protection admidst a protracted fight by Alaskan politicians and oil interest to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, Congress and presidential vetoes have held efforts at bay. At the end of this year, however, Congress passed a tax bill which included the opening of the refuge for drilling and considered the federal revenue as part of the offset for the tax cuts included in the bill.

This summer the Bangor School Department, the Bangor Housing Authority, the Bangor Public Library and the Brewer Housing Authority have partnered with the Good Shepherd Food Bank to provide a free Summer Lunch Program for children below the age of 18.

The following five sites in Bangor and Brewer will be serving meals during the following dates and times:
·Capehart Community Center – Monday, June 25th to Friday, August 31st Monday through Friday, 12pm – 1pm
·Bangor Public Library – Monday, June 25th to Friday, August 31st Monday through Friday, 12pm – 1pm
·Fairmount School – Monday, July 2nd to Friday, July 27th Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 9:30am for breakfast and12pm – 1pm for lunch
·Brewer Housing – Monday, June 25th to Friday August 24th Monday through Friday, 12pm – 1pm for lunch


Mitch Jones, senior policy advocate, Food and Water Watch (
Melissa Huston, Good Shepherd Food Bank ( and Bangor Summer Lunch Program

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 6/14/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Cashless society

Some countries around the world are moving toward a cashless society. In this country, cash accounts for an ever decreasing amount of expenditures. What would a cashless society be like? What would its benefits be? It’s detriments? Here are some possibilities to ponder.

Book Worm 6/14/18

Producer/Host: Brook Ewing Minner
Engineer: Amy Browne

Books, writing, publish: Author John Diamond

Key Discussion Points:
academic scandals
University of Arkansas

Guests: John Diamond, author from Blue Hill, ME