The Nature of Phenology 1/18/20: Cedar Waxwings

Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn
Host: Hazel Stark

Bigger than a sparrow, smaller than a cardinal, and draped in buff yellows, browns and grays, cedar waxwings are most distinguishable by the size of their flocks to the unaided eye. Throughout the year, I tend to find cedar waxwing flocks numbering around a dozen or so individuals, though those flocks can contain 100 or more individuals this time of year.

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

Earthwise 1/18/20: Element of Smoke

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistance: Matt Murphy

Nature’s Remedies 1/18/20: Arnica

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney

Democracy Forum 1/17/20 Census 2020: Everyone Counts

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

We talk about the upcoming decennial census
How it’s going to work
Problems on the horizon
The consequences for Maine and the nation.

Margo Anderson, Distinguished Professor Emerits of History and Urban Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, author of the book, The American Census: A Social History
Matt Dunlap, Maine’s 49th Secretary of State, now serving his fourth consecutive term and seventh term overall. He also Chairs of the State’s Complete Count Committee.

To learn more about this topic:
The American Census: A Social History“, by Margo J. Anderson 2015.
The 2020 Census may be wildly inaccurate–and it matters more than you think,” Robert Shapiro for the Brookings Institution, August, 2017
Special Report: 2020 U.S. census plagued by hacking threats, cost overruns,” Nick Brown for Reuters, December, 2019

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

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine:

About the host:
Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and leads the LWVME Advocacy Team. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League’s priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She remains on the board of MCCE and serves as Treasurer. She is active in the LWV-Downeast and hosts their monthly radio show, The Democracy Forum, on WERU FM Community Radio -which started out in 2004 as an recurring special, and became a regular monthly program in 2012. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as Senior Vice President at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 – 2000, and served on its Executive Board.

Awanadjo Almanack 1/17/20: “January Dreams”

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 1/16/20: Ring Doorbells & Police

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Thinking of getting one of those spiffy new Ring doorbells with a camera on it that let’s you see who is at your door? If so, police departments across the country are applauding your purchase. Depending on where you live, the town might even help you pay for the Ring doorbell. Here’s why.

The Sketchbook 1/16/20: Multiples

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

All About Aging 1/15/20 Topics: Ageism and Friends in Action in Ellsworth

Producer/Host: Peg Cruikshank
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne

Ageism is widespread and sometimes hard to identify
Internalized ageism can be damaging
Friends in Action has grown significantly in 17 years

Mary Lou Ciolfi, University of New England
Jo Cooper, Executive director of Friends in Action