Pet Sounds 10/22/17

Producer/Host: Dr. John Hunt

Tyzzers Disease

Earthwise 10/21/17

Producer/Host: Anu Dudley
Production Assistant: John Welles

The Bat

Nature’s Remedies 10/21/17

Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


Democracy Forum 10/20/17

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

Political Parties: Do They Still Matter?

We talk about the state of the two party system, how recent trends have weakened the parties even as partisanship has grown, whether our political parties threaten our democracy or hold the main hope for its salvation.

Professor Mark Brewer, Professor of Political Science at the University of Maine
Jonathan Rauch, Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor to The Atlantic.

To learn more about this topic:
More professionalism, less populism, from the Brookings Institution
How American Politics Went Insane, from The Atlantic
How Trump is helping to save our democracy, from the Washington Post

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

FMI re League of Women Voters of Maine:

Awanadjo Almanack 10/20/17

Producer/Host: Rob McCall

“Hardening Off”

RadioActive 10/19/17

Producer: Meredith DeFrancesco

Referendum to Expand Medicaid Coverage under the ACA: Question 2

1) In the past five years, the Maine Legislature has voted 5 times to expand Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act, and five times Governor LePage has vetoed. The ACA allows states to opt in or out of the expanded coverage. 31 states have opted in.
2) On election day, November 7th, Mainers will have the opportunity to vote on referendum Question 2, to institute expanded Medicaid coverage in the state, also known as Maine Care. This would open eligibility to 70,000 Mainers. ( Those making less then $16,000 for a single person and $28,000 for a family of three).
3)Today, we look at a number of the myths and realities about Medicaid expansion. And we look at the statistics, county by county, showing the numbers of uninsured, how many would be eligible for expanded coverage, how much federal funding would be received and how many new jobs are projected under an expansion of Medicaid.

Guest: Robyn Merrill, Maine Equal Justice Partners, executive director

Maine Center for Economic Policy, “Medicaid Expansion Fact Sheet”
Special to Portland Press Herald by Lisa Letourneau, MD, MPH, ” The issues are complicated, but a yes vote on Question 2 will help Maine: The reality is , Maine cannot afford not to take the opportunity to improve its health care system”
Report by Elizabeth Kilbreth,Phd, “The Real Impact of Medicaid Expansion”

WERU Community SoapBox 10/19/17

Host: Denis Howard
Engineer: John Greenman

An open-mic style call-in show

Sustainable House Sketchbook 10/19/17

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh

Dig Sorta Safe