Talk of the Towns 3/8/19

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Engineer: Amy Browne

Community concerns and opportunities: Combatting Racism in our schools and our communities

Key Discussion Points:
Can someone offer a definition of racism, one that helps frame your work
Can you distinguish between individual behavior and “institutional” racism?
How does racism “show up” in your experience as high school students and citizens of Mount Desert Island and the state of Maine?
How do you serve as allies to those who are subject to racism in their everyday lives?
What steps are you taken to confront racism in your school and community?
How do we, as a society, confront the racism that is part of our history and persists today?

Students from Mount Desert Island High School Civil Rights Team: Grace Munger, Lily Turner, Dawson Burnett, Finn Baker, Elliot Servaites, Sirohi Kumar, Faith Reece, Lexi Simard, Claire Shaw, Bella Galarza
Michelle Merica, Faculty Advisor, MDI High School Civil Rights Team
Jackie Davidson, Executive Director, YWCA of Mount Desert Island

Awanadjo Almanack 3/8/19

Producer/Host: Rob McCall
Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall

“Big Snow”

Maine Currents 3/7/19

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Maine AllCare – Working to Bring Universal Healthcare to Maine

A call-in show discussion of universal healthcare: how it works, how it’s paid for, and how it might be implemented, with Lynn Cheney (Board Member) and Phil Bailey (Executive Director) of Maine AllCare.


Catch the award-winning Maine Currents, independent local news, views and culture, on the 1st Thursday of every month, 10-11 a.m. on WERU-FM and streaming live at

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 3/7/19

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Password Hygiene 1

Despite all sorts of attempts to do away with passwords, we still live in a password world on the Web. That means it’s really important to have passwords – or pass phrases – that it is really hard to crack. Here are some considerations to ponder as we construct crack-proof passwords for our increasingly online lives.

The Diceware web site mentioned in today’s program is at:

The Sketchbook 3/7/19

Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh


Quiet Fire 3/6/19

Producer/Host: Duncan Newcomer


“Free Press: Enemy of the People?” – Panel Discussion 3/2/19

The League of Women Voters – Downeast panel discussion on Journalism and Democracy, focusing on the importance of a free press in a functioning democracy and the challenges facing us today.

The panel discussion took place in Ellsworth, Maine on 3/2/19, and was made possible through a grant from the Maine Humanities Council and the partnership of WERU Community Radio, along with the co-sponsorship of the Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

John Christie: Veteran journalist and co-founder of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting
Irwin Gratz: Host of Morning Edition, Maine Public
Liz Graves: Managing Editor of the Mount Desert Islander
Joseph Reisert: Professor of American Constitutional Law, Colby College

Moderator: Ann Luther, the host of Democracy Forum on WERU Community Radio

Power for the People 3/5/19

Producer/Host: Steve Kahl
Engineer: John Greenman

All things Insulation – types and methods

Key Discussion Points
a) Building code for insulation R-values
b) Types of construction and insulation
c) Case studies of callers

Bo Jespersen, owner of ‘The Breathable Home’ energy company