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Talk of the Towns 11/9/18

Producer/Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Engineer: Denis Howard

Community concerns and opportunities: 2018 Post Election Reflection

Key Discussion Points:
How would you characterize the 2018 elections… any general observations about the election process this year and any results you would like to highlight?
Review results known in Maine (Governor, Congress, Senate seat, make-up of the new legislature)… What stands out for you in these results?
Review results of Congressional Mid-Term elections (Control of House, Senate) What stands out for you?
Though he wasn’t running, President Trump seemed to be a factor in these mid-terms, highlighting some of the stark differences between Republicans (under Trump) and Democrats. How did this seem to play out? Was it unusually polarizing? How did Trump seem to influence the results?
In the wake of the Women’s March, the Me-Too movement, the Kavanaugh hearings, the Parkland student’s leadership of the March for our Lives demonstrations in March, Pantsuit Nation, Indivisible, outrage ties to white nationalism and racism, shootings and bombings… we saw impressive attempts to engage women, people of color, young-people? Any obvious results that affected this election cycle?

Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine, host of Democracy Forum that airs the third Friday of the month at 10 AM on WERU
Jamie McKown, James Russell Wiggins Chair in Government and Polity, College of the Atlantic

Weekend Voices 8/02/08

Executive Producer: Amy Browne

Producer: Marge May

Host: Ann Luther, Co-president, League of Women Voters of Maine

Topic:  Part of the on-going monthly “Democracy Forum” series.  Today: Corporations and Democracy

Private vs public:  what’s appropriate for the public sector, what’s appropriate for the private sector?
What would be the function of government if everything possible were privatized?   Why is it important to consider in a democracy?  What spheres have been privatized, considered or debated to be privatized?  Are there appropriate safeguards and oversight in place to protect against corruption?   What are the reform proposals?


Paul Verkuil is a litigator, counselor, businessman and scholar.  He is Professor of Law at Cardozo Law School, Yeshiva University, and Senior Counsel at the law firm of  Boies, Schiller & Flexner.   In addition to his current roles, he has served as Dean of the Cardozo and Tulane Law Schools and President of the College of William & Mary.  He has written numerous books and articles on public law issues, including his most recent book, Outsourcing Sovereignty: Why Privatization of Government Functions Threatens Democracy and What We Can Do about It.  You can read more about his background at the website for BSF LLP or at the website for Cordoza School of Law.

Si Kahn is a singer, songwriter and activist.  He is executive director of Grassroots Leadership, where their goal is to put an end to abuses of justice and the public trust by working to abolish for-profit private prisons.  Si is the author of the book, The Fox in the Henhouse: How Privatization Threatens Democracy.  You can read more about him and his work at

Weekend Voices 7/12/08

Producers/Hosts: Marge May and Ann Luther, League of Women Voters, Downeast Maine

Topic: Democracy Forum

Weekend Voices 6/07/08

Host: Ann Luther, Co-president, League of Women Voters of Maine

Producer: Marge May

Topic: Democracy Forum—Corporations and Democracy

What is a corporation, and how did it become the dominant form of business organization?
What is the history of the relationship between corporations and government?  Did corporations always have both economic and political power?   How did corporations come to have some of the same political rights as people? What do you see as the problems with that relationship?  Give some examples of how corporations have influenced public policy.  Is democracy as a system of government adversely impacted by the current relationship?  How would you change things?  Why would these changes work?  How would we get from where we are to where you would like to be?  Can a regulatory regime be sufficient?


Robert A. G. Monks is a prominent Maine citizen with a long and illustrious career in business, law, and government service.  His most recent book is Corpocracy: How CEOs and the Business Roundtable Hijacked the World’s Greatest Wealth Machine — And How to Get It Back.  You can read more about his background at the web site for Lens Governance Advisors, which is the law firm Mr. Monks created to continue his work in holding corporate management accountable to ownership and in improving shareholder value through increasing shareholder involvement:
Ruth Caplan is the author of the 1990 book, Our Earth, Ourselves, and she is a founding co-chair of the Alliance for Democracy and current co-chair of the Alliance’s Corporate Globalization/Positive Alternatives campaign.  She has been working since the early-nineties, in collaboration with other writers and activists, on a plan for an alternative economic system that is socially equitable and environmentally sustainable.  You can read more about the Alliance for Democracy at their web site:

Weekend Voices 4/05/08

Producers/Hosts: Marge May and Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine

Topic: Democracy Forum: Civil Service & Political Appointments

Background and trends in the development of a professional civil service; recent trends in political appointments.
Interplay between professional civil service, political appointments, and presidential priorities.  Factors affecting the capabilities, performance and effective operation of the federal bureaucracy.

Guests: Paul C. Light, NYU Wagner’s Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service.  He is also  a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution;  George A. Krause, professor of political science at the University of Pittsburgh.

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WERU News Report 7/18/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio contributed by Chris Buchanan, a clip from Democracy Now! is also featured

-Free retreat for women with ovarian cancer
-Colby College trustee involved in LIBOR banking scandal
-Opposition to E/W Hwy

-Robin Bray, Orland resident who has ovarian cancer and is organizing a free retreat for women with the disease
-Lew Kingsbury, Colby College alum
Also audio from a public forum on the E/W Hwy, held in Dexter, Maine on 7/14/12. Recorded and contributed by Chris Buchanan

FMI: (info/registration for retreat) (info & audio from the 7/14/12 E/W Hwy forum) (Lance Tapley’s article about the Colby College/LIBOR connection)

RadioActive 4/09/09

Producers/Hosts: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne

A report on: “A New Day in Trade: Public Forum on NAFTA Reform and Fair Trade, with Congressman Mike Michaud”, which took place last night in Bucksport, Maine

From the announcement for the event: “The current NAFTA model of free trade has devastated workers, farmers, and the environment and eroded our democracy. There is unprecedented opposition in the U.S. and Congressman Mike Michaud is leading the House of Representatives in fighting for an end to NAFTA-style free trade and globalization. Michaud will discuss his blueprint for fair trade and take questions & comments from the audience.

“The Maine Fair Trade Campaign will let people know how they can plug-in locally in the fight for a more just and sustainable global economy.

“This event is co-sponsord by the Maine Fair Trade Campaign; USW Locals 1188 and 261; the Hancock County, Waldo County, and Penobscot County Democratic Committees, Food AND Medicine, and the Eastern Maine Labor Council.

“For More information Contact Daphne Loring at the Maine Fair Trade Campaign
Office: 777-6387
Cell: 266-5895