Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/24/06

Producer/host: Jim Campbell
Topic: It’s tough to lose a part of your community under any circumstances. When that loss is of a 24 karat gold crap detector, radio maestro, and ace reporter who is only 54 years old, the loss stings all the more. But Dave Piszcz lives on, and his life challenges us to take up the tasks he accomplished so well but has now left behind for others to continue.

WERU Special 8/22/06 Peter Raven at COA

Peter Raven at College of the Atlantic
Producer: John Greenman

Time Magazine has called him a “Hero of the Planet” for his championing of conservation and biodiversity. But Dr. Peter Raven is a controversial figure among some conservationists. The long-time director of the Missouri Botanical Garden makes no excuses for the millions of dollars in grants he’s received from Monsanto for his biotechnology research. But none of this came up at a recent speech Dr. Raven gave to an invited audience at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor. Dr. Raven spoke eloquently and passionately about the need for humans, especially Americans, to use less, to be more conscious of the effects of their actions. Only at the very end of the hour-long power-point presentation, in a question and answer period, did the subject of genetically modified plants come up briefly.
For more information about Dr. Peter Raven, biodiversity, Genetic Modification and the Missouri Botanical Garden, go to And for an independent profile of Dr. Raven, you can visit

RadioActive 08/17/06

Hosts/Producers: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
Topics: A study outlining the potential economic impacts of a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on Passamaquoddy Bay has just been released. Linda Godfrey, an Eastport business person and coordinator of the Save Passamaquoddy Bay 3 Nation Alliance joins us by phone to talk about the findings.
Area residents concerned that the chemicals being sprayed aerially on blueberries are harming their health gathered in Blue Hill yesterday to speak out–RadioActive interviews some of those present.
Also, an announcement about an upcoming workshop that aims to teach people to become more effective in their use of the media.

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/17/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell
Topic: The U.S. is now issuing spanking new passports – with RFID chips in them. The State Department swears these new passports are full of all sorts of security measures which makes it impossible to copy them, skim information from them, or do anything else that might shake our confidence in the usefulness of devices that may one day store not only our pictures and personal information, but also our fingerprints, iris scans and DNA profiles. But guess what? On almost the same day that the U.S. posted all those reassuring (as long as you don’t mind being chipped like cattle) words, there was a demonstration of how to clone an RFID passport. Feel more secure?

Indigenous Voices 08/15/06

Hosts: Rhonda Frey and Meredith DeFrancesco
Topic: The Maine Indian Land Claims Settlement, focusing on the Maine Indian Tribal State Commission
An overview of the Maine Indian Land Claims and the settlement that occurred in 1980. The new tribal/state initiative to address the gray areas still at issue in the implementation of the settlement act. A discussion on the issues of alternative dispute resolution processes, the definition of “internal tribal matters”, and the parameters of tribal sovereignty vs. “municipality”.
Guests: John Diffenbacher-Krall, Executive Director of Maine Tribal State Commission; Tim Love, former Tribal Governor of the Penobscot Nation and negotiator of the Maine Indian Land Claims; John Banks, Director of Natural Resources for the Penobscot Nation and member of the Maine Indian Tribal/State Commission

RadioActive 08/10/06

Hosts/producers: Meredith DeFrancesco and Amy Browne
Guests/topics: Ron Greenberg, a local peace activist working to organize a massive peace rally in Bangor this late summer or fall
Jon Falk, Peace thru InterAmerican Community Action (PICA), describes their efforts to establish an Eastern Maine Fair Economy Commission

Why is Ron Greenberg taking on such an ambitious project? What does he feel he needs in order to be successful?
What is the Eastern Maine Fair Economy Commission and how can interested people get involved?

Notes from the Electronic Cottage 08/10/06

Host/Producer: Jim Campbell
Topic: Get a bit of spam in your electronic mailbox? No surprise – the great majority of email moving across the Internet actually is spam. The good news is that the amount of spam is actually decreasing a bit. The bad news is that what’s left is a lot more dangerous. But you know that, right? No? Maybe we’d better talk about this a bit.