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Democracy Forum 5/14/12

Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters
Engineer: Joel Mann

(NOTE: Due to technical difficulties, this audio file is 47 mins long, and the recording starts with the show in progress)

Issue: Participatory Democracy

Key Discussion Points:
a) Do corporations have too much power in politics and government? What is the source of their power? Campaign finance? Lobbying? How does corpororate economic power translate into political power?
b) Do you think free enterprise and democracy go together? Do concerns about corporate power translate into concerns about capitalism as an economic system?
c) Discuss your ideas on what is needed for a healthy democracy to work? Has our own system been healthier at other times? What would be the proper role of corporations and very wealthy individuals? What can ordinary citizens do to make things work better?

Robert Monks, shareholder activist, author, and corporate governance adviser,

Call In Program: Yes

RadioActive 2/3/11

Producers/Hosts: Amy Browne & Meredith DeFrancesco

Segment 1:
We’ve been reporting in recent weeks, both here on RadioActive, as well as on Voices and on our new WERU News Report, about the outcry over Governor LePage’s wishlist of environmental and health legislation that he would like to rollback. While the names of those who helped him draft the wishlist are still not known, author and award-winning journalist Colin Woodard was been on the trail of Governor LePages “secret bankers”. Here is what he’s found. FMI: “LePage’s Secret Bankers”, January 19th edition of the Portland Phoenix:

Segment 2:
Regulatory Reform Meeting in Machiaa

Talk of the Towns 10/22/10

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

Topic: Clean Elections: What has Maine learned over its ten year history??

Guests: Ann Luther, Co-Chair, Maine Citizens for Clean Elections; Anne Perry, State Representative, District 31, Calais; John Brautigam, legal counsel, ME Citizens for Clean Elections; Hannah Pingree, Speaker of the House, Maine House of Representatives

How does Maine’s “Clean Elections” law work? What factors led to the law? What have been its impacts?