Archives for local storytelling

Maine Currents 11/16/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman
Audio recorded by Charlie Pizzarello
Production assistance: Matt Murphy
Editing: Amy Browne

Topic: “The Gatherings: Fostering community through sharing, cooperation, learning and the arts” in Surry, Maine. A discussion of The Gatherings and clips from a recent local storytelling event held there with stories by Marjorie Longwood, Robert Stevens, Florence Reed and Margaret Baldwin.

Guests: Florence Reed- President, Norman Mrozicki- Vice President and Marjorie Longwood- steering committee member & active volunteer, of The Gatherings


Maine Currents 8/17/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Grab a cold drink and a comfortable seat – we’ve got another hour of great local storytelling for you this week! First you’ll hear 2 stories that were told at our Maine Summertime stories event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport last month by local storytellers Naomi Graychase and Amy Roeder. In the 2nd half of the show Roger Sprague – a Belfast resident who was born in that town in 1929 will share some memories and reflect on some of the changes he’s seen over the years.
We start at the Alamo Theatre.

Maine Currents 1/6/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Today we do a 2015 year in review with clips from stories about Divest UMaine, an investigation by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, Kim Ervin Tucker, scientists and lobstermen opposing the Searsport dredging project, the fight over mining regulations in Maine, the NRDC and Maine People’s Alliance’s federal lawsuit over the mercury pollution in the Penobscot River, Mainers opposing the TPP, and a story by Naomi Graychase , recording at “Bucksport, Then and Now”, and more — and we look ahead to 2016!

Maine Currents 12/23/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Segment 1: Today we bring you Part 2 of Mainers speaking out at the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission’s Public Hearing on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP), in Bangor on December 10th (more info re the TPP is below).

Segment 2: We shift gears for some local storytelling from the “True Stories” event held by the Midcoast Actors’ Studio in Belfast earlier this month.

If passed, the TPP would cover 12 countries with an estimated combined GDP totaling 40% of the world’s economy,
For several years, the TPP was negotiated in extreme secrecy. When the text was released last month, the advocacy group Public Citizen responded that “In chapter after chapter, the final text is worse than expected, with the demands of the 500 official U.S. trade advisers representing corporate interests satisfied to the detriment of the public interest. The text reveals that the pact replicates many of the most controversial terms of past pacts that promote job offshoring and push down U.S. wages.” Congress is expected to vote on the agreement in 2016.

The Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission was created by Maine law in 2003 to “assess and monitor the legal and economic impacts of trade agreements on state and local laws, working conditions and the business environment; to provide a mechanism for citizens and Legislators to voice their concerns and recommendations; and to make policy recommendations designed to protect Maine’s jobs, business environment and laws from any negative impact of trade agreements.” The CTPC is composed of 6 legislators, 7 members from the private sector and 5 representatives of different state agencies.

TPP text: