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Maine Currents 8/15/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing producers: Carolyn Coe, Denis Howard

Segment 1: Bruce Gagnon on Korea, BIW and the US “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”

Maine-based peace activist Bruce Gagnon spoke in Deer Isle on August 3rd about what’s being called the US “Pivot to the Asia-Pacific”. Gagnon has traveled to South Korea and worked with peace activists there and elsewhere in the region who oppose US military bases in their countries. He has also made the connection with the destroyers being built here in Maine at Bath Iron Works and has been arrested for civil disobedience at BIW. Although he spoke before President Trump’s recent comments about “fire and fury” in North Korea, Gagnon’s views on the region provide insight not heard in the mainstream media. He is a senior fellow at the Nuclear Policy Research Institute, and is a member of the “Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific” a consortium of acclaimed scholars sharing a focus on the region. (Recorded by Carolyn Coe, edited by Amy Browne)

UPDATE: We contacted Bruce Gagnon this week for a comment following the escalation of tensions in the region after he spoke in Deer Isle. Here is his response:
“In a new report, published by the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists, missile experts (including Ted Postol from MIT) write that North Korea does not have the rocket capability that Washington and the corporate media are claiming. They state, “The Hwasong-14 does not currently constitute a nuclear threat to the lower 48 states of the United States. The flight tests on July 4 and 28 were a carefully choreographed deception by North Korea to create a false impression that the Hwasong-14 is a near-ICBM that poses a nuclear threat to the continental US. The Hwasong-14 tested on July 4 and 28 may not even be able to deliver a North Korean atomic bomb to Anchorage, Alaska.”

The US to this day refuses to sign a peace treaty with North Korea – thus the war legally continues. On July 27, 1953 the US signed an Armistice (ceasefire) with North Korea but that is it. Thus the continuous US-South Korean war games right along the North Korean border must make Pyongyang wonder – is this the real thing? Did the Pentagon decide to invade us for real this time like they have done in Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Granada, Panama, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Yemen?

Embedded deep beneath North Korea’s mountainous zones are some 200 varieties of minerals, including gold, iron, copper, zinc, magnesite, limestone, tungsten, and graphite. Some of these stockpiles are among the largest in the world, and North Korea, a tiny and cash-strapped nation, frequently uses them to bring in additional revenue — no matter the laws against doing so.
The total value of these minerals lies somewhere between $6 trillion and $10 trillion. Could much of this war hype be a plan to grab their resources?

In the end I think it important to say that North Korea is really a foil – the US does not fear NK which only has 4 nuclear warheads while the US has 6,800 of them. Clearly the demonization and scare campaign around NK is intended to justify the US military ‘pivot’ of 60% of Pentagon forces into the Asia-Pacific to be aimed at China and Russia – the real prizes that Washington has on the regime change list.”


Segment 2: WERU’s Denis Howard talks with Peter Alexander about his new rock opera “One Way Trip To Mars”
— opening at the Waterville Opera House on August 24th. Tune in to hear what went into creating the project and get a sneak preview of the music!


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

Maine Currents 8/8/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Maine Storytelling

On July 26th WERU held our 3rd annual Maine storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, as part of that town’s Wednesday on Main summer series. The theme this year was “My Maine: The State as Experienced by Local Storytellers”. Today we bring you Act 2 which featured Amy Roeder, John & Katie Greenman, Brook Ewing Minner and Naomi Graychase.

**The stories told by Brook Ewing Minner and Naomi Graychase were edited for length for the purposes of fitting into the Maine Currents time slot, but unedited versions of both of their stories are included here along with the archive of the Maine Currents show. The first file (below) is the complete show. The 2nd is Brook Ewing Minner’s unedited story and the 3rd is Naomi Graychase’s unedited story**


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

Common Ground Radio 8/4/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Amy Browne

Beekeeping and Honey Production

-History of beekeeping
-Honeybee hive management
-Honey production and processing

Guests:
Peter Cowin, “The Bee Whisperer”, Hampden, ME
Dr. Kourtney Collum, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME

Common Ground Radio 6/2/17

Producer/Host: C.J. Walke
Engineer: Joel Mann

Homesteading in Maine

Key Discussion Points:
a) Descriptions of guests’ homesteads
b) Skill sharing and learning opportunities
c) Building community

Guests:
John Twomey, The Howard Place, Montville, ME
Elizabeth Siegel, Heritage Home Farm, Appleton, ME
Emily Lowell, Feather Foot Farm, Aurora, ME

Maine Currents 8/1/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Maine Storytelling

Last week WERU held our 3rd annual Maine storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport, as part of that town’s Wednesday on Main summer series. The theme this year was “My Maine: The State as Experienced by Local Storytellers”. Today we bring you Act 1 which featured Sandra Bowden Dillon, David Weeda, Anu Dudley and Lesley Kristeller.


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org

Coastal Conversations 7/28/17

Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel

Maine Beaches Conference

The show covers speakers at the recent Maine Beaches Conference, held July 14, 2017 in Wells, Maine
-Maine coastal and beach pollution issues
-Coastal erosion and loss of cultural resources
-Volunteer monitoring programs for beach erosion and pollution
-Coastal access legal issues

Guests:

Chris Feurt of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Paul Dest, the director of the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve
Pete Slovinsky of the Maine Geological Survey
Alice Kelley from the University of Maine
Keri Kaczor of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant
John Duff of the University of Massachusetts Boston

Family Corner 7/26/17

Producer/Host: Sue Mackey Andrews
Engineer: Joel Mann

Homeless Youth in Maine: Services and Supports Available for Northern Maine Counties

-Homeless youth are not kids who have “run away from home” – they have been rejected, thrown out or escape from dangerous home circumstances
-Many of these youth have mental health issues due to poverty, child abuse, living in a home where there is substance use, physical abuse, etc.
-Each of these kids needs time and support to develop trust, as they have been disappointed so many times before by adults in their lives
-Success happens for so many of these kids
-Important to provide food, address Maslow’s hierarchy in order to create a trusting relationship where you can then help the youth

Guests:
Sherrie House (Streetlight Outreach Coordinator
Nathaniel Coe (Streetlight Outreach Team)
Christopher Bowie (Streetlight Outreach Team)
Daniel Wendell (Streetlight Outreach Team)
Cody Webster (Streetlight Outreach Team)

Maine Currents 7/25/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Maine Storytelling

WERU and Wednesday on Main are hosting our 3rd annual local storytelling event at the Alamo Theatre in Bucksport tomorrow evening (7/26/17) To get you in the mood for tomorrow night, I’ve selected some of my favorite stories from various local storytelling events over the past few years.

Storytellers (recorded at past events and rebroadcast today):
Stacy Coventry, Charlie Dufour, Amy Roeder, Mark Bridges Music, Ilze Petersons, Naomi Graychase


Maine Currents- independent local news, views and culture, every Tuesday at 4pm on WERU-FM and weru.org