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Maine Currents 11/14/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

“THE ELECTION OF TRUMP: ONE YEAR LATER” – a panel discussion held at the University of Maine on 11/9/17. The panelists were Kimberly Hammill, of the Bangor Racial and Economic Justice Coalition, Maia Dendinger of the Socialist Party of Maine, and Doug Allen, a Professor of Philosophy and peace activist who also moderated the discussion

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Maine Currents 10/24/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

“Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency” – the 2017 Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine

The 2017 Cohen Lecture at the University of Maine, recorded on October 13th. The topic was “Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency”. Panelists were Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen, Ambassador Marc Grossman, former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, and Andrew H. Card Jr., former Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush. The moderator was Felicia Knight.

This presentation was brought to you courtesy of UMaine’s Cohen Institute for Leadership and Public Service, and with assistance from WERU volunteer John Greenman

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RadioActive 6/1/17

Guest Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion Approved by BEP; Trump Withdraws from Paris Climate Agreement

-Today the Maine Board of Environmental Protection approved the expansion of the Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town.
-Local activists have strongly opposed the expansion, underlining the amount of out of state waste that is reclassified as “in-state waste” and disposed at Juniper Ridge, which is state owned, but privately operated by Casella Waste Management. Opponents, including members of the Penobscot Nation, are alarmed by potential impacts on ground water and the continued dumping of leachate by product into the Penobscot River.
-We also examine Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Accord

Ed Spencer, Old Town resident and intervenor in Juniper Ridge Landfill Expansion
Erika Lennon, senior attorney for the Center for International Environmental Law

This program was produced in partnership with the Sunlight Media Collective.

Maine Currents 5/31/17

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman

Conspiracy theory or healthy distrust of a corrupt system? How do you decide?

A call-in show discussion of this issue and of Richard Otto’s book The Paradox of Our National Security Complex: How secrecy and security diminish our liberty and threaten our democratic republic
with author Richard Otto and veteran journalist Peter Taber.

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

NOTE: Maine Currents will be moving to Tuesdays (4-5pm) starting in June 2017

RadioActive 1/26/17

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice
Program Topic: Inauguration Demonstrations In DC: Disrupt J20 and Women’s March

Key Discussion Points:
1) Today’s hour long edition covers the inauguration demonstrations in DC this past weekend, both the Disrupt J 20 on the day of the inauguration of Donald Trump and the historic Women’s’ March, which flooded the city with over a half a million people the day after.
2)Demonstrations on the day of the inauguration, were reportedly the largest in US history. We hear from march participants in the Disrupt J 20 Festival of Resistance march and speakers from the rally that followed, addressing a wide range of issues that will intensify under the Trump Administration.
3) We also hear from participants from the Women’s March on January 21st in DC. The Trump inauguration team had blocked the Women’s March from getting a permit for the Mall, but the reportedly half a million people overwhelmed the permitted site on Independence Ave. Rather then stay on the march route, people streamed across the city, taking over streets in spontaneous, giant, leaderless marches towards the Mall and as close to the White House that barricades would allow.

A) participants at January 20th inauguration protest march
B ) Jacquelyn Cordoba, International Indigenous Youth Council
C) Chase Iron Eyes, Standing Rock Sioux
D) Daraksham Raja, Muslim American Women’s Policy Forum and Washington Peace Center
E) Melissa Miles, It Takes Roots
F) Evan Greer, musician and activist
G) Michael Moore
H) Son of None, musician, police brutality and mass incarceration activist
I) Participants in Women’s March in DC
J) Taina Asili, musician, police brutality and mass incarceration activist

RadioActive 1/19/17

Producer/Host: Meredith DeFrancesco

Issue: Environmental and Social Justice

Program Topic: Planned Disrupt J 20 Inauguration Actions and Discussion on Trump’s Nominees’ Impact on Environment and Climate Change

Key Discussion Points:
1) Reporting from Washington DC, the day before the inauguration of Donald Trump, we look at the protests planned for tomorrow, including the Disrupt J 20 direct action blockades of the inauguration entrances.
2) We also look at what Trump’s nominees to head the EPA, the State Dept, the Dept of Energy and the Dept of Interior could mean for environmental health and climate change.
3) We discuss the urgency of climate change and the need for action.

Guest: Janet Redman, climate justice activist, part of coordinating committee of the climate contingent of Disrupt J 20; policy analyst for Oil Change, in Washington DC

Maine Currents 11/30/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

“Where Do We Go From Here?: How local groups and individuals are responding to Trump’s election and preparing for what’s to come”. Call-in show.

Karen Marysdaughter, Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine
Jane Crosen, local activist
Jennifer Reifler, Great Pond Mountain Conservation Trust volunteer
Joining us briefly by phone: Susan Dickson Smith, EMeRJ

Maine Currents- independent local news, views & culture on WERU-FM 89.9 Blue Hill, 99.9 Bangor, Maine and, Wednesdays 4-5pm Eastern