WERU News Report 5/8/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: John Greenman

Headline: As we went to air today, the Environment and Natural Resources committee of the state legislature was holding a work session on 3 bills related to mining in Maine. Thus far they have voted “ought not to pass” on LD 1059 “An Act To Protect Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Jeopardized by Mining”, and on LD 1324 “An Act To Protect Local Communities When a Mining Project Is Terminated”.

Segment 1: In our Peacetime segment today, and for the next several weeks, we are going to be featuring speakers from this year’s HOPE festival. As we reported a few weeks ago, this year’s theme was “Do One Thing” or “DOT”. Modeled on TED talks, each speaker was given a few minutes to try to convince audience members to take action on a particular issue

Segment 2: On our last 2 WERU News Report programs we’ve explored the widening gap between the rich and poor. Continuing on that theme today, we have Garrett Martin, Executive Director of Maine Center for Economic Policy, speaking at the University of Maine last month, as part of their Marxist and Socialist Studies Lecture series. He was introduced by Professor Doug Allen