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  • Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley


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  • Producer/Host: Jim Bahoosh


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  • Host: Denis Howard
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    An open-mic style call-in show

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  • Producer/Host: Tim Hagney


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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    (A “best of” edition): “Consent of the governed” is one of the founding principles of the United States. Does that apply on the Internet? Not so far but some folks are trying to change that, including Rebecca McKinnon.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Segment 1: A rally in Skowhegan Monday kicked off efforts here in Maine to follow the lead of cities like Seattle and Minneapolis, and replace “Columbus Day” with a holiday called “Indigenous People’s Day”. Former Penobscot Chief Barry Dana organized the event:

    Segment 2: Students in Bangor are raising money to help provide access to clean drinking water in the West African country of Burkina Faso. We spoke with 2 of the organizers of this year’s annual
    benefit race, which will be taking place on the Bangor waterfront this weekend:

    Segment 3: A few other events happening this weekend: Saturday evening at 7 at the UU Church in Bangor, Sister Cities coordinator Cori Ring-Martinez, and Edith Portillo of the Association for the Development of El Salvador will be speaking on the topic of “Crossing Borders: Organizing in El Salvador and the U.S.: How US policy created the immigration humanitarian crisis, how the Salvadoran government and social movements are responding, and what international solidarity can do to help”. Also on Saturday, from 2-8pm, there will be a concert and fundraiser to benefit the Penobscot Nation’s defense of their ancestral River. There will be an opportunity to learn more about the Penobscot’s battle with the State of Maine in Penobscot Nation v. Mills, and hear about threats to the watershed. That will be held at the Sockalexis Arena on Indian Island. More information is available at the Justice for the River! facebook page.

    Segment 4: While all these events are happening, there is also a group of people walking across the state to draw attention to what they say is Maine’s “growing dependence on military production”. One of the organizers is Bruce Gagnon, of Maine Veterans for Peace and the Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space:

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  • Host: Jim Fisher
    Engineer: Joel Mann

    Program Topic: Responding to Bucksport Verso Mill Closing

    Key Discussion Points:
    A) What is happening with the Verso Mill in Bucksport?
    B) What are some of the immediate impacts of the announced closing?
    C) What programs are being implemented to assist employees, families and the wider community?
    D) What can communities do to avoid major impacts like this?


    A) David Milan, Economic Development Director
    Town of Bucksport
    P.O. Box X
    Bucksport, ME 04416 
    B) Judy Pelletier Rapid Response Program Manager
    Maine Department of Labor
    54 State House Station
    Augusta, Maine 04333
    Phone: (207) 623-7993
    Fax: (207) 287-5933
    Facebook: Maine Department of Labor and SafetyWorks! 
    C) Lynn Cheney, Health Care Navigator
    Washington Hancock Community Agency
    248 Bucksport Road, Ellsworth, ME 04605
    Phone: (207) 664-2424
    Fax: (207) 664-2430
    Machias: (207) 259-5015

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  • Producers/Hosts: Alan Sprague and Mike Joyce
    Engineer: Matt Murphy

    Program Topic:wooden masts
    Key Discussion Points:
    a)bowdin’s new mast

    A)andros tipogoros by phone
    B)lobster trap efficiency
    C )la fayette’s new boat

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