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    Conversations from the Pointed Firs 8/5/22: A talk with author Kimberly Ridley

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 56:33

    Host:Peter Neill Producer: Trisha Badger Music by Casey Neill Conversations from the Pointed Firs is a monthly interview-style podcast wherein Peter Neill talks with authors and artists who live in Maine, work in Maine, or otherwise derive their creativity from the essence of Maine. Host Peter Neill’s guest this month is Kimberly Ridley, science writer, essayist, and award-winning author, and resident of Brooklin, Maine. Her books for children include The Secret Pool and The Secret Bay, both illustrated by Rebekah Raye, Extreme Survivors: Animals That Time Forgot, and published this year, a new book of essays and historical renderings of natural things: Wild Designs: Nature's Architects. Kim is an elegant writer, teacher and communicator of her affinity and sense of wonder of things observed in her own backyard in Maine. In this episode Kim and Peter discuss Kim's many books, nature writing in general, the power of unstructured time for children, and the power present in close observations of our natural world. -Nature Writing -Children's books -Biomimicry -Maine plants and animals -Science Guest: Kimberly Ridley is a science writer, essayist, editor and children's book author who has been writing about nature, science, health and the environment for more than 25 years. Her passion is “inciting wonder” by sharing her love of nature and science with children and adults. She does numerous author visits and has taught nonfiction-writing workshops in dozens of elementary schools in Maine and the northeast based on her books. In addition, she teaches nature writing workshops for families and adults and presents special talks and programs at libraries and other public venues around Maine. About the host: Peter Neill is founder and director of the World Ocean Observatory, a web-based place of exchange for information and educational services about the health of the ocean. In 1972, he founded Leete's Island Books, a small publishing house specializing in literary reprints, the essay, photography, the environment, and profiles of indigenous healers and practitioners of complimentary medicine around the world. He holds a profound interest in Maine, its history, its people, its culture, and its contribution to community and quality of life. The post Conversations from the Pointed Firs 8/5/22: A talk with author Kimberly Ridley first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Awanadjo Almanack 8/5/22: “Dog Days”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 5, 2022 8:16

    Producer/Host: Rob McCall Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall About the host, Rob McCall: Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, grew up in Oregon and Illinois. Father was a Scots-Irish preacher, mother a Yankee Congregationalist tracing her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Father taught him about Scripture, mother taught him about Nature. Bachelor of arts in philosophy, bachelor of divinity in American religious history, graduate studies in education, doctor of ministry in congregational studies, certified in elementary education, tree fruits and entomology. Worked as an elementary school teacher, tree and landscape contractor, church sexton, orchard manager, chimney sweep, ambulance driver, musician. Began second career as a preacher at age 40. Served as minister of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine 1986 – 2014. He is currently chaplain of the Brooklin Fire Department. Since 1992 has published the weekly Awanadjo Almanack which is broadcast to midcoast Maine and on the web at WERU-FM and appears in a number of publications. His writing has also appeared in Yankee, Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Island Journal and elsewhere. His first book, Small Misty Mountain, was published in 2006 by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Publisher's Weekly called it “by turns inspiring and infuriating.” His second book, Great Speckled Bird, followed in 2012. His third book, Some Glad Morning, was released in October 2020. Passions include wild plants and animals, and traditional fiddle tunes. Married for 53 years to Rebecca Haley, artist and singer. Father of two, grandfather of two. The post Awanadjo Almanack 8/5/22: “Dog Days” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Change Agents 8/4/22: ACLU of Maine

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 59:12

    Producer/Host: Steve Wessler Change Agents, human right and social justice advocates on WERU FM This month: Recent decisions by the US Supreme Court indicate a significant move to the right on civil rights issues. -How to protect civil rights in Maine -Bringing civil rights cases in State court may lead to different rules between the Supreme Court and state courts -What is difficult about litigating civil rights cases for clients and for lawyers Guests: Zach Heiden and Carol Garvan, are respectively the Chief Counsel and Legal Director at the ACLU of Maine. Zack and Carol discussed their current work to protect the civil rights of all people in Maine. They discussed strategies for strengthening those at the State level. About the host: Steve Wessler will soon will be starting his 28th year of working on human right issues. He founded the Civil Rights Unit in the Maine Attorney’s Office in 1992 and led the Unit for 7 years. In 1999 he left the formal practice of law and founded the Center for the Prevention of Hate. The Center worked in Maine and across the USA. He and his colleagues worked to reduce bias and harassment in schools, in communities, in health care organization through workshops and conflict resolution. The Center closed in 2011 and Steve began a consulting on human rights issues. For the next 5 years much of his work was in Europe, developing and implementing training curricular for police, working in communities to reduce the risk of hate crimes, conflict resolution between police and youth. He has worked in over 20 countries. In late 2016 he began to work more in Maine, with a focus on reducing anti-immigrant bias. He continues to work in schools to reduce bias and harassment. Wessler teaches courses on human rights issues at the College of the Atlantic, the University of Maine at Augusta and at the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University in northern Virginia. The post Change Agents 8/4/22: ACLU of Maine first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/4/22: Summer Encore 9: Computing & Climate Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 4, 2022 9:00

    Producer/Host: Jim Campbell Digital technology can be a wonderful thing in our daily lives. It can also be a major source of carbon emissions and, hence, global warming. Here’s why, according to the Association for Computing Machinery. Here is a link to the report quoted today About the host: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. The post Notes from the Electronic Cottage 8/4/22: Summer Encore 9: Computing & Climate Change first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Maine: The Way Life Could Be 8/2/22: Housing in Maine -Affordable to Mainers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 58:41

    Producers/Hosts: Jim Campbell and Amy Browne This series is made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission Welcome to this edition of Maine: The Way Life Could Be, a series in which we look at challenges and opportunities facing Maine in the lifetimes of people alive today. Affordable housing is a big issue here in Maine, with current residents being priced out of certain areas by people moving here from out of state, purchase prices beyond the reach of average wage earners in all but one county, rents skyrocketing, and short term vacation rentals displacing long term rentals. Today we again hear from area town managers and planners that we interviewed earlier this year, a young person dealing with the issue, and a local real estate agent who fills us in on the trends. With inflation and interest rates complicating things, it’s hard to predict what things will look like in a few years, much less beyond that. Guests: Lane Sturtevant, Participant in January MTWLCB forum Kathleen Billings, Town Manager, Stonington, Maine Mike Cunning, Realtor, Worth Real Estate, Belfast, Maine Jim Fisher, Town Manager, Deer Isle, Maine, and former senior planner with the Hancock County Planning Commission Anne Krieg, Bangor Planning Officer FMI: Trends and Outlooks for the Maine Economy, Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals (presentation), by Amanda Rector, Maine State Economist, June 8, 2022 2021 Homeownership Housing Facts and Affordability Index for Maine, Maine State Housing Authority LD 290, An Act to Stabilize Property Taxes for Individuals 65 Years of Age or Older Who Own a Homestead for at Least 10 Years Airbnb bookings in rural Maine surge to $95M in 2021, Lori Valigra, Bangor Daily News, June 29, 2022 Portland isn't the only place out-of-staters are buying pricey homes, David Marino Jr., Bangor Daily News, June 23, 2022 About the hosts: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU's News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices, Maine Currents and Maine: The Way Life Could Be, Amy also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and Maine Association of Broadcasters awards for her work in 2017 and 2021. The post Maine: The Way Life Could Be 8/2/22: Housing in Maine -Affordable to Mainers? first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Outside the Box 8/2/22: “What If”

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 6:50

    Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry's activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a garden yearly since 1977, joined various food cooperatives and two men's groups, refused to pay federal income taxes for war, lived on a community land trust for 23 years, and met a wonderful partner whom Larry has loved for over 40 years. Larry has produced Outside the Box features on WERU since 2007 and continues to look for unique ways of seeing almost any problem or situation. The post Outside the Box 8/2/22: “What If” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Esoterica 8/2/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Four

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 2, 2022 4:26

    Andree Bella | Writer/Reader The post Esoterica 8/2/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Four first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Nature of Phenology 7/30/22: Katydids

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 4:42

    Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn Host: Hazel Stark Watch for a large green leaf climbing across the window at night. It might just be a katydid, whose song can be heard this time of year throughout most of the state. Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com About the host/writers: Joe Horn lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide and Carpenter. He is passionate about fishing, cooking, and making things with his hands. He has both an MBA in Sustainability and an MS focused in Environmental Education. Joe can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com Hazel Stark lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder and Naturalist Educator at Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide. She loves taking a closer look at nature through the lens of her camera, napping in beds of moss, and taking hikes to high points to see what being tall is all about. She has an MS in Resource Management and Conservation and is a lifelong Maine outdoorswoman. Hazel can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com The post The Nature of Phenology 7/30/22: Katydids first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Cosmic Curator 7/30/22: Take it Easy…

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 5:12

    This is your Cosmic Curator, Tom Yaroschuk, with a look at the stars for today Saturday July 30th as seen through the lens of Vedic Astrology . This week's energy pattern actually began last Thursday… About the Host: Tom Yaroschuk is a Vedic Astrologer. His intention is to help people understand their karma and the issues they may confront to cultivate more fulfilling lives. Tom is writing a memoir of the spiritual lessons derived from his work in a Homeless Day Center in between a career as an award winning television and documentary producer. The post The Cosmic Curator 7/30/22: Take it Easy… first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Earthwise 7/30/22: Poison Ivy

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 30, 2022 5:28

    Producer/Host: Anu Dudley The post Earthwise 7/30/22: Poison Ivy first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Awanadjo Almanack 7/29/22: “Older Than God”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 29, 2022 8:16

    Producer/Host: Rob McCall Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall About the host, Rob McCall: Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, grew up in Oregon and Illinois. Father was a Scots-Irish preacher, mother a Yankee Congregationalist tracing her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Father taught him about Scripture, mother taught him about Nature. Bachelor of arts in philosophy, bachelor of divinity in American religious history, graduate studies in education, doctor of ministry in congregational studies, certified in elementary education, tree fruits and entomology. Worked as an elementary school teacher, tree and landscape contractor, church sexton, orchard manager, chimney sweep, ambulance driver, musician. Began second career as a preacher at age 40. Served as minister of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine 1986 – 2014. He is currently chaplain of the Brooklin Fire Department. Since 1992 has published the weekly Awanadjo Almanack which is broadcast to midcoast Maine and on the web at WERU-FM and appears in a number of publications. His writing has also appeared in Yankee, Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Island Journal and elsewhere. His first book, Small Misty Mountain, was published in 2006 by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Publisher's Weekly called it “by turns inspiring and infuriating.” His second book, Great Speckled Bird, followed in 2012. His third book, Some Glad Morning, was released in October 2020. Passions include wild plants and animals, and traditional fiddle tunes. Married for 53 years to Rebecca Haley, artist and singer. Father of two, grandfather of two. The post Awanadjo Almanack 7/29/22: “Older Than God” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    NextWave Radio Hour DEBUT! 7/28/22: The Journey to Maine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 58:17

    Producer/Host: Pepin Mittelhauser (he/him) Promo music by Zeke Sacaridiz All other music is royalty free NextWave Radio Hour is a new program featuring folks in their 20s and 30s, often referred to as Millennials, from all across Maine. In this program, host Pepin Mittelhauser will be discussing issues, news, and current events both locally and nationally, and featuring young creators who trailblaze their own paths in our modern political, economic, and social climate. We hope to provide unique perspectives of life from the next generation working to create the future they hope to lead. This project was made possible by the generous support of the Maine Community Foundation. The debut episode features several folks telling their stories of finding their places in Maine. This month: -What it's like finding your way to Maine, or staying in Maine -Normalizing college degree expectations for young people -Creating a life and making a living in Maine Guests: Johannah Blackman, Executive Director of A Climate to Thrive on Mount Desert Island Rachel Albury, community board member of Rockland-based radio station WRFR Amanda Langley, Director of the MaineShare Program at Maine Initiatives Zeke Sacaridiz, local musician, on Instagram @zeke_sacaridiz Brett Phinney, Assistant Cafe Manager at The Blue Hill Co-op The post NextWave Radio Hour DEBUT! 7/28/22: The Journey to Maine first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/28/22: Summer Encore 8- Data Brokers 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 28, 2022 10:13

    Producer/Host: Jim Campbell Many of us have heard the term “data brokers” as we traverse our digital world. But what exactly are data brokers and what do they do, and does it matter to us? It should, and research by Justin Sherman of the Duke Sherman Cyber Policy Program tells in very concerning detail exactly why. Read the whole report here About the host: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. The post Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/28/22: Summer Encore 8- Data Brokers 1 first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Wabanaki Windows 7/26/22: Sovereignty and its meaning: A 2 part series.

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 58:00

    Producer/Host: Donna Loring Other credits: Technical assistance for the show was provided by Joel Mann WERU Orland Maine and Jessica Lockhart of WMPG Portland Portland Maine. Music for the show was from the CD Dream Walk by Rolfe Richter Wabanaki Windows is a monthly show featuring topics of interest from a Wabanaki perspective. The issue this month is: Sovereignty and its meaning. This show is the 4th show in the part 2 series. Tribal Sovereignty was never recognized by the State. This non-recognition was used to Control and marginalize the Tribes and as Dr. Ranco suggested this attitude is embedded into the DNA of the State. The refusal of the State to recognize our sovereignty has kept the State in control and allowed it to enrich itself at the Tribes expense. We will follow this thread of State enrichment at Tribal expense. -The historic blue print the state followed to keep control -Land Claims issues that kept the Tribes in poverty -Present effect of the Land Claims good and bad Guests: Professor Harald Prins is a distinguished professor of Anthropology and an Emeritis at Kansas State University. He is an expert in Wabanaki History. Professor Darren Ranco is a Penobscot Tribal Member and an Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair of Native American Studies at the University of Maine Orono. Maria Girouard is a Penobscot Nation Tribal Member, she is the Executive Director of Wabanaki Reach, A statewide organization working towards truth, healing and change. She has a master's degree in history. Her thesis was written on the Land Claims Act. She continues to research the Act. About the host: Donna M Loring is a Penobscot Indian Nation Tribal Elder, and former Council Member. She represented the Penobscot Nation in the State Legislature for over a decade. She is a former Senior Advisor on Tribal Affairs to Governor Mills. She is the author of “In The Shadow of The Eagle A Tribal Representative In Maine”. Donna has an Annual lecture series in her name at the University of New England that addresses Social Justice and Human Rights issues. In 2017 She received an Honorary Doctoral Degree in Humane Letters from the University of Maine Orono and was given the Alumni Service Award. It is the most prestigious recognition given by the University of Maine Alumni Association. It is presented Annually to a University of Maine graduate whose life's work is marked by outstanding achievements in professional, business, civic and/or Public service areas. Donna received a second Honorary Doctorate from Thomas College in May of 2022 The post Wabanaki Windows 7/26/22: Sovereignty and its meaning: A 2 part series. first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Outside the Box 7/26/22: “PFAS”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 6:34

    Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry's activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a garden yearly since 1977, joined various food cooperatives and two men's groups, refused to pay federal income taxes for war, lived on a community land trust for 23 years, and met a wonderful partner whom Larry has loved for over 40 years. Larry has produced Outside the Box features on WERU since 2007 and continues to look for unique ways of seeing almost any problem or situation. The post Outside the Box 7/26/22: “PFAS” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Esoterica 7/26/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Three

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 26, 2022 4:54

    Andree Bella | Writer/Reader The post Esoterica 7/26/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Three first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    A Word in Edgewise 7/25/22: From Father Rale’s War to Emmett Till . . .

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2022 8:53

    Producer/Host: R.W. Estela The post A Word in Edgewise 7/25/22: From Father Rale's War to Emmett Till . . . first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Essential Rhythm 7/24/22: A Mystery at the Beach

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 5:04

    Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley This episode details finding a mass of long fin squid eggs washed up on the shore at a local Maine beach. Squid life history and mating behavior are also discussed. About the host: Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine. The post The Essential Rhythm 7/24/22: A Mystery at the Beach first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Nature of Phenology 7/23/22: Clouds

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 4:28

    Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn Host: Hazel Stark Guest written by Zabet NeuCollins Thunderstorms come from cumulonimbus clouds, which are the giants of the cloud world. They are the only cloud that extends through all three cloud levels. Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com About the host/writers: Joe Horn lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide and Carpenter. He is passionate about fishing, cooking, and making things with his hands. He has both an MBA in Sustainability and an MS focused in Environmental Education. Joe can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com Hazel Stark lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder and Naturalist Educator at Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide. She loves taking a closer look at nature through the lens of her camera, napping in beds of moss, and taking hikes to high points to see what being tall is all about. She has an MS in Resource Management and Conservation and is a lifelong Maine outdoorswoman. Hazel can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com The post The Nature of Phenology 7/23/22: Clouds first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Cosmic Curator 7/23/22: Astrology 101

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 5:08

    This is your Cosmic Curator, Tom Yaroschuk, with a look at the zodiac for Saturday July 23rd as seen through the lens of vedic astrology. Astrology has two essential building blocks. First come the Planets. The planets express a particular energy or consciousness. Next are the signs, those 30 degree positions in the sky through which the planets express their energies. Think of it like a musical instrument… About the Host: Tom Yaroschuk is a Vedic Astrologer. His intention is to help people understand their karma and the issues they may confront to cultivate more fulfilling lives. Tom is writing a memoir of the spiritual lessons derived from his work in a Homeless Day Center in between a career as an award winning television and documentary producer. The post The Cosmic Curator 7/23/22: Astrology 101 first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Earthwise 7/23/22: The Element of Water

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 23, 2022 5:37

    Producer/Host: Anu Dudley The post Earthwise 7/23/22: The Element of Water first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Coastal Conversations 7/22/22: Landscape of Change

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 58:43

    Producer/Host: Natalie Springuel Coastal Conversations: Conversations with people who live, work, and play on the Maine coast, hosted by the University of Maine Sea Grant Program. Today our show is about the Mount Desert Island-based project called a Landscape of Change. Landscape of Change is a collaborative project with the goal of compiling and publishing historical records of natural history observations on Mount Desert Island, dating back to the late 1800s, and comparing these with contemporary data to document change over time. While the project focuses on the science of environmental change, it also explores how every-day people can collect meaningful scientific data, and how people might choose to respond to ecological change, as individuals, as artists, as natural resource managers, as activists or even as a society as a whole. 1. What are the historical records that provide the baseline from which your are able to document ecological change on Mount Desert Island? 2. What are the modern methods of data collection that citizens are involved in collecting? 3. What are the changes you have found in MDI's natural environment in the past 100+ years 4. How can citizens and visitors become involved and learn more? Guests: Raney Bench, Executive Director of the Mount Desert Island Historical Society Johanna Blackman, Executive Director of A Climate to Thrive Jennifer Steen Booher, Artist-in-residence with MDI Historical Society. Seth Benz, Director of Bird Ecology at Schoodic Institute at Acadia Nation Park Catherine Schmitt, science writer with Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park Kyle Lima, Data Analyst, also with the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park About the host: Natalie Springuel has hosted Coastal Conversation's since 2015, with support from the University of Maine Sea Grant where she has served as a marine extension associate for 20 years. In 2019, Springuel received an award for Public Affairs programming from the Maine Association of Broadcasters for the Coastal Conversations show called “Portland's Working Waterfront.” Springuel is passionate about translating science, sharing stories, and offering a platform for multiple voices to weigh in on complex coastal and ocean issues. She has recently enrolled in audio production training at Maine Media Workshop to dive deeper into making great community radio. The post Coastal Conversations 7/22/22: Landscape of Change first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Awanadjo Almanack 7/22/22: “Summer Patchwork”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2022 7:42

    Producer/Host: Rob McCall Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall About the host, Rob McCall: Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, grew up in Oregon and Illinois. Father was a Scots-Irish preacher, mother a Yankee Congregationalist tracing her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Father taught him about Scripture, mother taught him about Nature. Bachelor of arts in philosophy, bachelor of divinity in American religious history, graduate studies in education, doctor of ministry in congregational studies, certified in elementary education, tree fruits and entomology. Worked as an elementary school teacher, tree and landscape contractor, church sexton, orchard manager, chimney sweep, ambulance driver, musician. Began second career as a preacher at age 40. Served as minister of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine 1986 – 2014. He is currently chaplain of the Brooklin Fire Department. Since 1992 has published the weekly Awanadjo Almanack which is broadcast to midcoast Maine and on the web at WERU-FM and appears in a number of publications. His writing has also appeared in Yankee, Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Island Journal and elsewhere. His first book, Small Misty Mountain, was published in 2006 by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Publisher's Weekly called it “by turns inspiring and infuriating.” His second book, Great Speckled Bird, followed in 2012. His third book, Some Glad Morning, was released in October 2020. Passions include wild plants and animals, and traditional fiddle tunes. Married for 53 years to Rebecca Haley, artist and singer. Father of two, grandfather of two. The post Awanadjo Almanack 7/22/22: “Summer Patchwork” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Dawnland Signals 7/21/22: Wendy Newell Dyer’s Adoption Story

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 58:09

    Producers/Hosts: Maria Girouard, Esther Anne Jeffrey Hotchkiss, Zoom recording technician Dawnland Signals highlights indigenous topics not immediately represented in mainstream media and is meant to share, inspire, and inform. Join co-hosts Maria Girouard and Esther Anne as they engage in critical conversations of truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland. This month's show features Wendy Newell Dyer from Jonesport, who shares her adoption story and journey of connecting to her Passamaquoddy roots and birth father, the late Wayne Newell, a revered elder, teacher and scholar. – Life experience as an adoptee looking for her birth parents – Learning of her Passamaquoddy origins and her famous father – Transforming life trauma into belonging through teaching, writing, and culture Guest: Wendy Newell Dyer, Passamaquoddy Links: Statement to the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission Writings for Dawnland Voices: Dawnland Signals 1/7/2019 Dawnland Signals 7/30/2019 About the hosts: Esther Anne, is a Passamaquoddy from Sipayik who lives on Indian Island and serves on the Wabanaki REACH Board of Directors. Maria Girouard, Penobscot from Indian Island, is Executive Director of Wabanaki REACH, a statewide organization working toward truth, healing, and change in the Dawnland. Maria is a tribal historian with a Master’s Degree in History from the University of Maine and a special interest in the Maine Indian Land Claims. Maria has devoted years to community organizing, environmental stewardship and activism, and growing food in tribal communities. The post Dawnland Signals 7/21/22: Wendy Newell Dyer's Adoption Story first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/21/22: Summer Encore 7 – Our Devices Watch Us

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 21, 2022 9:22

    Producer/Host: Jim Campbell Hmmm. A report from Common Sense Media with a subtitle of “Watching TV That Watches Us.” Wonder what that could be about? Strangely enough, it is about exactly what it’s title says. Here’s why… Here are links to the reports mentioned in today’s program: Privacy of Streaming Apps and Devices: Watching TV That Watches Us, Common Sense Media iPhone and Android Privacy About the host: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. The post Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/21/22: Summer Encore 7 – Our Devices Watch Us first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Maine Currents Special 7/20/22- Sears Island: The Latest Threat

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 59:29

    Producer/Host: Amy Browne Sears Island, located near Searsport, is a 940 acre island connected to the mainland since the late 80s by a causeway. Though it is near industrialized areas, it is mostly undeveloped and currently uninhabited by humans. Many people use the island recreationally, year ’round. Over the decades, people who care about the island have protected it from one proposed development after another- and the island may be under threat again. Today we’ll hear about the latest development proposed for the island- from some of the folks who have been involved over the years. Guests: Steve Miller of Islesboro Islands Trust Susan White & Rolf Olsen of Friends of Sears Island Becky Bartovics & Matthew Cannon of Sierra Club Maine FMI (including reports referenced on the show) Friends of Sears Island Offshore Wind Project Resources page About the host: Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU’s News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices and Maine Currents, she also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and the First Place 2017 Radio News Award from the Maine Association of Broadcasters. The post Maine Currents Special 7/20/22- Sears Island: The Latest Threat first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Relationship Rewind 7/19/22: Fleabag

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 27:02

    Host: Alli Williamson (she, hers) Youth Educator and Advocate at NextStep Domestic Violence Project Helpline: 1(800) 315-5579 Music credit: Brandon Nelson (he, him) local musician donated theme music for the show. Relationship Rewind: Rewinding relationships in popular media and breaking down behaviors based in power, control, and abuse. This episode we're discussing the tv show Fleabag. -Unhealthy behaviors in relationships -How media normalizes these behaviors -The impacts of these messages about relationships on young people Guest: Nati, Local College Student About the host: Alli Williamson (she, her) is the youth educator and advocate for NextStep Domestic Violence Project based in Hancock and Washington County, ME. She teaches young people from Kindergarten to College about what power and control looks like in friendships and relationships, what resources are available to support those experiencing this, and how we can work to make our schools and communities safer and more equal spaces where abuse may be less likely to happen. The post Relationship Rewind 7/19/22: Fleabag first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Esoterica 7/19/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Two

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 4:57

    Andree Bella | Writer/Reader The post Esoterica 7/19/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part Two first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Outside the Box 7/19/22: “A Small Farm Future?”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 19, 2022 7:06

    Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry's activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a garden yearly since 1977, joined various food cooperatives and two men's groups, refused to pay federal income taxes for war, lived on a community land trust for 23 years, and met a wonderful partner whom Larry has loved for over 40 years. Larry has produced Outside the Box features on WERU since 2007 and continues to look for unique ways of seeing almost any problem or situation. The post Outside the Box 7/19/22: “A Small Farm Future?” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    A Word in Edgewise 7/18/22: Eight Billion Inhabitants on Earth by November . . .

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2022 9:11

    Producer/Host: R.W. Estela The post A Word in Edgewise 7/18/22: Eight Billion Inhabitants on Earth by November . . . first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Essential Rhythm 7/17/22: Maine’s Most Active Clam

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 5:10

    Producer/Host: Sarah O’Malley This episode describes Ensis directus, otherwise known as razor or jack knife clams. These clams are known for being very active, rapidly burrowing into the sand using their large and powerful foot. Some sources report they can even swim in the water! About the host: Sarah O’Malley is an ecologist, naturalist and science communicator passionate about deepening her listeners’ experiences with the natural world. She teaches biology and sustainability at Maine Maritime Academy and is currently collaborating on a guide book to the intertidal zone in the Gulf of Maine. The post The Essential Rhythm 7/17/22: Maine's Most Active Clam first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Nature of Phenology 7/16/22: Ghost pipes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 4:44

    Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn Host: Hazel Stark Seen a small cluster of tobacco pipe-shaped mushrooms standing six inches or so above the leafy duff of their forested homes? They are not actually mushrooms but a parasitic plant. Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com About the host/writers: Joe Horn lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide and Carpenter. He is passionate about fishing, cooking, and making things with his hands. He has both an MBA in Sustainability and an MS focused in Environmental Education. Joe can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com Hazel Stark lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder and Naturalist Educator at Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide. She loves taking a closer look at nature through the lens of her camera, napping in beds of moss, and taking hikes to high points to see what being tall is all about. She has an MS in Resource Management and Conservation and is a lifelong Maine outdoorswoman. Hazel can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com The post The Nature of Phenology 7/16/22: Ghost pipes first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Cosmic Curator 7/16/22: Where's There's a Will, There's a Way

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 5:13

    This is your Cosmic Curator, Tom Yaroschuk, with a look at the stars for Saturday July 16th. Well folks, how was your week? Did the full moon on Wednesday the 13th keep you up? Tides and emotions rise high.. . under a full moon. Real high. that's where the word lunatic comes from. Full moons can deliver a much needed insight. Otherwise known as “karma calling”… About the Host: Tom Yaroschuk is a Vedic Astrologer. His intention is to help people understand their karma and the issues they may confront to cultivate more fulfilling lives. Tom is writing a memoir of the spiritual lessons derived from his work in a Homeless Day Center in between a career as an award winning television and documentary producer. The post The Cosmic Curator 7/16/22: Where's There's a Will, There's a Way first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Earthwise 7/16/22: The Mountain Lion

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 16, 2022 4:51

    Producer/Host: Anu Dudley The post Earthwise 7/16/22: The Mountain Lion first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Democracy Forum 7/15/22: Taxation without Representation: Should DC be a State?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 58:09

    Host: Ann Luther, League of Women Voters of Maine Democracy Forum: Participatory Democracy, encouraging citizens to take an active role in government and politics Taxation without Representation: Should DC be a State? What rights of self-determination do DC residents now enjoy? How are their rights now constrained? What are the obstacles to DC statehood? What is the history? What is the racial justice aspect to this issue? Against the backdrop of Maine’s own struggle for statehood and the Missouri Compromise, why should Maine people care? Anne Anderson, Chair of the League of Women Voters DC Full Rights Committee Chris Myers Asch, Visiting Instructor of History, Colby College, and co-author of the book, Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital To learn more about this topic: League of Women Voters of the District of Columbia – YouTube With Liberty and Justice for All (Except DC) | League of Women Voters, May 2022 The Case for Statehood – DC History Center, with links to other great resources DC Statehood Explained | Brennan Center for Justice, March, 2022 epublicans Used to Back DC Statehood. What Changed? – The Atlantic, David Graham, June, 2021 The Long Fight for DC Statehood – JSTOR Daily, Livia Gershon, February, 2021 When Adding New States Helped the Republicans – The Atlantic, Heather Cox Richardson, September, 2019 Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital by Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove, 2019 On the Road with the DC Statehood Toolkit, League of Women Voters of DC, November 2017 The mostly volunteer team at the League of Women Voters – Downeast who plan and coordinate this series includes: Martha Dickinson, Starr Gilmartin, Maggie Harling, Ann Luther, Judith Lyles, Wendilee O'Brien, Maryann Ogonowski, Pam Person, Lane Sturtevant, Leah Taylor, Linda Washburn About the host: Ann currently serves as Treasurer of the League of Women Voters of Maine and leads the LWVME Advocacy Team. She served as President of LWVME from 2003 to 2007 and as co-president from 2007-2009. In her work for the League, Ann has worked for greater public understanding of public policy issues and for the League's priority issues in Clean Elections & Campaign Finance Reform, Voting Rights, Ethics in Government, Ranked Choice Voting, and Repeal of Term Limits. Representing LWVME at Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, she served that coalition as co-president from 2006 to 2011. She remains on the board of MCCE and serves as Treasurer. She is active in the LWV-Downeast and hosts their monthly radio show, The Democracy Forum, on WERU FM Community Radio -which started out in 2004 as an recurring special, and became a regular monthly program in 2012. She was the 2013 recipient of the Baldwin Award from the ACLU of Maine for her work on voting rights and elections. She joined the League in 1998 when she retired as Senior Vice President at SEI Investments. Ann was a founder of the MDI Restorative Justice Program, 1999 – 2000, and served on its Executive Board. The post Democracy Forum 7/15/22: Taxation without Representation: Should DC be a State? first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Awanadjo Almanack 7/15/22: “Nature and Flip-flops”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 15, 2022 7:53

    Producer/Host: Rob McCall Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall About the host, Rob McCall: Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, grew up in Oregon and Illinois. Father was a Scots-Irish preacher, mother a Yankee Congregationalist tracing her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Father taught him about Scripture, mother taught him about Nature. Bachelor of arts in philosophy, bachelor of divinity in American religious history, graduate studies in education, doctor of ministry in congregational studies, certified in elementary education, tree fruits and entomology. Worked as an elementary school teacher, tree and landscape contractor, church sexton, orchard manager, chimney sweep, ambulance driver, musician. Began second career as a preacher at age 40. Served as minister of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine 1986 – 2014. He is currently chaplain of the Brooklin Fire Department. Since 1992 has published the weekly Awanadjo Almanack which is broadcast to midcoast Maine and on the web at WERU-FM and appears in a number of publications. His writing has also appeared in Yankee, Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Island Journal and elsewhere. His first book, Small Misty Mountain, was published in 2006 by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Publisher's Weekly called it “by turns inspiring and infuriating.” His second book, Great Speckled Bird, followed in 2012. His third book, Some Glad Morning, was released in October 2020. Passions include wild plants and animals, and traditional fiddle tunes. Married for 53 years to Rebecca Haley, artist and singer. Father of two, grandfather of two. The post Awanadjo Almanack 7/15/22: “Nature and Flip-flops” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Common Ground Radio 7/14/22: Farmers and Stress

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 58:00

    Producers/Hosts: Caitlyn Barker, Holli Cederholm Editing: Clare Boland Common Ground Radio is an hour-long discussion of local food and organic agriculture with people here in the state of Maine and beyond. The July episode of Common Ground Radio explores the issue of farmers and stress. Host Caitlyn Barker speaks with Abby Sadauckas, a farmer in southern Maine and member of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Farm Coaching Team and MOFGA Farmer Programs Director Ryan Dennett. Topics include land access, financial stability, mental health and many others. A variety of relevant resources are also provided. -Farmers and stress -Resources available to farmers -Mental health and farming Guests: Abby Sadauckas, co-owner of Apple Creek Farm and member of the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Farm Coaching Team. Ryan Dennett, Farmer Programs Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association FMI: MOFGA Farmer Resources Labor Movement: labor-movement.com Labor Movement Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network Maine Farmer Resource Network 211 Maine Farm Aid Farmer Resource Network Maine Farmland Trust Land For Good About the hosts: Holli Cederholm has been involved in organic agriculture since 2005 when she first apprenticed on a small farm. She has worked on organic farms in Maine, Vermont, Connecticut, Scotland and Italy and, in 2010, founded a small farm focused on celebrating open-pollinated and heirloom vegetables. As the former manager of a national nonprofit dedicated to organic seed growers, she authored a peer-reviewed handbook on GMO avoidance strategies for seed growers. Holli has also been a steward at Forest Farm, the iconic homestead of “The Good Life” authors Helen and Scott Nearing; a host of “The Farm Report” on Heritage Radio Network; and a long-time contributor for The Maine Organic Farmer & Gardener, which she now edits in her role as content creator and editor at MOFGA. Caitlyn Barker has worked in education and organic agriculture on and off for the last 17 years. She has worked on an organic vegetable farm, served on the Maine Farm to School network, worked in early childhood education and taught elementary school. She currently serves as the community engagement coordinator for MOFGA. The post Common Ground Radio 7/14/22: Farmers and Stress first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/14/22: Summer Encore 6- Understanding Algorithms

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 14, 2022 9:30

    Producer/Host: Jim Campbell Algorithms are a big part of our lives these days, though many of us may not be aware of that fact. More and more, though, regulators are attempting to make those who are using algorithms to make decisions that affect our lives in important ways – who should get a mortgage, how much should someone pay for car insurance, etc. – to explain how those algorithms work. The problem is that those who use algorithms often don’t actually know how they work. And, surprise, neither do the software engineers who designed them. What? Listen up. About the host: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. The post Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/14/22: Summer Encore 6- Understanding Algorithms first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Talk of the Towns 7/13/22: How Municipalities Maintain Roads

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 13, 2022 58:09

    Producer/Host: Ron Beard Theme music for Talk of the Towns is a medley from Coronach, on a Balnain House Talk of the Towns: Local Community concerns and opportunities For the most part, you can get there from here, thanks to the dedication of those who take care of our road systems. At the town level, that might be a whole public works department or to a road supervisor with a budget to contract for services. In conversation with representatives of Ellsworth and Tremont, we learn how they take care of their roads… plowing and potholes in the winter and repaving and other projects in the summer and fall. -Description of Ellsworth and Tremont's road systems and annual cycle of maintaining roads -Are their best practices or “science” that you follow in maintaining or rebuilding roads? -How do you share responsibilities for any State Roads with Maine Department of Transportation? -How is your town adapting to the increased frequency and intensity of rain storms and other weather? Guests: Lisa Sekulich, Public Works Director, City of Ellsworth Jesse Dunbar, Town Manager, Town of Tremont About the host: Ron Beard is producer and host of Talk of the Towns, which first aired on WERU in 1993 as part of his community building work as an Extension professor with University of Maine Cooperative Extension and Sea Grant. He took all the journalism courses he could fit in while an undergraduate student in wildlife management and served as an intern with Maine Public Television nightly newscast in the early 1970s. Ron is an adjunct faculty member at College of the Atlantic, teaching courses on community development. Ron served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for six years and is currently board chair for the Jesup Memorial Library in Bar Harbor, where he has lived since 1975. Look for him on the Allagash River in June, and whenever he can get away, in the highlands of Scotland where he was fortunate to spend two sabbaticals. The post Talk of the Towns 7/13/22: How Municipalities Maintain Roads first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    BoatTalk 7/12/22 (Originally aired July 2015)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 57:54

    Producers/Hosts: Mike Joyce, Alan Sprague l'herimone, jellyfish Guest: Steve Rappaport, Ellsworth American About the hosts: Alan Sprague a.k.a. Flounder of the Soul Show, has been a programmer at WERU since the glaciers receded. For thirty years at community radio he has worked his way from being an unpaid volunteer to being an unpaid volunteer today, and he says he’s worth every cent of it. In 2003 he and Mike Joyce started the monthly call-in show Boattalk which has become a boating related show without piers (pi). Mike and Alan met many years ago while both were working at the Hinckley Company. Alan was the head service carpenter at the Hinckley skunkworks called Bass Harbor Marine or sometimes Kibbee’s Kennels. He worked there for nearly thirty years and saw yachts of stories to tell yawl. As part of Boattalk they organize the annual WERU Boattalk Cruise in late June for a fun pot-luck trip up Somes Sound, America’s former fiord. Quite cunning Mike and Alan are to work a free scenic boat trip with fine food for themselves. Mike Joyce bio to follow Jon Johansen bio to follow The post BoatTalk 7/12/22 (Originally aired July 2015) first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Outside the Box 7/12/22: “The Great Replacement”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 7:15

    Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry's activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a garden yearly since 1977, joined various food cooperatives and two men's groups, refused to pay federal income taxes for war, lived on a community land trust for 23 years, and met a wonderful partner whom Larry has loved for over 40 years. Larry has produced Outside the Box features on WERU since 2007 and continues to look for unique ways of seeing almost any problem or situation. The post Outside the Box 7/12/22: “The Great Replacement” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Esoterica 7/12/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part One

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 12, 2022 4:45

    Andree Bella | Writer/Reader The post Esoterica 7/12/22: The Traveling Necklace: Part One first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Nature of Phenology 7/9/22: Hummingbird Moths

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 5:11

    Producers: Hazel Stark & Joe Horn Host: Hazel Stark These moths behave so much like hummingbirds, they are often overlooked with the assumption that they are indeed a hummingbird. Their wings move so quickly, they emit a similar hum, and they can hover in place like a hummingbird. Photos, a full transcript, references, contact information, and more available at thenatureofphenology.wordpress.com About the host/writers: Joe Horn lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder of Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide and Carpenter. He is passionate about fishing, cooking, and making things with his hands. He has both an MBA in Sustainability and an MS focused in Environmental Education. Joe can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com Hazel Stark lives in Gouldsboro, is Co-Founder and Naturalist Educator at Maine Outdoor School, L3C, and is a Registered Maine Guide. She loves taking a closer look at nature through the lens of her camera, napping in beds of moss, and taking hikes to high points to see what being tall is all about. She has an MS in Resource Management and Conservation and is a lifelong Maine outdoorswoman. Hazel can be reached by emailing naturephenology@gmail.com The post The Nature of Phenology 7/9/22: Hummingbird Moths first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Earthwise 7/9/22: The Color Red

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 4:50

    Producer/Host: Anu Dudley The post Earthwise 7/9/22: The Color Red first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    The Cosmic Curator 7/9/22: Emotional Complications

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 9, 2022 5:05

    This is your Cosmic Curator, Tom Yaroschuk, with a look at the zodiac for today Saturday, July 9th. Well folks, it could be a very emotional week. That's because the moon, the ruler of emotions is running a gauntlet of inharmonious planetary aspects. You could find yourself being more sensitive to Real or imagined slights and offenses. So its good to remember, feelings, as the Buddha said, are like clouds. They come. They go. So Here's what's up. Last week we had a new moon. As the moon moves on from darkness to light, it has a certain vibe. The first quarter moon typically creates a vibe of tension, stress and strain. That because it's the energy of becoming… About the Host: Tom Yaroschuk is a Vedic Astrologer. His intention is to help people understand their karma and the issues they may confront to cultivate more fulfilling lives. Tom is writing a memoir of the spiritual lessons derived from his work in a Homeless Day Center in between a career as an award winning television and documentary producer. The post The Cosmic Curator 7/9/22: Emotional Complications first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Let’s Talk About It 7/8/22 (Originally aired July 2021)

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 58:02

    Producer/Host: Patrisha McLean Production assistance: Tammy Oropesa Music by Roan Yellowthorn AKA the host's daughter Jackie McLean Strack Let’s Talk About It: Conversations with Survivors of Domestic Abuse -Terrorizing -Isolation -Incompetence of District Attorney Guest: Rebekah Lowell, illustrator and author of the just-published middle grade book The Road to After, talks about how the man she met at 17 kept her and then their two children captive and confined for years. About the host: Patrisha McLean is an award-winning photojournalist and the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the Maine-based non-profit organization marshaling survivor voices and community creativity to break the silence of domestic abuse. About the host: Patrisha McLean is the founder/president of Finding Our Voices, the grassrroots survivor-powered non-profit organization breaking the silence of domestic abuse community by community all across Maine. The post Let's Talk About It 7/8/22 (Originally aired July 2021) first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Awanadjo Almanack 7/8/22: “Nature Speaks”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 8, 2022 8:13

    Producer/Host: Rob McCall Production Assistance: Rebecca McCall About the host, Rob McCall: Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, grew up in Oregon and Illinois. Father was a Scots-Irish preacher, mother a Yankee Congregationalist tracing her ancestry back to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Father taught him about Scripture, mother taught him about Nature. Bachelor of arts in philosophy, bachelor of divinity in American religious history, graduate studies in education, doctor of ministry in congregational studies, certified in elementary education, tree fruits and entomology. Worked as an elementary school teacher, tree and landscape contractor, church sexton, orchard manager, chimney sweep, ambulance driver, musician. Began second career as a preacher at age 40. Served as minister of the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill, Maine 1986 – 2014. He is currently chaplain of the Brooklin Fire Department. Since 1992 has published the weekly Awanadjo Almanack which is broadcast to midcoast Maine and on the web at WERU-FM and appears in a number of publications. His writing has also appeared in Yankee, Down East, Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors, Island Journal and elsewhere. His first book, Small Misty Mountain, was published in 2006 by Pushcart Press and distributed by W.W. Norton. Publisher's Weekly called it “by turns inspiring and infuriating.” His second book, Great Speckled Bird, followed in 2012. His third book, Some Glad Morning, was released in October 2020. Passions include wild plants and animals, and traditional fiddle tunes. Married for 53 years to Rebecca Haley, artist and singer. Father of two, grandfather of two. The post Awanadjo Almanack 7/8/22: “Nature Speaks” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/7/22: Summer Encore 5: Understanding Algorithms 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 7, 2022 9:05

    Producer/Host: Jim Campbell About the host: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. The post Notes from the Electronic Cottage 7/7/22: Summer Encore 5: Understanding Algorithms 1 first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Maine: The Way Life Could Be 7/5/22: Shifting Demographics in Maine

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 56:51

    Producers/Hosts: Jim Campbell and Amy Browne This series is made possible in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission Welcome to this edition of Maine: The Way Life Could Be, a series in which we look at challenges and opportunities facing Maine in the lifetimes of people alive today. The population of Maine has been the oldest and “whitest” in the state, but even before the real estate boom during the pandemic, some of state’s demographics were starting to shift. Today we look at the 2018-2028 demographics forecast for the state, with Maine’s State Economist, Amanda Rector, author of the report. We also talk with Jim Fisher, Deer Isle Town Manager and Hancock County planner, about how some of the trends play out in real life in our communities. Guests: Amanda Rector is the State Economist for Maine. In this capacity, she conducts ongoing analysis of Maine’s economic and demographic conditions to help inform policy decisions. Amanda is a member of the State of Maine's Revenue Forecasting Committee and serves as the Governor's liaison to the U. S. Census Bureau. She started working for the state in 2004 and has been State Economist since 2011. She earned a BA in Economics from Wellesley College and her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from the Muskie School of Public Service at the University of Southern Maine. Jim Fisher is the Town Manager for Deer Isle and former senior planner with the Hancock County Planning Commission. He earned a doctorate in urban regional planning from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and was a Fulbright scholar. He also hosted “Common Health” here on WERU for several years. FMI: Maine Population Outlook, 2018-2018, Office of the State Economist State Economist Amanda Rector presents Trends and Outlook for Maine’s Economy to the Maine Association of Mortgage Professionals, June 8, 2022 Pandemic Migration Spurs Maine’s Biggest Population Growth in Two Decades, Jessica Piper, Bangor Daily News, December 27, 2021 About the hosts: Jim Campbell has a longstanding interest in the intersection of digital technology, law, and public policy and how they affect our daily lives in our increasingly digital world. He has banged around non-commercial radio for decades and, in the little known facts department (that should probably stay that way), he was one of the readers voicing Richard Nixon's words when NPR broadcast the entire transcript of the Watergate tapes. Like several other current WERU volunteers, he was at the station's sign-on party on May 1, 1988 and has been a volunteer ever since doing an early stint as a Morning Maine host, and later producing WERU program series including Northern Lights, Conversations on Science and Society, Sound Portrait of the Artist, Selections from the Camden Conference, others that will probably come to him after this is is posted, and, of course, Notes from the Electronic Cottage. Amy Browne started out at WERU as a volunteer news & public affairs producer in 2000, co-hosting/co-producing RadioActive with Meredith DeFrancesco. She joined the team of Voices producers a few years later, and has been WERU's News & Public Affairs Manager since January, 2006. In addition to RadioActive, Voices, Maine Currents and Maine: The Way Life Could Be, Amy also produced and hosted the WERU News Report for several years. She has produced segments for national programs including Free Speech Radio News, This Way Out, Making Contact, Workers Independent News, Pacifica PeaceWatch, and Live Wire News, and has contributed to Democracy Now and the WBAI News Report. She is the recipient of the 2014 Excellence in Environmental Journalism Award from the Sierra Club of Maine, and Maine Association of Broadcasters awards for her work in 2017 and 2021. The post Maine: The Way Life Could Be 7/5/22: Shifting Demographics in Maine first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Outside the Box 7/5/22: “Great Again?”

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 6:50

    Producer/Host: Larry Dansinger About the host: Larry Dansinger (no pronouns) of Bangor came to Maine in 1974 and has been here ever since. Some of Larry's activities since then: Done community organizing on numerous issues through INVERT and then Resources for Organizing and Social Change (ROSC), committed civil disobedience several times, grown a garden yearly since 1977, joined various food cooperatives and two men's groups, refused to pay federal income taxes for war, lived on a community land trust for 23 years, and met a wonderful partner whom Larry has loved for over 40 years. Larry has produced Outside the Box features on WERU since 2007 and continues to look for unique ways of seeing almost any problem or situation. The post Outside the Box 7/5/22: “Great Again?” first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

    Esoterica 7/5/22: Acceptance = Freedom

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 5, 2022 4:54

    CJ kenna | Producer + Writer/Reader The post Esoterica 7/5/22: Acceptance = Freedom first appeared on WERU 89.9 FM Blue Hill, Maine Local News and Public Affairs Archives.

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