Voices 1/25/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Maine’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee is holding a confirmation hearing for Darryl Brown, Governor LePage’s nominee for commissioner of Maine’s Department of Environmental Protection, as we go to air today. 2 weeks ago on Voices we reported on concerns regarding potential conflicts of interest posed by Brown’s nomination, as he is a long time developer with dealings with the department. Today we bring you some excerpts from today’s confirmation hearing, which is still in progress.

Voices 1/11/11

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributors: Matt Murphy, Nicole Coppolla (Maine News Service)

Topics: Mainers Make Case Against Repealing Health Care Law this week in Augusta and the Maine League of Conservation Voters (MLCV) Responds to 2 of Governor LePage’s Nominations, and Area Youth bring “Poetry As Performance” to the Grand in Ellsworth.

Why are some Mainers opposing the repeal of the health care law? What is the MLCV’s position on LePage’s nominations for Commissioner for the Dept. of Environmental Protection and the Department of Conservation? How does the Governor’s office respond? How can local youth get involved with others interested in poetry?

Jasmine Ireland, Director of “Poetry As Performance” at the Grand Auditorium ( http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Grand-Auditorium/112755987339 )
Maureen Drouin, Executive Director, Maine League of Conservation Voters ( http://mlcv.org/ )
Dan Demeritt, Spokesperson for Governor LePage

Voices 12/28/10

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

John Christie of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting on his recent article “Shaded solar panels, disconnected wind turbines: tales of a $1.1 million state energy program” (http://pinetreewatchdog.org/) and Maine People’s Alliance (http://mainepeoplesalliance.org/) and Governor-elect Paul LePage’s transition team (www.lepagetransition.com) — attempts to find common ground are mired in accusations.

Voices 12/14/10

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producer: Alan Sprague

The locally-built 88 foot sailing vessel called “Raw Faith” made national news last week when, after a series of mishaps, it sunk, about 165 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. The 2 men aboard were rescued by Coast Guard.
“Raw Faith” has been a much-discussed topic on WERU’s “BoatTalk” program, and today on “Voices” we have some of the interviews and discussions from those shows, edited by Alan Sprague (who, along w/ Mike Joyce) hosts the “BoatTalk” show.

Weekend Voices 12/11/10

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producers: Andree Bella, Meaghan LaSala

Segment 1: Amy Browne interviews John Christie and Naomi Schalit, Senior Reporters for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, about their recent series of articles on Maine’s new Speaker of the House, Robert Nutting, and his history of overbilling MaineCare and then declaring his drug store bankrupt. What are the details of the Representative Nutting’s over-billing of MaineCare (ie Medicaid)? Was the money ever paid back? How do his fellow legislators feel that history reflects on him as a legislator? FMI: www.pinetreewatchdog.org

Segment 2: Andree Bella talks with Jennifer Hill of the “Belfast Area Transition Initiative”. What is the initiative? How can people get involved and/or start a similar project in their own community? FMI: rooted@fairpoint.net, 207-722-3383

Segment 3: Meaghan LaSala reports on the nurse’s strike at Eastern Maine Medical Center. Sounds from the November 22nd nurse’s strike at EMMC, and a follow up interview with Judy Brown, President of the Nurses Union. What are the main issues that caused the nurses to strike? What were the nurses hoping the strike will accomplish? What is EMMC’s position on the contract language? Are staffing ratios a broader, national problem?

Voices 12/7/10

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producer: Matt Murphy

Segment 1: Imagination Intensive Communities
Interviewer: Matt Murphy
Guests: Carol Trimble, Maine Alliance for Arts Education, and Katie Greene, Arts Department Chair, George Stevens Academy
Blue Hill Consortium Members:
The Bay School, Blue Hill Concert Association, the Bagaduce Lending Library, The Blue Hill Library, George Stevens Academy, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Kneisel Hall, New Surry Theater, Peninsula Pan, Peninsula Metamorphic Arts & Learning, The Atlantic Challenge, The Maine Alliance for Arts Education and WERU Youth Radio.

FMI: www.maineartsed.org

Segment 2: Matt Murphy interviews Tim Pugliese, star of New Surry Theater’s one-man show of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol”. FMI: www.NewSurryTheater.org

Weekend Voices 11/20/10

Executive Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Contributing Producers: Carolyn Coe, Meaghan LaSala, Matt Murphy

Segment 1: Veterans Peace Walk, Nov. 3-11, Farmington to Portland, 128 miles, passing through 43 communities
The walk was organized by Veterans for Peace as part of their commitment to end war and to have stronger communities.
Numbers swelled to 40 at times.

Voices: Jean Parker, Jim Shipsky, Voices for Peace choir, Nicole Moreau, Doug Rawlings, Bruce Gagnon, Timothy Bullock

website: www.vfpmaine.org

Segment 2: Inventors (description to follow)

Segment 3: Emmaus Homeless Shelter Thanksgiving and Christmas Services and Events
How dire the need is for emergency housing and food? How can one help provide support services for people who are currently homeless? What is happening locally for those who are in need of housing and/or food?
Guest: Sr. Lucille MacDonald, Director of the Emmaus Homeless Shelter in Ellsworth.