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March: The Two Maines

The League of Women Voters Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM is producing and sponsoring a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor. Listen live on the Web at WERU FM.

Join us the following Wednesday evening, 5:30 - 7:00, for an in-person public conversation on this topic.

Here is information about our upcoming broadcast.

March 17 - Two Maines: Can We Bridge the Divide?

"There is no Them. There are only facets of Us." ― author John Green

We'll talk about the cultural, demographic, and economic differences that define the two Maines and how those differences are sharpening political differences. Are there only two Maines? Can we bridge the divide? We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

In case you missed it live, you can listen to this show from the archive at

Special Guests:

  • Alan Caron is the owner of Caron Communications and the author of "Maine's next Economy" and "Reinventing Maine's Government"
  • Erin Rhoda is the editor of Maine Focus, an award-winning journalism and community engagement initiative at the Bangor Daily News.
  • Matt Stone is a journalist and writer on the Bangor Daily News Maine Focus team.

Key Topics:
  • When discussing the "Two Maines," which two are we talking about? Where is the boundary? Are there only two?
  • What is the origin of the two Maines? How far back in our history does it go? What s the essence of the difference between the two?
  • What biases and values infect our perceptions about each other? How true are they?
  • What economic and cultural differences are at play? Is Maine's duality different from what we read about in other states or across the country?

To learn more, follow these links to related articles and essays:

Read about and listen to past programs from the League archive.

March 22 -- Public Conversation

Join us at Pat's Pizza, Ellsworth, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. to continue the conversation on the Two Maines.

Special guests:

  • Jim Breece is Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Maine and author of An Overview of Maine Economic Data published 2016.
  • Susan Lessard is the Town Manager of Bucksport.
  • Paul Paradis is a Bar Harbor Town Councilor and businessman.

Light snacks will be served; beverages will be available for purchase.

Future Topics in this Series

Join us to discuss important issues and how they affect us here in Maine. (Subject to change.)

FAKE NEWS: Who Can You Trust?
April 21, Democracy Forum, WERU-FM, 10-11 am
April 26, Public Conversation 5:30-7:00pm

FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers
May 19, Democracy Forum, WERU-FM, 10-11 am
May 24, Public Conversation 5:30-7:00pm

JOBS IN MAINE: What's the Future?
June 16, Democracy Forum, WERU-FM, 10-11 am
June 21, Public Conversation 5:30-7:00pm

July 21, Democracy Forum, WERU-FM, 10-11 am
July 26, Public Converation 5:30-7:00pm

September, October, November - To Be Announced