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May -- Free Trade: Winners and Losers in Maine

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.

May 19 -- Free Trade: Winners and Losers in Maine

"No nation was ever ruined by trade. " -- Benjamin Franklin

We'll talk about international trade policy, how does it work, who sets the rules, and what does it mean for Maine? 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 Guest:

Catherine Reilly deLutio, co-founder of 45 North Research. Kate has previously served as Senior Research Associate at the University of Maine's Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. She also served as Maine's State Economist from 2005 to 2009. We'll take listener calls during the second half of the show.

Key Topics:

  • What is the history of international trade in the U.S. going back to our founding?
  • What are some examples of trade disputes from our past?
  • What are the global trends that are affecting trade today?
  • What's the difference between "free trade" and "fair trade?"
  • How do Maine businesses go about selling their products in other countries?
  • What powers are invested in the various branches of the federal government? What role do states play?
  • How can citizens play a role?

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

May 24 -- Public Conversation

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

Special guests:

  • Jack Cashman, former chair of the Maine Public Utilities Commission talking about energy
  • Kevin Storey owner of Quoddy Shoes
  • Paul Volkhausen, proprietor of Happy Town Farm in Orland

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.)

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

Past Topics in this Series

BALLOT QUESTIONS IN MAINE: Whose Initiatives Are They?

THE TWO MAINES: Can We Bridge the Divide?

FAKE NEWS: Who Can You Trust?

FREE TRADE: Winners & Losers in Maine

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