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Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio

Beginning in 2004 and every four years since, the League of Women Voters - Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM has produced and sponsored a series of radio programs on topics in participatory democracy called the Democracy Forum.

This year, broadcasts may be heard live from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. on the third Friday of the month beginning on February 19. Listen live at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill, 99.9 FM Bangor, streaming live on the web at WERU FM.

Here is information about upcoming programs in 2016.

Programs from the 2012 archive and the 2008 archive are also available online.

February 19 - Political Equality: The Founding Vision, the Modern Reality

Who are to be the electors of the federal representative? Not the rich, more than the poor; not the learned, more than the ignorant; not the haughty heirs of distinguished names, more than the humble sons of obscurity and unpropitious fortune. The electors are to be the great body of the people of the United States. -- James Madison, Federalist 57

Special Guests:

  • Ralph Ketcham, Maxwell Professor Emeritus of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University.
  • Mark Brewer, Professor and Interim Department Chair of Political Science at the University of Maine.

Listen to the conversation at community radio WERU FM, 89.9 Orland, 99.9 Bangor, streaming live at

March 18: Equal Representation: Wealth and Income Inequality, Money in Politics

Special Guests:
  • Mark Schmitt, Director, Political Reform Program, New America
  • Tony Corrado, nonresident senior fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Government at Colby College