'MPG Reports

'MPG Reports is WMPG's half-hour weekly news program, airing from 1 to 1:30p on Tuesdays - a pilot program for a possible future daily local news presence on WMPG. Tune in for news WMPG style - volunteer-driven and hyper-local! Hosted by WMPG Volunteer News Director Sam Bullock. Click on a "listen" link to stream individual stories!


Subject: Interview With Melanie Martinez from The Voice
Reporter(s): Sophie Frantz
Description: WMPG's Sophie Frantz interviewed singer songwriter Melanie Martinez while she was on tour. Martinez talks about her time on The Voice, Adam Levine, and about her characteristic two-tone hair.
Air date: August 26, 2014
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Subject: Portland Voted One of America's Best Towns By Outside Magazine Readers
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Description: Jonah Ogles, Editor of Outside magazine, talks with WMPG's Sam Bullock about how Portland was selected as one of the best towns in America.
Air date: August 19, 2014
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Subject: New Lays Flavor Taste Test
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Description: Lays has unveiled their newest flavor combinations and Lorenzo enlists some WMPG friends to test them out and give their impressions.
Air date: August 19, 2014
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Subject: The False Hope of Restitution for Non-Violent Crimes
Reporter(s): Marina Villanueve, John Christie
Description: The Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting has spent three months investigating the state of restitution payments in Maine and nationally. Prompted by the case of York's American Legion Post 56, they uncovered a broken system that leaves victims of non-violent crimes without hope.
Air date: August 12, 2014
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Subject: Nixon's Resignation and the Watergate Scandal 40 Years Later
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Description: On August 9, 1974, President Nixon resigned after his involvement in the Watergate scandal was revealed. USM historian Chris Beam worked for the National Archives processing the Nixon White House tapes. Lisa Bunker spoke with him about the impact of the scandal.
Air date: August 12, 2014
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Subject: Bates Dance Preview Part 5
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: The annual Bates Dances Festival is running July 11th through August 9th. WMPG reporter Jessica Lockhart gives a preview of the fifth and final weekend of performances.
Air date: August 5, 2014
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Subject: Ski's Shrimp Rally in Brunswick
Reporter(s): Annella Linton
Description: Scooter enthusiast and WMPG reporter Annella Linton traveled to Brunswick to witness Ski's Shrimp Rally, a motor scooter event like none other.
Air date: August 5, 2014
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Subject: Clear Skies Ordinance Follow-up
Reporter(s): Paul Drinan
Description: Reporter Paul Drinan gives an overview of the tar sands transportation issue in Maine and how South Portland came to its historic vote banning its transport on its waterfront.
Air date: July 29, 2014
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Subject: Bates Dance Preview Part 4
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: The annual Bates Dances Festival is running July 11th through August 9th. WMPG reporter Jessica Lockhart gives a preview of the fourth weekend of performances.
Air date: July 29, 2014
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Subject: Yelp in Maine
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Description: Who are these Yelp people and what are they doing?
Air date: July 29, 2014
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Subject: Bates Dance Preview Part 3
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: The annual Bates Dances Festival is running July 11th through August 9th. WMPG reporter Jessica Lockhart gives a preview of the third weekend of performances.
Air date: July 22, 2014
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Subject: SALT - Pro Life Pro Choice
Reporter(s): Peter Frick-Wright
Description: SALT Institue for Documentary Studies reporter Peter Frick-Wright explores using humor to tackle controversial issues.
Air date: July 22, 2014
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Subject: Bates Dance Preview Part 2
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: The annual Bates Dances Festival is running July 11th through August 9th. WMPG reporter Jessica Lockhart gives a preview of the second weekend of performances.
Air date: July 15, 2014
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Subject: This Land Press - From Georgia to Maine
Reporter(s): Ben Montgomery
Description: From This Land Press, Ben Montgomery tells the story of 67-year-old Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, who became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail in 1955.
Air date: July 15, 2014
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Subject: SALT - Rewire
Reporter(s): Shara Morris
Description: SALT Institue for Documentary Studies reporter Shara Morris explores the nature of memory and identity in this piece about artist Raphael Diluzio.
Air date: July 15, 2014
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Subject: Bates Dance Preview Part 1
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: The annual Bates Dances Festival is running July 11th through August 9th. WMPG reporter Jessica Lockhart gives a preview of the first weekend of performances.
Air date: July 8, 2014
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Subject: Green Acre - Cruising the High Seas
Reporter(s): Martha Baskin
Description: From Green Acre Radio, a report from Martha Baskin about the results of a recent month long 'ocean acidification cruise' reported by the National Science Foundation.
Air date: July 8, 2014
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Subject: The Jane Fonda
Reporter(s): Jake Ryan
Description: SALT Institue for Documentary Studies reporter Jake Ryan reports on a sandwich with a controversial name and its ties to the Vietnam War.
Air date: July 8, 2014
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Subject: No More Nice
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Description: In response to the proposed elimination of academic programs at the University of Southern Maine, a student protest group - Students for #USMFuture - introduces a new fundraising initiative.
Air date: July 1, 2014
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Subject: Maine's First Virtual School
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: For students who may not do their best in a traditional public school environment, Maine's Connections Academy provides a virtual alternative.
Air date: July 1, 2014
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Subject: Maine at Gettysburg
Reporter(s): Nicole LeClerc
Description: July 1st is the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg. Reporter Nicole LeClerc reports on the 20th Maine Volunteer Regiment's impact on the historic battle.
Air date: July 1, 2014
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Subject: How to Sea Glass
Reporter(s): Erica Lantz
Description: After 20 years of hunting sea glass, Bill and Helen Carney have collected and catalogued 200,000 pieces. But their obsession takes on new meaning as they encounter the trials of aging together.
Air date: July 1, 2014
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Subject: Tim Sample - Our Boy Hubert and the Wolf
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: There will be a special presentaton of Tim Sample's "Our Boy Hubert and the Wolf" on Sunday, June 29th, in Lewiston - the first live performance of the piece in more than a decade.
Air date: June 24, 2014
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Subject: SALT - The Alchemy of Lobster Fishing
Reporter(s): Catherine Louli
Description: Unionizing lobstermen in Maine could mean a consistent, living wage for all. One captain is working to organize thousands of independent lobstermen for the benefit of all.
Air date: June 24, 2014
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Subject: Neil Rolde Profile - Maine Author, Environmentalist and Career Politician
Reporter(s): Anthony Brino
Description: Neil Rolde made his career fighting to preserve Maine's environment. Here he looks back on some signature fights and weights in on current environmental issues.
Air date: June 24, 2014
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Subject: Updates from This Week's Portland Phoenix
Reporter(s): Deirdre Fulton
Description: Highlights of this week's Phoenix from Deirdre Fulton, including what's in their Maine summer guide.
Air date: June 17, 2014
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Subject: Tidewater Farm Open House
Reporter(s): Nicole LeClerc
Description: Amy Witt, horticulturalist for the University of Maine Cooperative Extension talks about the Tidewater Farm demonstration gardens, now in their third year.
Air date: June 17, 2014
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Subject: Primary Election Wrap-Up With The Bollard's Christ Busby
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Description: The Bollard's Chris Busby wraps up last Tuesday's primary election and discusses the potential impacts from its results.
Air date: June 17, 2014
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Subject: Clash of the Titans
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Description: Lorenzo Raffa discovers just how Adam Gardner of Guster came to front the Portland version of his band at Clash of the Titans.
Air date: June 17, 2014
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Subject: Primary Ballot Initiatives
Reporter(s): Zach Barowitz
Description: Two land use referendums are on the ballots in today's primary in Southern Maine that could have far reaching impacts for citizens of Portland and Westbrook.
Air date: June 10, 2014
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Subject: Congress Square Redesign
Reporter(s): Caroline Losneck
Description: Tim Love of Utile is among the teams tasked with redesigning Congress Square. Though the vote in today's primary will change one aspect of the design, the reworking of the intersection moves forward.
Air date: June 10, 2014
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Subject: CMS 320 Bear Hunting
Reporter(s): Leanna Bergeron
Description: Another installment in the Communication and Media Studies class at USM. Leanna Bergeron explores the economic and cultural impact of a change in bear baiting legislation that is up for consideration in November.
Air date: June 10, 2014
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Subject: SALT Radio - It's Not Wise To Rush About
Reporter(s): Alice Quinlin
Description: Sargeant Mountain Pond in Acadia National Park is the oldest pond on the east coast. Fittingly, it's amassed its fair share of lore. Two friends add a tale of their own.
Air date: June 10, 2014
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Subject: Emerge Film Festival
Reporter(s): Brittany Pace
Description: CMS 320 Reporter Brittany Pace talks with organizers of the new Emerge Film Festival occurring in Lewiston Auburn during the weekend of June 13th and 14th.
Air date: June 3, 2014
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Subject: Interview with Holly Barber from the American Diabetes Association
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Description: An interview with Holly Barber of the upcoming Tour de Cure fundraising bike ride for the American Diabetes Association which will be held on Sunday, June 8th.
Air date: June 3, 2014
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Subject: Ali Al Mshakeel
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Air date: June 3, 2014
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Subject: The State of the Indispensable Honney Bee
Reporter(s): Peter Iertig
Air date: June 3, 2014
Description: CMS 320 reporter Peter Iertig explores the sfate of the honeybee and growers can do to prevent colony collapse.
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Subject: 5th Annual Bug Light Kite Festival
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: Kite flying is an art and a science, as reporter Kathy Gulrich discovers at the 5th annual Bug Light Kite Festival.
Air date: May 27, 2014
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Subject: Christine Louise Marshall of Mad Horse Discusses The Premiere of Grey Gardens
Reporter(s): Nicole LeClerc
Description: An interview with the Artistic Director and one of the stars of the Maine premiere of the musical Grey Gardens which opens at Mad Horse Theater on May 29th.
Air date: May 27, 2014
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Subject: Interview With Jon Petruschke, Author of Dream Haiku, a New Book of Poetry
Reporter(s): Jonathan Woodward
Air date: May 27, 2014
Description: An interview with Jon Petruschke, author of a new book of haiku poetry titled Dream Haiku: Poems From Nights and Naps [Please link to full interview at https://soundcloud.com/jonathan-m-woodward]
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Subject: Ruth's Reusables
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Description: Ruth's Reusables began from a small cache of teacher requested items in Ruth's basement to a warehouse and thriving business twenty years later.
Air date: May 20, 2014
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Subject: The Health of Casco Bay's Waters
Reporter(s): Erik Eliason
Description: CMS 320 student Erik Eliason reports on the health of the waters in Casco Bay.
Air date: May 20, 2014
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Subject: In The Underworld
Reporter(s): Sadie DuBois
Air date: May 20, 2014
Description: CMS 320 student Sadie DuBois reports on USM Theater's premiere of the operetta "In The Underworld"
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Subject: Poo-Sniffing Dogs
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: Reporter Kathy Gulrich speaks with South Portland Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront department about dogs who sniff out human waste contamination at Willard Beach.
Air date: May 13, 2014
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Subject: Multicultural Student Graduation
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Description: Reporter Lisa Bunker attended last Tuesday's Multicultural Graduation Ceremony and captured Leila Muhammed's speech.
Air date: May 13, 2014
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Subject: Community News
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: May 6, 2014
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Subject: Prescription Take Back Program Update
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: Reporter Kathy Gulrich follows up on the Prescription Take Back Day which occurred on April 26th.
Air date: May 6, 2014
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Subject: CMS 320 Project - USM Protest Update
Reporter(s): Emily Pierce
Description: USM student reporter Emily Pierce talks to students and faculty about the ongoing university budget discussion.
Air date: May 6, 2014
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Subject: CMS 320 Project - Internet Fraud
Reporter(s): Grace Waldron
Air date: May 6, 2014
Description: USM student reporter Grace Waldron talks to a victim of computer fraud and Edward Siller, Technical Director of the Maine Cyber Security Cluster.
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Subject: Community News
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: April 29, 2014
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Subject: Portland Bike Swap Event
Reporter(s): Caroline Losneck
Description: The 14th annual Great Maine Bike Swap occurred on Sunday, April 27th at USM's Sullivan Gym and was attended by over a thousand people looking to buy bikes of all kinds.
Air date: April 29, 2014
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Subject: Radio in the 70's, an Interview With Richard Gardner
Reporter(s): Nicole LeClerc
Description: Richard Gardner talks about what it was like to work at Nasson College's radio station in the early 70's.
Air date: April 29, 2014
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Subject: Prescription Take Back Program
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: Students of the University of New England's School of Pharmacy employ a new twist to this year's Prescription Take Back program to reach even more Maine residents.
Air date: April 22, 2014
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Subject: Interview with 350maine.org's Bob Klotz Regarding the Keystone XL Pipeline
Reporter(s): Suzanne Murphy
Producer(s): Jessica Lockhart
Description: Big Talk host Suzanne Murphy spoke with 350maine.org's Bob Klotz regarding the upcoming push to get President Obama to reject the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Air date: April 22, 2014
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Subject: Interview with Dr. Jockers
Reporter(s): Lisa Bunker
Air date: April 22, 2014
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Subject: Peeps Diorama at Black Cat
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Air date: April 22, 2014
Description: Artists and fans of the popular Easter candy Peeps create fanciful dioramas in a competition at Black Cat Coffee.
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Subject: Senior to Senior Program at the Animal Refuge League
Reporter(s): Kathy Gulrich
Description: The Animal Refuge League has turned the problem of senior cats in their shelter into a community program to aid senior humans.
Air date: April 15, 2014
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Subject: Interview with Anthony Di Salvo of the Sprout Traveling Film Festival
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Description: Lorenzo Raffa interviews Anthony Di Salvo Executive Director of the Sprout Traveling Film Festival which will be in Portland and Lewiston the week of 4/14 and which features people with developmental disabilities.
Air date: April 15, 2014
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Subject: The English language premiere of "In The Underworld" at USM Gorham
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: April 15, 2014
Description: The USM Theater Department is opening "In The Underworld" a dark comic operetta written by a Holocaust survivor on April 18th.
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Subject: "Is College Worth It?" A Survey of Portland High School Students
Reporter(s): Leo Hilton
Producer(s): Tyler Simpson
Air date: April 15, 2014
Description: Blunt Youth Radio reporters Leo Hilton and Tyler Simpson survey Portland High students about their plans after high school is over.
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Subject: Community News
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: April 8, 2014
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Subject: SALT--Upstream
Reporter(s): Megan Detrie
Description: In Northern Maine, biologists are working to save a species - the great Atlantic salmon.
Air date: April 8, 2014
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Subject: Brown Bird
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: April 8, 2014
Description: A memorial for David Lamb of Brown Bird who passed away on April 5th from complications of leukemia.
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Subject: Stache Pag
Reporter(s): Gail Wartell
Air date: April 1, 2014
Description: Gail Wartell of Tuesday Night Talk Radio Club spoke with Nick Callanan, co-founder of the Facial Hair Festival, to talk about the history of the event and their plans for the future.
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Subject: SALT - The Laughing Table
Reporter(s): Mary Wesley
Air date: April 1, 2014
Description: A group of women bond over happy hour cocktails...at an assisted living facility
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Subject: USM Faculty Cuts
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: March 25, 2014
Description: In response to the recent USM faculty cuts waged toward the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, USM students voice their strong resistance. During a student led protest held outside the law building on Mar. 24, WMPG work-study students documented the seriousness of this issue.
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Subject: Landfill Mining for Valuable Metals
Reporter(s): Joe Keierleber
Air date: March 18, 2014
Description: Mining for valuable metals is usually done digging into the earth, but piles of trash offer opportunities for mining as well. Joe Keierleber explores how Portland's waste is being mined for metals.
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Subject: Student Coalition Meeting with USM Investment Committee Regarding Divestment from Fossil Fuels
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: March 18, 2014
Description: A student coalition brought a proposal to divest from fossil fuels to University of Maine's Investment Committee on February 27th. Students and coalition members Meaghan LaSala and Iris SanGiovanni discuss the committee's reaction and their plans for future discussions.
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Subject: Portland's Youth Court as an Alternative for Juvenile Offenders
Reporter(s): Charlotte Eisenberg
Air date: March 18, 2014
Description: Portland Youth Court allows student offenders an alternative to the traditional criminal justice system.
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Subject: USM Husky Sports Report
Reporter(s): Jim Ward
Air date: March 18, 2014
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Subject: Found Film Festival
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Air date: March 18, 2014
Description: The Found Film Festival showcases video oddities that have been discovered in trash bins and thrift stores. The festival is coming to Space Gallery on Saturday, March 22.
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Subject: Ceramicist Shawn O'Connor Talks About Being a USM Visiting Artist
Reporter(s): Sam Bullock
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: Shawn O'Connor, visiting artist who is hosted in March 2014 by USM's Art Department, is using his week with students on the Gorham campus to build a single use paper kiln.
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Subject: Professor Hillard Discusses Economist Dr. Wolff's Upcoming Presentation
Reporter(s): Jessica Lockhart, Suzanne Murphy
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: Nationally noted Economist Dr. Richard Wolff will present a talk titled Capitalism Hits the Fan, so now what's own Economics Professor Dr. Michael Hillard explains some of Dr. Wolff's radical ideas.
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Subject: The Maine Winter Crow's Roost Phenomenon
Reporter(s): Joe Keierleber
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: Crows come to Maine to roost in large numbers around Portland every winter. Joe Keierleber explores the phenomenon and gains insight from Doug Hitchcocks from Maine Audobon.
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Subject: 2014 Maine Restaurant Week's Breakfast Cookoff
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: Maine Restaurant Week kicks off with a Breakfast Cook Off, with a number of area restaurants competing.
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Subject: McAuley Wins in Class-A Basketball Tournament
Reporter(s): Caroline Losneck
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: McAuley Lions girls basketball team win the High School Class A Basketball Tournament in an exciting game against Oxford Hills.
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Subject: USM Weekly Sports Report
Reporter(s): Jim Ward
Air date: March 11, 2014
Description: The weekly Huskies Sports Report including winter season awards and the beginning of the baseball season.
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Subject: Keystone XL pipeline demonstration
Reporter(s): Paul Drinan
Air date: Feb. 25, 2014
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Subject: St. Lawrence Report
Reporter(s): Chris Lee
Air Date: Feb 25, 2014
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Subject: High School Basketball Finals
Reporter(s): Zack Barowitz, Carrie Losneck
Air Date: Feb. 25, 2014
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Subject: USM Weekly Sports Report
Reporter(s): Jim Ward
Air Date: Feb. 25, 2015
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Subject: Maine Loves Movies
Reporter(s): Lorenzo Raffa
Air Date: Feb. 25, 2014
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