Open Mic: August 26th, 2013


Join Iris SanGiovanni and Anthony Lewis as we hear work by young poets and writers from the Portland Hive.  The Portland Hive provides workshops for young storytellers and is located here in Portland, ME.  This week we hear from Colin Sharpe reading the first chapter of his first person narrative fiction;Lena Rich reading five haikus and one poem; Maddie Pierce reading a piece of untitled first person fiction; Morganne Elkins reading an excerpt from memoire “Cold House”; Emma Jordan reading “Perspective on the Royal Birth in the Form of a Ransom Note”; Anthony Emerson reading excerpt of a first person narrative entitle “Zero Day”; Sarah Heath performing her poem “Contentness”; Malachi Whitten reading a piece of historical fiction about Ukrainian genocide; Theo Dean performs poem “Page Monster”; Maggie Brescia reading a short story;  Kiernan Cummings reading the short story “Cutting Grass”; Jessica Keast performs the poem “Silence”; Gabby Gaspandireads the short story “Thoughts of a Commuter”; and Mariam Jabbar reads a piece of short fiction.

For more information about Portland Hive – go here

Open Mic Show (Full Audio)


Tourism: July 29th 2013

Adam B. and Milena G. host our show this week, as we look into what it means to be state where tourism is so vital to our economy.  Every summer the make-up of our state morphs as the population balloons, and Blunt producers explore why that is.

Featuring vox pops by producers Jowles P. and Olivia B. and special guest from the USM Kreg Ettenger.

Tourism: July 29th, 2013

Human Perceptions of the Future, August 19th

Chris and Milena host this week’s episode as we delve into the ever looming future.  We are joined with our Blunt reporter in the field, Iris SanGiovanni bringing us breaking news on an issue that could affect the future of Maine and the world. Iris reported live from a South Portland city council hearing where an ordinance that would prevent the transportation of Tar Sands was debated. Also joining us this week,  Science fiction and fantasy writer Elizabeth Hand from Yonkers (and current Maine resident) talks about her life and works.

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The Gulf of Maine: August 12th

This week on Blunt, join hosts Iris and Olivia as they explore the wildlife of Maine’s coast.  Hear stories of wild animal encounters, and hear an interview with John Banks, the Director of the Natural Resources Department for the Penobscot Indian Nation, and Nick Bennett, a staff scientist for the Natural Resource Council of Maine.

Poem: “When the Animals Come to Us” Gary Lawless.

Features: 1. What animal best represents Maine and why?  VoxPop; 2.Lobster from the SALT Institute <>

3.Upstream  from the SALT Institute <.>;

The Gulf of Maine

Feminism: July 22nd

This week our hosts Olivia Bradstreet and Gaby Ferrell discuss intersectional feminism.  How is feminism currently perceived?  What does it mean to be a feminist in Maine, and what should be brought to the forefront of our discussions?  We joined with several guests, including the director the Study of Women and Gender at USM Dr. Wendy Chapkis and Imran Siddiquee from Miss Representation, among others.

Feminism: July 22nd


Summer of Love: July 15th


On this summer night we reflect on the famous “Summer of Love” of 1967.  Flocks of people moved to California and New York City in a rare migration driven by music, politics, and a desire to return to a more peaceful time.  While the circumstances quickly changed, the summer of ’67 has remained a touchstone of modern society.  Hosts Iris and Anthony talk to three guests who experienced that summer about what it meant to them at the time and ask them to share how they feel about it now.

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Patriotism: July 1st

On this week’s show, in preparation for Thursday’s festivities, we took the opportunity to speak about patriotism and what it means.   One day a year we express our patriotism, but how do we feel in our daily lives?  Our hosts Izzy and Gabby speak to several guests about what it means to them.  Blunt producer Morrigan also provides a feature on what Portland citizens think of when they are asked about the Fourth of July.

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Patriotism: July 1st

Local Hip Hop: June 24th

Maine hip hop is a vibrant part of our community.  This week, our hosts Iris and Milena interview local hip hop artists Sonya Tomlison and Saiyid Brent.  Tomlison also works for the Maine’s Women’s Center and SPACE Gallery in Portland, and  Brent is an artist and educator.  Blunt Long Creek producer Reagan interviews artists Andrew Coffin and Tim Clorius who speak about hip hop and the recent Hip Hop Summit in Portland.  Hip Hop: June 24th

Homeless Youth: June 17th, 2013

Tonight the subject of our show was teen homelessness.  We are joined with both staff and youth writers from the Preble Street Teen Center in Portland.

Before the break:  Lauren Taylor, the currently the head of the weekly writing program at Preble Street Teen Center, and some of her students, join us in the studio to read original works and speak about the Center, which provides housing, food, and clothes to teens.  Teen writers Bekha and Sarah read their works on air.

After the break:  We were also joined by Chris Bricknell, who is in charge of daily operations at the Teen Center. Youth writers and painters Bekha and Lauren talk about their experiences, and Lauren reads her poetry on air.

Blunt producer features from tonight’s show:  “Homelessness: It Could Happen to Anyone, Even My Dad” by Iris SanGiovanni is about her father’s six months of homeless when Iris was eight.

From the show:  The Preble Street Teen Center: Homeless Youth: June 17th 1

Agriculture: June 3rd

In response to Professor Mark Lapping’s estimate that 10-14% of the average Mainer’s diet is local food, guest Dawud Ummah says “that means there’s at least an 85% growth rate there.” This week we are looking at Maine’s potential with local agriculture.
Before the Break:
Dawud Ummah the President of Center for African Heritage, and Kailey Taylor, the youth supervisor for Tidewater Farms come in to share the aspects of the programs at the Center. Then, phone-in guest Jessie Dowling from MOFGA speaks about GMOs and weighs in on the proposed Farm Bill facing the Senate.
After the break:
Crystal Gamet is the coordinator aiding in Portland Farmer’s Market use of food stamps to provide organic and local foods with people around them. Listen to a feature by Blunt Youth producer Olivia Bradstreet, and hear about Farm and Homestead Day with MOFGA landscape coordinator Joe DuPree.
From the show:
Want to be involved in the agricultural program at CFAH? Go to their website at
Farmer’s Markets in Portland can be found at Monument Square and Deering Oaks during the growing season. The schedule can be found below.
Farm and Homestead Day information can be found at the address below: