Art and Activism

At what point do art and activism intertwine? Is activist/protest art important or overdone? Is art as effective as active protests?

Join your hosts Clare Considine and Aidan Mitchell as they explore these questions and more!

In the first half, they will be speaking with local artist Pigeon, creator of the Mainer project which explored what makes a Mainer. Find more information here: http://www.pigeonnation.com/the-mainer-project/

In the second half, they will be joined by local artist Asher Woodworth, creator of the Tree performance on Congress Street this past October. Find more information here:
http://asherwoodworth.org/index.php?/project/tree-savage/
http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/24/man-dressed-tree-arrested-blocking-portland-street/

Tune in, folks!

The Life of David Bowie

This evening, join hosts Moses Small and Alice Kenny as they discuss the life of space oddity David Bowie. They will be accompanied by Shelton Waldrep, Professor of English at the University of Southern Maine and author of “Future Nostalgia: Performing David Bowie”. Our fantastic hosts and guest will explore how David Bowie impacted the world’s fashion, music, and views on gender/gender presentation for the rest of history.

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Gender Theory

Join hosts Peter Mazjanis and Milena Germon as they explore the broad world of gender. They will be speaking to Lisa Walker, Associate Professor of English and Director of Women & Gender Studies at the University of Southern Maine; Oamshri Amarasingham, public policy counsel of ACLU Maine; and Gia Drew, program coordinator at EqualityMaine and president of the board of directors of Maine Transgender Network. 

Be sure to listen for stimulating conversation and exciting guests!

Upcoming Presidential Election: Part 2

Join hosts Joliet Morrill and Setareh Jalali as they discuss the upcoming presidential election, the candidates, current issues, and the importance of youth voting. This is part 2 in our presidential election series, and this time we’re switching things up and taking a look from the Republican side.

Guests include Abby Bennett, a student at the University of Maine in Orono and the Vice Chair of the Maine Federation of College Republicans, Matthew Gagnon, the Chief Executive Officer of the Maine Heritage Policy Center, and Lee Jackson, the Penobscot County GOP Chairman.

Plastic Bags and Recycling

This Monday at Blunt Youth Radio, Savannah Plummer and Matt Osman talk to Sarah Lakeman, Sustainable Maine Project Director, and Will Everitt, Development Director from the Friends of Casco Bay about plastic bags and recycling. To find out more about what Sarah Lakemand does, check out her out here. To find out more about what Will Everitt does, check him out here.

Crowd funding for Youth Empowerment: Keep the Legacy Alive

$upport YOUTH EMPOWERMENT through RADIO since 1994—  Donate: wmpg.org or 207-874-3000


 

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Tonight Blunt Youth Radio is fund-raising for our radio home, WMPG. Call 207-874-3000 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. EST, or donate online at www.wmpg.org. And don’t forget to mention that Blunt sent you (so’s we get the credit).

As you know EVERY MONDAY NIGHT, high school age youth from the Portland area, both free and incarcerated, work together to create a live show from scratch, taking on topics that they care about, from their own perspectives. At Blunt, young people handle all aspects of show production: reporting, on-air hosting, selecting topics, locating guests, studio production, and broadcast engineering. Blunt also has an on-going outreach project with youth incarcerated by the State of Maine. Our program is the winner of thirteen regional and national broadcasting awards. Work produced by Blunt has aired on NPR, the BBC, Marketplace, and This American Life, among others. Keep the legacy going, help our home WMPG.


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Middle East and Arab Spring: February 24th, 2014

Tune in Monday, February 24th as hosts, Trenton Johnson and Clare Kenny, discuss the string of demonstrations and protests taking off throughout the Middle East. We will be speaking with Ali Abdullatif, Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at University of New England and Haleh Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Blunt Youth Radio Open House, Monday, May 13, 6:30-8:30 pm!

Makenzie and Leo engineering Felix and Jake on the mics

Award-winning Blunt Youth Radio Project is recruiting new members!

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Program seeks high school-aged teens to receive FREE training in radio journalism and broadcasting.

Nationally award-winning Blunt Youth Radio is holding an Open House to recruit new high school aged volunteers. The event takes place on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at WMPG, Southern Maine Community Radio, 92 Bedford Street, on the USM Portland Campus. The Open House happens during Blunt’s regular live Monday night broadcast. Visitors will have the chance to see the live show, be interviewed on-air and enjoy some free pizza and root beer!

Since 1994, Blunt Youth Radio Project has brought together teenagers from a variety of schools to produce a weekly, call-in, public affairs radio show on WMPG-FM, 90.9 and 104.1, the non-profit, community radio station of the University of Southern Maine. The hour-long show features two teen hosts who interview guests on topical issues, interspersed with public radio-style feature reports, produced by the team’s reporters.

At Blunt (think: “straightforward,” “to the point,” “frank,” or “no holds barred”), our young members handle all aspects of show production: reporting, on-air hosting, choosing topics and locating guests, studio production, and broadcast engineering. Work by members of Blunt has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Maine Public Radio, This American Life, the BBC and other shows. Find out more about Blunt at our website: http://u

www.bluntradio.org.

Blunt Youth Radio equips teens with the tools and training that give them a voice in electronic media. Members develop critical thinking skills and a civic-minded outlook. Our members cover important issues in their communities ranging from elections to college costs. Blunt combats Maine’s “brain drain” problem by helping young people take an active role in community life right here and right now!

Who should join Blunt Youth Radio Project? We are open to any high-school aged student. Our program is low-barrier, and the only qualification is an open mind and a commitment to show up. We encourage young people to join as early in high school as possible. Most of our members remain in the program for two years or more. Current and alumni members are available for interviews this week. Training begins soon, so we are eager to find teens to join our program.

Again, we are holding an Open House at WMPG on Monday, May 13, 2013 from 6:30  to 8:30 pm.

Contact me for more info or just come on down!

Claire Holman, Director

Blunt Youth Radio Project
207.650-5835
cholman@usm.maine.edu