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:

Economics May 27th

Tonight on Blunt we talked about youth in the economy.  We listened to a few selected features from the Blunt Youth Radio Archives, a Vox Pop about Money from Blunt producer Robert at Long Creek Youth Development Center, and a piece called “Fired” by Jesse Chanin. We also played a segment from a Vox Pop from Youth Radio in Oakland, CA about the ways the recession was affecting their lives. 01 2013-5-27 Youth in the Economy

Long Creek Youth Development Center Show May 20th 2013

This week on Blunt, teens incarcerated at the Long Creek Youth Development Center and Blunt members discuss life on the inside. Featured on the show as guests will be Judge Keith A. Powers, Assistant District Attorney Christine Thibeault, and Defense Attorney Ned Chester. Features include pieces on tattoo removal, life after Long Creek, and going through the Maine Legal system. Hosts will be Iris SanGiovanni and Jake Lichter, with Long Creek residents Cory and Salman.

Listen here: 1-01 Long Creek Show May 20, 2013


Ned Chester:


Culture of Humor Monday May 13th, 2013


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Blunt Youth Radio will be tackling “the Culture of Humor” this Monday, May 13th from 7:30-8:30! Tune in as Hosts Trenton Johnson and Gaby Ferrell have many laughs and tell really bad jokes! Even if you might not be too impressed with our stale sense of humor, listen as we interview comedy teacher, Tim Ferrell, and Co-owner of the Portland Comedy Co-op, Will Green! Amuse us with your comedic talents and call in to have your voice on air!

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

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

Portland: Behind the Scenes

Portland: Behind the Scenes

Sarah Gale and Ava Zwolinski discuss what goes on behind the scenes in the city of Portland. From Music, to Mail, to Lobster and Diners with guests Chris Busby from the Bollard, McCrae Hathaway from the State Theater and Carly Milkowski from the Wayside Soup Kitchen. Tune in as we investigate the inner workings of our city! Special thanks to Junichi Shioya for making this whole blog happen, y’all.

May Day and Income Inequality


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With the coming of May first, many people’s minds steer towards the financial issues brought up by May Day, the international workers’ day. Issues such as student debt, wealth, and income inequality are brought to the forefront of people’s minds as general strikes, sit-ins, and teach-ins happen worldwide. At Blunt, many of us will soon have to deal with college debt.

My name is Felix Pieske.

And, I’m Isaac High.

And this is Blunt Youth Radio, award winning youth radio since 1994. Tonight on Blunt we will speak with Peter Kellman, executive member of the Maine AFL CIO and former president of the Southern Maine Labor Council. In the second half of the show we’ll be talking with Kevin Simowitz, the York County organizer for the Maine People’s Alliance, about the May First Rally for Immigration Reform. Also, Charlotte Royer, former NYU student will be joining us to talk about college debt.

We would like to remind you that this is a call-in show, if you have any questions, comments, or anecdotes, please call us at 780-4909 again that’s 780-4909.


  • History of May Day with Peter Kellman: 7:30PM


Peter Kellman

Souther Maine Labor Council, AFL-CIO board, long-time labor activist

Intro for Peter Kellman:

Peter Kellman is an anti-war activist, author, and an American union leader. He was a civil rights activist, working with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in Alabama in the 1960’s.  He has taught labor history, worked with the Maine AFL-CIO, and he was president of the Southern Maine Labor Council.

  • Wealth Inequality Video

Wealth Inequality in America

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9 Countries With A Higher Minimum Wage Than The U.S.

As High School students, we’re particularly interested in rising college debt.

  • Immigrant Rights / Maine People’s Alliance with Kevin Simowitz 8:00 PM

Kevin Simowitz

York County Organizer – Maine People’s Alliance

INTRO: Welcome back to blunt, #, etc, Now we’ll be speaking to Kevin Simowitz, the York County Organizer for the Maine People’s Alliance, an organization dedicated to advocating for the rights of Mainers, including immigrants. Kevin and the MPA are organizing a rally for immigration reform in Maine.

  • College Debt Part Two

Debt is a big part of income inequality.

As High School students, we’re particularly interested in rising college debt.

How Unequal We Are: The Top 5 Facts You Should Know About The Wealthiest One Percent Of Americans

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May Day’s radical history

Choosing a Scholarship Over a College Name Brand

A Dangerous ‘New Normal’ in College Debt

Juvenile Detention [Long Creek]


Incarcerated Blunt Youth Radio Members from Long Creek Youth Development Center  to Broadcast Live from WMPG Community Radio

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Portland, ME– On Monday, April 22nd, from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, Incarcerated youth from the Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland, Maine tell stories of life behind bars and host a live show on WMPG Community radio. The students will air feature pieces they have been producing as members of the Blunt Youth Radio Project. They will also take on-air calls from the community, and talk about their experiences as incarcerated youth.

Stories from this series air regularly on Blunt, a weekly youth public affairs program on WMPG, Portland, Maine’s community radio station. Blunt hosts bi-weekly radio instruction at South Portland’s Long Creek Youth Development Center (LCYDC). Student’s learn interviewing, hosting, reporting, engineering, and studio production.

Their award-winning, unfiltered stories provide an intimate look at the experiences of incarcerated teens.