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As the fall semester rapidly approaches, Esther Pew talks to Maggie Chipman, a student at Southern Maine Community College and Ruth Ann Paquette, a student at Unity College, about how their schools are planning to handle classes this fall and how they’ve been communicating with students. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: What Are Maine’s Colleges & Universities Planning For This Fall?
Maine’s cases of COVID-19 have held steady or fallen in recent weeks as more of the state has re-opened. At the same time, the nation as a whole is seeing some of the highest daily case counts since the pandemic began. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: Maine, U.S. Diverge in COVID-19 Spread, But That’s Not the Whole Story
Chris O’Connor of EqualityMaine and Pride Portland! joins the podcast this week to discuss a different kind of Pride in 2020 and the trans activists of color who led the Stonewall uprising 51 years ago this month. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: Pandemic & Protest Shape Maine’s Pride Celebrations
As the policy demands of protestors in Maine and across the country become more defined, Esther and Mike discuss what steps could be taken now to move us in the right direction in Maine. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: Here’s What Defunding Maine’s Police Could Mean
David Patrick of Racial Equity and Justice joins the podcast to discuss the rally and march in downtown Bangor he helped organize this week and the demonstrations across the country in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police in Minneapolis. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: Mainers of Color Confront Outbreaks of Both Violence & The Virus
Margarida Jorge, campaign manager for Lower Drug Prices Now, joins the podcast this week to discuss how pharmaceutical corporations, employing three lobbyists for every member of Congress, are seeking to profit off treatments and vaccines for COVID-19 developed with public money and how Mainers can help make sure these drugs are affordable. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: The Grassroots Campaign to Stop Drug Corporations from Profiteering off the Pandemic
As testing and positive cases increase and COVID-19 spreads to Maine’s prison system, Maine faces choices weighing public health best practices, government policy and public opinion. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: A Battle Between Science and Compliance in Maine’s Pandemic Response
Esther, Ben and Mike discuss new announcements about Maine’s reopening plan and COVID-19 testing capacity. … Listen to the ShowMaine Beacon: Mainers Should Demand Testing, Not Tourism