March 7, 2014
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Here comes your Friday Pulse Morning Show!
The National Energy Board of Canada announced yesterday they will allow transporting tar sands oil by pipeline from Ontario to Quebec. That means big oil will need to get it from there to a nearby port, and Portland becomes their logical choice. Dylan Voorhees of the Natural Resources Council of Maine says this decision should cause alarms to be sounding in Maine, and the federal government needs to conduct a thorough environmental review before tar sands oil is allowed to be pumped through an aging pipeline that cuts across Maine.
The situation in Ukraine doesn't look like it will be defused anytime soon, and the rhetoric from both the US and Russia has taken on a life of its' own. Does the US have any reason to be talking so tough? Is Russia justified in sending troops into Crimea? Jim Settele of the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs visits the studio for a discussion.
Friday means BEER! Andrew Geaghan of Geaghan Brothers Brewing and Geaghan's Pub visits the studio for some Beer and Blarney. Ryan Power , the new assistant brewer at Geaghan's shares his story of entering the world of craft beer.
March 6, 2014
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Here comes your "Wow, things really ARE dysfunctional in the state's capitol, aren't they? AND....it's below zero again! Happy Thursday! " edition of The Pulse Morning Show.
Don talks with State Senator Roger Katz about his bill aimed at protecting the privacy of Maine school children from a potential emerging threat, Senator Emily Cain explains why she's such an ardent supporter of expanding MaineCare, Police Officer Jason McAmbley shares the latest from the Bangor PD, Eliot Cutler calls in from the campaign trail, and Bangor Symphony Orchestra conductor Lucas Richman shares all the details about the upcoming BSO Symphony Soiree coming up at the Cross Insurance Center! All that along with news from Paul Allen, sports with Toby Nelson, and your chance to score a free oil, lube, and filter service from Vehicle Management Services in Hermon.
March 5, 2014
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It's the "Wow. Just...wow." edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Senator Margaret Craven, chair of the legislature's Health and Human Services Committee joins Don to talk about the effort to cancel the remainder of the state's contract with the Alexander Group, a move that would save the state hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Journalism Professor Mark Kelley visits the studio and he wants to hear from YOU. Mark and Don are talking about a recent news article about a guy who is a serious slime ball...and the reporter seems to almost respect and admire the crook he's reporting on. How do you want YOUR news served up? Do you want it straight? Are you ok with a slanted view being taken by reporters? Call the studio at 942-6200 to share your view.
Wednesday means a visit from the great folks taking part in the UMaine TOP GUN entrepreneur accelerator program. Today we catch up with Heidi Neal from the Loyal Biscuit Company!
A new fundraising effort to benefit the American Folk Festival is coming to Bangor, and Denise Libby of the AFF stops by with the details.
March 4, 2014
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It's the "Yes, it IS below zero again this morning! Thanks for drawing my attention to it!" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
The federal government recently pledged $32+million dollars in "disaster relief" for New England fishermen. Sounds great...but it's less than ha;lf of hte relief money requested, and how did we end up with a disaster, anyway? Bill Gerencer is a seafood buyer/seller and a former commercial fisherman who says the money is certainly welcomed, but leaders need to address several issues facing the fishing industry or the problems will return...and get worse.
I recent deal between cable supplier Comcast and Netflix seemed innocuous enough, but many industry experts are saying it spells the end of the internet as we know it. Internet maven Kelly Cotaiux of Sephone Interactive Media joins Don to discuss the mega-deal and its' potential impact on end users like you.
The debate over MaineCare expansion rages on in Augusta, but despite that, Bangor based Penobscot Community Health Care is trying to help as many Mainers as possible find an affordable health insurance plan. Shawn Yardley from PCHC explains today's "Get Covered" event.
March 3, 2014
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The "Monday is EASILY the best day of the week, don't you think?" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Political Analyst Mike Tipping joins Don to discuss his recent articles on the extremist language of Lawrence Lockman, a Republican state representative from Amherst. Lockman's comments are so outrageous, they are now drawing national attention (not the good kind).
Independent State Representative Joe Brooks says the time has come to place a suicide prevention fence on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge, the scene of 6 suicides since it opened. Don wants to know why Joe thinks such a fence is really the best approach to a mental health issue.
The LePage Administration has been rolling out Commissioners from nearly every department in state government to rail against the expansion of MaineCare, saying it will "cannibalize" budgets . Maine outdoorsman George Smith, former head of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, says when that message was delivered by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife it took preposterous to new levels.
February 28, 2014
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It's the "Why is it that on Friday I notice the stench of outrageous political rhetoric more than any other day of the week?"edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
House Speaker Mark Eves calls in to the studio this morning to talk about a compromise proposal from TWO GOP senators calling for MaineCare expansion.
Sara Gagne- Holmes from Maine Equal Justice Partners has been working diligently to have health care provided for all Mainers. She speaks with Don about the "managed care organizations" that are a centerpiece of the Katz/Saviello compromise proposal for Mainecare expansion.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has unveiled a budget for the US Military that includes substantial cuts, which is amazing considering it still calls for nearly ONE HALF-TRILLION DOLLARS A YEAR. Jim Settele from the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs calls upon his experience working alongside the SECDEF to give some insights into the military budget process.
Bangor Symphony Lucas Richman stops by the Pulse Studios this morning to share the details of this weekend's BSO performance, that includes a world premiere horn concerto performance.
Friday means BEER AND BLARNEY! Andrew Geaghan from Geaghan Brothers Brewing and Geaghan's Pub stops by to talk beer and a very cool beer book!
February 27, 2014
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It's the "So, here in Maine,revenue sharing
passed, republican senators are pushing for MaineCare expansion,
Lawrence Lockman is looking for a rock to crawl under, and Jan Brewer in
Arizona actually vetoed that state's 'discrimination thinly veiled as religious freedom' law making this a pretty damn good Thursday!" edition of The Pulse Morning Show!
Don talks with Bobby Silcott, founder of the Maine POM project. Billy is teaching a pet CPR course in the Bangor area this weekend, and YOU can become a certified pet life saver!
Bangor Police Officer Jason McAmbley stops by the studios for his Thursday morning visit.
Don asks YOU to share your thoughts on Joe Brooks' notion of puttig a "suicide prevention" fence on the Penobscot Narrows Bridge. Call thew studio at 942-6200!
Erin Sweeney from Food and Medicine in Brewer visits the studio to share details of this weekend's 2014 “Meet Your Farmers: Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fair”!
February 26, 2014
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It's your "Wait, what's this? Moderate
Republicans in Augusta who want to expand MaineCare? Has there been a
run on sheep clothing at the Wolf Run Mall?" edition of the The Pulse
Join Don as he welcomes these great guests to the AM:
Republican Senator Tom Saviello talks MaineCare expansion.
Journalism professor Mark Kelley from NESCom discusses how newspapers decide which letters to the editor actually get published.
Another awesome Maine entrepreneur, Sandra Beaulieu of SandraB Dressage & Designs visits the studio and talks about their business and their experience as part of the UMaine TOP GUN Entrepreneur Accelerator program.
Don talks about Black History Month with James Varner of the Maine Human Rights Coalition.
February 24, 2014
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Here comes the "Just WHAT is Governor LePage thinking? Oh wait....he's not." edition of The Pulse Morning Show:
First, Governor LePage said YES to $100 million in projects funded by voter-approved bonds. Now, in what appears to be retaliation for the legislature's approval of $40 million in funding for municipal revenue sharing, LePage has told the state treasurer to withhold bonds. Bangor Representative Aaron Frey sits on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee, and he visits Don to discuss the Governor's about-face, and what information Treasurer Neria Douglass has shared with the AFA Committee.
Independent State Representative Joe Brooks stops by the studio on his way to the State House and Don asks him his thoughts on SUBPOENAS for state employees involved in the Maine Centers for Disease Control document shredding scandal AND a conservative radio host's recipe for a LePage victory in November.
The old copper roof at the Bangor Public Library is finding a new life as unique artisan Jewelry! Amanda Coburn, Maine Jewelry & Art says new pieces are now available, and discusses some upcoming artisan workshops.
Kelly Cotaiux from Sephone Interactive Media stops by to talk about "engaging" behaviors and social media. Yes, you can get "engaged" via social media...and NO, we aren't talking about impending nuptials!
February 21, 2014
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On the Friday edition of The Pulse Morning Show:
The first episode of "Comments on Comments".
Jim Settele of the UMaine School of Policy and International Affairs visits the studio to talk about the mess currently unfolding in Kiev. Could a similar situation happen here?
Andy Geaghan from Geaghan Brothers Brewing and Geaghan's Pub stopped in along with Jessica Donahue from the Greater Bangor Convention and Visitor's Bureau. The gang discussed the 2nd annual "Tap Into Summer" craft beer festival coming up on June 21st!
Pete Morrison from the American Red Cross says tomorrow's 6th Annual Chill and Fill blood drive is more important than ever this year. Bad weather up and down the east coast has meant the cancellation of literally hundreds of blood drives, and the supply is down by a staggering 13,000 units.
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