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WERU Included in Acadia National Park 2116 Time Capsule


In honor of the centennial of Acadia National Park, the University of Maine Sea Grant Program and WERU Community Radio, both official Centennial Partners, presented a 4-month-long weekly radio series based on the public affairs program, Coastal ConversationsCoastal Conversationsis a public affairs program hosted by Maine Sea Grant that is broadcast live on WERU on the fourth Friday at 10 a.m. that explores current issues facing Maine’s coastal communities through discussions with people who live, work, and play on our coast. From fisheries to tourism, from energy to environment, from economy to ecology, Coastal Conversations goes beyond the social media sound bites, probing deeply into complex issues facing our coast and the creative solutions Maine people are using to solve them.

These programs, along with information about WERU Community Radio, were enclosed with a wide variety of other items and information in the Acadia National Park 2116 Time Capsule, to mark the Bi-centennial of the park and National Park Service.  It is a great privilege to be included in this historic project.  Who knows what WERU will look like in one hundred years?

Coastal Conversation in Acadia, produced in partnership with WERU by Maine Sea Grant, was a special 18-part series that featured short stories, 3-5 minutes in length, on various topics in and around Acadia. Topics included science in the Park, people involved in local businesses, education programs, research projects, Park history and more. This series and the people featured within it, illustrate how Acadia National Park is an important part of both the human and ecological communities of Mount Desert Island and beyond. 

The series ran every Monday at noon from July through August 2016 on. Maine Sea Grant’s website contained a page dedicated to the show (www.SeaGrant.UMaine.Edu/CoastalConversations/Acadia), including descriptions of each episode and listings of interviewees and topics featured.

The shows were produced in partnership with WERU by Maine Sea Grant marine extension associates Natalie Springuel (based in Bar Harbor at College of the Atlantic) and Chris Bartlett (based in Eastport near the Park Service’s St. Croix Island International Historic Site), and Maine Sea Grant communications Director Catherine Schmitt.

Contents of the Coastal Conversations in Acadia Time Capsule package:

  1. A listing of the shows with descriptions as they appeared on the Maine Sea Grant website. This listing can serve as a guide that accompanies the audio of all 18 stories contained in this time capsule.
  2. An introduction to WERU Community Radio “A Voice of Many Voices.”
  3. The 2016-2017 Maine Sea Grant Program Guide.
  4. Eighteen mp3 audio files, the complete Coastal Conversations in Acadia series.

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