Democracy Forum on WERU FM Community Radio

2018 Radio News Award: WERUThe League of Women Voters-Downeast in cooperation with WERU FM produces a monthly radio program on topics in participatory democracy. It's called the Democracy Forum.

Broadcasts may be heard from 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. on the third Friday of the month at WERU Community Radio, 89.9 FM Blue Hill. Listen on the web at The show can also be heard in the Portland area at 11:30 a.m., the first Sunday of the following month, at WMPG Community Radio, 90.9 FM Portland, streaming at

In September, 2018, the Democracy Forum won top honors from the Maine Association of Broadcasting for public affairs radio.

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October 15 — In Government We Trust — Or Do We?

This new episode was pre-recorded on September 13; no listener calls will be taken. Comments and questions may be emailed to with Democracy Forum on the subject line.

The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'" - Ronald Reagan, 1986

We'll talk about trust and distrust in government. What is the history of distrust in government in the US? How has it been weaponized in the last half-century? What do we lose when we have a blanket distrust in government: who loses and who gains? What motivates strategic attempts to weaken government? In what way is distrust a weapon in the arsenal of attempts to weaken or reduce government?

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