New Mainers Speak
New Mainers Speak, hosted and developed by Kate Manahan, is a weekly half-hour radio broadcast in which individuals from Maine's immigrant/refugee/asylum-seeking communities are interviewed about their personal experiences in their home countries, as well as here in Maine. New Mainers are as diverse. They can be teenagers who arrived as children from war-ravaged countries or professional adults who chose to come here to live, love, and work. Their stories and experiences are unique and often courageous. They can be heard on WMPG Sundays from 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM, streamed live through www.wmpg.org, or listened to at your convenience on www.newmainersspeak.org.
Air date: May 11, 2014
Guest: John Abore listen
Air date: May 4, 2014
Guest: Anella Linton listen
Air date: April 27, 2014
Guest: German Veliz listen
Air date: April 20, 2014
Guest: Reza Jalali listen
Air date: April 14, 2014
Guest: Abdi Yousaf
Description: Abdi shares his stories about what it was like growing up in Maine in an immigrant family, what education means to his family, and some of his hopes for his future.
He also characterizes how he perceived Somalia when he visited there last summer with his family--a child of the diaspora sees third world Somalia with first world eyes.
Air date: April 7, 2014
Guest: Victoria Chicon
Description: Victoria Chicon was raised in Lima, Peru, the daughter of a Chinese father and Peruvian mother. She worked as a filmmaker, editor, and instructor before immigrating to the US in 1998. In Maine she has helped to raise her grandchildren, worked in hospitality, volunteered at community radio and community TV stations and teaches Spanish to elementary school students. Victoria passionately advocates for members of the Latin community in Portland, ME and can be heard weekly on WMPG (90.9FM) Sundays from 12:30-2PM on her Spanish music and information program called Cruz del Sur, or you can stream it live from www.wmpg.org.
To see her program "Nosotros, We The People" on community TV, visit www.ctn5.org.
Air date: March 30, 2014
Guest: Mohamed Mohamed
Description: Mohamed Mohamed is a senior at USM with a double major in International Studies and Political Science. His family moved to Maine when he was a young child and he grew up in Biddeford. He shares what that experience was like and tells about his internship at ILAP, also explaining what ILAP does in the state of Maine.
Air date: March 29, 2014
Episode: National Women's History Month Special
Description: In celebration of National Women's History month, WMPG (90.9 FM) hosted a special day of women's programming on Saturday, March 29th. Four young women from the University of Southern Maine's Muslim Student Association comprised a panel to discuss women's issues for an hour long radio show. Salma Hassan, Hani Ali, Hawo Mohamed and Hawa shared their perspectives on three major points: "Woman" vs. "Girl", the impact of recent budget cuts on women at the University of Southern Maine, and the role of Islam in their daily lives.
Their bright and lively commentary was broadcasted live as they shared openly from their life experiences as first generation immigrants of Somali and Afghan descent.
Air date: March 23, 2014
Guest: Mia Ntahobari
Description: Mia came to Maine from Burundi in the summer of 2010. In Burundi Mia attended college for a degree equivalent to Social Work, in the United States. Upon arrival she quickly learned English (her fourth language) at Learning Works, got a CNA certificate, and found work. She is now is a Community Health Outreach Worker, as well.
Her husband and four children joined her in the years that followed, and then they had their fifth child here, one year ago. The family is settled in Gorham, ME.
Air date: March 16, 2014
Guest: Patrick Kambu
Description: Patrick Kambu was raised in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo where he lived a middle class lifestyle, went to school, and enjoyed his friends until the age of 19. When given a scholarship to study in Warsaw, Poland, he left Africa, learned Polish, and then earned a degree in International Law. Patrick moved from Poland to Portland about 6 years ago. He married and had a baby, attended ICL leadership classes (www.civicleadership.org) and is about to complete his Masters degree in Leadership, with an eye on a PhD in the future. Patrick Kambu is a social justice advocate. He is presently serving his second term as President of the Congolese Community of Maine, a non-profit organization that serves 250 people--offering a balance of services and culture to the community. (FMI: www.cocomaine.org).
Air date: March 9, 2014
Guest: Ina Demers
Description: Ina is from Semarang, Middle Java, Indonesia and arrived in Maine in 1974. She was a teacher by trade but because of her Chinese ancestry was not allowed to be hired as a teacher in Indonesia. She came to the US, got her teaching certification and Masters degree from USM, and has been an educator since. She currently works in the Portland Public Schools as an Education Technician III, teaching English in an ELL classroom (English Language Learning). She is also active in the union to advocate for Ed Techs in the Portland Schools.
Ina has a passion for service and supports many programs including the Multi-Cultural/Multi-Lingual Center, The Center for Grieving Children, and runs a drop-in English Conversation program for adult learners, hosted at Whole Foods conference room in Portland.
Air Date: March 2, 2014
Guest: Elise Malongi
Description: Elise is from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo and arrived in the USA as an Asylee in August 2012. She came with her three young children to reunite with her husband in Portland, ME. Her chief pursuit here, beyond caring for her family, has been to learn English (her fourth language) through Portland Adult Education. She hopes that improving her English skills will help her to apply her degree in Business Administration and Economics to a masters degree program so that she can then work in business and finance here, contributing her global perspective to the local community.