TideSmart Talk with Stevoe is a weekly Maine radio show for the insatiably curious, as host and TideSmart Global President and CEO Steve Woods (Stevoe) seeks out passionate, inspiring and extraordinary guests for discussions on their unique areas of expertise. From to sports to healthy living, green living to society and culture, Stevoe engages guests in a show that is as entertaining as it is informative.
Show 203: Executive Editor of The Forecaster Mo Mehlsak
In this episode, Stevoe talks with Mo Mehlsak of The Forecaster, where Stevoe writes a bi-weekly column called "Intentionally Unreasonable." Mehlsak, a New York City native, has been with The Forecaster since 2004 and has been in Maine since 1985 when his wife accepted a position in Portland. The Forecaster is a free weekly local newspaper with four editions covering various areas of the state (Portland, Northern, Mid-Coast, and Southern).
Show 202: Co-Founder & CEO of Ocean Renewable Power Company Chris Sauer
Chris Sauer is from the midwest and hadn't seen the ocean until he was twenty. Until then, he built bridges and loved it... for a while. When he got bored, he joined a firm designing energy facilities. From there, Sauer's career took him to Florida where he had been working on energy start-up companies and met John Cooper. Cooper had the idea to harness energy from the Florida current and with Sauer's experience in the energy industry, this eventually led to the creation of Ocean Renewable Power Company.
Show 201: President and Director of Maine Friends of Animals Robert Fisk, Jr.
Robert Fisk of Maine Friends of Animals (MFOA) didn't start his career planning to help animals, but it seems he plans on ending that way. Fisk, an Exeter, NH native, was an athlete: a physical education major, a college basketball coach, and the owner of the Portland Athletic Club. He says he's always been "politically inclined," so he decided to run for state legislature in 1997 and did a 2-year stint in Augusta which was his first step in animal welfare advocacy.
Show 200: Senior Scientist with the Curiosity Mars rover Dr. Aileen Yingst
It was a big day in the stuido this week! Our interview with Dr. Aileen Yingst marks our 200th episode of TideSmart Talk with Stevoe. In the four years, ten months, and three weeks that we have been on the air Stevoe has talked with over 263 individual guests coming from an extensive range of backgrounds. We have welcomed governors, senators, Olympians, college presidents, Nobel prize winners, NASCAR drivers, celebrity chefs, authors, and presidential candidates to our show. We have come a long way since the very first episode where we talked with The Amazing Kreskin and lawyer F. Lee Bailey on 03 March 2012. Thank you, thank you, thank you to our listeners - we're looking forward to another 200 shows that are as entertaining as they are informative. Please read on to hear about our special guest, Dr. Aileen Yingst of the Planetary Science Institute. Cheers!
Show 199: Executive Director of the ACLU Maine Alison Beyea
Air Date: Saturday 21 January 2017
Guest: Alison Beyea
Host: Steve Woods (Stevoe)
Studio Contributor: Debi Davis
Executive Producer: Emily Sullivan (Sully)
Alison Beyea has been the Executive Director of the ACLU Maine since 2014, but she’s really been a part of it since her childhood. Originally from New York City, Beyea’s parents both made careers in non-profit fields with her mother working for the ACLU in New York. Beyea said she grew up in a community that protected those who had been marginalized and it became a part of who she was. She has made her career helping others, especially those in Maine.
Host of TideSmart Talk with Stevoe, Steve Woods, welcomed Alison Beyea, Executive Director of the ACLU Maine (at right).
Beyea went to a small liberal arts college in Ohio where she said her conservative Political Science professors challenged her more liberal views. “DC was calling me,” she recalls. So she went to work on the hill for former Congressman Lane Evans who taught her two important lessons: if you’re too outspoken, it will be hard to incite change; and it’s still hard to be respected professionally as a woman. Evans suggested she become a lawyer so Beyea looked at only public schools knowing she wanted to avoid the private sector.
Someone suggested she look at UMaine School of Law, one of the smallest programs in the country. She had never been to our state before, but knew it was home when she came to visit. She fell in love with the smaller communities and the faculty who work with the students and local residents in need.
Beyea worked with Pine Tree Legal Assistance after her graduation and helped to create KIDS Legal, a service to help low-income youth in Maine and a passion project for her. Afterwards, she went back to UMaine Law as the Director of Admissions for a short time before becoming the Executive Director of the ACLU Maine.
She has been with the ACLU Maine since 2014 where she oversees the advocacy, legal, educational, developmental, and legislative activities. The main branch of the ACLU, located in New York City, was founded in 1920 when our country was going through a time of anti-immigrant stage (not unlike today, Beyea notes). Their main goal is to protect all citizens from government overstep and they do so by using the Constitution as a guideline and attempt to interpret its meaning as it regards to each individual case. Beyea says that most of the time the ACLU deals with the first and 14th amendments (free speech and due process).
Also discussed was if the controversy of the new presidential administration would affect the ACLU. Beyea says that while the ACLU has already filed a suit against President Trump, they will only act when he does, meaning if he forces an issue that could be unconstitutional, the ACLU will respond. Beyea mentioned that in Maine alone, their membership increased 30% within one week from the election in November 2016.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the ACLU of Maine, interested in learning more, or believe you need legal aid, please visit their website at aclumaine.org.
To learn more about Alison, please listen to the interview in its entirety below.
Show 198: Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Greater Portland Godfrey Wood
You wouldn't really know it by looking at him, but Godfrey Wood has a storied hockey history. Born in Brookline, MA, Wood grew up playing hockey through school and college (the Harvard graduate was the goalie for Harvard's ECAC, Ivy League, and Beanpot winning teams) and was also a member of the 1964 US Olympic hockey squad. When he decided to hang up his skates, Wood moved on to the business of professional hockey. His first endeavor, ownership of a Nashville minor league team, eventually led him to the purchase and ownership of the Portland Pirates, our state's resident American Hockey League (AHL) team. Their sudden departure in 2016 has reinvigorated Wood to draw a new team to the state's biggest city, even though he has no ownership interest - just a love of hockey.