‘Portland Rising,’ April 2021

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'Portland Rising' with Michael Kebede and Nick Lund

The April 2021 episode of “Portland Rising,” the monthly news, interview, and arts show from the Portland Phoenix, features Michael Kebede, the policy counsel of the ACLU of Maine, and Phoenix wildlife columnist Nick Lund, who is the outreach and network manager for Maine Audubon and runner of The Birdist blog.

Kebede joins Phoenix staff writer Colin Ellis to discuss issues including efforts to ban facial recognition technology; the use of police officers in public schools; legislative attempts to decriminalize drug use, and his role as a City Council appointee to the upcoming Portland Charter Commission.

Lund talks enthusiastically about the annual springtime migration of birds, from how many there are, to what they eat, why they’re important, and how to identify them.