Tuesday April 30, 2013 | 06:04 PM

WASHINGTON -- Earlier today, I had the opportunity to join several other guests talking about the across-the-board federal budget cuts known as "the sequester" on MPBN's radio program "Maine Calling."

You can find an audio file of the "Sequestration" program here.

While the recent air traffic controller furloughs received quite a bit of press, there are many other government programs that are feeling the pinch from the budget cuts. Aside from the political maneuvering in Washington, MPBN host Keith Shortall covered quite a few topics during Tuesday's program, including sequstration's effects on Maine's Meals on Wheels providers, Head Start programs, Acadia National Park and the thousands of civilian defense employees facing furloughs.

The other guests were University of Southern Maine economist Charles Colgan, Col. Doug Farnham with the Maine Air National Guard's 101st Air Refueling Wing (aka, the "Maniacs"), Jessica Maurer with the Maine Association of Area Agencies on Aging and David MacDonald with Friends of Acadia.

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