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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Among those Afghan students who speak out for gender equality and peace are Halima Habibi, a founding member of the Girl Up Club–a women’s bicycling club, in Kabul–and Arifa and Mahtab, two students who are a part of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. All share their own stories and describe the challenges for women in Afghanistan.

    Halima Habibi, member of the Girl Up Club
    Arifa and Mahtab, writers who have published their work with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
    Contributing to the interviews were Ron Vannorstrand, Aaron Hughes, and Hoor Arifi

    One of Arifa’s stories: awwproject.org/2014/12/an-afghan-girl-dreams-of-books/
    One of Mahtab’s stories: awwproject.org/2016/01/my-future-is-not-my-sheep/

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Afghan students and an US Iraq war veteran share their war and tea stories.

    Aaron Hughes, of Iraq Veterans Against the War, invited Afghan students to respond to the questions: “When did the war begin for you?” and “What are some of your tea stories and traditions?” He also shared his own stories and those of other US veterans who have spoken out against war. Hughes gave this tea performance at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 27, 2015.

    Aaron Hughes, interdisciplinary artist, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) Hakim Young, interpreter, mentor to the APVs


    Video on casting the 779 porcelain teacups associated with the project:

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Jim Hightower delivering the 2015 Schonberger Peace and Justice Lecture at the University of Maine on October 1st. His talk was called “Twenty-First Century Populist Movements are Flourishing at America’s Grassroots”

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  • Host: Cynthia Swan
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Opiate Dependence

    Key Discussion Points:
    Substance Abuse is not a black and white issue it’s on a continuum
    What’s the scope of the problem in Maine and how did it get to this?
    What are the best practices for treatment ?

    Kip Young, LADC
    207-664-1500 (office)

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  • Producer/Host: Anita Arnold
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: White Ally Movement in Maine

    Key Discussion Points
    a) Ally Training and connection to Wabanaki Reach Training
    b) Qualities of Allies
    c) White privilege connection to racial justice
    d) Maine’s Ally Movement

    Barbara Kates, Community Organizer/Ally Trainer for Maine Wabanaki Reach
    David Smith, Member of White Ally Group in Belfast, Maine

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Issue: Foreign Relations

    Program Topic: Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia; and The Russian Economy and Its Influence on Politics

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Why the recent upsurge of nationalism in Russia?
    b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine?
    c) Why are Putin’s approval ratings so consistently high?

    Guests: Nina Tumarkin, Prof. of History, Wellesley College; and Daniel Treisman, Prof. of Political Science,


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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Issue: Foreign Relations

    Program Topic: Origins of Russian Conduct at Home and in the World

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) How are Russians and Americans alike
    b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine
    c) What is Putin’s goal in Ukraine

    Guest: Matthew Rojansky, Director, Keean Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Borderfree Radio in Kabul, Afghanistan
    Street Kids Project

    In Kabul, Afghanistan, a group of high school and college students have come together as the Afghan Peace Volunteers. At the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre and throughout their community, they work to build sustainable alternatives to the status quo.
    In January, 2015, some of the Afghan Peace Volunteers formed a radio team and launched Borderfree Radio with the aim of sharing their work with a larger community and of promoting a life of nonviolence. Their first radio program features the voices of some of Kabul’s street children.
    Why do Kabul’s street children want their own school?
    How do the Afghan Peace Volunteers see their society? their city?
    In what concrete ways does the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre work to promote understanding and nonviolence?

    Borderfree Radio broadcast:
    Zarghuna, host
    Street children: Mehdi , Ismael, Fatima, and Rahul
    Interpreters: Bismillah, Hakim, Zahidi, and Abdulhai

    Separate interviews:
    Afghan Peace Volunteers: Zarghuna, Zahidi Sakina (Zarghuna, interpreter), Masood Sultani, Hoor Arifi and Farzana Safari (Hakim, interpreter)


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