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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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  • Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

    Topic: Dismissal of appeal by Supreme Court of Israel in wrongful death case of Rachel Corrie

    Who was Rachel Corrie?
    What steps has her family taken to seek answers and to call for accountability in Rachel’s death?
    How does the play My Name is Rachel Corrie spread her story and message?

    Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother
    Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father
    Hussein Abu Hussein, attorney for the Corrie family in the wrongful death case
    Sarah Corrie Simpson, Rachel’s sister

    FMI: www.rachelcorriefoundation.org

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Production assistance: Matt Murphy

    Segment 1: Panel discussion called “Young and Black Today”, featuring UMaine student leaders Ronald Robbs, from East Orange, New Jersey, who is an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union; Muna Abdullahi, from Portland, Maine, who is the director of Multicultural Student Life; Ogechi Ogoke, from Nigeria, who is a chemical engineering major and president of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Izundu Ngwu, from Nigeria, who is treasurer of the International Student Association, recorded at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor on the eve of MLK Day.

    Segment 2: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day breakfast at UMaine the following day. The event is sponsored by the university and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. This year’s keynote speakers were Esther Attean and Denise Altvater spoke on the topic of “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation”.

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  • Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

    Issue: Civil Liberties

    Program Topic: A Review of the First Nine Years of the Roberts Court

    Key Discussion Points:
    a) Freedom of Speech
    b) Racial Justice
    c) Privacy and Technology
    d) Criminal Justice

    Speaker: Zachary Heiden, Legal Director ACLU Maine

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  • Producer: Abbie Strout
    Hosts: Abbie Strout, Amy Browne, Matt Murphy
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Showcasing the new program “Reproductive Left” with Producer/Host Abbie Strout — which debuts this month on WERU and will be airing the 1st Tuesday of every month at 4pm

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  • Producer/Engineer: Joel Mann

    A conversation between award-winning artist and activist Robert Shetterly, creator of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series, and Peter Kellman, the subject of one of his portraits (www.commondreams.org/views/2014/09/30/feeding-roots-building-democracy-painting-peter-kellman) — about the Culture of Agriculture

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne
    Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

    The US Army Corps of Engineers and Maine DOT are proposing a dredging project in Searsport Harbor that would result in nearly a million cubic yards of materials being dumped in Penobscot Bay near Islesboro. The project would deepen and widen the shipping channel. Supporters say that would improve commerce in the port, but opponents say the economic and environmental risks far outweigh any potential benefits.

    Joining me in the studio today are Joel Pitcher of the Maine Lobstering Union, and attorney Kim Tucker. She represents the Maine Lobstering Union, Pemaquid Muscle Farm, and the Sierra Club of Maine as well as some individual members of the Zone D lobster council. The program also features excerpts from an interview with Dr. Kevin Yeager- an independent scientist who previously worked on the Holtrachem/Mallinkrodt mercury case in the federal court system. He is the author of a new report that raises serious concerns about the plan– among them the possibility that inert mercury in the sediment may be converted to a more toxic form and make its way into the food chain in Penobscot Bay. He also criticizes the methology the Army Corps used in their sediment sampling.

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  • Producers/Hosts: Carolyn Coe & Amy Browne

    *Note- Due to a recording error, the introduction to this program was omitted, but the transcript of the intro follows:

    Welcome to this WERU Special – Mainers speaking out about Israel and Palestine. It’s August 7th, 2014. I’m Amy Browne.

    A group of Mainers visited Senator Collin’s office in Portland earlier this week, to – in their words “object to her support of Israel’s international war crimes against civilians, to the $3.1 billion annual military aid to Israel supplied by U.S. taxpayers, and to the senator representing AIPAC [ the American Israel Public Affairs Committee] rather than her Maine constituents.” WERU’s Carolyn Coe was there and recorded their comments, which we’re going to hear now, then we’ll be opening the phone lines at the half hour for your reaction and comments on the issue.

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