Archives for Misc (News/Public Affairs)

WERU Special 4/18/18 – March for Our Lives Town Hall

Producer/host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: John Greenman

March for Our Lives Town Hall held in Bangor on April 9th, in conjunction with similar events across the country.

WERU Special 4/12/17: Bruce Gagnon

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topics: Americans Who Tell the Truth, Bruce Gagnon

Bruce Gagnon, co-founder and coordinator of the Global Network against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space, spoke at Reversing Falls Sanctuary in Brooksville, Maine, on Mar. 26 as part of their spring lenten series featuring individuals Robert Shetterly has painted for the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series. Gagnon shared his history of activism. He also described the campaign to convert Bath Iron Works from a shipyard building warships to a facility building commuter rail systems, solar panels, and/or wind turbines.


WERU Special 3/28/17 – Life for girls and women in Afghanistan

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Three girls, aged 12-18, describe the socioeconomic challenges in their lives, yet they remain committed to helping others in their family and community.

Hadisa, volunteer
Muqadisa, volunteer
Fatima, student

Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre, Kabul, Afghanistan
Voices for Creative Nonviolence,

WERU Special 2/15/17: Refugees, education and child labor

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The program describes the dangerous and expensive journey of refugees fleeing the war-torn lands of Syria and Iraq. It introduces three refugees living and waiting in Athens, Greece, sharing the challenges they face and their hopes for the future. The program also shares the perspective of a child laborer in Kabul, who sells onions on the street to help earn money for his family.

Nour Ahmad
Yasmin (pseudonym)
and Shazad

Orange House (Zaatar NGO) Facebook link:

WERU Special: Oh Freedom! Ashley Bryan 11/30/16

Producer/Host: Susan Dickson-Smith

Program Topic: Interview with author/illustrator Ashley Bryan

Key Discussion Points:
Ashley Bryan’s new book, Freedom Over Me, an imagining of the lives of eleven slaves
His service in the armed forces in WWII
His work as an artist

WERU Special: Giving Tuesday (2 segments) 11/29/16

“Giving to Your Community”, WERU’s alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday and our way of participating in Giving Tuesday, which is a national day all about supporting community organizations by donating and volunteering.

WERU celebrated the day with a special live hour at 10am and then another at 4pm on the “Giving Voice to Your Community” theme. Local and state-wide nonprofit organizations of all kinds were invited to call in and share a little bit about their organizations and the ways that community members can support them.

Hosts, hour 1: John Greenman and Amy Browne.
Hosts, hour 2: John Greenman and Matt Murphy
Studio Engineer: Joel Mann

WERU Special: Robert Shetterly- Americans Who Tell the Truth 11/25/16

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topic: Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series

What does Shetterly see as the obligation of artists in society?
What informs Shetterly’s decision to paint someone’s portrait for the Americans Who Tell the Truth series?
What is the Samantha Smith challenge?

Robert Shetterly, artist and activist

Special: Local/Statewide Elections Call-In 11/3/16

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: John Greenman