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WERU Special 7/30/19: Martha White on “On Democracy”, a New E.B. White Collection

Producer/Host: Matt Murphy
Production Assistance: Amy Browne

Today’s special features Martha White speaking about a new collection of her grandfather, E.B. White’s writings. “On Democracy” is a collection of essays, letters and poems intended to “shed historical context on the state of the nation and offer of hope for the future of our society”.

Martha White lives on the coast of Maine. A longtime contributing editor to Yankee Publishing and The Old Farmer’s Almanac, she also compiled two weekly columns for United Feature Syndicate for many years. Her articles, book reviews, short stories, and essays have been published in The New York Times; The Boston Globe; Christian Science Monitor, etc., and numerous other national magazines and small presses. She edited this collection of her grandfather’s work.

We start with a talk by Martha White, recorded at the Blue Hill Library on July 17th, followed by a chat with her, recorded a few days later

Reggie Harris Benefit Concert – June 29, 2019

Recorded by Matt Murphy

To benefit the making of the film Robert Shetterly: An American Who Tells the Truth, by Kane Lewis Productions of Sedgwick, this concert was held June 29, 2019 at the Blue Hill Town Hall, Maine, at 7pm, featuring Reggie Harris singer/social activist. Shetterly painted Harris’ portrait as a model of courageous citizenship. In addition to Reggie Harris’ performance, Shetterly and Harris held a public discussion about the Power of Art to Advance and Engage Social Activism. Pastor Elaine Hewes welcomed the audience with a “testimonial” poem about peacemaker/cellist Vedran Smailovic who played Albinoni’s “Adagio in G Minor” for 22 days on the shattered streets of Sarajevo, one day in memory of each of those recently killed in that civil war. The event was co-sponsored by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, WERU Community Radio, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Reversing Falls Sanctuary, Peninsula Peace & Justice, and Island Peace & Justice.

Charles Eisenstein on Restoring Humanity: Exploring Connections to Earth & Each Other

Recorded by Matt Murphy

A recording of Charles Eisenstein’s talk, “Restoring Humanity: Exploring Connections to Earth & Each Other”, May 29, 2019, Blue Hill, Maine

Charles Eisenstein is a teacher, speaker, and writer focusing on themes of civilization, consciousness, money, and human cultural evolution. He is the author of several books including The Ascent of Humanity (2007), Sacred Economics (2011), The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know Is Possible (2013).

In his newest book, Climate: A New Story (2018), Eisenstein makes a case for a wholesale re-imagining of the framing, tactics, and goals we employ in our journey to heal from ecological degradation.
“If we cannot come into coherence and stop fighting each other we’re never going to be a healing influence on the world.” -Charles Eisenstein

This event was sponsored by A New Possibility, The Bay School, & Blue Hill Books.

Sally Kane, CEO of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, speaking in Orland, ME 5/6/19

From the NFCB website:

“Sally Kane has worked in community media since 2002 but she got her start a couple decades before that when she volunteered at the community station her parents helped found. After college, Kane returned to rural life as a small business owner, community leader, and licensed maternal health care provider. She continued to volunteer for her local community station and went on to serve as Station Manager, General Manager, and eventually Executive Director. During her tenure, she led a successful capital campaign, started a local news department, expanded membership, and increased revenue. A trained facilitator and nonprofit management consultant, Kane joined NFCB as CEO in 2014. Her passion for excellent local media, compelling performance art, and meaningful service inspires her to work diligently to ensure that community stations are an integral part of the public media system and that they are essential institutions in the many communities they serve.”

She visited WERU-FM in early May 2019 and gave this talk at an event for the WERU community, held at the Alamoosook Inn.

Special: Afghan youth volunteering in Kabul refugee camp; Fast for Yemen 1/29/19

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Afghan youth volunteering in Kabul refugee camp; Fast for Yemen

Key Discussion Points:
What are the challenges for Afghans living in one of Kabul’s refugee camps? What was the experience of a Afghan teenager volunteering in the camp?
What was the purpose of the Fast for Yemen? What is the role of direct action–of a vigil, a fast, and nonviolent disobedience–in calling for justice, and peace?


Elina Moradyar, Afghan Peace Volunteer, volunteer life skills teacher in Police Camp, Kabul
Ramzia, life skills student and IDP, Kabul
Obaida, life skills student and IDP, Kabul
Vigilers at the Fast for Yemen:
Alice Sturm Sutter
Richenda Kramer
Brian Terrell
Bud Courtney
Maya Evans
Ed Kinane
Kathy Kelly

Voices for Creative Nonviolence,