Archives for Misc (News/Public Affairs)

Nathanial “Nat” Barrows Speaking at the Blue Hill Public Library on 12/7/18

Recorded by Matt Murphy
Edited by Amy Browne

Nathanial “Nat” Barrows, Owner, Editor & Publisher of Penobscot Bay Press, & 2018 Inductee into Maine Press Association Hall of Fame, Speaking at the Blue Hill Library, 12/718

Talking about and reading from his new book: Through My Eyes
Through My Eyes gathers 50 years of Nat Barrows’ personal reflections on newspaper publishing, life in small towns, the natural world, family and more. As publisher and editor for Penobscot Bay Press, beginning in 1968, fostering strong communities has been his main focus in his three weekly community newspapers.

WERU Giving Tuesday Special Nonprofits Call-In 11/27/18

For the 3rd year, WERU-FM participated in Giving Tuesday by hosting 2 hour long special call in shows, dedicated to giving nonprofits an opportunity to call in and talk about their work and how the community can “give back”.

Links for both of the programs are below. The morning program was hosted by Ron Beard and engineered by Joel Mann. The afternoon edition was hosted by Amy Browne and engineered by Joel Mann.

Panel Discussion: “Sex Discrimination in Maine: Why We Need an Equal Rights Amendment”

Recorded in Bangor on 10/10/18

Sex Discrimination in Maine: Why We Need an Equal Rights Amendment

Panel Discussion moderated by Nancy Murdock, Equal Rights Maine

Rebecca Webber, attorney with Skelton, Taintor and Abbott, specializing in Employment and Civil Rights Litigation
Kathleen Caldwell, retired 35 year Pine Tree legal assistance attorney, specializing in poverty law

Equal Rights Maine
Advocating for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and to the Constitution of the State of Maine FMI:

An Evening with Farm Labor Activist Baldemar Velasquez & others

Audio recorded at event

On Thursday, September 20th at 7-9 p.m. at the Crosby Center in Belfast, WERU Community Radio and Americans Who Tell the Truth presented renowned activist and union leader Baldemar Velasquez, founder and president of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee of the AFL-CIO. Velasquez is a highly respected advocate for migrant workers and immigrants, himself the son of immigrant farm workers from Mexico.

There was also a panel presentation and question-and-answers featuring Velasquez and Jorge Acero of the Maine Department of Labor, Edith Flores of Mano en Mano, and Cynthia Phinney of the Maine AFL-CIO. Music opening and closing the evening was performed by father and daughter duo Shawn and Maizey Mercer.


WERU Special: Cecile Richards 8/31/18

Producer/Editor/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Cecile Richards is the former president of the Planned Parenthood Federation and author of the New York Times bestseller “Make Trouble”. She spoke in Blue Hill, Maine on August 21st, 2018 at the unveiling of her portrait, the latest in Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” series.


WERU Special, Truth and Evidence: The Role of the Media 8/30/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded/contributed by: John Greenman

A panel discussion at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota on June 16th, 2018. The panelists were Carleton alums Eric Wieffering of the Minneapolis Star Tribune; Mary Stuckey, Executive Director of Round Earth Media; and John Greenman, a reporter for Maine Public and other media outlets before retiring and volunteering here at WERU.

WERU Special 8/22/18: The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The Threatened Forcible Displacement of Khan al-Ahmar and the Denial of Human Rights to Palestinians

Israeli order for the destruction of the bedouin community of Khan al-Ahmar
Israeli control of water in the Occupied Palestinian Territories
The unviable so-called two-state solution
How do Palestinians resist the continued denial of human rights?
How will climate change and illegal settlement building impact the future of Palestine?
How do Palestinians channel their anger?

Jamal Juma’, organizer of the grassroots campaign Stop the Wall (
Saim AbuDahouk, Khan al-Ahmar community member, Palestinian Authority employee
Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, activist, professor, and founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog:

WERU Special 8/15/18 The Importance of Human and Biological Diversity: Palestine as a Case Study

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

What is the value of social diversity and biodiversity? In resistance?
How does Zionism threaten diversity?
What are the historical outcomes of colonialism?
How does the Palestine Museum of Natural History work to influence Palestinian school children?

Guest: Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh, founder and director of the Palestine Museum of Natural History (
Qumsiyeh’s blog: