Archives for Specials

WERU Special 5/16/19: Climate Action Conference

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Audio recorded by: Matt Murphy

Clips from the Sierra Club Climate Action Conference: Building Thriving Communities, Promoting Local Actions in Maine Communities, Challenging Climate Change, held in Belfast, Maine on 5/4/19

 

WERU Special 5/7/19: Climate crisis and conversion of BIW from building warships

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

On April 27, 2019, 25 people were arrested while blocking roads near the North Gate of Bath Iron Works on the morning of the christening ceremony for the warship the Zumwalt Destroyer Lyndon B. Johnson. Bringing attention to the urgency of the moment given the climate crisis and the harm caused by the US military worldwide, activists share why they protested the ceremony and share their calls for the conversion of the shipyard to the building of green technologies such as wind turbines, solar panels, and plastic collectors for polluted oceans.

Guests: Ellen Barfield, Russell Wray, Rob Shetterly, Dud Hendrick, Rev. Mair Honan, Meredith Bruskin, Ginny Schneider, Ethan Hughes, Jim Freeman, Jason Rawn, George Ostensen, Deb Marshall, Connie Jenkins

The above individuals represent many groups including Veterans for Peace, Citizens Opposing Active Sonar Threats, Americans Who Tell the Truth, Maine Veterans for Peace, Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County, Maine War Tax Resisters, Island Peace and Justice, Peninsula Peace and Justice, Pax Christi Maine, and Smilin’ Trees Disarmament Farm.

Veterans for Peace event announcement and flyer

WERU Special: Camden Conference 3/27/19

Special Presentation from the 2019 Camden Conference: China’s Rise as a World Power, Program 3

“Is This China’s Century?”

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Key Discussion Points:
a) Surveillance in China
b) Surveillance in the US by companies and by government
c) Education in China vs education in the US.

Guests:
Final Q&A Session
Martin Jacques, Senior Fellow, Cambridge Universtiy
Elizabeth Economy, Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center
Professor Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan
Professor Yashen Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Indira Lakshmanan, Executive Editor, Pulitzer Institute on Crisis Reporting
Prof. George S. Yip, Imperial College Business School, London
Kaiser Kuo, Editor at Large, SupChina.com
Professor Wu Xinbo, Fudan University (Shanghai)
Yuki Tatsumi, Director, Japan Program, The Stimson Center
Susan Thornton, Senior Fellow, Paul Tsai China Center, Yale
Ma Jun, Director, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs (Beijing)

WERU Special: Camden Conference 3/20/19

Special Presentation from the 2019 Camden Conference: China’s Rise as a World Power, Program 2

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Program Topic: “Is This China’s Century?

Key Discussion Points:
Changes in Chinese government since 2012
Where the US should cooperate with China and where the US should compete
Both China and the US need to accommodate themselves to a world of shared political and economic dominance.

Guests:
Elizabeth Economy, Director of Asia Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Robert Daly, Director of the Kissinger Institute, Woodrow Wilson Center

WERU Special: Camden Conference 3/13/19

Special Presentation from the 2019 Camden Conference: China’s Rise as a World Power, Program 1

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

“Is This China’s Century?

Key Discussion Points:
Some democratic principles in the Chinese bureaucracy
Sustainability of the current Chinese model
How the US “gets China wrong”.

Guests:
Professor Yuen Yuen Ang, University of Michigan
Professor Yashen Huang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Maine Currents Special 10/24/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

The Impact of Trump’s Economic Policies on Maine

Garrett Martin, Executive Director of the Maine Center for Economic Policy (MECEP), speaking at the University of Maine on October 11th. More information about MECEP can be found at mecep.org

Maine Currents Special 10/17/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Local journalist Lawrence Reichard joins us with a report back from his recent trip to the home of Nordic Aquafarms. He traveled to Norway and Denmark to learn more about the company that plans to build a giant land based salmon aquaculture facility in Belfast. We hear what he discovered, and take questions and comments from listeners.

Reichard’s column, Bricks and Mortars appears in the Republican Journal, and can be found online at waldo.villagesoup.com
FMI or to sign up to receive Bricks and Mortars via email, contact Lawrence Reichard at lreichard@gmail.com

Maine Currents Special 7/25/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Studio Engineer: John Greenman

Questions and concerns about the proposed salmon aquaculture facility in Belfast

Guests:
Ellie Daniels, Belfast business owner, abutting property owner and member of Local Citizens for SMART Growth
Lawrence Reichard, freelance columnist whose column Bricks and Mortars appears in the Republican Journal , lreichard@gmail.com

Note: Nordic Aquafarms and a Belfast City Council member who supports this proposal were invited to participate in this program but declined.

Previous coverage of local salmon aquaculture proposals on Maine Currents can be found at the following links:
archives.weru.org/maine-currents/2018/03/maine-currents-112117-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
archives.weru.org/maine-currents/2018/04/maine-currents-112117-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/
archives.weru.org/maine-currents/2018/06/maine-currents-112117-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2/