Archives for Specials

Giving Tuesday 11/28/17 Hour 2 (4-5pm)

Host: Amy Browne
Guest co-host: Brook Ewing Minner
Engineer: John Greenman

Giving Tuesday is a national special day that is an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Instead of shopping the point is to support community organizations.  WERU is celebrating this day with 2 hours of special call in shows today.  Representatives from community organizations of all kinds are invited to call in and let the community know what kind of work they do and how interested listeners can support them.

Giving Tuesday 11/28/17 Hour 1 (10-11am)

Host: Matt Murphy
Guest co-host: Cathy Melio
Engineer: John Greenman

Giving Tuesday is a national special day that is an alternative to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Instead of shopping the point is to support community organizations.  WERU is celebrating this day with 2 hours of special call in shows today.  Representatives from community organizations of all kinds are invited to call in and let the community know what kind of work they do and how interested listeners can support them.

WERU Special 11/2/17: Drinking Water in Flint, MI & Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Part I: Lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan. How did the state of Michigan’s actions, under the direction of a state-appointed emergency managers, cause the poisoning of the drinking-water in Flint, Michigan?
What actions did Flint residents, scientists, journalists, and the medical community take to demand safe drinking water? What steps are being taken to help mitigate the damage done by lead ingestion?

Part II: Palestinian refugees’ situation in Lebanon. How do NGOs help preserve Palestinian heritage in Lebanon where the previous Lebanese Minster of Education banned the teaching of Palestinian history and geography?
How can Palestinians earn income despite discriminatory labor laws in Lebanon?

Guests:
Dr. Mona Hannah-Attisha, pediatrician, director of pediatric residents, and whistleblower
Flint Child Health and Development Fund:
Robert Shetterly, activist and artist of the Americans Who Tell the Truth portrait series
Nadia Abdelnour, board president of Innash Association
Grace Said, board member of Innash Association
Umm Mohammed, embroiderer for Innash Assoc.
Samar Kabouli, Innash Assoc. employee who helps to coordinate Innash’s embroidery project
Kassem Aina, Director of the National Institution of Social Care and Vocational Training (Beit Atfal Assumud)

WERU Special 5/31/17: Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Producer/Host: Linda Washburn
Engineer: John Greenman

Program Topic: The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA)

Key Discussion Points:
a) The Equal Rights Amendment was introduced in 1923. Why was it introduced?
b) 94 years later the ERA languishes- why?
c) What has jump-started interest in the ERA?
d) Are there ways other than a Constitutional amendment to bring equality to women?

Guests:
Posie Cowan, founder of Equal Rights Maine, from the Blue Hill Peninsula
Kathleen Bonk (Brooksville and DC) was involved with ERA ratification starting in 1972, then worked with Betty Ford and Alan Alda on the ERA Countdown Campaign as Communications Chief and is now on the steering committee for the current federal ERA drive.

To learn more about this topic:
Equal Rights Maine at equalrightsmaine.org (local organization)
Equal Means Equal: Why the Time for an Equal Rights Amendment is Now by Jessica Neuwirth, The New Press, 2015.
Why We Lost the ERA by Jane J. Mansbridge, University of Chicago Press, 1986.
Posie’s connection to the suffrage movement: And on to the ERA:
bangordailynews.com/2016/03/28/the-point/my-great-grandmother-fought-for-womens-equal-rights-im-still-working-on-her-dream/?ref=relatedBox
visit www.eracoalition.org and www.equalrightsamendment.org.

Healthy Options Special 5/30/17

Producer/Host:Cynthia Swan
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Chiropractic and More

Key Discussion Points:
a) Chiropractic: what is it? What are the benefits?
b)Food, what to eat?
c)Vaccines, be informed about them

Guest
Jane Robertson, DC
326 Belmont Avenue, Belfast, ME

Special 3/31/17: Selections from the 2017 Camden Conference

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

Key Discussion Points:
a) Moral and practical reasons for refugee protection
b) Current scale of displaced people in different parts of the world and political effects
c) Distinction among refugees, asylum seekers, forcibly displace persons, immigrants

Guests:
Jeanne Bourgault, Camden Conference Moderator and President of Internews
Ray Jennings, Principal, Cultural Naviagtion Group

Special 3/30/17: Selections from the 2017 Camden Conference

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

Key Discussion Points:
a) Rise of far right movements in Europe tied to immigration
b) American immigration policy and history
c) Current American refugee acceptance policy

Guests:
Cas Mudde, Professor, Univesity of Georgia and Researcher, University of Oslo
Tim Kane, JP Conte Fellow in Immigration Studies, Hoover Institute, Stanford Univ

Special 3/29/17: Selections from the 2017 Camden Conference

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Program Topic: Migration and Refugees

Key Discussion Points:
a) Current crisis in forcibly displace people throughout the world
b) Work of the UNHCR
c) US policies on Mexico border to control immigration

Guests:
Kelly Clements, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees
Bruno Stegno, former UN Ambassador from Costa Rica and Deputy Executive Director, Human Rights Watch