Archives for Specials

The Unveiling of Rob McCall’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” Portrait”

Recorded by Matt Murphy
Very lightly edited by Amy Browne

This is a recording of the Americans Who Tell the Truth (AWTT) event to honoring Rob McCall at the unveiling of Robert Shetterly’s new portrait of him, at the Blue Hill Public Library on May 12th, 2018. (NOTE: The recording starts with a few minutes of singing that is partially off mic. Stick with it because the audio quality improves significantly after those first few minutes).

Rob McCall is the host of “Awanadjo Almanack”. a WERU classic. Listen here: WERU’s Awanadjo Almanack Archives)
He is greatly admired in this area and beyond as the pastor (retired in 2014) of the First Congregational Church in Blue Hill and as the writer and voice of the popular Awanadjo Almanack, a bi-weekly commentary of insight into nature, political opinion through nature’s lens, and musings into all things spiritual and poetical. McCall says, “The Almanack is devoted to feeling at home in nature and breaking down the wall of hostility between us and the rest of creation.”

The Americans Who Tell the Truth portraits — now numbering over 235 — travel to schools, colleges, museums, churches and libraries all over the United States to promote engaged and courageous citizenship. “Rob McCall’s portrait will be a great addition to this project,” Shetterly says. “And I know of no greater contemporary nature writer and no greater source of wisdom for how we must think of ourselves in relation to nature if we want to survive on this planet.”

WERU Special: Camden Conference 3/29/18

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Camden Conference Special Presentation: “Best of Times or Worst of Times”

-Recent history of Presidential efforts to affect US foreign policy
-Current state of US foreign policy and weakening US standing in the world
-Possible steps that can be taken to pursue a more realistic and effective foreign policy

Speakers:
Stephen M. Walt, Harvard University
Gordon Adams, former Senior White House official on foreign policy

WERU Special 3/8/18: The University Student Movement & the Honduran Government’s Violent Repression of Dissent

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

The University Student Movement (el MEU) and the Honduran government’s violent repression of dissent

Human rights organizations have documented human rights abuses committed by Honduran security forces against university students, citizens protesting election fraud, and community members defending territory from concessions granted to extractive industries. This report describes the struggle in Honduras for a quality education and examines the Honduran government’s violent repression of dissent.

Guests:
Ovet Cordova, student activist in the University Student Movement at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH)
Eleana Borjas, Radio Progreso journalist
Lahura Vasquez, high school natural science teacher, previously taught at UNAH
Gerson Medina, UNAH law student and human rights advocate

FMI: www.radioprogresohn.net/

Love Stories by Mainers – event recorded 2/14/18

Love Stories by Mainers, a storytelling event hosted by WERU-FM and Wednesday on Main, was held at the Alamo Theater in Bucksport, Maine on 2/14/18. Storytellers Becky and Rob McCall, David Weeda, Anu Dudley, Amy Roeder, Brook Minner, Carol Visser, Jonathan Fulford and Naomi Graychase took the stage to share their stories. Amy Browne of WERU-FM was the emcee. John Greenman recorded the event.

Some of these stories aired on WERU’s Maine Currents on 2/27/18 and on a WERU Special on 2/28/18. Instead of archiving those show separately, here you will find the entire storytelling event unedited, as well as the individual stories available for listening online or downloading.

The files attached below are in order:
-The full show
-Amy Roeder
-Anu Dudley
-Brook Minner
-Carol Visser
-David Weeda
-Jonathan Fulford
-Becky & Rob McCall
-Naomi Graychase

WERU Special: Afghan Peace Volunteers 1/30/18

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Afghan Peace Volunteers

Part I: Nematullah, active with the Afghan Peace Volunteers, has been teaching refugees and internally displaced people in Shahrak Police Refugee Camp in Kabul, Afghanistan. He describes how his work as a child laborer influenced his desire to become an educator of disadvantaged children. He also shares how he has introduced into his classroom the concept of nonviolence in addition to core subjects like math and Dari.

Part II: Three students who are in their third and final year of study at the Street Kids School–Adila, Sakina, and Amrullah–share what they have learned at the school as well as challenges they face and have overcome. One of their teachers, Naser, shares his concerns about the street kids’ future and reveals his struggle to be a different sort of teacher, and person, from what he experienced.

Part III: An update on the situation for Afghans in Afghanistan and in Europe from Voices for Creative Nonviolence UK–

Guests:
Nematullah, teacher for Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) and a coordinator of the EarthGEN! team at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre
Students at the Street Kids School (a program of the Borderfree Centre):
Adila
Sakina
and Amrullah
Naser, bridge class teacher at the Street Kids School and Kabul Univ. student

Afghan Peace Volunteer blog: ourjourneytosmile.com
Voices for Creative Nonviolence: vcnv.org

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.