Archives for Specials

Special: Camden Conference 3/17/15

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Issue: Foreign Relations

Program Topic: Politics of the Past in Putin’s Russia; and The Russian Economy and Its Influence on Politics

Key Discussion Points:
a) Why the recent upsurge of nationalism in Russia?
b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine?
c) Why are Putin’s approval ratings so consistently high?

Guests: Nina Tumarkin, Prof. of History, Wellesley College; and Daniel Treisman, Prof. of Political Science,


Special: Camden Conference 3/10/15

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Issue: Foreign Relations

Program Topic: Origins of Russian Conduct at Home and in the World

Key Discussion Points:
a) How are Russians and Americans alike
b) How do Russians view the war in Ukraine
c) What is Putin’s goal in Ukraine

Guest: Matthew Rojansky, Director, Keean Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center

WERU Special: Borderfree Radio Afghanistan & Street Kids Project 3/5/15

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Borderfree Radio in Kabul, Afghanistan
Street Kids Project

In Kabul, Afghanistan, a group of high school and college students have come together as the Afghan Peace Volunteers. At the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre and throughout their community, they work to build sustainable alternatives to the status quo.
In January, 2015, some of the Afghan Peace Volunteers formed a radio team and launched Borderfree Radio with the aim of sharing their work with a larger community and of promoting a life of nonviolence. Their first radio program features the voices of some of Kabul’s street children.
Why do Kabul’s street children want their own school?
How do the Afghan Peace Volunteers see their society? their city?
In what concrete ways does the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre work to promote understanding and nonviolence?

Borderfree Radio broadcast:
Zarghuna, host
Street children: Mehdi , Ismael, Fatima, and Rahul
Interpreters: Bismillah, Hakim, Zahidi, and Abdulhai

Separate interviews:
Afghan Peace Volunteers: Zarghuna, Zahidi Sakina (Zarghuna, interpreter), Masood Sultani, Hoor Arifi and Farzana Safari (Hakim, interpreter)


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WERU Special: Rachel Corrie Wrongful Death Case 2/23/15

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Topic: Dismissal of appeal by Supreme Court of Israel in wrongful death case of Rachel Corrie

Who was Rachel Corrie?
What steps has her family taken to seek answers and to call for accountability in Rachel’s death?
How does the play My Name is Rachel Corrie spread her story and message?

Cindy Corrie, Rachel’s mother
Craig Corrie, Rachel’s father
Hussein Abu Hussein, attorney for the Corrie family in the wrongful death case
Sarah Corrie Simpson, Rachel’s sister


WERU Special 1/29/15

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Production assistance: Matt Murphy

Segment 1: Panel discussion called “Young and Black Today”, featuring UMaine student leaders Ronald Robbs, from East Orange, New Jersey, who is an elementary education major and president of the Black Student Union; Muna Abdullahi, from Portland, Maine, who is the director of Multicultural Student Life; Ogechi Ogoke, from Nigeria, who is a chemical engineering major and president of the National Society of Black Engineers; and Izundu Ngwu, from Nigeria, who is treasurer of the International Student Association, recorded at the Peace & Justice Center in Bangor on the eve of MLK Day.

Segment 2: Keynote speech from the annual MLK Day breakfast at UMaine the following day. The event is sponsored by the university and the Greater Bangor Area NAACP. This year’s keynote speakers were Esther Attean and Denise Altvater spoke on the topic of “Truth, Healing and Change: Maine-Wabanaki Reconciliation”.

WERU Special: A Review of the First Nine Years of the Roberts Court 12/4/14

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Issue: Civil Liberties

Program Topic: A Review of the First Nine Years of the Roberts Court

Key Discussion Points:
a) Freedom of Speech
b) Racial Justice
c) Privacy and Technology
d) Criminal Justice

Speaker: Zachary Heiden, Legal Director ACLU Maine

WERU Special 11/12/14 – Reproductive Left Special Edition

Producer: Abbie Strout
Hosts: Abbie Strout, Amy Browne, Matt Murphy
Engineer: Amy Browne

Showcasing the new program “Reproductive Left” with Producer/Host Abbie Strout — which debuts this month on WERU and will be airing the 1st Tuesday of every month at 4pm

WERU Special 9/30/14 – Shetterly/Kellman

Producer/Engineer: Joel Mann

A conversation between award-winning artist and activist Robert Shetterly, creator of the “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series, and Peter Kellman, the subject of one of his portraits ( — about the Culture of Agriculture