Archives for Specials

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”.

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

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
FMI or to sign up to receive Bricks and Mortars via email, contact Lawrence Reichard at [email protected]

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

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 , [email protected]

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:

Maine Currents Special 6/20/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Matt Murphy

John Hodgman speaking in Blue Hill, Maine about his most recent book, Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches which was just released in paperback

Actor, humorist, author and podcaster John Hodgman summers here in this part of Maine- which is how the area became the subject of his most recent book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The crowd at the Blue Hill Library on May 29th were very appreciative and immediately called off their plans for that special trip to the Blue Hill fairgrounds. (Shhh! Don’t tell!)


Maine Currents Special 5/30/18

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by Matt Murphy

The Unveiling of Robert Shetterly’s “Americans Who Tell the Truth” Portrait of Rob McCall in Blue Hill, Maine on May 12th, 2018

For more information on Americans Who Tell the Truth and to see the portrait of Rob McCall:

Awanadjo Almanack airs at 7:30 a.m. every Friday on WERU-FM (and can also be heard on our live stream at Listen to past episodes at:

For more information on the Blue Hill Heritage Trust:

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.”