Archives for Specials

WERU Special: Appalshop 1/30/14

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Issue: journalism and filmmaking

Program Topic: Appalshop and its Making Connections co-coordinator and filmmaker Mimi Pickering

Key Discussion Points:
a) origins of Appalshop and its role in the community
b) stories of economic transition as explored by the Making Connections project
c) Mimi Pickering’s documentary films

A) Mimi Pickering, documentary filmmaker at Appalshop and volunteer DJ for WMMT


WERU Special: Ai-jen Poo 10/30/13

Artist/activist Robert Shetterly talks with Ai-jen Poo, one of the subjects of his “Americans Who Tell the Truth” portrait series ( )

Healthy Options Special 7/30/13

Host: Cynthia Swan

Program Topic: Music and Health

Key Discussion Points:
a) How does music affect the brain?
b) How can music help us learn?
c) How can music help us heal?

Alan Wittenberg

Memorial Day Special: Shetterly & McGovern 5/27/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Engineer: Matt Murphy

Award-winning artist and activist Robert Shetterly talks with former CIA agent Ray McGovern, one of the subjects in Shetterly’s portrait series “Americans Who Tell the Truth” ,

From Ray McGovern’s website:
“Ray came from his native New York to Washington in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s
duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he
briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan’s most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985.
In January 2003, Ray helped create Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose the way
intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. On the afternoon of the day (Feb. 5, 2003) Secretary of State Colin Powell misled the UN Security Council on Iraq, VIPS sent an urgent memorandum to President George
W. Bush, in which we gave Powell a C minus for content. We ended the memo with this”

Special: Camden Conference 4/10/13

Producer/Host: Jim Campbell

Program Topic: Summary of the 2013 Camden Conference
Key Discussion Points:
a) Militarization of US diplomacy
b) Bunker mentality of current middle east embassies
c) Setbacks to US diplomacy in Libya because of 9/11/12 attack on ambassador

Speaker: Ambassador Lawrence Pope, retired from US State Department

WERU Special: Paul Grosswiler 3/7/13

Host: Amy Browne
Audio recorded by: Katie Greenman

Topic: Professor Paul Grosswiler, Chairperson, Communication and Journalism, speaking in February at the University of Maine’s Socialist and Marxist Studies Lecture Series, on the topic: “Defending Thought We Hate: The Social Value of Offensive Ideas”

WERU Special: US Navy Base on Jeju Island 2/28/13

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Program Topic: Gangjeong Village Struggle against Naval Base

Key Discussion Points:
a) why villagers and others in South Korea and beyond are opposed to the construction of a naval base in Gangjeong, Jeju Island, South Korea
b) how base construction has already impacted villagers and local sea creatures
c) the use of violence by police against nonviolent protestors
Guests by name and affiliation:
A) Sung-Hee Choi, member of the Gangjeong village international team
B) Kang Dong-Kyun, mayor of Gangjeong
C ) Jane, peacekeeper

Sung-Hee Choi
Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun

WERU Special: Winona LaDuke 2/7/13

Producer/Host: Meaghan LaSala

Winona LaDuke: Environmental Justice from a Native Perspective
Donna M. Loring Lecture Series
November 8, 2012 at the University of Southern Maine

Winona LaDuke (Anishinaabe) is an internationally acclaimed author, orator and activist. LaDuke has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life ways of Native communities. She is the Co-Director of Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group encouraging public support and funding for native environmental groups.