Archives for Specials

Special: Afghan Women on Gender Equality & Peace 3/23/16

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Among those Afghan students who speak out for gender equality and peace are Halima Habibi, a founding member of the Girl Up Club–a women’s bicycling club, in Kabul–and Arifa and Mahtab, two students who are a part of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. All share their own stories and describe the challenges for women in Afghanistan.

Halima Habibi, member of the Girl Up Club
Arifa and Mahtab, writers who have published their work with the Afghan Women’s Writing Project
Contributing to the interviews were Ron Vannorstrand, Aaron Hughes, and Hoor Arifi

One of Arifa’s stories:
One of Mahtab’s stories:

Special 2/4/16: Afghan students and an US Iraq war veteran share their war and tea stories

Producer/Host: Carolyn Coe

Afghan students and an US Iraq war veteran share their war and tea stories.

Aaron Hughes, of Iraq Veterans Against the War, invited Afghan students to respond to the questions: “When did the war begin for you?” and “What are some of your tea stories and traditions?” He also shared his own stories and those of other US veterans who have spoken out against war. Hughes gave this tea performance at the Borderfree Nonviolence Community Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan, on December 27, 2015.

Aaron Hughes, interdisciplinary artist, member of Iraq Veterans Against the War members of the Afghan Peace Volunteers (APVs) Hakim Young, interpreter, mentor to the APVs

Video on casting the 779 porcelain teacups associated with the project:

Healthy Options *Special* 9/30/15

Host: Cynthia Swan
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: Opiate Dependence

Key Discussion Points:
Substance Abuse is not a black and white issue it’s on a continuum
What’s the scope of the problem in Maine and how did it get to this?
What are the best practices for treatment ?

Kip Young, LADC
[email protected]
207-664-1500 (office)

WERU Special: Social Justice Ally Building 9/29/15

Producer/Host: Anita Arnold
Engineer: Amy Browne

Program Topic: White Ally Movement in Maine

Key Discussion Points
a) Ally Training and connection to Wabanaki Reach Training
b) Qualities of Allies
c) White privilege connection to racial justice
d) Maine’s Ally Movement

Barbara Kates, Community Organizer/Ally Trainer for Maine Wabanaki Reach
David Smith, Member of White Ally Group in Belfast, Maine

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,


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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