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WERU News Report 8/14/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A special pledge drive year-in-review edition of the News Report.

WERU News Report 8/13/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

A bus that’s traveling around the country calling attention to climate change and urging support for President Obama’s plan to deal with the issue, made stops in Bangor and Portland yesterday. The “I Will Act on Climate” bus is supported by a coalition of groups, including the Natural Resources Council of Maine, and while critics say Obama’s plan doesn’t go far enough to address the crisis of climate change- those on the bus said it is a step in the right direction:

More information about the “I Will Act on Climate Change” bus tour and campaign is available at

WERU News Report 8/7/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Today we bring you part 2 of a 2-part special, with all the latest news on the escalating crisis in Fukushima.
We start with a recap of recent news:

Monday afternoon we spoke with Dean Wilkie, one of the founders of, a website that has become a clearinghouse of information about Fukushima, with strict standards for accuracy. The website’s associated chat room has drawn experts in related fields, who are monitoring the situation in Fukushima and attempting to keep the public informed. Long time Maine-based activist Nancy Allen is among the participants. Dean Wilkie has three decades of experience in the nuclear field, working at a Department of Energy test reactor in Idaho, in reactor operations, management, construction and plant engineering. Today we pick up where we left off yesterday:

Another member of the simplyinfo collective is Nancy Foust, the research team leader. She talked about how the project got started, and how they work to verify the validity of the information offered on their website:

WERU News Report 8/6/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

On this anniversary of the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, another nuclear crisis is escalating in Japan, this time at Fukushima. Today we bring you part 1 of a 2-part special, with all the latest news on the crisis.

Arnie Gundersen, a nuclear expert, and former high-level nuclear industry executive, now with Fairewinds Energy Education, described several areas of serious concern at Fukushima in the recent film Forty Good Years and One Bad Day (excerpt aired with permission) FMI:

Long-time Maine activist Nancy Allen has joined with others in a group that is compiling, verifying and distributing information at Her concern about the current crisis can be traced back through the years to her childhood, and Hiroshima:

Monday afternoon we spoke with Dean Wilkie, one of the founders of He has three decades of experience in the nuclear field through his work at a Department of Energy test reactor in Idaho, working in reactor operations, management, construction and plant engineering

WERU News Report 7/31/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Segment 1: A coalition of environmental, health and civic groups called the Alliance for a Clean & Healthy Maine, are calling on Governor LePage to ask 10 major food manufacturers to disclose which of their products contain the toxic chemical bisphenol-A (also known as BPA). At a press conference in Bangor this morning, they expressed disappointment with the governor’s veto of legislation regulating the chemical. Governor LePage has dismissed the dangers of BPA, with his infamous statement about it only maybe causing women to grow “little beards”, but scientists & researchers that study the issue, confirm the concerns expressed at this morning’s rally. We spoke with some of them in 2010, when they were in Maine giving expert testimony at a public hearing on BPA. Today we take you to the rally in Bangor, and listen to what the scientists we interviewed in 2010 had to say.

Segment 2: Peacetime, produced in cooperation with the Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine. This week we speak with Doug Allen, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Maine, and Education Coordinator at the Peace and Justice Center, about their upcoming annual commemoration of the anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki

WERU News Report 7/30/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Join us today on a chemical mystery tour of the area surrounding Sears Island. This afternoon we joined Ron Huber and Harlan McLaughlin of “Friends of Penobscot Bay”, as they led a hike along the shoreline, pointing out significant areas of concern. On the site of the GAC chemical company, there are old buildings and storage facilities that are crumbling on site, leftover from previous owners

WERU News Report 7/24/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

As soon as the news broke this weekend, that veteran White House reporter Helen Thomas had passed away, we started getting calls to re-air her keynote speech at the 2007 WERU Full Circle Fair. Today you’ll hear that not only was she a reporter, author and opinion columnist who worked closely with several Presidents spanning five decades—she also had a great sense of humor. Helen Thomas was introduced by Robert Shetterly

(The question and answer session that followed can be heard here: )

WERU News Report 7/23/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Today we take you to the banks of the Penobscot River, where hundreds of people gathered yesterday, and planes flew overhead, bearing witness to the historic removal of the Veazie Dam. There has been a dam of one sort or another in that location for roughly 200 years, and the removal – which is expected to take several months to complete – will restore access to fish species that have been unable to navigate up the river,