2 PM Public Affairs Programs

Monday - Friday at 2 PM

The 2:00 PM hour-long block of public affairs programs on Maine Public Radio is a mix of different programs produced around the globe. Please note that the broadcast schedule is subject to change. Updates are made as soon as practical.

For more information on the programs featured in the 2:00 pm public affairs time slot please see the full Maine Public Radio schedule

If you can't find what you're looking for please email Audience Services or call 1-800-884-1717.

Friday, August 25 at 2:00 pm 

NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America's oldest places, at a time of change. It's hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut.

With New England as our laboratory, NEXT asks questions about how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt. It's about trends that provide us challenges and present us with new opportunities. New England has old rules and customs, with well-worn pathways forged centuries ago, and its population is aging fast.

Thursday, August 24 at 2:00 pm 

Tesla: Impossible Until It's Not

It’s crunch time as Tesla begins production of its Model 3 sedan this summer and races toward a goal of making 500,000 cars a year. Morgan Stanley says that production level won’t be reached until 2024. Still, the stock market views Tesla as a tech company with a value higher than Ford or General Motors, which make far more cars and profits.

Wednesday, August 23 at 2:00 pm

For-Profit Punishment? The Private Prison Question

Tuesday, August 22 at 2:00 pm

North Korea Update

Monday, August 21 at 2:00 pm

From Nebraska to South Carolina, NPR will provide live coverage as millions of enthusiasts experience this rare occurrence. 

Friday, August 18 at 2:00 pm

NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America's oldest places, at a time of change. It's hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut.

With New England as our laboratory, NEXT asks questions about how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt. It's about trends that provide us challenges and present us with new opportunities. New England has old rules and customs, with well-worn pathways forged centuries ago, and its population is aging fast.

Thursday, August 17 at 2:00 pm

The Rise and Fall of Good Jobs: Prospects for the American Dream?

Wednesday, August 16 at 2:00 pm

Trump, Duterte, and the future of US-Philippine relations

Filipino President Duterte’s war on drugs has killed over 7,000 people. But not only has the White House failed to condemn Duterte's tactics; President Trump praised them. This hour: stories about the drug war; the history of US-Philippine relations; a Philippine city besieged by ISIS; and Duterte’s overtures to China. And we’ll talk about how the US can manage this delicate situation moving forward.

Tuesday, August 15 at 2:00 pm 

Artificial Intelligence and Open Data: A Conversation with Sir Nigel Shadbolt

Monday, August 14 at 2:00 pm

Al Gore And An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth To Power

In 2006, Al Gore brought his climate change slide show to the American public in the Academy Award winning documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” Back then, Gore warned of an increasing “planetary emergency” if global warming continued unchecked, including rising sea levels, coastal flooding, and nations of climate refugees.

Friday, August 11 at 2:00 pm

NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast about New England, one of America's oldest places, at a time of change. It's hosted by John Dankosky at WNPR in Hartford, Connecticut.

With New England as our laboratory, NEXT asks questions about how we power our society, how we move around, and how we adapt. It's about trends that provide us challenges and present us with new opportunities. New England has old rules and customs, with well-worn pathways forged centuries ago, and its population is aging fast.

Thursday, August 10 at 2:00 pm 

New Yorker Radio Hour  - Super Thursday

Wednesday, August 9 at 2:00 pm 

Gene Editing: Controlling Evolution With Jennifer Doudna
In Conversation with Kishore Hari

“The technology of gene editing will be the most important advance of our era, one that will create astonishing opportunities combined with frightening moral challenges. In the tradition of The Double Helix, one of the pioneers of the field [Doudna] describes the exciting collaborative and competitive hunt for the key breakthrough and what it portends for our future.” —Walter Isaacson

Tuesday, August 8 at 2:00 pm

ENGAGE | Strangers in their Own Land: Living in "Red" America Today

Monday, August 7 at 2:00 pm

Is Climate Denial Destroying Our Planet?

The scientific consensus is that human activity is cooking the planet. Yet, many people persist in believing that climate change is a hoax. Vilifying others for not agreeing with us doesn’t help. Nor does getting into heated arguments with family members.  Can better communication – and maybe a dash of humor - help us find common ground and move on to solutions?  Join us for a fun and informative look at manufactured doubt and genuine skepticism.

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