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, January 27 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, January 26 at 2:00 pm

Commute From Hell   

Work can't help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person's professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements? Another in IDEAS' ongoing annual consideration of work-related mobility issues looks at the terrible experience of Toronto commuters.

Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 pm

Astronaut Mae Jemison: Launching Women into Science and Tech

Mae Jemison, M.D., Astronaut; Physician

Kimberly Bryant, Electrical Engineer; Founder and Executive Director, Black Girls Code—Moderator

Tuesday, January 24 at 2:00 pm

Matter Of Meat

Eating meat: some say we've evolved to do it. It's in our DNA. It's how we got our big brains. Yet others, as far back as Pythagoras, have argued that eating meat is bad for our bodies, cruel to animals, and toxic to the planet.  Now -- perhaps more than ever -- when it comes to the matter of meat, clear-cut answers can be hard to come by. Kevin Ball serves up the arguments.

Guests in this episode:
Carol Adams, author of The Sexual Politics of Meat: A Feminist-Vegetarian Critical Theory

Monday, January 23 at 2:00 pm

Policing Is Racially Biased

Friday, January 20 at 2:00 pm 

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Thursday, January 19 at 2:00 pm

Maine Senator George Mitchell, former Senate Majority Leader and Special Envoy for Middle East Peace and Alon Sachar, lawyer and former advisor to Senator Mitchell.

The two recently co-authored the book, “A Path to Peace: A Brief History of Israeli-Palestinian Negotiations and a Way Forward in the Middle East.”  

Wednesday, January 18 at 2:00 pm

Join us for President Obama's Press Conference.

Tuesday, January 17 at 2:00 pm 

SCREENED OFF: The Dangers of an Insular Web

Corporate control, and the "tyranny of the popular." Fake news, filter bubbles, and apps as "walled gardens." Have we lost a free and democratic internet? And did we do this to ourselves?

Sue Gardner, ex-of the Wikimedia Foundation, writer Hossein Derakhan, and Brodie Fenlon of CBC Digital News join Paul Kennedy onstage at Ryerson University's Centre for Free Expression, in Toronto.

Monday, January 16 at 2:00 pm

Is Democracy in Crisis?

Friday, January 13 at 2:00 pm

Reporting from public radio stations around New England on the important and interesting regional issues and stories.

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.

Thursday, January 12 at 2:00 pm 

Political And Climate Disruption

Steven Koltai

Wednesday, January 11 at 2:00 pm 

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk by Steven Koltai on “Peace Through Entrepreneurship.”

Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00 pm

What Now for California?

A panel discussion on how California moves forward after a nasty election to make progress on energy, water, transportation and other climate-related concerns. 

Monday, January 9 at 2:00 pm

Call A Convention To Amend The Constitution