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 12 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 11 at 2:00 pm

The Politics of the Professoriat: Political diversity on campus

Universities are supposed to be dedicated to the exchange of ideas. But according to social psychologist Jonathan Haidt, campuses now skew so far to the left that they've become what he calls "political monocultures" in which voices that stray too far from liberal orthodoxy are shouted down. Paul Kennedy speaks with Professor Haidt – and with other scholars who have been thinking about the complex question of diversity on campus.

Wednesday, January 10 at 2:00 pm

Essential to a free and functioning democracy is an independent press. In times of crisis the media fulfills the vital role of alerting the public to danger, connecting citizens to rescue efforts, or informing the international community to human rights abuses.

Join us for a panel discussion on the importance of an independent press.

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Tuesday, January 9 at 2:00 pm

Reza Aslan: Understanding God

Monday, January 8 at 2:00 pm

Warrior Diplomats: A Look into US Special Operations

Since 9/11 the United States military has been aggressively fighting terrorism all over the world, increasingly using the most elite units.

Unlike most conventional forces, special operations soldiers are given plenty of freedom to solve complex problems out in the field. They’ve had enormous success — and yet there’s no end to wars in the Middle East.

Friday, January 5 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 4 at 2:00 pm

Dan Buettner: Secrets Of The Happiest Places On Earth

Wednesday, January 3 at 2:00 pm

Tom Hanks
In Conversation with Dave Eggers

Tuesday, January 2 at 2:00 pm

Liberals Hold The Moral High Ground

Monday, January 1 at 2:00 pm

PUT down those indictments, Robert Mueller — if you're hoping Paul Manafort will sing like a canary, all you have to do is tune in to the Capitol Steps' year-end edition of "Politics Takes a Holiday." You might even pick up some classified secrets as he joins the Donald to sing "I'm So Indicted."

Also featured in the Capitol Steps' show will be the year's biggest stars — Mike Pence, Rex Tillerson, Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin, Bernie Sanders, and those who were gone too soon — Sean Spicer, Tom Price, and, of course, the Mooch.

Friday, December 29 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, December 28 at 2:00 pm

BBC Two-Part Special: America Laboratory of Democracy PART 2

Wednesday, December 27 at 2:00 pm

BBC Two-Part Special: America - Laboratory of Democracy PART 1

Tuesday, December 26 at 2:00 pm

Atul Gawande
In Conversation with Indre Viskontas

Monday, December 25 at 2:00 pm

In keeping with a well-loved NPR holiday tradition, hear the fourth collection of extraordinary Christmas stories that will transport you to unexpected places. NPR's past and present tell stories of the season in this hour-long special. Some tales are funny; some are touching; some are insightful or irreverent or nostalgic or surprising. You might recognize them from our broadcast archives — or you might fall in love with them for the first time. Hosted by Lynn Neary.

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