Speaking in Maine

Occasional weekdays at 2:00 pm

One of the many public affairs lecture series Maine Public Radio presents weekdays at 2:00 pm, Speaking in Maine features diverse speakers recorded in towns and cities throughout the state of Maine. The program is produced by Ed Morin, Gordon Fellis, Jonathan Woodward and Roddy Nikpour. The Executive Producer for Speaking in Maine is Charles Beck.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Wendell Potter. He was a health insurance industry insider for 20 years before leaving his post to advocate for health care reform.

  Speaking in Maine features an address by U.S. Special Middle East Envoy George Mitchell. He recaps the successful efforts to forge peace in Northern Ireland, as well as a broad overview of what needs to be achieved between Israelis and Palestinians.

Mitchell spoke in Waterville at Colby College where he stressed the role of hope and persistence in peace negotiations, and noted that the current administration places this challenge very high on it's agenda, which he sees as a welcome change for the positive.

Speaking in Maine features a “Your Vote 2009” panel discussion about the two tax related November 3 ballot questions. The two issues are known as TABOR II and the Excise Tax question.

Panelists include Dr. Tracy Gordon, University of Maryland; Steve Bowen, Maine Heritage Policy Center; and Christopher St. John, Maine Center for Economic Policy.

  Speaking in Maine features an address given at MPBN’s recent annual founders reception by NPR’s Chief Political Correspondent, Mara Laisson, she gives her inside view about politics, the Obama administration, and the major issues of our day including Health Care Reform and Afghanistan.

  Former Maine Governor Angus King (I) kicks-off the inaugural Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series by speaking on a wide range of issues. The bulk of this talk, however, dealt with the leadership lessons which can be gleaned from one of Maine’s most well known residents, Civil War hero Joshua Chamberlain.

The Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series is sponsored by MPBN and hosted by the Cumberland Club in Portland. These regular lectures are designed to inform, inspire and delight.

  Speaking in Maine features a panel discussion at Bates College, which seeks to clarify the pros, cons and points of confusion and contention in the policy debate over climate change.

  Speaking in Maine returns to Portland, and the World Affairs Council of Maine where former assistant to General Colin Powell, Col. William Smullen recently spoke about world diplomacy.

Colonel Smullen identified regional hot spots and issue-oriented flashpoints around the globe. He addressed how each example forecasts a shift in the balance of global power, international prestige, and wealth.

  Speaking in Maine features a talk by Donald P. Gregg, former U.S. Ambassador to Korea and Chairman of the Board of The Korea Society in New York City. Mr. Gregg recently spoke at the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations in Camden.

  Speaking in Maine features a talk by Mark Tessler, one of the very few American scholars to have attended university and lived for extended periods in both the Arab world and Israel.

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  Speaking in Maine features U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. She was in Maine late last week talking about health care to members of  the Maine Medical Association, American Cancer Society, the AARP, and others.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius traveled to Maine in early September to formally release a new report on the importance of health insurance reform for older women (ages 55-64) and senior women (ages 65 and older).

  Speaking in Maine features a talk by Aaron David Miller. He has helped formulate U.S. policy on the Middle East and the Arab-Israeli peace process over the last two decades as an adviser to six secretaries of state.

  Retired U.S. Ambassador Teresita Schaffer addressed the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations from . She had a 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. She devoted most of her career to international economic issues and to South Asia.

  Environmental activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier steps up to the Speaking in Maine podium. She is a Canadian Inuit from Northern Quebec who represented the interests of Inuit in Russia, Alaska, Canada, and Greenland at the Stockholm Convention that banned the manufacture and use of persistent organic pollutants that enter the Arctic food chain. In 2005, Watt-Cloutier and others filed a landmark petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, alleging that unchecked greenhouse gas emissions violated Inuit cultural and environmental rights.

  Gary Brewer, currently Professor of Resource Policy and Management at the Yale School of Management spoke in Camden at the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. Among his books is "Decision Making for the Environment". 

His talk is entitled "Solving the Wrong Problem: Nuclear Waste and Risk Perception."

  Joel Berg, Executive Director, NYC Coalition Against Hunger and author of All You Can Eat: How Hungry is America? He discusses how the new budget passed by Congress and President Obama’s policy proposals could help Maine’s hungry families move from soup kitchens to self-sufficiency. He also outlines a plan to achieve the President’s pledge to end U.S. child hunger by 2015. 

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