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 and Jonathan Woodward. The Executive Producer for Speaking in Maine is Charles Beck.

Mary Bonauto

Nov 18, 2015
GLAD

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland and USM for the Frank M. Coffin Lecture on Law and Public Service.

The speaker is Mary Bonauto, civil rights project director at GLAD, who has been at the center of the movement toward same-sex marriage in America for more than two decades.

Earlier this year, Bonauto successfully argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in the historic case establishing the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide.

For more on Bonauto and the Frank M. Coffin Lecture, click here.

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono and the University of Maine for this year's Cohen Lecture. 

Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen; Gen. Joseph Ralston, former supreme allied commander in Europe; and Ambassador Nicholas Burns, former under secretary of state for political affairs discuss America’s response to global instability.

They talk about what happens behind the scenes at the White House, Pentagon and in Congress as decisions are made about war and peace.

For more on the lecture, click here.

International Council for Science/Flickr

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono and the University of Maine for this year’s George Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability. The speaker is University of Colorado professor and author Roger Pielke Jr. His topic is "When Science Meets Politics: Symphony or Slugfest?"

For more about Pielke and the lecture, click here.

Bates College

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Lewiston and Bates College for a conversation with U.S. Sen. Angus King, as part of the Civic Forum Series sponsored by the Harward Center for Community Partnerships.

For more on the talk, entitled "How Washington Works (Or Doesn't)," click here.

'Iran'

Oct 21, 2015
Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Bloomberg News Senior Correspondent Indira Lakshmanan.

Her talk, "Iran," includes insight into the talks leading up to the nuclear agreement with Iran, as she traveled with both Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

For more on Lakshmanan and the Forum, click here.

Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by journalist and historian Gareth Porter entitled "Was the Iran Nuclear Crisis Necessary?"

His most recent book is "Manufactured Crisis: The Untold Story of the Iran Nuclear Scare."

For more on Porter and the Forum, click here.

Twitter

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a recent talk by Ambassador Fred Hof, discussing the state of affairs in the Arabic Middle East in "The Mess That Is The Arab Middle East."

Among his many credentials, Hof recently served as the special adviser for transition in Syria to the Obama administration.

For more on the Midcoast Forum and Hof, click here.

Iran Nuclear Deal discussion at USM on August 19, 2015
Jay Field / MPBN

The World Affairs Council of Maine, the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, the Maine Chapter of the United Nations Association and the University of Southern Maine collaborated on a forum recently where the topic of discussion was the international nuclear deal with Iran. The participants were: Independent Senator Angus King; former Democratic Senate leader George Mitchell; and Havard professor R. Nicholas Burns.

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Friends of Acadia

Acadia National Park is about to celebrate its centennial.

David MacDonald, president of Friends of Acadia, the nonprofit park friends group, speaks on "Acadia at 99: A Partner's Perspective on the Challenges and Opportunities Facing our Park at the Launch of its 2nd Century."

MacDonald spoke recently in Southwest Harbor as part of the Annual Claremont Concert and Lecture Series, discussing the challenges facing Acadia including parking and transportation infrastructure, bureaucracy and funding and climate change.

Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Jessica Tuchman Mathews, a distinguished fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Her topic: "A World of Challenge: Can the United States Still Lead?"

For more on Mathews and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

'Ukraine'

Jul 29, 2015
Midcoast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport, and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Serhii Plokhii, professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and author of "The Last Empire: The Final Days of the Soviet Union." His topic is "Ukraine."

For more on Plokhii and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

Mid-Coast Forum

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations.

The speaker is Francis J. Ricciardone, Atlantic Council vice president and director of the Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, who will discuss the turmoil and solutions in the Middle East.

Ricciardone was a career Foreign Service officer in Washington, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, including an assignment as ambassador to Turkey.

Twitter

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk on U.S.-Cuba relations.

The speaker is Elaine Diaz, a Cuban blogger, journalist and professor at the University of Havana, where she teaches courses focusing on digital journalism, communication and technology and society.

She has also written about the digital divide for Cuban and international outlets.

For more on Diaz and the Midcoast Forum, click here.

Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Swithin Munyantwali, executive director and co-founder of the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence.

His talk is on the Chinese engagement in Africa and to what extent it constitutes a real partnership.

For more on this talk and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, click here.

ABC News

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Waterville, and Colby College, for a talk by Dan Harris, co-anchor of ABC News Nightline and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. He is also the author of "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge."

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