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, July 26 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, July 25 at 2:00 pm

The Great Arctic Game

Global warming is causing the Arctic Circle to heat up twice as fast as the rest of the planet. A melting Arctic opens up both new opportunities but also new risks. A power play between rival nations — China, Russia and the US — has emerged, putting security at the forefront of strategic goals.

Tuesday, July 23 at 2:00 pm

Facebook’s Libra and the Future of Money

Monday, July 22 at 2:00 pm

The Fate Of Food

How do we go about feeding a planet that’s hotter, drier, and more crowded than ever? From a remote-controlled organic farm in Shanghai, a Norwegian fish farm, and famine-stricken parts of Ethiopia, innovators are seeking to reinvent the global food system to be more productive and nutritious. Does this mean the end of animal meat? Can a clean, climate-resilient food system be built to distribute calories in a way that is efficient and equitable?

Friday, July 19 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, July 18 at 2:00 pm

Combating Climate Change With Bill McKibben & Mustafa Santiago Ali
In Conversation with May Boeve

Wednesday, July 17 at 2:00 pm

Cities For The Future: Where Life Meets Design

Cities around the world are bracing for a growth spurt. With over half of the global population living in urban centers, and another 2.5 billion expected to join them by 2050, it’s time to rethink the traditional car-centric cityscape. But what goes into designing a sustainable city that can withstand the challenges of cars, climate change and rapid population growth?

Tuesday, July 16 at 2:00 pm

Ash Carter, Former U.S. Secretary of Defense

The Department of Defense is the single largest institution in America, managing the most complex information network, carrying out more research and development than Google, Apple and Microsoft combined, owning and operating more real estate and spending more money than any other entity. As such, it has incredible power and immense responsibility. There is no better person to explain the inner workings of such a place than the man who ran it all.

Monday, July 15 at 2:00 pm

The Evidence: Vaccination
The World Vaccination Report

Vaccination is considered to be one of the 20th century’s biggest public health successes. But there is a growing reluctance in some countries or cultures to vaccinate.

The Evidence – Vaccination looks at the factors which influence public confidence towards vaccines and examines the attitudes in different countries and includes new data from the Wellcome Global Monitor, where 140,000 people from 140 countries were surveyed.

Friday, July 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, July 11 at 2:00 pm

David Brooks
In Conversation with Ryan Bauer

Wednesday, July 10 at 2:00 pm

Shannon Watts: Fight Like a Mother

Tuesday, July 9 at 2:00 pm

Dustin Lance Black: Coming of Age in Red and Blue America

Join Dustin Lance Black, influential LGBTQ+ activist and the Academy Award-winning screenwriter behind Milk, as he reveals his unexpectedly conservative origins in his new memoir, Mama’s Boy: A Story from Our Americas, providing personal and philosophical insight into the complicated divide between red and blue America.

Monday, July 8 at 2:00 pm

Should You Love Your Enemies?

Think about your most deeply held political belief. Could you love someone who adamantly and passionately disagreed with it? In this special episode, our guest challenges you to do just that.

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