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 8 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19.

Thursday, January 7 at 2:00 pm

Alicia Garza, Michael Eric Dyson And Angela Rye

This radio program from The Commonwealth Club draws on two separate events: "Alicia Garza: The Purpose of Power" and "Michael Eric Dyson with Angela Rye: Reckoning with Race in America"

Wednesday, January 6 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19.

Tuesday, January 5 at 2:00 pm

How We Survive: Adapting to climate change

Climate change is here. Experts say we need to adapt, but what does that look like? This one-hour special from "Marketplace Tech" explores the role of technology in helping humanity weather the impacts of climate change. The time of complete prevention has passed, and we must turn toward adaptation.

Monday, January 4 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19.

Friday, January 1 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 Morgan Springer 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 31 at 2:00 pm

The Flip Side of History: the Aztecs through their own words

Forget history written by the victors. Cundill Prize-winning historian Camilla Townsend turned to annals kept by the Aztecs themselves to reveal a history of a vibrant, sophisticated people who valued hard word, perseverance, who were master storytellers and loved a good joke — and who 500 years ago had outdoor food courts!

Wednesday, December 30 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 29 at 2:00 pm

Breaking Through: A Year Of Climate Conversations

Unprecedented is one of the most overused words of 2020, but it reflects the superstorm of disruption brought on by an overlapping pandemic, racial justice awakening, and presidential election.

Monday, December 28 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about Maine’s public health response to COVID-19. Dr. Jessica Pollard, director of the Maine Office of Behavioral Health, will join Dr. Shah to discuss resources her office can provide and to answer questions.

Friday, December 25 at 2:00 pm

NPR fills millions of homes each holiday with humor, warmth, and a host of festive voices. Continuing with the tradition of the first Tinsel Tales program, this is another collection of the best and most requested holiday stories. Joy, hope, and childhood memories overflow as NPR voices, past and present, tell stories of the season.

Thursday, December 24 at 2:00 pm

An updated version of a public radio tradition hosted by NPR's Susan Stamberg. Master comedian Jonathan Winters presents a distinctive reading of Dickens' holiday classic, with a special performing edition prepared by Dickens for his own presentations.

Wednesday, December 23 at 2:00 pm

Governor Janet Mills will lead Maine’s COVID-19 media briefing. Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services and Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will join Governor Mills remotely to brief the media and answer questions on Maine’s public health response to COVID-19.

Tuesday, December 22 at 2:00 pm

The Dirt on Handwashing: The Legacy of Dr. Semmelweis

The resistance Ignaz Semmelweis encountered to his life-saving ideas would ultimately lead to his tragic end. With handwashing in the midst of a renaissance in the era of the coronavirus, Dr. Semmelweis deserves at least some of the credit.

Monday, December 21 at 2:00 pm

Dr. Nirav D. Shah, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, will brief the media and answer questions about COVID-19.

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