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, June 14 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, June 13 at 2:00 pm

STACEY ABRAMS
In Conversation with Alexis Madrigal

Wednesday, June 12 at 2:00 pm

Cooler Heads in Crisis: Why American Diplomacy Matters Today

What role can diplomacy play in an era of global authoritarianism, nationalism, and populism? Ambassador William Burns retired from the US Foreign Service in 2014, after a 33-year diplomatic career. He is only the second serving career diplomat in history to become Deputy Secretary of State. He joins World Affairs CEO Jane Wales in conversation about effective American leadership in a world of waning American influence abroad.

Tuesday, June 11 at 2:00 pm

The Munk Debates:  Is China a threat or an ally?

Two prominent names in U.S. foreign policy argue that China is now a foe to the liberal international order. They say Beijing's vision of the world just doesn't work with the values of a country such as Canada. The disagreements on rule-of-law, press freedom, and open debate are wide—and now getting wider.

Monday, June 10 at 2:00 pm

David Gergen: Climate Change, Politics And Public Opinion

Three experts weigh in on the Green New Deal and changing politics of climate. Political commentator David Gergen brings his perspective serving four U.S. presidents to the discussion. He is joined by climate news reporter Marianne Lavelle on the latest in climate action proposals, and Republican political strategist Lori Weigel on how conservation and conservatism can go hand-in-hand.

Source:  www.commonwealthclub.org

Friday, June 7 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, June 6 at 2:00 pm

Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 3: Policy and Polity

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the middle class behind. There is a growing sense that the social contract established after WWII is broken.

This is the third episode of our 3-part series on the rebuilding of that social contract from three distinct perspectives: that of the people, that of the corporate sector, and that of government.

Wednesday, June 5 at 2:00 pm

Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 2: Corporate Interests: Shareholder or Stakeholder?

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the middle class behind. There is a growing sense that the social contract established after WWII is broken.

Tuesday, June 4 at 2:00 pm

Rebuilding the Social Contract, Part 1: We, the People

While globalization has lifted millions out of poverty, the geopolitical forces that drove it have largely left the middle class behind. There is a growing sense that the social contract established after WWII is broken.

We’re featuring a 3-part series on the rebuilding of that social contract from three distinct perspectives: that of the people, that of the corporate sector, and that of government. This first episode is from the people’s perspective.

Monday, June 3 at 2:00 pm

Engineering Solar Radiation Is a Crazy Idea

Friday, May 31 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, May 20 at 2:00 pm

Glenn Close: Bring Change To Mind

Wednesday, May 29 at 2:00 pm

All Hail the Driverless Car!

What if the next car you buy or taxi you hail drives itself? Driverless cars, also known as autonomous or self-driving vehicles, are currently in test-drive mode around the globe.

Tuesday, May 28 at 2:00 pm

Brains and Losses: The bottom line on aging and financial vulnerability

Billions of dollars are lost to financial scams every year, and seniors are particularly at risk. One widely cited study found that older Americans lose $36 billion a year to elder financial abuse — this includes exploitation, fraud and trust abuse.

Monday, May 27 at 2:00 pm

David Brooks: The Quest For A Moral Life

What does it take to lead a meaningful life? Brooks believes we live in a society that celebrates freedom and takes individualism to the extreme.

He explains that personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute our commitments. Through his research, he identifies and explores four principal commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose.

Brooks is a popular political and social commentator and appears regularly on “PBS NewsHour” and “Meet the Press.”

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