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.

  Michael M. Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, discusses plans to provide counsel and encouragement to nonprofit arts organizations in need on Speaking in Maine.

Kaiser addressed the key challenges facing nonprofit arts organizations through such areas as fundraising, building more effective boards of trustees, budgeting and marketing.

This talk was sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission. It was recorded July 1, 2010 at the Portland Museum of Art.

  Speaking in Maine visits Camden, for an address before the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations. The speaker is Avis Bohlen; adjunct Professor at Georgetown University. She served for 25 years as a career foreign service officer with the US State Department including Assistant Secretary for Arms Control focused on nuclear proliferation.

Over the years, she has been involved in policy on a wide range of issues relating to U.S.-European relations, U.S. relations with France, European security issues, arms control, and Soviet affairs.

  Even as a toxic tragedy unfolds in the Gulf, thousands of hazardous chemicals already permeate every aspect of our lives,in plastic water bottles, electronics, even children’s toys, with consequences for environmental and human health. Speaking in Maine offers insight into this issue with a talk by Environmental Journalist & Author Elizabeth Grossman.

  Speaking in Maine takes on health care at a recent panel discussion at the USM Muskie School of Public Policy, Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital; Elizabeth Mitchell, CEO, Maine Health Management Coalition/Foundation; and Trish Riley, Maine Governor's Office of Health Policy and Finance discussed the impact of the recent health care reform act on Maine.

The panel includes:

Dr. Erik Steele, Interim CEO, Blue Hill Memorial Hospital

  Speaking in Maine offers a presentation delivered at the University of Maine's summit to assess Maine’s future workforce needs to help create a public agenda for higher education. The speaker is John Dorrer, Director of the Maine Dept. of Labor’s Center for Workforce Research and Information.

John Dorrer's presentation is titled: Workforce Demographics and the Demand for High Skill Workers: Challenges and Opportunities for Maine Higher Education.

  Speaking in Maine visited the Cumberland Club in Portland during its latest Joshua Chamberlain Lecture Series: post primary analysis from a panel of political reporters and one political pollster. MPBN's own A.J. Higgins participated in this lively discussion about the June 8 primary election tells us about what might happen in November.

The panel is as follows (in order of introduction):

  William Caron Jr., President of MaineHealth, Scott Bullock, President MaineGeneral Health and Michelle Hood, President of Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems discuss health care in a Speaking in Maine panel discussion.

This panel discussion was hosted by MPBN following it's regular meeting of the Board of Trustees on May 11, 2010.

Dr. Joel Cohen of Rockefeller University, and Mike Tetreault, Executive Director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine, explore the effects of human population growth on our planet, resources and future on Speaking in Maine.

  Speaking in Maine offers the latest Joshua Chamberlain lecture from Portland's Cumberland Club. The speaker is Michael C. Reed, President of FairPoint Communications, Maine. He discusses his first 90 days on the job as well as what the future holds from his vantage point.

A 40-year veteran of the telecommunications industry, Michael Reed is the person FairPoint communications hired in January to navigate regulatory matters, governmental affairs and economic development in Maine for the company.

  The health care debate continues on Speaking in Maine with a talk by Dr. John R. Lumpkin, Senior V.P. of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He focuses on how local community organizations help to improve health care.

Dr. Lumplin's talk was sponsored by the Maine Health Access Foundation in Augusta.

Visit the Maine Health Access Foundation website for more information

  Speaking in Maine welcomes Doris Buffett, her younger brother Warren is one of wealthiest investors in America. Doris has used her fortune to dole out $100 million in grants aimed at increasing opportunities for the working poor and families in crisis.

  Speaking in Maine offers a talk by Mark W. Frazier, Professor of Chinese Politics in the School of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

  Speaking in Maine features a repeat appearance by energy expert Matthew R. Simmons. He co-founded of the Ocean Energy Institute in Rockland. Dr. Simmons is also serves as chairman emeritus of Simmons & Company International, a specialized energy investment banking firm.

Dr. Simmons talk was recorded in Portland at the University of New England as a part of UNE's Paul D. Merrill lecture series. 

Visit the UNE web site for more information.

  Speaking in Maine features a talk by Col. Richard Klass (Ret.) and Dr. Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility. They discuss medical and military perspectives on this question and other nuclear security issues.

  Speaking in Maine welcomes world-renowned explorer and climatologist, Dr. Paul Mayewski to the podium. He discusses his research findings from around the globe including Greenland, Antarctica, the Himalayas, Tibet and Tierra Del Fuego.

Dr. Mayewski is the first person to lead a multidisciplinary over-snow scientific expedition to the South Pole.

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