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.


Wednesday, November 22 at 2:00 pm 

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Augusta, for an address to the Maine Women's Policy Center at its third Maine Women’s Summit on Economic Security.  Alicia Garza, the Keynote Speaker, is the co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter—a movement working for the validity of Black life and to end state-sanctioned violence against Black people. She is also the special projects director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the United States. 

Wednesday, November 15 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to the Portland Museum of Art for a discussion about the state of public media hosted by Maine Public News Director Keith Shortall with NPR's former Russia correspondent, Corey Flintoff, and Cuba's state television anchor, Cristina Escobar.  


Tuesday, November 7 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Orono, for the recent 2017 Mitchell Lecture on Sustainability.   The speaker is Thomas Dietz, professor of sociology and environmental science and policy at Michigan State University.  Senator Mitchell also has remarks. 

Monday, October 30 at 2:00 pm

An Evening For The Environment:  Celebrate The Conservation Victories Of 2017

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Portland for a recent talk sponsored by Maine Conservation Voters.   The keynote speaker is Brian Deese, a Senior Advisor to former President Obama who oversaw climate, conservation, and energy policies and was one of the key architects of the Paris Climate Agreement.


Monday, October 23 at 2:00 pm

“Assessing the First Year of an Unconventional Presidency”

Subject of the 2017 Cohen Lecture Oct. 13 at the University of Maine

Former Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen will be joined in the discussion by Ambassador Marc Grossman, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, and Andrew H. Card Jr., former chief of staff to President George W. Bush. Moderating the discussion will be Felicia Knight, president of the Knight Canney Group.

Juan Cole

Tuesday, October 3 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us to Northport and the Mid-Coast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk by Juan Cole,  Professor of History at the University of Michigan specializing in the relationship of the West with the Muslim world.  His most recent work is “The New Arabs: How the Wired and Global Youth of the Middle East Is Transforming It.”

Will Picard

Thursday, September 14 at 2:00 pm

Yemen faces the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. 7 million people are on the verge of starvation, and a child dies every ten minutes of preventable disease.

Join Will Picard, executive director of The Yemen Peace Project, for a talk on Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe and US foreign policy.


Thursday, June 22 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations.  The speaker is Trita Parsi founder and president of the National Iranian American Council, and author of Treacherous Alliance: The Secret Dealings of Iran, Israel and the United States.  His topic: “IRAN, AGAIN”

Chaz Freeman

Tuesday, May 30 at 2:00 pm 

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations for a talk by Chaz Freeman; former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, and former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.  He discusses the US role in the Middle East.


Monday, May 8 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to Northport and the Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, for a talk entitled “U.S. Nuclear Forces: Decisions for the Trump Administration” by John Harvey.


Tuesday, April 11 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to the Goldfarb Center at Colby College in Waterville, for the 2017 Cotter Debate.  This year's topic is a conversation about American Democracy.

David Brancacio

Tuesday, March 28 at 2:00 pm

Speaking in Maine takes us next to the University of New England, for a talk with Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio, this year’s Paul. D. Merrill Business Ethics lecturer.

Cas Mudde

Thursday, March 2 at 2:00 pm

Cas Mudde:  H​as the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right?
Maha Yahya:  Refugees and the Remaking of an Arab Order

Has the Refugee Crisis Created a Perfect Storm for the Far Right?
Cas Mudde
Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia, USA, Researcher, Center for Research on Extremism (C-REX), University of Oslo, Norway, Co-editor, European Journal of Political Research.

Gerald Knaus

Wednesday, March 1 at 2:00 pm

Gerald Knaus: Germany, Europe, and the Politics of Refugee Protection 
Bruno Stagno: 2016 -- The Year the World Stopped Caring about Refugees --Central America and Beyond

Paul James

Tuesday, February 28 at 2:00 pm 

Keynote Address:  Paul James:  The World Is on the Move, and We Have No Idea How to Respond. 

More than 65 million people are now on the move, seeking food, safety, and better lives for themselves and their families. They are fleeing for a variety of reasons: wars, ethnic and religious conflicts, corruption and crime, and the devastating consequences of climate change. The post–World War II international framework—created to meet what was then an unprecedented flow of humanity across borders—is now facing its severest crisis.